Santa to the Sea Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Sunday, December 8, 2024 • Oxnard, CA • Course Map

A race that quite literally lives up to its name, the Santa To The Sea Half Marathon takes runners on a winding tour of Oxnard’s city streets, along a point-to-point course that starts at the giant Santa holiday display in Nye Park on the northeastern edge of the city and takes runners through its streets and neighborhoods all the way to the Channel Islands Harbor.

Once runners make it to the finish line, they’ll get to take in a view that looks out onto the waters of the Pacific Ocean in the distance, where just offshore lie the islands that make up Channel Islands National Park.

Described by the race organizers as a race that’s mostly flat and fast, the course for the Santa to the Sea Half features no significant uphill stretches to speak of, save for a brief uphill in the last three miles of the race, as runners are making their way between mile markers 10 and 11.

After a gradual downhill for the first mile or two, followed by a gradual uphill between miles 3 and 4, the rest of the course features a long, gradual downhill, especially between mile markers 4 and 10, followed by a flat last mile into the finish line at the Marine Emporium Landing on South Harbor Boulevard.

Along with the 13.1-mile half marathon for individual runners, the race also features a two-person half marathon relay as well as a 5K. Race organizers also ask that all entrants bring a wrapped gift with them to the starting line, which will in turn be given as gifts from Santa to underprivileged children in the local area.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the Pacific coastline of Southern California, roughly 60 miles west of Los Angeles, the city of Oxnard typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions throughout the year, with very dry conditions in the summer and early fall.

In December, temperatures range between 45°F and 66°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 2.1 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Dec. 8), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 67°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


  • $75 – $110 for the half marathon
  • $110 – $145 for the half marathon relay
  • $65 – $95 for the quarter marathon
  • $45 – $65 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Oxnard’s Santa to the Sea Half Marathon, Relay or 5K, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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