The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K is three days full of great food, friendly competition and unforgettable sights, but there’s still time to hunt for the perfect beach souvenir or one-of-a-kind item to commemorate the weekend.Fortunately, South Walton, Florida is a shopper’s paradise. From the impossible-to-pass-up designer outfit to handcrafted treasures, Seaside and the surrounding communities offer endless possibilities to fill your cart.
The unforgettable town of Seaside is not only the hub of all race weekend activities, it also happens to boast one of the most eclectic and diverse collection of shops, boutiques and galleries in the Southeast. Conveniently arranged throughout Seaside’s central square you’ll find over a dozen local retailers including The Seaside Style. You can’t leave town without something to prove you were there, and the Seaside Style is the place to stock up on official Seaside merchandise. From t-shirts and hats, to dog collars and jewelry you’ll find the perfect memento to bring back home, or the gift for that member of your race squad who didn’t make the trip. Also in Seaside is The Shops at Ruskin place, a collection of art galleries and studios for those looking to bring some of South Walton’s eclectic art scene back home.
Lululemon in Grayton Beach is located on the race route just a few minutes’ drive or bike ride from Seaside. Runners won’t be able to mist this vibrant shop on race day and it will be open all weekend for fitness lovers to pick up the perfect race outfit or fitness apparel.
For those looking to get in some extra steps before or after race day, Silver Sands Premium Outlets in nearby Miramar Beach features more than 100 designer outlet stores including Michael Kors, Saks Off 5th Avenue, Under Armour and Tommy Hilfiger. For those looking for a sprawling, beachfront shopping experience, Pier Park in Panama City Beach is a colorful, vibrant collection of shops, eateries and boutiques that can keep the family entertained all day. The town of Rosemary Beach featuring Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashion and Toys and Stellar will give the youngest members of your group plenty to choose from.
Fortunately, those who don’t want to stray too far from the weekend’s race activities will have plenty of opportunities to fill their Vera Bradley beach tote (given to every race finisher). Throughout race weekend, the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K live auction will be open for browsing and bidding. There is no better representation of the merchants that make South Walton such a shopping destination than the offerings up for bid – and all proceeds benefit the Seaside Schools. From local hotels offering stay and play packages, to local artists displaying handmade masterpieces, the silent auction is a must-visit for everyone in Seaside.
If you are looking to bring home more than cherished memories from the race, Seaside and South Walton are sure to have just what you are looking for.