Fitness groups from around Santa Barbara and Ventura are gathering their teams and preparing for the 2nd Annual Run to Surf Challenge at Leadbetter Beach on Saturday, July 8. Gyms, clubs and other fitness-centered organizations are gearing up for some friendly competition and fun times at this year’s event which is made up of a 5k run, ½ mile paddle on a surfboard and a beach challenge course, designed by local fitness experts, Killer B Fitness.
Last year’s event drew almost 300 participants and even more people are taking part of this uniquely central coast event. Local gyms such as Santa Barbara Fit Body Boot Camp, Crossfit Santa Barbara, Killer B and more are rallying their members and making this event a true celebration of community!
“It’s really wonderful to see the community come together in support of this event, which has been designed to take advantage of everything Santa Barbara has to offer,” shares Alelia Parenteau, the event’s organizer, “this event truly is about celebrating Santa Barbara, fitness and the beaches we love.”
Coming through on the promise of a beach celebration, this event is sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing who provide a beach-side fiesta and a free beer to every event participant. The post event party includes a DJ, beach-side fun and a local vendor expo.
“This was just such an awesome day of movement, friends, community, music, and fresh ocean air” says 2016 participant Laura Michau, “and it is truly one of the most unique races I have ever been in!“
This event is not limited to those involved in the local fitness world, however, and is open to anybody. Participants can join the event as an individual or as part of a three-person team, where each member does one leg. There’s even a kids course this year, so there is fun for the whole family!
The event begins at 10 a.m. on July 8 at Leadbetter Beach.