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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, June 6, 2013

Reef and Run Kicks Off Swim Season on June 6th

The days are getting longer and the ocean is getting warmer, which can mean only one thing; Reef and Run! The premier ocean swimming event on the South Coast, Reef and Run returns to East Beach for the fifth year.


Swimmers hit the water for the first event of the season on June 6th, at 6:30pm in front of the beautiful and historic Cabrillo Bathhouse on East Beach. The season runs every Thursday evening through August 29th, with the season opener on June 6th offered free to all participants.

This spring, the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department honored Jane Cairns, Reef and Run Race Director, for her support of the Santa Barbara Jr. Lifeguard program. Reef and Run contributes profits to the program at the end of each season.

Reef and Run has enjoyed a great relationship with Santa Barbara Bank and Trust and is happy to announce that this relationship will continue through the generous support of Union Bank.

“We’re thrilled to be back at the Cabrillo Bathhouse and East Beach for our fifth season”, said Jane Cairns, Race Director. “With top level support from sponsors and volunteers, the fifth year of Reef and Run is going to be our biggest year yet, which in turn helps to support the next generation of ocean swimmers, the Santa Barbara Jr. Lifeguards.

Since its start in 2009, Reef and Run has strived to be the best ocean swimming event in town, by swimmers, for swimmers. Reef and Run offers three different swim races: The Santa Barbara Swim Club 500 meter swim, the Santa Barbara Triathlon 1k swim and the Elite Performance 1 mile swim. On select weeks, the JFM Web Design Biathlon takes swimmers out around the 1k course and then onto a soft sand run towards the harbor and back. Thanks to sponsorship by local law firm, Mullen &Henzell, Reef and Run 2013 will also feature the inaugural Youth 1K Grand Prix Series.

Post-race activities are held at East Beach Grill and will feature a full menu and top local bands.

About Reef and Run

Reef and Run is the premier weekly ocean swim race series on the South Coast. It starts every Thursday at 6:30pm at the beautiful Cabrillo Bathhouse at East Beach (June 6th – August 29th). We offer three swim race lengths of 500m, 1k and 1 mile for $15 per race. On select weeks we also feature a Biathlon race. Post-race we have hot showers, live music and a great atmosphere for athletes and families.

Reef and Run is committed to supporting the next generation of ocean-loving swimmers through our support of the Santa Barbara Jr. Lifeguard program. For more information please visit www.ReefandRun.org.

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