December 18, 2021 – VIRGINA BEACH, VIRGINIA – J&A Racing welcomed thousands of Naughty and Nice runners to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for the 12th running of the BayPort Credit Union Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler presented by Bon Secours In Motion.
“It is so fun to see the streets flooded in red and green this time of year! With a pretty even split between Team Naughty and Team Nice, there is no doubt that our race participants had a great time at Surf-N-Santa,” said Amy Frostick, J&A Racing co-owner. “Getting to run through the BayPort Holiday Lights at the Beach on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a special treat! Runners look forward to this festive race as a way to celebrate the holiday season, and we are thrilled to be part of such a joyful event.”
Participants put themselves on Santa’s list by selecting Team Naughty or Team Nice during registration. On course, runners were treated to festive surprises including stops for locally made gingerbread cookies by The Neighborhood Harvest, a spirited gumdrop station, along with various cheer groups encouraging runners as they passed by. Unique to this event, a portion of the course takes participants through the Holiday Lights on the Boardwalk. Upon making the final turn, runners were treated to a Winter Wonderland Finish. After crossing the finish line, the celebrations continued at a post-race party at the Virginia Beach Convention Center with live music, finisher food, and beer.
The race benefits the Begin Again Foundation, a local non-profit that focuses on Sepsis awareness.
“We had the best time ever! We are so excited that J&A races are back and they really are the best in the industry,” Said Kim Moore of Virginia Beach. “Everybody we talked to said the same thing- this was the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season, and to be back to running in-person events is a great way to close out the year!”
Chris Free of Virginia Beach, Virginia won the BayPort Credit Union Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler with a finish time of 27:33. The winner of the 5 Miler on the women’s side was Tiffany Sloan, also of Virginia Beach. She broke the tape in 32:48.
About J&A Racing
J&A Racing is a nationally recognized race management company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a portfolio of seven events, J&A Racing’s mission is to promote and support healthy lifestyles and the sport of running through all stages of life. Since 2003 when J&A Racing owners, Amy and Jerry Frostick, took over the Shamrock Sportsfest, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend has become one of the most popular running events in the country growing from 3,000 participants to a record 30,000 in 2015. Additionally, J&A Racing organizes the Old Point National Bank Wicked 10K; the MSP Design Group Big Blue 5K; the BayPort Credit Union Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler; the BayPort Foundation Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K; the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, 10K & We Promise Foundation Norfolk Harbor 5K; and the ADP Corporate 5K. For more information on J&A Racing’s events, visit jandaracing.com.