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Santa to the Sea Seeks Sponsors to Help with 300-Foot Mural, to be Painted by Local School Children

The nonprofit, Santa to the Sea, that puts on the annual half marathon, 5K and relay race, is seeking sponsors for a 300-foot long mural, designed by a Ventura artist, that will be painted by local school children.

Oxnard, CA, September 04, 2014 --( The City of Oxnard passed a resolution in August approving the creation of a mural in Nyeland Acres. The mural will be along a 300-foot long, three-foot high concrete wall on Ventura Blvd. Santa to the Sea is looking for sponsors to help move this project forward.

Ventura-based artist, Lisa Kelly will paint the outline of the mural’s picture on the wall in September. Local school children will then paint the mural in 25-foot sections. The mural will depict the lower half of runners’ bodies as they run past iconic Oxnard scenery visible on the half-marathon route. Kids will help paint the mural on Saturdays, beginning in late September or early October. Race organizer Mike Barber says it should only take a few weeks to complete. Final coats of base coat paint are still being applied to the wall.

“We’ve been fortunate to have such strong community support in all of our endeavors,” said Barber. “This mural is a chance for local kids to get involved and be a part of creating something fun in their neighborhood. Dunn Edwards will be supplying most of the paint. We are looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the artist, paint supplies and lunches for the children.”

Santa to the Sea draws more than 4,000 registrants from throughout Southern California for the half marathon, two-person half marathon relay, 5K run and 1K kids run. Event proceeds go towards for Oxnard College scholarships and to fund the organization’s 11th annual Toy Drive & Giveaway, set for Saturday, December 20 at Santa Park in Oxnard. Last year, 2,500 toys were distributed to local children for the holiday season.

All races start at 8 a.m. on Dec. 14. The half marathon begins at the giant Santa located at 2801 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard, and ends at the Marine Emporium Landing in Channel Islands Harbor. The 5K run and 1K kids fun run start and finish at the Marine Emporium Landing. All participants must register before the race; there is no race-day registration. Runners can register online at

For more information about being a sponsor, contact Barber at (805) 485-7233. Visit to learn more about the nonprofit Santa the Sea half-marathon, two person relay, 5K run or to register for the race.

Santa to the Sea is a nonprofit event borne out of a desire to give back to the community. What started in 2003 as a toy drive to celebrate the relocation of the world’s largest Santa Claus from Carpinteria to Oxnard, has grown into a robust running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser. Santa to the Sea includes a sanctioned half marathon and a 2-person half marathon relay, plus 5K run and 1K kids fun run. The Santa to the Sea Scholarship Fund partners with the Oxnard College Foundation to award $500 scholarships to local high school students and adults continuing their education at Oxnard College.
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