One of the many factors that make the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K such a memorable experience is its setting. Seaside is one of 16 distinct neighborhoods that make up South Walton.
A 26-mile stretch located along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses a strand of 16 beach neighborhoods, each with unique personality, architecture and energy. Like Seaside itself, these neighborhoods are renowned for scenic beauty, sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise water. An upscale, yet casual place to unwind, South Walton rejuvenates and builds lasting memories. Why race anywhere else?
Getting here is easy both by car or through the air to one of two nearby airports served by carriers Southwest, American, United, Delta, Allegiant and others. Once you arrive, your party will have no shortage of accommodation options to choose from. Ranging from world-class resorts and hotels, modern inns to charming B&Bs and cozy beachside cottages, South Walton lodging options can accommodate everyone from the solo runner to the largest of runner groups and cheering sections. Be sure to contact one of our race partners, many of whom offer special packages and rates for race weekend, before booking your stay.
It’s the incomparable beach that has drawn visitors to South Walton for decades, but as frequent visitors can attest, there is just as much to enjoy without putting your feet in the sand.
South Walton is home to a thriving culinary scene and Seaside is at the heart of it. From award-winning fine dining to casual fare, South Walton restaurants are focused on serving fresh dishes that use locally sourced ingredients, including Gulf seafood and locally grown produce. A showcase of the talented chefs that call South Walton home and their unique menu offerings will be on display at race weekend’s opening event, Taste of the Race.
Just as diverse and talented as the area’s chefs are its artists. Artists have been flocking to South Walton for years contributing to a year-round arts scene that features an engaging array of galleries, studios and public art, as well as art festivals and performing arts. Exquisite art can also be found in artist colonies such as The Shops of Ruskin in Seaside.
With 26 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline, 15 rare coastal dune lakes, state parks and protected forests featuring hundreds of miles of trails, South Walton is a natural outdoor paradise. Once you’re here it’ll be hard to resist getting out on a bike or stand up paddle board to enjoy the area’s natural beauty and pleasant weather. A postcard-worthy view seems to be waiting around every corner. If you are conserving energy for the race, a well-place beach chair provides a view of the tranquil waters of the gulf that you’ll remember long after you’ve returned home.
Thousands of races across the country offer 13.1 miles and a commemorative t-shirt, but only one combines unforgettable events in world-renowned Seaside and the other 15 beach neighborhoods that make up South Walton. You may just want to extend your trip or start planning a return visit before you even cross the finish line!