This momentous annual run benefits the important ocean conservancy work of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project
Encinitas, CA -- The much-anticipated Surfing Madonna Beach Run on November 5th, 2017, set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s “largest race on sand” with 4,288 runners counted! Leading up to the big day, the numbers of registered runners kept soaring eventually leading event producers at Surfing Madonna Oceans Project to call the race sold out at 4,850 registrants. As weather reports predicted rain the day of the event, there was still some uncertainty about if big numbers would show up or not. Fortunately, the weather turned out to be clear and sunny, and the runners showed!
In addition to the rain threats, another last-minute snafu nearly cost the event its title. With just minutes left before the race began, producers were informed about paperwork that all 45 course monitors had to fill out during the race. Luckily the team was able to get the forms printed and delivered to the beach then distributed to the monitors minutes before the conch shell blow announced the start of the run!
An hour and a half after the race’s start time, Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric announced to the huge crowd gathered at Moonlight Beach (where the race began and finished) that the Surfing Madonna Beach Run successfully set the new Guinness World Record. The crowd went wild!
Bob Nichols, president and founder of Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, exclaimed “We are so thrilled by the incredible turn out for this signature event, and proud to bring a world record title to Encinitas! We’re grateful for all the support the community has shown this event and our work to save the ocean!”
This momentous annual run benefits the important ocean conservancy work of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. On the day of the event, Assemblymember Rocky Chavez, Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz, Councilmember Tasha Boerner Horvath, Councilmember Joe Mosa and San Diego County Board of Education Rick Shea spoke their support for this important nonprofit and the incredible run that supports it. With the title now in place, the producers anticipate even more runners participating next year.
Official video here- https://youtu.be/HG-3gBo-Xno
About Surfing Madonna Oceans Project:
The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project (SMOP) is an Encinitas-based nonprofit founded in 2012. Initiated and inspired by a public art project (the “Save the Ocean” mosaic located in Encinitas, CA), this 501C3 is dedicated to bringing the community together to “Save the Ocean” and protect our coastline. Some projects include environmental education programs, ocean conservation grants, marine mammal rescue/recovery initiatives and ocean focused programming for children with special needs. Read more at: https://surfingmadonna.org