The Santa Barbara Half Marathon is set for Sunday, Nov. 7. The road race event supports the Santa Barbara Running Association’s (SBRA) youth running programs.

Organized by Run Local, the event welcomes runners and walkers from the community and around the country to be inspired to reach their goals on a picturesque downtown, waterfront course. 

Pre-sale for the Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) and Kids Run events is open Wednesday, July 21 to Monday, Aug. 2. During this window, participants will enjoy the lowest price, as well as receive a race kit including a medal, long sleeve-technical tee, half marathon and 5K training programs.

The courses will be closed and fully supported with aid stations and various pace groups in the half marathon for those looking to achieve 1:30-3 hour finishing times.

“After COVID-19 restrictions impacted live events during the past year, it has been very rewarding and exciting to bring our Santa Barbara Half Marathon to life in support of the SBRA’s community youth running programs,” said David Monico, Run Local marketing director and Santa Barbara resident.

“In a town my family calls home, we look forward to welcoming runners and walkers from around the world to our beautiful coastal region,” he said.

In the fall of 2020, Run Local hosted a free, virtual Santa Barbara Half Marathon drawing some 3,500 runners from 40-plus countries, and raising more than $5,000 for the SBRA’s youth running programs. 

“We are thrilled to work with Run Local and the Santa Barbara Half Marathon to help drive our mission through local youth running programs and initiatives,” said Lisa Dosch SBRA Board president. “Your support will directly benefit many valuable local running-related programs and special youth initiatives.

“We’ve provided support for the Club West Junior High School Cross Country Program; Special Olympics of Santa Barbara County Track and Field athletes; maintenance of Elings Park running trails; and the Dos Pueblos, San Marco and Santa Barbara high school cross country programs.

“In addition, during the pandemic we have provided additional community support through our contributions to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara; Goleta Valley Historical Society, home of Lake Los Carneros trails; and Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara through a new shoes and running apparel program to name a few.”

The Santa Barbara Half Marathon is also a part of SBRA’s Grand Prix, and the 5K is a Junior Grand Prix event.

To register and learn more about the Santa Barbara Half Marathon, visit www.santabarbarahalf.com.