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August 17, 2023

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The 2023 Santa Barbara Half Marathon presented by HOKA & SB Independent 5K is coming! This November, participants will lace up their running shoes and prepare for an exhilarating event that combines the stunning beauty of Santa Barbara with the thrill of a half marathon, a 5K run and a Kids Fun Run. Now is the time to start training with professional coaching from Run Your Personal Best. And you’ll want to get ready because this is an event like no other, showcasing two iconic roads on the American Riviera - Cabrillo Blvd and State Street. This is your opportunity to enjoy the fresh coastal air, the stunning waterfront courses, and the energy and support from our community offered every step of the way.

A group of female runners in a marathon on a road.

Experience Santa Barbara's Neighborhoods on Foot

The highly anticipated event, in support of Santa Barbara Running Association's youth running programs, takes place on two world-renowned roads on the American Riviera, giving participants a deeper understanding of our vibrant community. Runners will start along Santa Barbara’s spectacular waterfront before winding through downtown and around local landmarks like Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden and Kids World at Alameda Park. To cap off the journey, participants will descend State Street for a one-of-a-kind fast Half Marathon and 5K finish.

I became the Official Real Estate Partner of the race as part of my ongoing commitment to support local initiatives that create positive impacts on our neighborhoods. For each dollar spent in the Run Local universe, at least 5% goes towards partner organizations making positive impacts right here in Santa Barbara. This collective effort ensures that our love for running (and for Santa Barbara) goes beyond the track and contributes to making our city an even better place to live.

Aerial view of hundreds of runners in the Santa Barbara Marathon on a road next to the ocean

Event Details and Schedule

Race day will kick off on November 5, 2023, with the Half Marathon by HOKA starting at 7:00 am featuring a scenic journey through the heart of Santa Barbara. Kick off your run along the waterfront on the spectacular Cabrillo Blvd, with the fresh coastal air energizing your every step. The route then takes you through the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, winding around local landmarks that define our city's unique charm.

The SB Independent 5K begins at 8:15 am. Runners will start on State Street and head west on Cabrillo Blvd, exploring downtown Santa Barbara and its landmarks in a new light. Just like the half marathon, the 5K concludes with an exhilarating descent down the iconic State Street promenade.

A large group of children running down a Santa Barbara street during a marathon.

The HOKA Kids Fun Run, presented by Santa Barbara Children’s Dentistry, takes off at 10:00 am. This untimed fun run is open to kids under seven and offers distances ranging from 200 meters to half a mile based on the age group. Parents and guardians are welcome to run alongside their little ones, making it a joyful and bonding experience for all.

A group of people laughing and drinking beer during a post-marathon party.

The Finish Line Festivities

The thrill continues beyond the races. Get ready to groove at the Finish Line Festival, a not-to-miss celebration from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. This lively event will feature live music, a delightful Figueroa Mountain Beer Garden for those 21 and older, and a dedicated Kids Zone for all young attendees.

The festival will take place in the Funk Zone neighborhood on Yanonali St. between State St. and Anacapa St. Take a breather, immerse yourself in the music, savor the offerings from Figueroa Mountain Beer and let the kids have a blast in the Kids Zone. The finish line festivities are for everyone—families, friends, and the entire community are invited.

Special Note: Remember that daylight saving time ends on the same day, giving you an extra hour of sleep. Make sure you adjust your plans accordingly.

Prepare Now to Run Your Personal Best with Expert Coaching

Gear up for this exciting event by taking your training to the next level with the assistance of the event’s race partner, Run Your Personal Best. With deep roots in Santa Barbara's running community, they offer free premade training plans and personalized coaching. Whether you're an experienced runner or a newbie, their expertise will help you crush your goals and achieve your personal best on race day.

So, please mark your calendars and get ready to join the Santa Barbara Half Marathon celebration, where the thrill of running meets the beauty of our city's iconic streets. Let's run together, celebrate together, and make memories that will last a lifetime. And remember, I'm here to help you find your perfect home in our wonderful community. When you’re ready, just call me at (805) 886-9378 or email me at As your local realtor, you can count on me to assist you with all your real estate needs. See you at the starting line!

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“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”

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“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”

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