The last Sunday in July is the running of the Wharf to Wharf, a race from the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the wharf in Capitola, 6 miles south on the bay. It's a small town race, but it attracts a pretty big crowd because it's a beautiful course and we always have Goldilocks weather; not too hot and not too cold, but just right.
|Me and the sis. We run this one together most years.|
There were 16,000 registered runners and 55 bands along the course, which winds right along the water. That's more than one band per block - every kind of music you can imagine and all of it very inspiring. The first place female (Kenyan, natch) won in 30:17:44. I was more like 83:15:22, but I had a great time.
I brought my camera along, so here are a series of snaps from the course. If you ever plan to be in Santa Cruz at the end of July, this is a super fun race to run in. You have to register quick though. The race sold out in 19 hours this year.
|The starting line at the wharf by the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz|
|Santa Cruz Pipes and Drums by the river|
|The Great Morgani in his flamingo outfit|
The banner says it all. These guys were great.
|The yacht harbor, running over the bridge|
|Sons of the Beach Ukelele Band|
|The chefs from The Crow's Nest always bang their giant pots like drums to encourage us runners|
|Running along the beach by the yacht harbor|
|San Jose State Pep Band|
|Watsonville Taiko drummers|
|And the finish line! Home for coffee and danish with a job well done.|