With the 2021 Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K going virtual, the upcoming event will feature several new and different elements from previous years. One constant that is sure to be familiar to long-time fans of the race is the vibrant, coastal-inspired art of Billie Gaffrey. For years, Billie’s unmistakable artistic touch has adorned race shirts, finisher medals, silent auction items and race merchandise adding a splash of color and whimsy to all things race-related, and this year’s race will be no different.

Always quick to contribute to the race, Billie Gaffrey’s ties to the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K are deep and personal. Billie is a local artist who has lived in South Walton for more than twenty years. Art has been her passion since childhood which she turned into a profession when she opened up her first art gallery, Gaffrey Art, in 1994. After serving on the Board of Directors for Seaside Neighborhood School from 2004-2007, she joined the faculty and began teaching art and has been imparting her skills and knowledge on the students of the school ever since.

Every year, runners, students and race supporters look forward to Billie’s annual artwork for the Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K, and the 2021 design may prove to be her most popular yet. With Billie’s signature swirling style and an explosion of color, the 2021 design pays homage to the Seaside Neighborhood School’s 25th anniversary while incorporating architectural elements of the school buildings themselves.

Everyone who registers for the race will receive a race shirt featuring Billie’s unique 2021 design. As previous race weekend attendees can attest, Billie’s custom artwork is always a hit at the annual silent auction, also going virtual this year, benefiting the Seaside Neighborhood School.

The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K evolves and changes each year, and 2021 will be no exception.  One of the constants that is truly unique to this race is the artwork. As you are preparing to run your virtual race this year and you slip into your 2021 race shirt, Billie’s design is sure to transport you to Seaside as you tackle your own 3.1 or 13.1 mile course from wherever you are participating!

Mike Kerrigan

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