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.
30A Escapes | +1 (888) 473-6830
Welcome to 30A Escapes, where you will discover 30A luxury vacation rentals plus our favorite restaurants, beaches and activities. Scenic Highway 30A is on the Panhandle of Northwest Florida in an area known as South Walton, a unique 26-mile stretch of turquoise waters, sugar-white sand beaches and amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. 30A is made up of multiple beach communities including Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach, WaterColor and Inlet Beach. Choose your ideal vacation rental on 30A from our hand-picked selection of luxury waterfront condos, beach cottages and vacation home rentals. We offer the most upscale and meticulously maintained Florida Panhandle vacation rentals on the Gulf of Mexico.
30A Vacay | (850) 696-0936
Welcome to 30A Vacay. We are professional vacation property management company providing top tier rental homes, property care and vacation services near all the most popular 30A beaches. On the Panhandle of Florida, a beach escape is always in season. Spring brings sunny days and cool evenings, while summer is the time for lazing on the beach or in the calm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Fall sets the sky ablaze with unforgettable sunsets and long walks on the beach. Winter presents amazing values because it’s the quiet time here; perfect for a romantic dinner or celebrating special times in one of the many 30A beach homes with family and friends.
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.
Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard | +1 850 650-7411
Let waves of comfort crash over you at Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Situated near US Highway 98, our hotel provides convenient access for you to explore premier Miramar Beach and Destin attractions including The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Silver Sand Premium Outlets and the area’s pristine white-sand beaches. After an adventurous day of exploration, retreat to relaxation in our spacious rooms. Free Wi-Fi, ergonomic workstations and plush bedding help keep you comfortable, productive and connected. Following a sound night’s sleep, fuel up for the day ahead with breakfast sandwiches and Starbucks® coffee at The Bistro. Don’t forget to return in the evening for fresh American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Hosting a meeting or social gathering? Our flexible event rooms can satisfy your needs. To stay active, visit our 24-hour fitness center, or swim a few laps in our outdoor pool. Whatever brings you to the Florida Panhandle, let Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard make your stay a success.
Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard | +1 850 650-7611
Experience the sugar-white beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast when you stay at Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Conveniently located outside the Grand Boulevard Town Center, our hotel puts you just steps from all the first-class shopping, dining, and entertainment you could hope to find in Miramar Beach.
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.
One Seagrove Place | (800) 368-9100
One Seagrove Place is centrally located along scenic Highway 30A on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Highway 30A is 18 miles of breathtaking coastline road meandering through a natural coastal landscape make up of Dune Lakes, State Parks, Forests, and 16 quaint beachside communities, all individually unique by their architecture. One Seagrove Place condominiums offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fully equipped accommodations, private Gulf Front balconies, heated pool, lighted tennis court, fitness facilities, breathtaking views, and unique Dune Walkover to our 300+’ of pristine beach, beach service, onsite check-in all topped off with Southern Hospitality. We have a friendly onsite maintenance, housekeeping, and guest service staff eager to assist.
Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard | +1 850 650-7811
Sleep soundly at Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Our extended-stay hotel in Destin offers an unbeatable location amidst alluring attractions. Make new memories when you visit Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar Beach and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Rent our bicycles to explore more of our vibrant local area. Unwind from your daily adventures in our spacious suites. Our pet-friendly policy, complimentary Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens will make you feel at home. Take advantage of our free grocery shopping service, delivering fresh ingredients to your door. Fuel-up your morning at our complimentary breakfast buffet serving an array of healthy and hearty options. During downtime, keep up with your exercise routine by swimming invigorating laps at our outdoor pool. You can also work out at our fitness center and play basketball at our Sport CourtⓇ. Catch up with loved ones at our picturesque outdoor patio. From start to finish, unwind in comfort at Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard.
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals | (877) 640-0052
Gulf Coast vacation rentals mean white sand, warm gulf waters and top tennis resorts. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of rentals on the Emerald Coast and has won multiple awards for Best Rental Service Firm on the Gulf Coast. We offer thousands of vacation rentals in Northwest Florida, including gulf-front condos and full-service resorts. Our luxurious private homes can accommodate family reunions and groups of just about any size. Our Vacation Specialists are ready to help you plan your Florida Panhandle beach vacation.
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.
Our global presence in 110 countries at more than 200 vacation ownership resorts and 4,300+ affiliated exchange properties distinguishes Wyndham Destinations as the world’s largest vacation ownership, exchange and rental company. Each year our team of 25,000 associates delivers great vacations to millions of families as they make memories of a lifetime.
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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.