Run.Sweat.Love. Family Fun 5k/1k Festival Santa Cruz

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Date(s) - 04/22/2018
All Day

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds


Run Sweat Love


Run.Sweat.Love. Santa Cruz benefits the Mini Mermaid Running Club & the Young Tritons Running Club. The event gives you the opportunity to support our Mini Mermaids & Young Tritons & help them fall in love with moving their bodies. Come join the fun. Don’t forget to stay for the post race celebration featuring music, local artist and food vendors, as well as kid friendly activities.

Runners, walkers, hikers, joggers, and strollers are all welcome! This event is accessible. Please call in advance for reasonable accommodations requests.

The Race

Help support our Mini Mermaid & Young Tritons participants by joining us on race day for our 5k race! 

Littles 1k – Have a Mini-Mini-Mini Mermaid or a REALLY-Young Triton that wants to RUN? Our 1k is JUST for them. Kids will run a .6 mile course into the finish line. 1K Registration includes race shirt & runners choice of Young Triton Bib and medal or Mini Mermaid Bib and Medal! $15

Want to show your support for Mini Mermaid & Young Tritons participants but can’t attend the actual event? Sign up as a virtual runner and receive all the same goodies as a “Race Day Runner” – without actually being at the race! 

The Festival

The Run.Sweat.Love. Family Fun 5k/1k was designed as a way for Run Sweat Love participants, Mini Mermaids and Young Tritons to join forces with the community and celebrate crossing the finish line. We encourage all participants and spectators to hang out, cheer for each other, have some fun and browse around!

There will be RAFFLE!!, fun music, as well as local vendors and agencies showcasing themselves and providing entertainment for festival goers. We are very excited to showcase local vendors who will be selling their products and services at the festival. (Click here to download the vendor’s application) There will also be local family oriented agencies at the festival, providing fun and entertaining activities for youth to enjoy.

Join us for the post race celebration, and let’s have some fun!

For more information and to register, visit

About the Event Beneficiaries

Mini Mermaid Running Club and Young Tritons Running Club are two, pretty rad, after-school and self-development running programs for girls and boys.

Mini Mermaid Running Club

Mini Mermaid Running Club (MMRC) was founded in 2009 to ensure ALL girls – including those living at the poverty line could have access to an awesome movement based self-development program. We believe in the power of our voices and know that moving our bodies is a catalyst for real, honest conversations about what might be holding us back or moving us forward. We teach girls about the two voices that exist in the world around us and in our own hearts by using two characters, Mini Mermaid and Siren. MMRC represents the voice of bravery, courage, and strength – the voice that reminds of what we know to be true about ourselves even when life is hard. Siren represents the voice of confusion, fear, shame, and anger – all real emotions that we need to learn how to work through.

Young Tritons Running Club (YTRC) was created to offer a unique opportunity for boys from all walks of life to learn the power of being part of a team, to discover how they uniquely fit in and how to advocate for themselves and others. We believe boys have the capacity to care for others, to stand up for themselves, and to redefine their strength – heart, body, and mind. Our character driven curriculum gives boys the tools they need to navigate the changing landscape of life with resilience, strength, and integrity. YTRC inspires every boy to become emotionally and physically balanced through self-compassion, empathy, cooperation, a broadened definition of strength and discovering the finish line is just the beginning.

Young Tritons Running Club

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