Santa Monica–Venice Christmas Run Welcomes Wonderful Halos as Title Sponsor for 2018 Kids’ Run

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Set for Saturday, Dec. 15, the Wonderful Halos Kids’ Run will take place at the finish line adjacent to Venice Pavilion after the 10K and 5K. It promises to be a fun, festive and fit day for the whole family!

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 12) –  The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run is thrilled to welcome Wonderful Halos as the title sponsor for the 2018 Christmas Run Kids’ Run.

Now known as the Wonderful Halos Kids’ Run, the partnership is a perfect fit between a family-friendly fitness event and a locally grown produce company that focuses on health and wellness as one of its core missions.

“We couldn’t have imagined a better fit for the title sponsor of our 2018 Kids’ Run,” said Bruce Mitchell, race director and owner of the Santa Monica -Venice Christmas Run, celebrating its 41st year. “The Wonderful Company’s philanthropic mission of supporting community wellness is perfectly aligned with our family-friendly, health and fitness focused race.”

“As America’s No. 1 most-loved healthy snack, sponsoring this year’s Wonderful Halos Kids’ Run is the perfect opportunity for us to bring families and friends from the community together for a feel-good event –and a snack they all love,” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing at The Wonderful Company. “And since Wonderful Halos are back in season, look out for the Pure Goodness of Halos at this year’s Run which are grown and hand-picked straight from our orchards.”

The 2018 Santa Monica – Venice Christmas Run will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at Ocean View Park in Santa Monica and finishing adjacent to the Venice Pavilion. New for this year, runners will be spritzed with snow as they cross the finish line! Many participants wear holiday-themed costumes and the annual race is a family tradition for hundreds of repeat participants each year.

“We’re grateful for all the community support we receive for this event each year,” noted Mitchell. “We hit a speed bump when we had to defer last year’s race by one week due to the Southern California winter wildfires, but this year’s forecast is looking great and we’re planning to be back for a wonderful celebration of running, health and the holiday season.”

The Christmas Run supports local non-profits each season, including Harvest Home and, in 2017, the Salvation Army of Southern California, directly benefiting the wildfire victims.

For more information and to register for the Christmas Run or Wonderful Halos Kids’ Run, visit


About Wonderful® Halos®

Wonderful® Halos® are sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel mandarins filled with “Pure Goodness®”. The kid-sized fruit is available in produce aisles nationwide at grocery, mass and club retailers during California mandarin season (November–May). To discover more about the fun, delicious world of Halos®, visit


About Wonderful Citrus

Wonderful Citrus is America’s largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus, including clementine/mandarin, navel and Valencia oranges; lemons; limes; grapefruits; and other citrus varieties. Wonderful Citrus owns, cultivates and harvests nearly 60,000 acres of fresh citrus and ships around the world each year to ensure a year-round supply. Our citrus can be found in all channels of distribution, most visible in the produce department of grocery stores across America under the flagship consumer brand of Wonderful® Halos® mandarins.

Wonderful Citrus is part of The Wonderful Company, a successful, fast-growing privately held $4 billion company with 9,000 employees worldwide. We’ve made Wonderful® Pistachios America’s fastest-growing snack brand. We’ve turned pomegranates and POM Wonderful® into a worldwide phenomenon. Wonderful® Halos® is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America. FIJI® Water is the No. 1 premium imported bottled water in America. JUSTIN® Wine produces California’s top-selling, high-end Cabernet Sauvignon. And Teleflora® is the world’s leading floral delivery service.

The Wonderful Company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $200 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, $45 million in charitable giving and education initiatives every year, $80 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California’s Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs, including two new, free primary care clinics for employees and their dependents.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products and core values, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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