Run to Surf Frequently Asked Questions

The Event:

How safe is Run to Surf? 

We want you to have fun and truly enjoy yourself at Run to Surf so we've tried to make the course as safe as possible. The 5k portion of the challenge will have clearly marked signage along the sidewalk on Shoreline Drive for runners and support staff will be on hand along the course to make sure that everyone is doing alright. The paddle portion will be staffed with lifeguards along the paddle course and at each buoy point. The obstacle course will also have support staff to make sure everyone is being as safe as possible.

We've done everything we can to make this event as safe as possible, but as with any event like this, there is no way to make it 100% safe. All participants should be in good health and of relatively good physical condition.

Is there an age limit?

The main event is limited to participants 18 and older. Bring the kids along to watch though, that way they can get mentally ready for when it's they're turn. But we have a super fun kids' event! Be sure to check it out here!

Can we compete in teams?

Yes! Registration is setup for single registration or teams of 3 people.  We are hoping to encourage a little friendly competition among participants so team names and team spirit highly desired.

What happens if there is rain? 

Run to Surf is a Rain or Shine event. 

What happens if there is a shark siting? 

No kidding, we have to prepare for everything. In the extremely unlikely event of a confirmed shark siting Run to Surf will have to be rescheduled. We will do our best to find a date that works for everyone!

Can we wear costumes? 

Costumes are welcome as long as they do not interfere with other participants. Costumes deemed unsafe by event organizers will not be allowed to be worn during the event. 

Will I be timed? 

You are welcome to time yourself or your team (we will have a clock on site), but this event is not timed by Run to Surf as it is defined as a challenge vs a race. 

I am not the best swimmer, will this be a problem?

While there is no swim portion of the event, we encourage participants that will be participating in the paddle out portion of the event to be experienced and trained for ocean activities, including the ability to swim. We will have course monitors and and lifeguards in the water during the event.

Can I mail my entry in? 

All entries need to be registered through

When can I pick up my individual or team race packet? 

Packet pickup will be Friday, July 7th from 4pm to 7pm at the Sandbox, located at 414 Olive St (across from ACE Hardware).

I forgot to submit my signed waiver. What do i do?

All participants will be required to have signed the Run to Surf liability waiver prior to the event. Waiver's will not be available day of the event. If you have not signed a waiver prior to the day of the event you will not be allowed to participate in Run to Surf. If you or your team member has not signed a waiver please plan on picking up your packet and signing any outstanding waivers at the packet pick up location which will be announced on June 1st.

May I replace a team member at the last minute? 

No team member changes will be allowed after Thursday, July 6th. 

Does Run to Surf give refunds?

No refunds or exchanges are available from Run to Surf.

Day of Run to Surf: 
What time should I arrive?

Come join us for a free yoga session provided by Corepower Yoga at 8:30! Warm up before you do the challenge! Yoga will take place in the park at Leadbetter Beach next to the parking lot.

Team participants should arrive to Leadbetter Beach parking lot no later than 9:30am (please have your team members at their designated relay point no later than 10:15am)
Single participants should arrive to Leadbetter Beach parking lot no later than 9:30am 

* Single participants should drop their surfboards at Relay Point 1 before heading to the start line. Run portion of the events starts at 10:00am. 

* team members participating in the paddle out portion of the event should be at relay point 1 with their surfboard no later than 15 minutes after the start of the run portion (10:00am) of the event

* team members participating in the obstacle portion of the event should be at relay point 2 no later than 15 minutes after the start of the run portion (10:00am) of the event

The kids event will start at 11am. Kids should plan to arrive no later than 10:45 to make sure they are ready to ROCK!

What time does the 5k course close?

The 5k course closes at 12:00pm.

What should I bring day of? 

Water (or refillable water bottle!)
Picture ID
A surfboard per team (or individual if you’ve signed up for BEAST)
A sense of adventure

Cash for extra beer tickets (first one is complementary for participants).

Where can I park? 

Paid parking will be available at beach parking lots at Leadbetter Beach. Parking is NOT paid for by the Run to Surf event. 

Will there be a bag drop? 

Bag drop tent will be located next to the Beer Garden at the Leadbetter Beach parking lot. See event site map for bag drop location. 

Will there be water stations? 

Water stations will be located along the run portion of the event, Leadbetter Beach obstacle area, Finish Line, and in the Beer Garden. 

Will there be food?

Complimentary sponsored snacks will be available to all participants at the Finish Line. A local foodtruck will be located at the Leadbetter Beach parking lot for additional food purchases. 

May I come as a spectator? 

Yes please! Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come to root on the participants and have a great time in the Beer Garden. See event site map for designated spectator areas.

Pictures from Run to Surf 2016

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