Hello runners! It is hard to believe, but the race is less than a month away! We are all looking forward to a fantastic weekend, and we would like to take this opportunity to mention a few important details about the weekend to help make your stay even more enjoyable and memorable.
Race day parking will be available at Emerald Coast Middle School (ECMS) on Hwy 98, east of Hwy 395 (address is 4019 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459). 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 running 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.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO shuttle parking available at the Publix Shopping Center on Hwy 395 this year. All race day parking (with the exception of VIP Parking Permit holders) will be located at ECMS.
VIP PARKING PERMIT HOLDERS: Please be sure to pick up your VIP Parking Pass at “Packet Pick-up” on Saturday, 3/2 at the EXPO, in order to be allowed access into Seaside on Race Day.
6th Annual Taste of the Race
Join us for the 6th Annual Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse! Tickets are limited for the Friday night event, so grab your tickets now. View the different packages below, and we hope you will join us for all the fun!
Taste of the Race – VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse – $300
Friday, February 28th, 6:00-9:00 PM
VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef Jim Shirley, and Chef Jim Richard. Space is limited. All VIP guests will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with Chef Emeril Lagasse and will also receive a special gift from Chef Emeril Lagasse. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary fine wine, craft spirits, and craft beer from Grayton Beer Company. Following the VIP reception, VIP guests will be provided entrance into the general admission event. Race registration packet pickup will be available.
Taste of the Race – General Admission $99
Friday, February 28th, 7:00-9:00 PM
Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person and enjoy cuisine from many of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants! Enjoy complimentary fine wine, craft spirits, and craft beer from Grayton Beer, all while listening to live music performed by Bucktown All-Stars! The outdoor evening festivities will be held rain or shine in a heated tent, under the big top! Space is limited. Race registration packet pickup will be available.
There are many accommodations available in our area, but the following are generous sponsors to our race and offer reduced rates. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!
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. Our world is your destination. MAKE RESERVATIONS
Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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. MAKE RESERVATIONS
Seaside is the heart of Highway 30A… just stay steps from the beach, shopping, restaurants and Seaside events. You can park once and walk everywhere. They offer over 85 vacation rental cottages in ranging from 1-bedroom to 6-bedrooms and are guaranteed to have the perfect cottage for your race vacation. Looking for a great spot to rest your head (and legs!) over race weekend? Book a stay direct through Homeowner’s Collection, and they will give 10% back to benefit the Seaside School Foundation. MAKE RESERVATIONS
Hyatt Place Sandestinat Grand Boulevard
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. MAKE RESERVATIONS
My Vacation Haven
Featuring more than 250 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. MAKE RESERVATIONS
Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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. MAKE RESERVATIONS
ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals
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. Save 20% on your stay of two nights or more with ResortQuest! MAKE RESERVATIONS
WaterColor Inn is an extraordinary place created by The St. Joe Company. This Gulf Coast premier luxury destination is nestled along the emerald green waters and sugar white sand of Northwest Florida. As the only beach-front Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel, WaterColor Inn is a wonderland of activities for adults and kids alike. MAKE RESERVATIONS
Last chance! Don’t forget to invite your friends! If you refer 10 friends to run the 5K or Half Marathon, you can earn a complimentary Taste of the Race ticket! Just share your link received in your confirmation email and have 10 friends sign up for either the 5K or Half Marathon to earn your complimentary general admission ticket (a $99 value!)!
Remember, all proceeds from the Race and the Friday Night Taste of the Race Party beneﬁt the Seaside School, Inc., and will be used to support the school’s programs. We could not operate our school without the support of our runners and our sponsors!
As race day approaches, you will receive more details and important information to better prepare yourself and to help you enjoy all of the weekend festivities. Until then, feel free to contact us with any questions. For more information on the upcoming race weekend, be sure to visit our website at www.runseasidefl.com. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for the most update information and inspiration.