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Santa Claus For A Cause 5K

$38 8:30AM PST - 9:35AM PST Price increases after October 29, 2024 at 8:59am PDT

Santa Claus For A Cause 10K

$42 8:30AM PST - 10:00AM PST Price increases after October 29, 2024 at 8:59am PDT


$32 8:00AM PST - 8:10AM PST Registration ends December 14, 2024 at 11:59pm PST

Armstrong MD Memorial Sports Foundation

$50 8:00AM PST - 8:10AM PST Registration Opens December 6, 2024 at 3:02pm PST


Bolsa Chica State Beach
17851 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA US 92648


Santa Claus with a Cause 5k/10k
Saturday, December 14th 2024
Bolsa Chica State Beach

A Full-blown Santa Celebration and Christmas-themed race. EVERYTHING Christmas! Live carolers.  Snow falling.  Water & Christmas cookies at the finish! Choose from a Santa beanie, Full Santa suit, or custom race shirt.  Finish medals are a gift box with Santa that make into ornaments! Biggest, BEST finisher medals. 

Bring $ for fun food at the finish.  Specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and breakfast sandwiches at Tony's Il Caccia Coffee Truck. $5 BABYCAKES mini, allergy-free, scrumptious fresh fruit or chocolate chip PANCAKES, and our infamous Street Tacos and Tamales $2. Proceeds are assisting the GIFT BACK portion of this race! 

  • 8:00 am Kid's Dash
  • 8:30 am MASS START 5k/10K

(Takes place, Rain,  Sprinkle or Shine!!! Easy ups will be erected to stand under if we get the experience of weather.)

PICKING UP BIBs & SHIRTS:  Pick up shirts and Race bibs on race day at the Race Expo site (lot 25) from 6:30 am to 8:15 am  OR  at pre-packet pick up.

EARLY PACKET PICK UP available:    Friday, December 13, 2024  noon to 4 pm
ROAD RUNNER SPORTS 1835 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. You may pick up for others. No Id is required.

🅿️PARKING: The state park charges $15 per vehicle. (bring cash or your state park pass to make entering the gate faster) . Enter at the main gate and proceed west to the last lot. Proceed to the right and go all the way to the end.  Lot 25.  BOLSA CHICA STATE BEACH is located on the western end of Huntington Beach. The main gate opens at 6 am.  Lot 25 is the furthest west lot, nearest Warner & PCH. The entrance address is 17851 Pacific Coast Hwy, HB, Ca. 92649. The State Park charges $15 to enter. Carpool.  Bringing cash or a park pass does make the line move faster. 

We stage the race in lot 25 so you can also be DROPPED OFF at the Corner of Warner and PCH. Or,  park in outside parking lots in Sunset Beach behind the Jack in the Box and walk in if you choose. ( Do not park at the gas station or private store lots, but find public parking.)  Google Jack in the Box 17243 Pacific Coast Hwy.  Note, that State Park Gate on the west end does NOT OPEN.  You cannot drive into the State Park lots unless you go at the main gate. 

The STATE PARK is offering beach clean-up days, one per month if you want to come help, you can earn a FREE PARKING PASS to the race. Dates will be listed in the fall. 


6:30 am  REGISTRATION OPENS through 8:15 am.    Walk-up registration is welcome. 

7:00 am to 9 am:  THE REAL SANTA will be there for REAL selfie photos!!! Hashtag #carenwareevents.  Lil Dickens Carolers singing.  Snow falling!

8:00 am KID's shorter distance races. HO HO HO! Dashes and a half mile and mile race will be offered at 8:00 am  

8:00 am to 8:20  Dickens Carolers, snow falling, and more pictures with the real SANTA. Games area to play. 

8:20 THE PENGUIN warm up. Dance to the Macarena.  EVERYBODY join in!!!

Race start:  8:30 am  MASS START for 5K/10K.  Your time does not start until you roll under the starting arch.  Wear your bib on the FRONT.  You must cross under the start arch by 8:40 am. 

Top overall awards and age division medals in both 5k/10K. PLUS... BEST COSTUME prizes.  And the best dressed DOGGIE award! 

  • Fancy Santa GIFT BOX with SANTA inside.  Finisher Medal that turns into an ornament

  • Professional RFID Chip Timed in both races by ITZ ABOUT TIME

  • Age Division Awards

  • Included in registration is your choice of Santa Suit, Beanie, or A custom SANTA T-Shirt

  • Selfie booth with A REAL 🎅SANTA and candy canes!  

  • SNOW flakes falling!  Dickins Christmas Carolers singing.  

  • 🐧A PENGUIN warm-up doing the ....Macarena?  Really!


There are “In It To Win It” age categories 3 deep with 5-year age spans: 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39 40-44, 45-49, 50-54,55-59 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85&over.  WOW!!!

This event GIFTS  back! Santa Claus with a Cause uses its proceeds to gift those who otherwise would not experience a Christmas and sincerely need staple goods.  This year, more than ever.  If your situation allows, hit the donate button and help us help those that do not have a gifted situation this CHRISTMAS. 

Watch Caren Ware in the World Adventure travels...Running all over the World in remote places. Running into people and needs.  YOUTUBE CHANNEL Caren.Ware.Events.  This year's proceeds will continue to gift to the porter's and their villages and families in Africa. But also will be used to provide schooling, staples needs, and training for Nepalese Porters and Sherpas and their families. It's exciting to be able to make a healthy impact on others. And, give a special donation to the 'Woman that RUNS a Ranch in a Wheelchair".  Also, a vlog to watch on the Youtube Channel.

Caren Ware has written a captivating, invigorated, and heart felt book called FINDING FIT .  It releases on Amazon /Scriptor Publishing November 15!  Learn more about the porters that carry the equipment up Kilimanjaro in Africa and the loads the Nepalese carry in the Himalayas, but also about our own.  It is a journey though an arduous childhood, where running took root and became a means to get to higher , healthier places.  It is a story of your journey. .  Real, raw, enlightening, adventurous and inspiring.  Pour yourself into reading about running and outdoor stories that run through life lessons. CAREN WARE BOOTH will have a BOOK Signing Station. Buy a book and a gift Certificate to Run  in the New Year or any 2024 race...and you have a healthy gift for someBODY special! It's a gift of Inspiration and an opportunity to enjoy a race! There will be a GIFT WRAPPING Station! 

This is the Event that Gifts back.

Our gift to ourselves is health, but our gift to others is hope.  Proceeds from this event are Western Wired to Africa and Nepal. 

May we have the spirit of giving and gifting hope while we gift health to ourselves!   CAREN WARE  Subscribe to Youtube: and see what happens...monthly at our local races and racing around the world. 



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This RACE GIFTS BACK in this way through YOUR donations

Hit the DONATE BUTTON and contribute to Ware in the World , as Caren Ware gifts back to the needs she has RAN into RUNNING remote marathons across all 7 continents. Most recently finishing the Everest Marathon at the Basecamp of Mt. Everest 17, 500 feet...and trekking with the Nepalese and Sherpas has allowed us to bridge hearts with Nepali families and Sherpa villages. Plus we are still gifting to the porters and guides that village at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania , Africa.  EPA just sent us a THANK YOU,  As our funds helped provide medicine and a monitor for his son who was diagnosed with Diabetics.  He was walking 20k every three days to get the medicine because that is all he could afford. We also sent him to Accounting School.  Look at the photo.  He just graduated!!!


So far, we have been able to buy a refrigerator that was carried from Kathmandu back to the Himalayas.  Support Grace and Neha to go to school  And give money for school teaching supplies.  We matched funds and bought a motorcycle.  And are now working on getting funds for other schooling tuitions and supplies .And of all!!! 

Bring a new or gently used book to packet pick up or race day. Place in Christmas wrap box that is next to Santa and the Caren Ware Events booth.



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