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Wharf to Wharf

Sunday July 23rd, 2017
Santa Cruz, California
Distance: 6 miles

Each year, on the fourth Sunday in July, thousands of runners from across America and around the globe return to Santa Cruz, California for the annual six-mile race to Capitola-by-the-Sea.

First run in 1973 by a handful of locals, the Wharf to Wharf Race today enjoys a gourmet reputation in running circles worldwide. Its scenic, seaside setting, perfect weather, and festive beach party atmosphere make it a favorite of casual joggers and elite athletes alike. Limited to 15,000 runners on a first-come-first-served basis, its field sells out months in advance. Runners are thrilled just to get in! While most come for sun, fun, and fitness reasons, serious athletes run to test their mettle against the best.

The race draws an elite, international field. Runners know that a good showing at Wharf to Wharf is a guaranteed boost to their running career. The roll of past champions numbers several Olympic stars. Widely acclaimed "The best little road race in California", Wharf to Wharf is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast and a boon to local business, annually infusing more than four million dollars into the Santa Cruz County economy.

Industry figures calculate that it brings more than a million dollars annually to Santa Cruz County. It receives broad print and electronic media attention, is highlighted in all running industry publications as one of the top races in America, is broadcast live on radio and aired on local cable television throughout each year.

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My Best Runs Comments

Bob Anderson
I had heard so much about this race over the years. I ran this race as one of my 50 in 2012. Loved it! It sells out fast. Be sure to sign up at least three months in advance.
Steve Kettmann
I love this event - can't beat the backdrop, and the scene is fun. I do wish there weren't quite so many people on the course walking, even right at the start when they clearly got out there somehow before those of us running started.
Race Date: 07/23/2017 Distance: 6 miles
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 27:32.62 Teshome Mekonen ETH
2nd Male 27:33.11 Simion Chirchir KEN
3rd Male 27:40.36 Silas Kipruto KEN
4th Male 27:43.83 Isaac Mukundi KEN
Female 31:18.96 Buze Diriba ETH
2nd Female 31:35.77 Monicah Ngige KEN
3rd Female 32:20.64 Mara Olson USA
4th Female 32:29.16 Samantha Silva LA MESA, CA
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 32:47 Alan Jackson 42 Los Osos, CA
M 50-59 32:05 Mark Harlan 58 Santa Cruz, DC
M 60-69 39:31 Steven Occhipinti 62 Felton, CA
M 70+ 40:06 Michael Conroy 72 Santa Cruz, CA
F 40-49 36:38 Jennifer Bayliss 46 San Ramon, CA
F 50-59 38:18 Nanci Sumaya 54 Fresno, CA
F 60-69 33:55 Victoria Scharnikow 66 Sonoma, CA
F 70+ 50:01 Beverly Diehl 75 San Jose, CA
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