Race Information

 

Age Divisions

Half Marathon, Men & Women:
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+

5K, Men & Women:
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+

Water Stations

Half Marathon: Water and Powerade will be available at eight places along the course, as well as at the Finish line.

5K: Water and Powerade will be available at two places along the course, as well as at the Finish line.

What to Bring on Race Morning

  • Yourself, ready to go!
  • Chair or blanket for the after race party and awards. You can set your chair up in the amphitheater before the race.
  • Sunscreen
  • Your race bib with attached DAG chip.

Parking

We encourage you to get there early!

Parking is available at the Watercolor Publix on County Road 395. To get to Seaside – From Hwy 98 go South on Hwy 395 towards CR 30A. When you get to the Publix in Watercolor, volunteers will direct you to an available parking lot. From the Publix parking lot, there will be a shuttle every 10 minutes 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.

We are now offering VIP parking passes to the first 150 people that sign up for them on active.com. For only $20 you can park your car within Seaside, close to the start of the race. Have a family with small children coming along to cheer on mom or dad? You can now park close and have all the kid gear handy! Of course, if you get your lodgings in Seaside you’ll already have a built in parking spot. This VIP parking pass must be picked up during Packet Pickup on the Saturday before the race.

On race day tune to 30A Radio at 107.1 for more race information.

Personal Belongings

Seaside School Half Marathon, FloridaWe do not have a bag check available. However, if you put your things in a bag and store it near the stage or by your chair, it shouldn’t go missing, or at least it hasn’t happened yet! If you discard an article of clothing along the race course, we recommend you do so near a water station. We can not guarantee it will be retrieved, but our race course setup crew will make every effort to pick up clothing as they close the course down. Any retrieved articles will be in a bin near the stage after the race has been completed. We will also keep them at the school for a week after the race. Any item left after that point, will be donated to charity.

 

Course Hours

The Half Marathon course will be re-opened to traffic after 3 hours, at 10:00 a.m. In preparation for the road opening, at approximately 10:10 a.m., all remaining runners/walkers will be moved to the off-road, paved bike path, which is located on the south side of Hwy. 30-A. Race timing will be until 10am for all runners and walkers. There will not be any support for the runners or walkers along the race course after 10am. If you finish the race after 10am, proceed to the Seaside Neighborhood School for your Vera Bradley gift, medal, and sack lunch.

Course Descriptions

Half Marathon: The course is fast and mostly flat. The race is USATF certified, and will start and finish in downtown Seaside. From Seaside, the racers will run West along scenic Highway 30A, past the beach towns of Watercolor, Grayton, Blue Mountain Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach, with the halfway point and turnaround at Gulf Place. One lane will be closed to vehicular traffic, but caution should be used throughout the race course. Volunteers and police will monitor the cross traffic at all intersections, as much as possible. Volunteers and community groups will line the race course to cheer you on and provide entertainment.

5K: The course is fast and flat. The race is USATF certified, and will start and finish in downtown Seaside. One lane will be closed to vehicular traffic, but please use caution throughout the race course. Volunteers and police will monitor the cross traffic at all intersections, as much as possible. Volunteers and community groups will line the race course to cheer you on and provide entertainment.

Course Map:

 

Medical Aid

Medical Aid at the Seaside Race

Medical aid will be available along the race course and at the finish line.

Chip Timing

Total Race Solutions (TRS) of Knoxville, Tennessee, will time the SeasideSchool Half Marathon and 5K races. They will be utilizing the new ChronoTrack B-Tag chip system. The chip is on the standard size race bib, and is very flexible.  Awards winners and group placements will be based on chip time.

Start and Finish Tips

Start Line:

  1. Get to the race early! Plan on arriving at least a half hour before your race starts; one hour is even better as traffic and parking could cause some delays.
  2. Dress warmly, but don’t overdress if it’s chilly. Dress in layers which you can peel off and either tie around your waist or leave at a water station. Old shirts or sweatshirts are good for starting the race in as they can be discarded early. Large trash bags with holes cut out for arms and your head also work well! Be sure NOT to discard an item in the middle of the road, however! Move to the side to discard your clothing, preferable near a water station. Discarded clothing will be collected by race volunteers, delivered to the stage area and if not picked up, donated to a local charity. We can not guarantee that all discarded clothing will be retrieved.
  3. Please practice common race courtesy. Line up in the appropriate corral, based on your expected finish time. In other words, if you know you are going to run a 3-hour half marathon, please do not line up in the 2-hour finish corral as this will make if difficult for others to pass you. If you are running with a group, please do not run more than two abreast in the early stages of the race as, again, this makes it difficult for faster participants to pass.
  4. Please thank a volunteer anytime you see one before, during, or after the race. This event would not be possible without them!

Finish Line:

  1. You’ve finished! Make sure to smile and raise those hands in celebration as you cross the finish line to ensure the best possible photo by the photographers.
  2. Keep moving as soon as you cross the finish line. Volunteers will be waiting to give you your hard-earned medal (half marathoners), water, and provide you with whatever post-race assistance you need. Continuing to walk through the finish chute area not only prevents that area from getting backed up, but will aid in short term recovery. Continuing to move for 10 minutes or so after an endurance event will maintain your circulation, keeping the blood pumping through the muscles.
  3. Start sipping on fluids as soon as they are available, especially if you have been sweating profusely.
  4. Once you leave the finish area, meet family and friends, and relax. Get off your feet as soon as you can, and if possible elevate your legs to aid in recovery. Keep sipping fluids!
  5. As soon as your appetite begins to return, start eating! You want to replenish depleted stores as soon as you can – 30 minutes after exercising is the optimum window for maximum absorption. Enjoy the food and beer provided by Jim n Nicks!
  6. Start planning your trip to the 2011 Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K :^)

Awards

Awards for both races will be given to the 1st place male and female in the Open, Masters, and Grand Masters divisions, with special awards designed by glass artist Russ Gilbert presented to the top half marathon finishers.

Age group awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place using 5-year age groups (in the 5K Run, additional age groups are 6-10, 11-12, 13-14).
All Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medallion at the finish line.

Both races are walker-friendly, and walkers are welcome to participate; however, there are no separate awards for walkers.

Seaside School Half Marathon Wine Goblet

Winged Foot Wine Goblet

2005 Half Marathon Award for 1st place Open, Masters, & Grand Masters Divisions

Designed & created by glass artist Russ Gilbert, owner of Fusions Art Glass in Seaside.

Photos

Finish Line Photos will be Provided by ASI Photo, Inc.
So….don’t forget to SMILE for the camera!

  • The photos for the 2011 Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K race can be found here.
  • The photos for the 2010 Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K race can be found here.
  • The photos for the 2009 Seaside School Half Marathon can be found here.
  • Looking for photos from the 2008 Seaside School Half Marathon? Click here!
  • Looking for photos from the 2007 Seaside School Half Marathon? Click here!