Semana Nautica

Tuesday July 4th Semana Nautica 15K and 5K Run

The Semana Nautica 15k, held annually on the 4th of July, is the oldest running race on the Central Coast. It will be the 63rd running in 2017.

The 2017 event will be held at Elings Park. In addition to the traditional 15K race distance, the race directors offer a 5k walk/run distance designed as an option for people who want to participate in a running event on the 4th of July but don’t want to do the full 15k.

Food will be available thanks to the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. The pancakes are free for race participants, $8 for spectators, and all proceeds will go to local High School Running Programs.

Managed by the Santa Barbara Athletic Association, the 15k is a local grand prix race.


For over three-quarters of a century, Santa Barbara has celebrated the Semana Nautica Festival surrounding the 4th of July holiday. The festival originated in 1933 when the local populace challenged the crew of five U.S. Navy battleships, moored outside the harbor, to a series of contests along the beach. Dubbed Fleet Week, the resulting enthusiasm inspired the City Council to charter the event on a permanent basis the following year and change the name to Semana Nautica in honor of the town’s Spanish heritage. Over the years, the sports festival has incorporated hundreds of various events, from the extremely physically challenging to those that welcome participants of all ages and abilities. Spectators may attend the events free of charge and are encouraged to cheer amateur competitors at the many sites in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta. More than a million people have visited Santa Barbara during Semana Nautica since its inception.

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