How to Get Here
If traveling by air, the airport options include Panama City(ECP), Destin(DTS) and Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS).
If traveling by automobile, check out MapQuest.
On the morning of the race, to avoid the closed roads, we encourage you to get there early! Parking is available at Emerald Coast Middle School (ECMS) on Hwy 98 at 4019 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach, east of Hwy 395. Look for signage on Hwy 98 at ECMS for parking. When you get to ECMS, volunteers will direct you to an available parking lot. From the ECMS parking lot, there will be a shuttle continuously that will take you to the starting line. The shuttle is the most convenient way to get to the race. With the large number of runners, Seaside will be very crowded and getting in and out with all the closed roads will be next to impossible, so using the shuttle will save you time and aggravation. Shuttles will start running at 5am. Additional parking details may be available in the coming days.
Where To Stay
February and March are particularly busy month for visitors in northwest Florida because it marks the beginning of Spring Break. Please remember to book your accommodations early in order to guarantee that you will have a place to stay for the race!
There are many accommodations available in our area, but the following are generous sponsors to our race and may offer reduced rates or donate part of their proceeds to the race. Thanks for supporting our sponsors.
Alys Beach | (866) 732-1760
At Alys Beach, they offer gorgeous beach homes for vacation rentals so you can experience the luxurious side of small-town beachside living on a short-term basis and enjoy the combined inspiration of a natural environment; thoughtful, unique architecture; and masterful community planning. When you stay with Alys Beach, you’ll enjoy the amenity-rich indoors as much as the outdoors and the breathtaking Gulf Coast views.
Cottage Rental Agency – Seaside, Florida | (877) 976-0210
Stay with the Cottage Rental Agency in Seaside where the race starts and finishes! Call the Cottage Rental Agency at 1-877-976-0210 for availability and reservations.
My Vacation Haven | (800) 553-0188
Featuring more than 130 vacation rentals in Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort, 30A, and surrounding South Walton areas. My Vacation Haven is known for its personalized customer care and awesome guest discounts for area attractions and businesses. For beachside fun at its best, every accommodation includes complimentary beach chairs, an umbrella, sand toys and a boogie board for guest use. For your convenience My Vacation Haven is located in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin® Town Center.
Sunburst Beach Vacations | (866) 310-5718
Offers accommodations along Scenic HW 30-A, many within walking distance of the starting/finish line for the Seaside Half Marathon. Our properties include Gulf front beach homes, condominiums and Gulf view homes with private pools within several unique beach communities. We are a small locally owned company with intimate knowledge of our area, and we can provide professional, friendly advice to create the perfect beach vacation to fit your needs.
Howard Hospitality | (866) 316-7637
We invite you to learn more about our team and our philosophy. Whether you are a loyal guest, a new client or a prospective employee – our objective is to take care of you. We strive to make the South Walton and Destin, Florida community a vibrant and thriving place. Travelers on vacation, locals and newly relocated families are all part of what make our Florida beach community magical. So explore our site and get to know us, our values and our ideals.
WaterColor® Inn | (866) 990-9211
WaterColor Inn is Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond beachfront boutique hotel. Situated on the pristine sugar-white beaches of South Walton, the Inn provides the perfect combination of warm southern hospitality, the intimacy of a bed and breakfast and the fun of a classic beach house- the ideal coastal setting to gather and inspire. Enjoy award-winning cuisine at several dining venues, complimentary kayaking, canoeing and other recreational activities and more. Whether you will be running or cheering on a loved one, special discounts for the Seaside Half Marathon weekend are available.
Ocean Reef Resorts | (800) 782-8736
Since 1982, Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals & Real Estate has distinguished themselves by offering the finest properties along the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida. Hosting hundreds of beachfront homes, and condominiums in Destin, Miramar Beach, South Walton and Panama City Beach.
Sandpiper Vacation Rental | (850) 231-0163
Family owned and operated, Sandpiper Vacation Rentals offers cottage renters a stress-free way to enjoy their vacation rental experience. We specialize in vacation cottages right in Seaside offering well-maintained and beautifully decorated beach homes complete with several enjoyable amenities. Stay for just the race weekend in one of our lovely one and two bedroom cottages or extend your trip through the week and invite some friends to enjoy our larger four and five bedroom homes. No matter the cottage or length of your stay, Sandpiper Vacation Rentals gives you the opportunity to be right in the heart of it all from start to finish!
Temperature: The weather in late February and early March is somewhat unpredictable, but the average high is about 69/70 and the average low is about 51/52. Over the past 10 years, it has been as hot as 78 and as cold as 35 on Race Day.
Rain: It might rain, it might not. Our Race season isn’t the rainiest time of the year, but it it’s not the driest either. (Several years ago it poured during packet pick-up on the Saturday evening before the race; however, we had nice race weather the next day.)
Water Temperature: Except for snowbirds and college spring-breakers, most folks find that the Gulf is still too cool for swimming.