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This course features all the beauty of Scenic Highway 30A including stunning architecture, sparkling coastal dunes lakes and spectacular forest. Both the half marathon and 5k start and end at Gulf Place on 30A.

Race Length

Half Marathon – 13.1 miles

5K 3.1 – miles

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Registration

WHAT ARE THE PARTICIPANT LIMITS FOR EACH EVENT?

The half marathon will be capped at 2,000 participants

The 5K will be capped at 500 participants

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE RACES?

You can register for either the half marathon or 5K race by visiting our registration page

HOW DO I KNOW FOR SURE IF I AM REGISTERED?

If you registered, you created an account with RunSignUp. Don’t remember your login? No problem. Just run on over to the “Forgot Password” section to retrieve your information. Once you’re logged in, it will show you the races you are registered for. Still don’t see it? Shoot us a message and we’ll be happy to help out!

WILL I RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL?

Yes, you will! If you can’t find it, please feel free to contact us directly asking for your race confirmation email to be re-sent and we will re-send it to you!

WHAT DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE COVER?

Your registration fee covers your race entry which includes your timing bib, T-shirt, a free meal after the race, Runners Swag Bag, and Digital Runners Bag. All runners for both 5k and the half will receive a finishers medal and race photo.

IS THE COURSE USATF CERTIFIED?

The course has been USATF certified. This means it can be used as a qualifier for other races from the Disney races to the Boston Marathon!

DOES THE RACE HAVE PACE GROUPS?

Absolutely! We do this to make sure everyone can be comfortable starting and running the race at a pace they’re comfortable with. When you register, we ask you what your estimated finish time is and that is the pace group you will be placed in. On race day, there will be big signs for your pace group, so you’ll know where to go! As long as everyone goes to the pace group they are comfortable with, the race should start and move perfectly!

CAN I REGISTER ON RACE DAY?

If there are any spaces available, you will be able to register on race day via paperless registration kiosks. However, we recommend registering prior to race day, as we anticipate registration filling quickly and cannot guarantee available spots on race day.

HOW DO I GET A REFUND IF I CANNOT ATTEND?

All race-related purchases are non-refundable.  Insurance is available through a third party during the registration process.  It may be hard to predict your health, fitness and life circumstances for a race in October, which is why we recommend purchasing insurance.  It’s important to review the plan offered as policies vary by state of residence and do have limitations.  Insurance policies do not cover acts of god, i.e. natural disasters, hurricanes, etc., which may cause the race to be cancelled.  If the race is cancelled or postponed for any reason, then insurance policies will no longer be valid and no refunds will be offered.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND AND WANT TO CHANGE RACE EVENTS?

Changing from the 5K to the Half Marathon will be permitted for a change fee only if Half Marathon spots are still available.

Changing from the Half Marathon to the 5K will only be permitted if 5K spots are still available. No refunds will be issued for this type of change.

IS THIS EVENT RAISING MONEY FOR A CHARITY?

Yes. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Sonder Project and their mission is to strengthen communities through food security, clean water, housing, and education.

HOW DO I DONATE TO THIS CHARITY?
DO I QUALIFY AS AN ELITE RUNNER?

Please visit our Elite Runners tab to see qualifying times.

WILL THERE BE PRIZE MONEY?

Yes! There will be $10,000 in prize money. Male and Female Prizes will be awarded: First place ($2,500), Second place ($1,500), Third place ($1,000).  Cash prizes will be awarded off gun time.

Expo Day

WHERE AND WHEN IS THE EXPO?

The Expo will take place during packet pickup on Saturday, October 10th from 12PM-5PM at Gulf Place (45 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459).

HOW DO I GET MY RACE PACKET?

Packets will be available for pickup on Saturday October 10th from 12PM-5PM CST at Gulf Place.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY TIMING DEVICE?

That’s okay! You can still race! Just get to the registration booth as soon as you can and let us know what happened and we can get you another one.

Health & Training

ARE PETS AND KIDS STROLLERS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

No. No pets or strollers of any kind will be permitted on the race course. Anyone on the course with a pet or stroller will be disqualified.

HOW MANY WATER STATIONS WILL BE ON THE COURSE?

There will be 6 water stations along the race course. One at the starting point, one at the turnaround point, and one at each mile.

WHERE WILL THE WATER STATIONS, MEDICAL AID STATIONS AND PORTALETS BE LOCATED ON THE COURSE?

We want all of our racers to be safe and comfortable. Water stations, portalets, and medical aid will be available in numerous locations throughout the course as well as at the starting and turnaround points. Please see our course map for their locations.

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT FOR EACH EVENT?

The time cap for the half marathon is 3 hours. Those still running the 5K race at 8AM will be ushered onto the sidewalk to finish. The road needs to be opened by 10:00. Anyone still running at this time will be welcome to finish the race on the sidewalk. The finish line will come down by 11AM. Anyone still running after this time will not have their time recorded.

Race Day

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH MY TIME AFTER THE RACE?

We will have a kiosk station for you to send your request directly to our timer. Just tell us the problem you have, enter your contact info, and we’ll get back to you immediately with either a resolution or to come see us so we can dig deeper.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE AWARDS CEREMONIES?

Awards will be held at Gulf Place at the following times:

8:30 am – 5K

9:00 am – Overall

9:30 am – Half Marathon

 

WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS FOR AWARDS?

Age groups for the Half Marathon are as follows:

14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-75, 75-79, 80+

Age groups for the 5K are as follows:

6-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-75, 75-79, 80+

IS THERE A “BAG CHECK” AVAILABLE?

Yes, there is a bag check available for all runners the morning of the race, located on the green space at Gulf Place.

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

No dogs, strollers, baby carriers, wagons, bicycles, roller blades or skateboards will be permitted on the course. Bringing any of these items on the course will disqualify you from participating.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE ON RACE MORNING?

Please try to arrive at the race site no later than 6:15AM. We encourage you to come at least an hour early to ensure you have plenty of time to get parked, shuttled, and lined up.

WHERE DOES THE RACE START AND FINISH?

The race will start and finish at Gulf Place, turning around at the Lake House in WaterColor.

DO THE RACES HAVE CORRALS?

Yes! There will be corrals near the race start/finish line to ensure everyone’s safety. There will not be corrals along the entire race course, however.

WHAT ARE THE EVENT START TIMES?

The Half Marathon will start at 7AM.

The 5K will start at 7:10 AM

WHERE CAN WE PARK FOR THE EVENT?

Parking will be available at Van Butler Elementary School and South Walton High School. Race Day shuttles will also be provided at Van Butler Elementary and South Walton High School from 5:30AM-12PM. PLEASE NOTE – Do not park blocking the beach access at Ed Walline Park. This is a safety hazard to beachgoers and as such, vehicles blocking the beach access will be towed at the owner’s expense. To avoid having your vehicle towed, please stick to designated parking areas. We cannot ensure that private businesses will allow you to park in their lots.

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