Santa Monica Classic Kids Run

The Santa Monica Classic Kids Run is perfect for future marathoners ages 3 - 8!

Date: September 8, 2024

Time: 10:15am

Location: Ocean Blvd, near the Santa Monica Pier

Ages: Recommended for kids 3 - 8 years old

Distance: 1/2km

What's Included: Bib, participant t-shirt, finisher medal and a great time!

Surfer Shuffle Kids Run FAQ

How long is the course?

The course is approximately ½K or about 1/3 mile

Where does the Kids Run start?

It will start near the main event finish line on Ocean Avenue

Where does it finish?

The Kids Run will finish through the main finish line on Ocean Avenue.

What time does the Kids Run start?

The Kids Run starts at 10:15 AM with the first wave. Kids should start lining up at 10:00 AM for warm ups and announcements.

What's up with the waves?

Children will be sent out in waves by age group - oldest in front, youngest in back – every 5 minutes. By sending the kids in groups by age, we make it a more safe and fun experience. Parents are encouraged to run with children 6 and under. • Wave 1 is for children 7-8 years old. • Wave 2 is for children 5-6 years old. • Wave 3 is for children 4 and under.

Can siblings or friends who are different ages run together?

Yes, they are welcome to run in the same wave together - it's up to you as the parent to decide which is the more appropriate wave. Children with less running experience will likely feel more comfortable with a younger age group that is a bit slower.

Why do I have two race bibs?

Each child will be given a participant race bib that must be pinned to the front of their clothing. There will be a matching “parent bib” for one parent to either wear or hold onto if they are on the course and when they leave the finish area with their child.

What if I want to run with my child?

We love when parents run with their kids and are welcome to run in any of the waves. We recommend a parent or guardian run with children 6 years and under. Please wear your “Parent Bib” when on the course.

What if I want to spectate at the finish line?

If your child is in Wave 1 (7-8 years old) and is comfortable running without you, you can meet them just past the finish line. Once your child has crossed the finish line they will be directed into the Kids Reunion Corral next to the finish line. This is where spectating parents may reunite with their children.

Where do I pick up my child’s bib and tshirt?

It is recommended you pick up Kids Run bibs on September 9 at the main event packet pick up at Big 5. Bibs are also available on race morning on Ocean Ave, near the kids start line (and the main event finish line) from 8am to 9:30am – arrive early to avoid delays. Kids Run shirts will be available at the Finish Festival on the Pier with main event shirts. They will also be available at the Kids Tent by the Finish Line between 8am and 9:30am.

Other Safety Precautions

Sometimes kids and parents get separated. Take time before the Kids Run to discuss your plan – will you run with your child or meet them at the reunion area near the finish line? Write your cell number on the back of your child's bib. If you need help finding each other, come to the Kids Reunion area or locate a staff person.

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