Winter Whirl - 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon

Sunday December 1st, 2024

Santa Monica, CA

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Step into a realm of coastal tranquility and exhilaration with High Tide Runs – where the pounding waves harmonize with the rhythmic beat of your heart. As a devoted runner, you understand the thrill of the race, the joy of crossing the finish line, and the escape that running brings. Imagine all of this against the backdrop of the endless ocean horizon.

At High Tide Runs, we're not just an event – we're a movement, a community of runners bound by the love of the run and the serenity of the sea. Whether you're a seasoned speedster chasing personal records or a mom with a stroller seeking a family-friendly outing, our races are tailored for you.

Why settle for the norm when you can have an extraordinary experience at a fraction of the cost? We're not about the glitz and glamour of extravagant events; we're about substance and connection. Our mission is to make running accessible to everyone, to celebrate the journey rather than the spectacle.

Sign up for 3 events at the same time, and get a 15% discount on the total

Elevate your experience with High Tide Runs by diving into our exclusive offers. Sign up for a trilogy of events in one swift move and watch your total cost shrink by a remarkable 15%.

 It's not just about running; it's about running smarter.

But why stop there? As you embrace the thrill of the tides, make a splash on your calendar. Complete 10 or more events within a single year, and an exceptional, limited-edition HTR shirt will be yours – a badge of honor that signifies your incredible dedication.

And for the truly unstoppable souls who conquer 15 or more events in a year, the rewards are even grander. Your entry to another event becomes a gift from us to you – a testament to your endurance and commitment.

Who's invited to our events? Everyone!

High Tide Runs embraces a true spirit of inclusion. Our races are a tapestry of individuals, woven together by their passion for movement. Age, speed, and experience matter not – if you're eager to be part of the journey, you're already one of us.

Course Time Limit: 

Our designated course completion time has been set at 3 hours and 45 minutes. Commencing with an Early Start time of  6:30 AM, the race clock concludes its timing at 10:30 AM.

For those who may have concerns about nearing the time limit, we have an option to address this. An early start time of 6:00 AM is available, offering participants a generous time limit of 4 hours and 15 minutes. This alternative is designed to provide an extended timeframe for a more comfortable and leisurely completion of the race.

The time limit is the same for both Santa Monica and Long Beach

About our Courses: 

We embrace an open-course philosophy, inviting a vibrant tapestry of fellow runners, walkers, and enthusiasts to share the day's experience with you. Safety is our cornerstone, and to ensure it, all runners are kindly requested to remain on the designated pedestrian side of the beach path. The course elegantly follows the beach path without deviation, assuring you a seamless journey. We have 2 water stations strategically placed on the course with water and Gatorade. 

Course Specifics: 

Our Santa Monica Course is USTAF certified and clearly marked. You never have to worry about street closures, getting lost or not finding your way back. 

The 5k & 10k  will all run the same course. The turnaround is located at mile 1.55 marked with a runner turn sign, a large orange flag, and chalk

5k will run 1 out and back lap

10k will run two out-and-back lap


The Half Marathon Runners will run 3 out and back laps.

The half marathon turn is located at mile 2.19 and marked with a large blue flag, runner turn sign, and chalk. 

2.19 out and back equals 4.36 laps x’s 3 equal 13.1 miles


Your rewards await:

Every participant, without exception, will proudly claim a finisher's medal, a symbol of your triumph etched in metal. But that's not all – as you cross that finish line, a treasure trove of finish line goodies will be yours to savor, a delightful celebration of your accomplishment.

Capture the moment forever with our gift of free downloadable race photos – snapshots that freeze your journey in time, allowing you to relive the joy, the dedication, and the sheer exhilaration. Photos are typically posted within 24 hours of the event. 

Curious about your performance? Fear not. Race results will be meticulously tabulated and promptly posted on our website, a mere 10 hours after the race concludes. The thrill of anticipation is fleeting, as we're committed to keeping you informed and satisfied.

Refunds and Deferrals, Simplified:

Regrettably, we do not offer refunds; however, flexibility is paramount to us. Deferrals are available until the day of the event – giving you the chance to reschedule your participation and embark on your journey when the time is right. Additionally, transferring your entry to another individual is a breeze, at no cost, up until 48 hours before the event.

Your Bib Awaits – Details Unveiled:

Claim your bib with eager anticipation, beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the High Tides tents. Please have your ID or Race Confirmation email available to show staff. 

Mark the Moment – Start Times:

Half Marathoners, the road beckons you at 7:00 am sharp. Be ready to heed its call and hit the pavement. 

For those embracing the 5k, and 10k, your journey commences at 7:30 am – a thrilling start to an invigorating day. Conquer your race and claim your medal while the world slumbers around you! 

Santa Monica Start Line:

Find your launchpad at 2000 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA US 90405

Look for the welcoming easy-up tents, nestled beside Crescent Bay Park. This is where your journey begins – amid a sea of camaraderie and excitement.

Navigating Parking with Ease:

As you prepare to join us for an exhilarating day of running, here's some parking guidance to ensure your journey starts off seamlessly:

Street Smarts: Understanding Santa Monica Parking

If you choose to park along the street, exercise caution and give the signs your full attention. Reading them thoroughly will safeguard your vehicle and your peace of mind.

Prime Parking Zone:

For a hassle-free experience, we recommend utilizing the paid parking lot located conveniently close to the start line. With rates ranging between $10 to $12, depending on the time of year, it's an investment in convenience and peace of mind.

Early Arrival Perks:

Should you arrive before our dedicated lot attendant is on duty, fret not. A payment machine near the entrance of the lot awaits your prompt attention. Swiftly settle your parking fees, ensuring a swift entry into the world of High Tide Runs.



Race Distances

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Half Marathon $38.50 until Register »
10K $28.50 until Register »
5k $24.50 until Register »
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Start Location

2000 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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