Biking: Free valet bicycle parking provided by Bike Santa Cruz County! Ride your bike to the site and we will keep it safe in our bike corral while you enjoy your run.

Parking off-site:

  • Want a pre-run warm-up? There's free parking about 1.5 miles south of Wilder Ranch on Shaffer Rd by Highway 1, and a nice bike/pedestrian trail that connects the on-street parking to Wilder Ranch. Bike it or jog it.
  • Free Highway 1 parking is available just outside the entrance to Wilder Ranch. Early-birds may find space here.

Parking within Wilder Ranch: Parking in the lot costs $10 per vehicle. The $10 helps support State Parks---come as a carpool and divide the cost!

Carpooling: Runners from Los Gatos north to San Francisco in past years have carpooled from Los Gatos at 7:10AM. The drive from Los Gatos to Wilder is about 35 minutes without traffic. Runners from Santa Cruz cam carpool near 2901 Mission St. Extension at 7:40AM. The drive from this spot to Wilder is about 5 minutes.

Feel free to use the Run by the Sea Facebook page to coordinate other arrangements with fellow runners!



7:20AM - pre-registered runner check-in; race-day registration if available

8:05AM - half marathon runners assemble

8:10AM - half marathon begins

8:25AM - 12K runners assemble at 12K starting line

8:30AM - 12K run begins

8:35AM - 4K runners assemble at 4K starting line

8:40AM - 4K jog/walk/run begins

9:15AM - 4K awards and finish line party!

9:45AM - 12K awards; finish line party continues

10:00AM - raffle drawing;  finish line party goin' strong

~10:30AM - half marathon awards (finally!); finish line party last hurrah

Make a day of your Run By The Sea adventure. 


Have a picnic, climb the Cedar tree, take a bike ride in the mountain trails of Wilder Ranch, explore the historic ranch buildings, take a tour, enjoy the beauty of Wilder Ranch State Park.


Bib pick-up will be available throughout the week before the race at several locations in Santa Cruz, Aptos, and Campbell. While bib pick-up will be available the day of the race, we highly recommend that you pick up your packet before race day to ensure you get to the starting line on time! (And have some time to take some bib selfies for Instagram, before-and-after pics, carbo-load justification, and whatnot.)

Click here to see pick-up times and locations.