Little Wharf 3-Miler
On September 29th 2018, Wharf to Wharf Race, Inc. is producing the inaugural Little Wharf 3-Miler as a part of the NEW Capitola Beach Festival weekend (formerly the Capitola Begonia Festival). The festival will kick off on Saturday morning with a point-to-point family fun run/walk starting at the East Cliff Village Shopping Center and running three miles along the Santa Cruz coastline, before finishing in the Capitola Esplanade.
DATE OF RACE:
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
3 mile road race (not 5k!)
WHAT DO YOU GET? Race finishers will get food, water, a Little Wharf Legacy 3-Miler hat and a Capitola Beach Bag after they finish. The top 30 overall male and female finishers will receive a coveted Top 30 Tank provided by rabbit running apparel.
Registration for the 1st Annual Little Wharf 3-Miler is now open and will be capped at 4,000 participants and will be sold in price blocks. Registration is first come, first served.
- The cost for the first 1,500 people will be $39 per person.
- The cost for the next 1,000 people will be $44 per person.
- The cost for the last 1,000 people will be $49 per person.
- The cost for the final 500 people will be $54 per person.
*** To ensure an equal opportunity for all during the registration process, only one registration can be processed per transaction. You cannot register multiple people in one transaction. ***
*** Registration will only be available online at www.wharftowharf.com
Race Day Info
RACE DATE: September 29, 2018
START TIME: 8:00am
REGISTRATION: Registration for the 1st Annual Little Wharf 3-Miler is now open and will be capped at 4,000 participants.
PACKET PICKUP: There will be packet pickups on the day(s) prior to the race (see times and locations below). There will also be a paid bib mailing option for those who cannot make the packet pickup.
PACKET PICKUP DATES/LOCATION:
- Thursday, September 27th: 10am until 6pm – Inside the Capitola Mall (Food Court)
- Friday, September 28th: 10am until 6pm – Inside the Capitola Mall (Food Court)
- Saturday, September 29th (Race Morning): 6am until 7:15am – Capitola Mall (Main Entrance off 41st Ave)
BIB NUMBER LOOKUP: You can look up your bib number using this link HERE. Check in at packet pickup is by bib number only. That means you need to know your bib number BEFORE you arrive. Yes, you can pick up a friend or family member’s bib for them.
GETTING TO THE START LINE (Parking & Shuttles): Since the East Cliff Village Shopping Center will not be available for participants to park on race day due to the build and setup of the start line, there will be very little parking available in and around the Start Line. Therefore, we encourage participants to utilize the complimentary, pre-race shuttles available at the Capitola Mall. They will be running from 6:00am until 7:30am.
START CORRALS: The Little Wharf 3-Miler starting area is separated into 4 corrals in order to organize everyone by their run/walk pace, and to prevent congestion on the course & at the finish line.
*As stated on our registration page, on our website and in our Race Instructions, Joggers/Strollers and dogs are not permitted and will not be allowed to enter the Start Corral under any circumstance. This is a safety policy.
Bib Numbers: DON’T FORGET YOUR BIB NUMBER! Your bib number is your ticket to access all race venues, including your ticket onto the shuttle buses before and after the race! The timing chip strip on the back will record your official starting-line-to-finish-line race time enabling you to check your results online.
COURE DETAILS: The net downhill, coastal three-mile race is a great opportunity to run fast and take in the beauty of the Santa Cruz & Capitola coastline. Early Fall presents some of the best weather in the county, so you are likely going to experience beautiful weather out on the course.
START: The race begins East Cliff Village Shopping Center
MILE 1: The first mile is net downhill, but has rolling hills along the ocean, passing by Blacks Beach, Sunny Cove Beach, and Moe’s Beach at the Corcoran Lagoon, before finishing at 26th Beach.
MILE 2: Mile 2 starts with a small hill, but is mostly flat, hugging the coastline on East Cliff Drive at Pleasure Point, home of the legendary surf spots, “The Hook“ and “Pleasure Point.”
MILE 3: The final mile drifts through local seaside streets… once the ocean reappears; it’s a big downhill past the Capitola Wharf and into the Esplanade.
FINISH: The Finish Line is on Capitola Esplanade in the Capitola Village.
For your safety, the course is closed to all vehicular traffic, including skateboards, bikes, wagons, wheelbarrows, roller skates/blades and baby jogger/strollers. Pets are prohibited. Mile posts are marked and splits will be called at each mile. All participants must maintain a 20-minute-per-mile pace.
WATER & FIRST AID: Help is always at hand. Emergency medical services are available on course and at the FINISH. Watch for running medics with fanny packs and specially marked tee shirt interspersed throughout the field. There will be one water station on course at mile 1.5.
FINISH & POST-RACE: The Finish Line is on Capitola Esplanade in the Capitola Village. Race finishers get food, water, a Little Wharf 3-Miler Legacy hat and Capitola Beach Bag after they finish. The top 30 overall male and female finishers will receive a coveted Top 30 Tank provided by rabbit running apparel.
TRANSPORTATION POST-RACE: After the race, free shuttles will run from Wharf Road near Shadowbrook Restaurant back to the Capitola Mall from 9am until 10:45am.
RACE DAY EXPERIENCE:
- On course, experience 12 bands during 3 oceanfront miles.
- Post-race food courtesy of New Leaf, Pacific Cookie Company, Truce Coffee, KIND Bar & Justin’s Peanut Butter
- Interactive post-race festival with companies like, Tepui Tents, Onewheel // Future Motion, Feejays, LUMA Yoga, & much more …
- Plus a chance to take part in a horseshoe tournament and get a front row seat for the lighted boat parade.