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The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to celebrate the migration of the grey whale with a 5K or 1-mile exploration of your own, at this year’s inaugural “Virtual Splash Dash”—part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Dana Point Festival of Whales.

“This event encourages participants, near and far, to get out and get active,” said Vickie McMurchie, the Chamber’s executive director. “There is no limit to how you can participate. Run, walk, bike, kayak, or SUP anytime, anywhere.”

The Festival of Whales weekend will be held March 6-7.

“We are elated to celebrate an incredible 50 years of the Festival of Whales with the introduction of the Splash Dash, which we hope will become an annual tradition for residents and families of Dana Point and beyond,” said McMurchie. “The Festival of Whales is a longtime favorite of so many in the community, myself included, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to bring people together, despite having to stay apart.”

Online registration for the race is now open. Registration includes a commemorative 50th Annual Festival of Whales T-shirt, a “FIN”-isher Medal and Virtual Goody Bag. Participants can download the Active Experience App to time their race, compare results, and submit photos. Race packets will be available for participants at a drive-thru pickup event in the Dana Point Harbor on Friday, March 5, or runners can opt to receive their packet via delivery.

A portion of each registration is donated back to Festival of Whales Foundation, and participants can make additional donations during online registration.

The inaugural Festival of Whales Splash Dash is presented by City of Dana Point, South Cove, and Dana Point Harbor Partners.

For more information about the Festival of Whales Splash Dash and to sign up, visit  Follow the event on Facebook at and Instagram at

Photo: Courtesy of Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

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