Race Info

The Surfing Madonna Beach Run is a 5K, 10K, 15K, race that is run completely on the hard-packed sand. This year the Guinness Book of World Records is sending judges to officiate our attempt at the world’s “largest beach run”. Join us in setting this exciting new record!

5K (3.1 Miles)


This 5K is absolutely EPIC! You’ll start at Moonlight Beach then head north to along the crashing surf on the hard-packed sand. You’ll turn around just north of famous Beacon’s Beach. Aid Stations will be available with Electrolytes & water. When you cross the finish line at Moonlight Beach, you’ll receive a KILLER MEDAL and tons of sponsor hydration refreshments and treats!

10K (6.2 Miles)


Starting and finishing at Moonlight Beach, this is a famous challenging course for local recreational runners. The first turnaround point will be at Ponto State Beach jetty. There are restrooms and an Aid Station with water and electrolytes. The 2nd turnaround point will be 100 yards south of Moonlight Beach, then you’ll quickly turn around to cross the finish line at Moonlight Beach, where you’ll receive your KILLER MEDAL and tons of hydration refreshments and treats. You’ll LOVE this 10K! There is a 2.5 hour time limit.

15K (9.3 Miles)


No other 15K like this in California! The entire 15K is on the hard-packed sand passing Beacon’s beach, Ponto Beach, and famous Swami’s Beach. The first turnaround point is located at Ponto State Beach jetty with restrooms and an aid station with water and hydration drinks. Heading south, you’ll have tons of course support, water, misters to keep you cool and a GORGEOUS view of the pacific ocean. Your 2nd turnaround point will be located just south of Swami’s Beach. There are restrooms at Swami’s Beach and an Aid Station with water, electrolytes, gels and snacks (M&M’s, etc.) to keep you strong and smiling! You’ll cross the finish line to receive your KILLER finisher’s medal and tons of hydration refreshments and treats. There is a 2.5 hour time limit (16 min/mile pace).

2017 Race Shirt

What’s Included:


  • WORLD RECORD Race Shirt
  • WORLD RECORD Finisher’s Medal
  • Sponsor Goody Bag
  • Finish Line Refreshments and Treats
  • On-course fuel stations and FUN entertainment
  • Chip Timed with results texted to you
  • Tons of sponsor swag
  • WORLD RECORD Beach Party

Race Schedule:


  • 11:00am – 1:30pm: Race Day Registration 
  • 1:15pm – Kids 1K Fun Run begins
  • 2:00pm – 5K/10K/15K begins 
  • 3:15pm – Guided Cool Down Stretch
  • 3:30pm – Guinness Book of World Records Announcement 




NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: All 1K participants will receive a Surfing Madonna water safety coloring book and a free meal at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

The little ones LOVE this 1K! At 1:15pm, kids 12 and under will head out for a quick race down the beach (at a clearly marked turnaround point) and head back to cross the finish line and receive their AWESOME Finisher’s Medal.

Every child in the 1K will receive the same finisher’s medal and race shirt as the other divisions. To ensure that every child receives a race shirt, we will have a maximum of 200 kids. Register today to ensure his/her spot.

Parents are allowed to run/walk next to their child but will not receive a medal or shirt.

Course Time Limit for 5K, 10K, and 15K

The 5K must be completed within 2 hours

The 10K must be completed within 2 hours and 30 minutes

The 15K must be completed within 2 hours 45 minutes.

Course Support

Re-fueling stations (equipped with water and electrolyte drinks) will be located at every mile on the course. Restrooms are OFF COURSE at Moonlight Beach (Mile 0 and 6), Ponto Beach (Mile 3), and Swami’s Beach (Mile 7.5). Please use the restrooms before you start your run/walk.


The Encinitas Lifeguards and a volunteer medical team will be at the start and finish. There will be 2 ambulances stationed on the north and south end of the course. RaceGuards (running medics) will be on the course to provide emergency response. If you experience any medical issue, please go to the nearest water station or sit higher on the sand near the bluff and medical responders will come to assist you.

Timing and Race Results

Your timing chip will be on the back of your race bib! Results will be based on chip time and results will be posted in the Timing Tent near the finish line, online, and texted to the number you provided on your registration form.

Packet Pick Up

NEW! We’ve added a 2 day EXPO with vendors, music, and samples, while you pick up your bib number and shirt! This will be held on Friday, Nov 3 and Saturday, Nov 4. You must show your photo ID to pick up your bib, shirt and goody bag. You may designate a person to pick up your bib number but they must present a copy of your picture ID – no exceptions.

Race Morning Bib Pick Up:

There is an extra $15 fee to pick up your packet and/or register on race morning. We encourage all participants to pick up their race gear at the 2 day Expo! Cash or credit – no exceptions.

Location: TBA


Rules & Reminders

  • Entry fees are non-refundable, no exceptions. You may transfer your entry to another participant for $10 before Oct 1, 2017.
  • You must wear your bib number in order to participate in this race.
  • We support fair competition and have a zero tolerance policy for PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs). If you are currently suspended or banned from competing, you will be ineligible to win an award. Any use, or prior use that affects your performance day of the race, of drugs, alcohol, performance enhancing medications or methods, or having an unfair advantage will grant you immediate disqualification from this competition.