History of the Human Race
The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Santa Cruz County as well as the longest consecutive running Human Race in the nation!
The Santa Cruz County Race features an approximate 5 mile run and walk from 2300 Delaware Ave and down to West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park and back. The Walkathon begins at 8am and takes place rain or shine.
Organizations and businesses recruit walkers/runners/pledge-gatherers to raise funds. Funds can be raised for any nonprofit organization, school or church. The run and walk is open to all.
The Human Race is a proven fundraiser that has been successful for Santa Cruz County nonprofits for 36 years and continues to grow. The Volunteer Center provides marketing, publicity, materials, and experienced assistance. Nonprofits and businesses provide the people power.
In 2016 there were over 2,000 participants, over 10,000 donors and over $371,000 was raised for 136 nonprofits who benefited from the event.
This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.
Race Day Information
On Satuday May 13th, nonprofits, local businesses, school groups, chruches, volunteers and over 2,000 walkers will come together for an exciting morning honoring our community's fundraising achievements. By donating or fundraising at least $35 to the cause of their choice, individuals will celebrate together while enjoying a breakfast, lunch, free t-shirt, live music, family friendly activities and a beautiful ocean walk along West Cliff Drive. Sign up now to support your favorite cause!
Date & Time:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Rain or shine!
Registration: 8 am - 8:45 am
Run: 9:00 am
Walk: Immediately after runners
Location & Route:
The 5 mile course takes participants on a fun route through one of Santa Cruz's most iconic paths. The beautiful walk starts at 2300 Delaware Ave, and continues along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park, ending back at 2300 Delaware where a BBQ lunch awaits you.
Click here to view the 5 mile course map (downloadable PDF).
Enjoy festive live music throughout the morning.
If your group would like more information on entertaining at the Human Race in 2017, please contact Spencer Takata, [email protected]
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