Voted the World’s Best Seaside Park

1K and 5K
Saturday, March 29, 2025

Boardwalk Fun Run

Swap out your flip flops for running 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 2024 Boardwalk Fun Run a successful event!

Check back soon for 2025 race information!

Father and daughter running in Fun Run

2024 Race Photos and Results

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 4-9Ages 4-9
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 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 Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services.
Jacob’s Heart provides family-centered care that addresses the emotional, practical and financial struggles for families of children and teens during treatment, families experiencing anticipatory grief and those who are bereaved. They provide support for Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and South Santa Clara Counties in California.

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

Thank You Sponsors!

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