Reef and Run

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2014 Reef and Run summer ocean swimming series on East Beach in Santa Barbara, California

Reef & Run is the premier weekly ocean swim race series on East Beach on the South Coast in Santa Barbara, California. The charity swim series starts every Thursday at 6:30 pm at the beautiful Cabrillo Bathhouse at East Beach from 5 June to 28 August. The races includes ocean swims of 500m, 1 km and 1 mile for US$15 per race. On select weeks we also feature a biathlon race and a season-ending Boat to Beach race. Live entertainment and a great atmosphere for athletes and families follows every race in the series.


Reef & Run is organized by Jane Cairns with the assistance of Rich Hanna.


Reef & Run is committed to supporting the next generation of ocean swimmers through its support of the Santa Barbara Jr. Lifeguard program.

Union Bank is the title sponsor of the Reef & Run series.

2020 Season

With the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional races were modified and renamed the Reef and Run Social Media Challenge.


Website & Registration


A season pass will cost US$150 or US$15 per race.


Cabrillo Bathhouse - 1118 East Cabrillo Blvd. (oceanside).


  • 2014: Every Thursday beginning 5 June and ending 28 August with registration at 5:30 pm with races starting at 6:30 pm.
  • 2015: Every Thursday evening from 4 June to 27 August.
  • 2016: Every Thursday evening from 9 June to 1 September

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