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Rides Closed Sunday Sep 18, 20222 Due to Rain.

1K and 5K
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Boardwalk Fun Run

Lace up your shoes and join the fun with this family-friendly race through the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

1K- Ages 12 and Under
5K- Ages 4 and Up

Celebrate your accomplishment with:
  • Finisher medal
  • Boardwalk treats
  • Up to 2 hours of free-play in the Casino Arcade
  • $15 Off Ride Wristband for race day

Continue the fun after the race is over and go on rides, play games and enjoy the beach!

Register Now

Online registration ends March 31, 2023. Onsite registration available on event day from 7am-8am at the Season Pass/Group Services Office.

Father and daughter running in Fun Run

Boardwalk Fun Run

Lace up your shoes and join the fun with this family-friendly race through the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

1K- Ages 12 and Under
5K- Ages 4 and Up

Thank you for making the 2022 Boardwalk Fun Run a successful event!

Check back soon for 2023 race information!

Father and daughter running in Fun Run

Race Info

  • 6:30am: Race Registration and Bib Pick-Up
  • 7:30am: Warm-up led at Colonnade Stage
  • 8am: 1K Race Starts
  • 8:30am: 5K Race Starts
  • 8:30am -10:30am: Free-Play in arcades for people with event bibs (kids under 12 with bib can have one non-participant adult chaperone)
  • 8:45am – 9:30am: Entertainment on Colonnade Stage
  • 9:30am: Course Closed
  • 10:30am: Awards at Colonnade Stage
  • 11am: Boardwalk Rides Open

1K– Start on the Boardwalk Colonnade, run out the Main Entrance, down the outside of the park and back through the park, finishing near the Pirate Ship.
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1k Map

5K– Start at the Boardwalk Colonnade, run out the Main Entrance, go up Beach Street towards West Cliff Dr, run West Cliff Dr foot path, around the lighthouse, and back through the park, finishing near the Pirate Ship.
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Fun Run 5k Map

Pick up your bibs at the Season Pass/Group Services Office (located near the Main Entrance).
Please bring your photo ID.

  • Friday 3/31 – 8:30am-5pm
  • Saturday 4/1 – 6:30am-8am

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a non-competitive race that you can experience with friends and family. Every finisher gets a medal! Run, jog, or walk along the course.

1K- Every finisher gets a medal PLUS top finishers from each category get $25 MyBoardwalk card.

Top MaleTop Female
Ages 0-4Ages 0-4
Ages 5-6Ages 5-6
Ages 7-8Ages 7-8
Ages 9-10Ages 9-10
Ages 11-12Ages 11-12

5K- Every finisher gets a medal PLUS top finishers from each category get two Boardwalk Rides Wristbands.

Top MaleTop Female
Ages 4-8Ages 4-8
Ages 10-14Ages 10-14
Ages 15-19Ages 15-19
Ages 20-24Ages 20-24
Ages 25-29Ages 25-29
Ages 30-34Ages 30-34
Ages 35-39Ages 35-39
Ages 40-44Ages 40-44
Ages 45-49Ages 45-49
Ages 50-54Ages 50-54
Ages 55-59Ages 55-59
Ages 60-64Ages 60-64
Ages 65+Ages 65+

Yes, we are happy to offer the option to register as non-binary through RunSignUp.com. Please note, there will be no awarding in the non-binary category. If you identify as non-binary, but would like to compete for place awards we ask that you sign up for your birth gender pool.


Parking is available in the Boardwalk’s various parking lots for $25. Street parking is also available.

Starting line is at the Boardwalk Main entrance.

Yes, stick around and enjoy the park! Once you register you will be given a discount code for $15 off All-Day Rides Wristbands for race day.

Yes, strollers are allowed.

Yes, we are pleased to offer BibChip timing with a shotgun start.

The event will be held rain or shine. Sorry, we cannot issue refunds. Registrations are non-transferable to another person.

This year a portion of all registrations will go to a local program that is still to be determined.

No, for the safety of all participants, we do not allow animals at our race.

2022 Race Photos and Results

Thank You Sponsors!

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Body Armor
KTOM
KOCN

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