ZeeBlu Thanksgiving Day 5K

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and a time to reflect on our good fortune and those around us who could use a helping hand.  The ZeeBlu 5K is a great chance to do all of these things; this 100% charity race gives you a chance to run with family and friends and do something positive for the community.  Recently SBAA had a chance to catch up with Chad Ratliffe an SBAA member and recent Iron Man finisher to chat with him about his upcoming first year event.

General information about the race, how long is the course, cost, where?

The 1st Annual ZeeBlu Thanksgiving 5K & Family Fun Run will take place on Leadbetter Beach on November 28th at 9:00am. It’s $30 to register to run, but if you have a SBAA or Racemob.com discount, it’s $27. $15 for runners 18 and under! The first 200 to register will get a shirt, and trust us, you want a shirt. They’re awesome!

 What are your goals for the race?

I just want everyone to come out, and have a great time, and enjoy a community event! It can be tough to find time to give back to the community, so I really wanted to create an event with a family atmosphere to give people a forum for philanthropy. Also, I wanted to gather local like-minded businesses to support this event, and a bunch of great local businesses have come through and sponsored our 5K, with a special thanks to Select Staffing, and they’ll be giving out swag and cheering on our runners!

 Kids events?

Yes, this is a family event and we have some fun activities for the kids. Our mascot Zee the Zebra will putting on a short race with all the kids on the beach, and we have stickers and other little prizes, You will have to come to the race to find out what they are though!

 How can people register for the race?

Anyone who would like to participate in the 5K can register online through our thanksgiving.zeeblu.com website. We are also accepting registrations on the morning of the race but only the first 200 registrations are guaranteed a t-shirt. (And you’re going to want a blue striped race shirt, we just know it!)

 What is the course like?

The whole race is along the beach! From Leadbetter to East Beach at Calle Ceasar Chavez and back. Honestly, would you want to be running anywhere else?

Does it support a charity or non-profit?

This year 100% of the proceeds from the race will go to the Daniel Bryant Youth Foundation and Santa Barbara Food Bank. ZeeBlu is dedicated to giving back to the community, and we wanted to support these two organizations because we know they care as much as we do about our beautiful city!

 How many people typically participate in the race?

This is our first year doing a race like this, but we expect about 300 runners. We would love to have everyone in town show up to run.

 If you could say one thing to convince someone to run, what would it be?

Look at the foundations we are supporting with this event. Everyone knows a great cause when they see one, or should I say two (The DBYF and The Santa Barbara Food Bank).

 Is there any great swag the runners should know about?

We have a bunch of great local businesses that are coming out to support the cause. Select Staffing, Lynda.com, The Berry Man, Backyard Bowls, Caribbean Coffee Company, they’ll be there handing out swag and snacks and other goodies. First place in the 5K will receive a free year subscription to Lynda.com! And did I mention that the first 200 runners will walk away with a super sweet shirt sporting the ZeeBlu stripes (there will also be shirts for purchase at the event to raise additional funds for charity)

 Anything else?

If you’re interested in running, volunteering, donating, or sponsoring, you can find all the links and details at thanksgiving.zeeblu.com. We’re very excited here at ZeeBlu to be putting on this event for the community, and we hope to see everyone out there on Thanksgiving morning!