Pole to Pole Fun Run

Event Details 

Join us for our 5th annual Pole to Pole Fun Run, an exciting 5K to sprint or stroll by sea lions, dolphins, birds and more! Runners, walkers, and of course animals, will cheer you on as you support conservation efforts around the world. Proceeds will benefit the 501(c)3 non-profit Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, a SeaWorld partner advancing a legacy of scientific discovery to conserve the worlds rich biological diversity and ensure lasting prosperity for future generations. 

Participants will meet costume characters and animal ambassadors. With your support in this fun event, we will make an important contribution to help animals around the world.

 

2016 Sign Up

Register here (Registration Closes Monday February 29, 2016 - with no day of race sales)

Day of Race Information

Download your liability waiver here. All participants must bring a printed and signed copy of the waiver to registration when picking up race materials.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Participant Registration Fees*:

Passholder and Early Bird $40 (through December 31)

Regular Price $50 (January 1 – February 29th)

(Includes a light breakfast, Fun Run t-shirt, an opportunity drawing for prizes, FREE race-day/weekend admission to SeaWorld San Diego and photo opportunities with Animal Ambassadors and Costume Characters.) *Non-refundable, non-transferable.

Spectator Registration Fees: $20 

(Includes access to race plaza and finish line, a light breakfast, $20 off admission to SeaWorld San Diego on race day/weekend and photo opportunities with Animal Ambassadors and Costume Characters.) *Non-refundable, non-transferable.

Parking is free for participants arriving before 7:30am.

Participants age 3 and up must register.

Contact information: poletopolefunrun@seaworld.com or 1-800-25-SHAMU

Please note: All participants for the Fun Run should enter through our East side entrance off South Shores Park Drive. To access this gate, please use South Shores Park Drive off of Sea World Drive and follow road past the boat launch area to SeaWorld property. Any strollers and/or bags entering SeaWorld property are subject to search. If runners go off course in the parking lot during the race, they will be subject to search again upon re-entering course boundaries.

Packet Pickup

We strongly encourage participants to pick up* their packets on Saturday March 5 (9am-1pm) to familiarize themselves with arrival procedures and allow for a smooth race morning. Saturday packet pick up will take place on the east side of the SeaWorld parking lot near the Education Gate and Journey to Atlantis. 

Race materials will be available for pick up Saturday March 5, 2016 from 9am-1pm.  Participants who pick up their race materials on Saturday will receive 10% off all merchandise purchases on race day. Passholders will receive an additional 10% off race day merchandise for picking up race materials on Saturday. Admission tickets will be good for race weekend, Sat. 3/5 OR Sun. 3/6 only.

Race-day check-in* will start on March 6, 2016 at 6:15am and go until 7:15am in front of the Education Gate in the East Parking Lot.

*Please enter the parking lot via the East Entrance off South Shores Road and Sea World Drive.

Race starts promptly at 7:30am on Sunday March 6, 2016.  Those that arrive after 7:40 will still be able to enjoy the race plaza but will not be able to run the course.

Please join us March 6, 2016 for SeaWorld's Pole to Pole 5k Fun Run, benefitting Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This event brings attention to the amazing work HSWRI and SeaWorld do to help protected species worldwide. HSWRI has been studying Antarctic and Arctic wildlife since the 1970's. Research on whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions, penguins and seabirds has taken the HSWRI scientists to remote habitats in the Arctic, Antarctic and sub-Antarctic. HSWRI projects involving the animals at SeaWorld, such as polar bear hearing studies, are providing information that would be impossible to obtain in the wild. HSWRI is international in scope, collaborating with scientists from Canada, Russia, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, and South Africa. Its scientists partner with resource managers and researchers from the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration, National Biological Service, the State of Alaska, the U.S. National Science Foundation and others to advance understanding and conservation of the magnificent and yet surprisingly fragile polar ecosystems.

Your participation will create a positive impact on the world in which we live. Proceeds raised through Pole to Pole runners and walkers goes directly into the field to help wildlife and wild places. Register now and join in this remarkable experience to benefit a worthy cause.

Learn more about conservation efforts from SeaWorld and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research institute by following these links:


www.hswri.org

Hubbs 

Can I register on the day of the race? No.

Do I have to pay for parking? Parking is free before 7:30 a.m. Any guest who enters the parking lot after that time will be required to go through our toll plaza and purchase regular priced parking for $16. Race bibs or special parking vouchers can be shown to toll booth personnel if participants wish to come back later that day.

What time do I need to be at SeaWorld San Diego? Participants should plan on arriving starting at 6:15 a.m. Registration will close at 7:15 a.m. Race will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. at Arctic Plaza inside the park.

Where do I meet on race day? Enter the park via South Shores Park Road and SeaWorld Drive and follow signs to park in the East guest area parking lot near H1. Registration tables will be set up by the Education Gate in the East Parking Lot. Signs and staff can help direct you. Please arrive no later than 7:00 a.m. to get parked, have any bags checked and get to the starting line by 7:15 a.m. for race announcements.

Can I use my jogging stroller in the park? Yes. Strollers will be asked to start in the back of the race group to allow sufficient spacing.   All strollers (and bags) will be checked by our Security personnel upon entering SeaWorld property and are subject for search again if they leave the course route in the parking lot.

Will there be awards given?  We will have awards for top male, female, boy and girl runners. However, all participants are potential winners of amazing opportunity drawing prizes including SeaWorld experiences. Your bib number is your opportunity drawing number.

How will I know if the race has been canceled or postponed due to weather?  Refer to website for any updates related to the race.

Where should I go to get my race packet? We strongly encourage participants to pick up* their packets on Saturday March 5 (9am-1pm) to familiarize yourself with arrival procedures and allow for a smooth race morning. Saturday packet pick up will take place on the east side of the SeaWorld parking lot near the Education Gate and Journey to Atlantis.  Race materials will be available for pick up Saturday March 5, 2016 from 9am-1pm.  Participants who pick up their race materials on Saturday will receive 10% off* race weekend merchandise.  Passholders who pick up their race materials on Saturday will receive an additional 10% off* race weekend merchandise.  (*valid for one transaction) Race-day check-in* will start on March 6, 2016 at 6:15am and go until 7:15am in front of the Education Gate in the East Parking Lot.

*Please enter the parking lot via the East Employee Entrance off South Shores Road and Sea World Drive

Race starts promptly at 7:30am on Sunday March 6, 2016.  Those that arrive after 7:40 will still be able to enjoy the race plaza but not be able to run the course.

Do I need an additional ticket to stay and enjoy the park after the Run is over? All participants will receive FREE admission for either Sat (3/5) OR Sun (3/6) to enjoy the park. Spectators who pay to be in the race plaza will also receive a $20 off admission discount ticket to enjoy SeaWorld either Sat (3/5) OR Sun (3/6). After race activities, which include meeting costume characters and live animals while learning about conservation through several educational booths, runners will exit the finish line area through the Education Gate and can re-enter the park through the park's main entrance. Coupons can be redeemed at ticket booths.

Do I need to register my baby for the Pole to Pole Fun Run? Children under 3 years of age are free. Children 3 and older need to register to be allowed into the race starting area.

What if I have to leave after the Run but wish to come back to the park? Runners can show their race bibs at parking toll booths for free parking on March 6th only. If you wish to leave after already entering the park, you will receive a hand stamp upon exiting the park. When you return, show your hand stamp at the turnstiles, and you will be allowed re-entry on race day only.

Will there be an area to change or any showers available? Restrooms will be available for use; however, there are no shower facilities available.

Can I buy additional Fun Run T-shirts? Each participant will receive one shirt as part of their entry to the race.

Is there a place to store my belongings during the race? Participants are encouraged to keep belongings secured in their vehicle. A limited supply of lockers is available inside the park for a small fee. SeaWorld San Diego is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Any strollers and/or bags entering SeaWorld property are subject to search. If runners go off course in the parking lot during the race, they will be subject to search again upon re-entering course boundaries.

Will food and beverages be provided during the race? Upon finishing the race, a light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. There will also be one water station on the course.

Can I bring food and/or drinks into the park? SeaWorld San Diego has a strict food and beverage policy as to what may or may not enter the park. Click here for more information.

What time does the park open on to the public on race day? The park will open at 10am and close at 6:00pm. A limited area inside the front of the park opens at 9:30 where breakfast and coffee is available for purchase. Pick up a map and get a head start on planning your day.