It's a Classic: Santa Monica 5K/10K to Benefit Heal the Bay

On-site registration still available; or, cheer on runners & join beach cleanup

May 11, 2011, 20:53 ET from LA MARATHON LLC

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of runners from across Los Angeles will gather in Santa Monica this Sunday, May 15th, for the sixth annual Santa Monica Classic. The event, which includes both 5K & 10K races, will continue the tradition of raising funds and awareness for environmental non-profit Heal the Bay.

More than 4,000 participants will race through Santa Monica, down a palm-lined course that showcases stunning ocean views as runners charge down Ocean Avenue toward the finish line just steps from the world-famous Santa Monica Pier.  The race also features a popular beach clean-up that is open to the public, and an exciting expo at the pier featuring a variety of environmentally conscious vendors and music, as well as an awards ceremony.  

Registration for the Santa Monica Classic is still open. Runners are encouraged to stop by the pre-race expo on Saturday, May 14th at the K-Swiss storefront at 2427 Main Street from 10:00am to 4:00pm, or register on race day, Sunday, May 15th beginning at 6:30am.

"The Santa Monica Classic brings together runners, a great cause and a lot of sunshine," said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. "Join us on Sunday for a fun and festive day."

All runners and spectators are encouraged to join a post-race beach cleanup led by Heal the Bay. The half-hour beach cleanup is expected to feature hundreds of participants and will begin on the south side of the Santa Monica Pier by the volleyball courts at 10:00am. Heal the Bay representatives will have all supplies that are needed, but organizers recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and bringing sunscreen and water. Heal the Bay makes Southern California coastal water and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.

For more information about the race, which is an LA MARATHON LLC event, please visit