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​Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon 2015 Post-Event Recap & Fast Facts


7th edition set for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 on America’s Riviera at The World’s Most Beautiful Finish Line; register today at

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (November 19, 2015) – The Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon 2015 was held on a spectacular fall Saturday morning, November 7, and at the 6th edition on America’s Riviera, 2,500-plus runners in the Half Marathon or Half Marathon Relay started for the first time on the beautiful UC-Santa Barbara campus and ran on closed Ward Memorial Route 217 with incredible ocean and mountain views before heading toward “The World’s Most Beautiful Finish Line” on Santa Barbara’s world famous waterfront. The annual community event is the largest running event in Santa Barbara.

“With the start at UCSB, closed Route 217, the inspiring Veterans Final Mile with the American flags and the one-of-a-kind Finish Line Festival at Leadbetter Beach, this year’s Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon was something special, and a big thank you to the runners, the spectators, law enforcement, the community and our sponsors for creating a celebration of running,” said Rusty Snow, race director. “We look forward to welcoming the runners to most beautiful start and finish lines on Saturday, November 12, 2016.”

Participants can lock-in the lowest rate of the year by saving $15 on registration by Saturday, November 21 by applying the following discount code at checkout:15SBHALF16. Registration available at:

FAST FACTS from the 2015 event:

  • Entrants: 3,228 including 62 relay teams and 15 Wounded Warriors
  • Starters: 2,500-plus
  • Finishers: 2,480 overall (2,319 Half Marathon including 10 Wounded Warriors plus 161 Half Marathon Relay)

Half Marathon
Moninda Marube of Kenya defended his Half Marathon title in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 41 seconds to become the first to repeat as the 13.1 mile race champion and he also captured an event record fourth victory; Marube won the Santa Barbara Marathon twice (2010-11).

Oldest Half Marathon race champions:

  • Moninda Marube, 36, KEN, 1:08:41
  • Kelly Couch, 38, USA / CA, 1:22:48

Congratulations to the 9 Legacy Runners who have finished all 6 Half Marathon editions:

  • John Brennand, 80, Santa Barbara, 3:23:00
  • Bill Caylor, 68, Solano Beach, CA, 3:06:26
  • Julie Chacko, 43, Santa Barbara, CA, 1:53:32
  • Bridget Harrington, 41, Santa Barbara, CA, 2:19:23
  • Russ Jones, 67, Santa Barbara, CA, 1:39:22
  • Terri Rice, 55, Arroyo Grande, CA, 2:53:00
  • John Sim, 44, Goleta, CA, 1:32:20
  • Reyna Talanian, 44, Goleta, CA, 1:57:05
  • Gary Wente, 68, Pasadena, CA, 3:14:02

In addition, according to GreenProject Consultants, the event diverted 97% of the waste generated at the finish line from the landfill, far exceeding the industry average of 15-20% waste diversion. The total amount of waste – recycling and compost – diverted was the equivalent of removing more than 1.5 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere or removing more than 4 cars from the road.

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About the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon
Locally owned and operated, the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon, set for Saturday, November 12, 2016, is the largest running event on California’s scenic Central Coast. The 7th edition features a Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay as well as an inspiring Veterans Final Mile tribute and a spectacular finish at Leadbetter Beach.

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