How to Get Here

Scheduled for February 28 through March 1, 2020, the Seaside School Race Weekend is a 3-day event featuring amazing coastal cuisine, plenty of fun for all ages and races starting and finishing in the colorful neighborhood of Seaside, FL. If you’ve ever seen the Jim Carrey film, The Truman Show, then you have an idea of the kind of beautiful coastal architecture that you’ll find along the route at the annual race.

You’ll feel immediately at ease in Seaside — here, most people get around by bike or by foot. Funky airstream trailers serve BBQ, hot dogs, crepes, shaved ice and more. As anyone who has been here knows, Seaside is best experienced by actually spending time here. Those who rent homes in Seaside for a vacation make it an annual trip, sharing it with generations of their family.

Whether you hop on plane or get behind the wheel, you’ll have your feel in the sand in South Walton in no time!

Travel is a breeze, whether by car or by plane – South Walton is conveniently located less than a 35-minute drive from Northwest Florida Beaches (Panama City) International Airport (ECP) and Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). For more information on travel, weather, beach safety and accessibility, check out the Plan Your Trip page from the Walton County TDC.

Race Day Parking

To avoid the closed roads on the morning of the race, we encourage you to get there early! Parking is available at Emerald Coast Middle School (ECMS) on Hwy 98 at 4019 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach, east of Hwy 395. 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 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 5 AM.

Where To Stay

February and March are particularly busy month for visitors in Northwest Florida, because it marks the beginning of the spring break season. Please remember to book your accommodations early in order to guarantee that you will have a place to stay for the race!

There are many accommodations available in our area, and the following generous sponsors of our race may offer reduced rates or donate part of their proceeds to the race, and we certainly appreciate you for supporting our sponsors!

Wyndham Destinations

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.

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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.

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Homeowner’s Collection

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.

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Hyatt Place Sandestin at 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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WaterColor Inn

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.

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