Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to announce the Santa Monica Classic will return on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The 5K will begin at 8 am and the 10K will start at 8:30 am.

Included in the registration fee is your race entry, finisher shirt, finisher medal, post-race refreshments, live entertainment and access to the Santa Monica Classic Finish Festival.

Registration is available until we sell out.

  • Regular registration is sold out! Thank you!
  • 200 special entries are available - These limited entries require a $25 donation fee. Donations will benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their whole body health goals.
  • Virtual Entries - We are now offering two types of virtual options for runners/walkers wishing to participate in this iconic event remotely! Learn more here.
  • Conqur Challenges: Entries to the Conqur LA Challenge and Triple 5K Challenge are still available only with the Virtual or Special Donation entries for SMC mentioned above.
  • Kids Run: Registration is still open for the third annual Surfer Shuffle! Learn more here

Participants can pick up their bibs at the Santa Monica Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival on Saturday, September 7th from 11am-4pm at Reed Park or on race morning at the start line from 6:30 am-8 am. Athletes MUST pick up their own race packet, no exceptions. Finisher shirts can be picked up at the Santa Monica Finish Festival on the Santa Monica Pier after the race.

Yes, anyone participating in the Santa Monica Classic needs to be registered and have a race bib. Children in strollers do not need to register for the event but they will not be able to collect a medal at the Finish Line.

The Santa Monica Classic is scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2019. The point-to-point course begins at 2600 Barnard Way overlooking the Pacific Ocean and finishes just steps from the iconic Santa Monica Pier. The 5K race begins at 8:00 am and the 10K race begins at 8:30 am.

The Santa Monica Classic offers a 5K race and a 10K race.

The 5K race has a time limit of 2 hours. The 10K race has a time limit of 90 minutes.

Bibs must be fastened to the front of your body on either your shirt or shorts/pants using the provided safety pins.

The runner tracking link will be available on race weekend. Results will be available on our website after the race.

The Santa Monica Classic has two parking options: near the Start Line and near the Finish Line. No matter where you park, allow plenty of time to get to the start. Once the Santa Monica Classic 5K race has started at 8:00 am, many of the surrounding streets are closed and it becomes more difficult to make your way into the area parking lots. Plan to arrive between 30-60 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Parking near the Start Line:

Two parking lots are conveniently located near the Start Line of the Santa Monica Classic. Parking in each of these lots is $12. (Parking lot prices are set by the City of Santa Monica and are subject to change at any time.)

2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA — Accessible from the east via Ocean Park Blvd

2100 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA — Accessible from the north by heading south on Ocean Ave and making a right on Bicknell Ave

Parking near the Finish Line:

Three parking structures are located near the Finish Line of the Santa Monica Classic on 2nd Street between Wilshire Blvd and Broadway Ave. Parking in each of these lots allows for 90 minutes of free parking with the next hour at $1 cost and any subsequent half-hours at a cost of $1.50. Note: Finish Line parking structures are located approximately one mile from the Start Line — please allow ample time to pick up your race bib.

Structure 8 — Corner of Colorado Ave & 2nd Street, Santa Monica

Structure 4 — 1321 2nd Street, Santa Monica

Structure 2 — 1235 2nd Street, Santa Monica

The 5K race will have 1 water station available for participants. The 10K race will have 3 water stations for participants. Water will be available at the Finish Line and other post-race refreshments will be available at the Santa Monica Classic Finish Festival on the Santa Monica Pier.

No skates, bikes or pets are allowed on the course.

For more information, please contact us at (213) 542-3000 or email:

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.