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WHAT TO BRING
Your race bib
Chair or blanket for the After-Race Party and award ceremony (you can set your chair up in the amphitheater before the Race.)
RACE COURSE SCHEDULE
The Half Marathon will begin at 7:00 AM CST and the 5K Race at 7:30 AM.
The Half Marathon course will be re-opened to traffic at approximately 10:00 AM. In preparation for the road opening, all remaining runners will be moved to the off-road, paved path. Race timing will continue for all runners and walkers until 10:00 AM. There will not be any support for the runners or walkers along the race course after 10:00 AM.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND MAPS
Our courses are fast and mostly flat with amazing scenic views of the communities of South Walton. Volunteers and local police will monitor cross traffic at all intersections, and volunteers and community groups will line the race course to cheer you on and provide entertainment. Maps for each course are located below:
Half Marathon Map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2354694
5K Map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/2354701
Southern Timing, LLC will be providing RFID Chip Timing for our event. Results will be streamed live during the race and all participants will receive an individual results page complete with a custom finisher certificate, pace breakdown & a 20 second clip of you crossing the start & finish line! Live tracking will also be available for this event! 5K participants will receive a split time at the 5K turnaround and Half-Marathon Participants will receive a split time at the 5K turnaround (1.55mi), Half-Marathon turnaround (6.55mi) and a verification as you pass the 5K turnaround again (11.55mi).
All participants can sign-up as many phone numbers as you like to receive SMS updates live during the race as you cross each split point!
Use this link to sign-up once you have registered for the race: https://register.chronotrack.com/event/tracking/eventID/75535
(Note, it may take up to 30 minutes after registration for you to show up in the system).
Half Marathon: Water and Powerade will be available at seven places along the course, as well as at the finish line.
5K: Water and Powerade will be available at two places along the course, as well as at the finish line.
Medical aid will be available along the race course route and near the finish line.
START AND FINISH TIPS
Get to the race early! Plan on arriving at least an hour before your race starts; one hour is even better as traffic and parking could cause some delays.
Dress warmly if it’s chilly, but don’t overdress. Dress in layers which you can peel off and either tie around your waist or leave at a water station. Old shirts or sweatshirts are good for starting the race in as they can be discarded early. Large trash bags with holes cut out for arms and your head also work well. Be sure not to discard an item in the middle of the road. Move to the side to discard your clothing, preferably near a water station. Discarded clothing will be collected by race volunteers and delivered to a designated area in Seaside… and if not picked up, donated to a local charity. We can not guarantee that all discarded clothing will be retrieved.
Please practice common race courtesy. Line up in the appropriate corral, based on your expected finish time. In other words, if you know you are going to run a 2-hour half marathon, please line up in the nine minute coral. If you are running with a group, please do not run more than three abreast in the early stages of the race as, again, this makes it difficult for faster participants to pass.
Please thank a volunteer anytime you see one before, during or after the race. This event would not be possible without them!
You’ve finished! Make sure to smile and raise those hands in celebration as you cross the finish line to ensure the best possible photo by the photographers.
Keep moving as soon as you cross the finish line. Volunteers will be waiting to give you your hard-earned medal, water and provide you with whatever post-race assistance you need. Continuing to walk through the finish chute area not only prevents that area from getting backed up, but will aid in short term recovery. Continuing to move for 10 minutes or so after an endurance event will maintain your circulation, keeping the blood pumping through the muscles.
Start sipping on fluids as soon as they are available, especially if you have been sweating profusely.
Once you leave the finish area, meet family and friends and relax. Get off your feet as soon as you can, and if possible elevate your legs to aid in recovery. Keep sipping fluids.
As soon as your appetite begins to return, start eating!
Then start planning your trip to next year’s Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K!
Half Marathon, Men & Women:
14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
5K, Men & Women:
6-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-75, 75-79, 80+
Awards for both races will be given to the 1st place male and female in the Open, Masters and Grand Masters divisions, with special awards presented to the top male and female half marathon finishers.
Age group awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place using 5-year age groups (in the 5K, additional age groups are 6-10, 11-12, 13-14). All Half Marathon finishers will receive a unique finisher’s medallion at the finish line.
Both races are walker-friendly, and walkers are welcome to participate; however, there are no separate awards for walkers.
Each year, we have several Half Marathon registrants who decide on race day to switch from the Half Marathon to the 5K and a few registrants who decide to switch from the 5K to the Half Marathon. Our policy is to move these participants to a “Disqualified Division” which means we do not capture or publish an official finish time for these participants.
Participants can avoid this situation by requesting an official transfer. Please send an email request for transfer to Race@Runseasidefl.com. Enter “Seaside Event Transfer “in the subject line and give us your first/last name and date of birth.
Standard transfer fee as published on the registration page will apply:
After 12:00 AM CST January 15, 2024 until 11:59 PM February 5, 2024: Refund of the price differential for the Half Marathon and 5K fee minus a $20 processing fee. Additional charge of the price differential for the 5K and the Half Marathon plus a $20 processing fee.
After 12:00 AM CST February 5, 2024 until 5:00 PM February 17, 2024 Transfers must be processed at the packet pick up site: refund of the price differential for the Half Marathon and 5K fee minus a $25 processing fee. Additional charge of the price differential for the 5K and the Half Marathon plus a $25 processing fee.
As a reminder, if you would like to transfer, please go through the appropriate steps to avoid disqualification. Please send an email request for transfer to Race@runseasidefl.com. Enter “Seaside Event Transfer “in the subject line and give us your first/last name and date of birth.
Drop-off your non-valuable belongings at Bag Check. While you run, your belongings will be held at Bag Check and available for your collection until the close of the finish line on Race Day. Belongings not picked up by the close of the finish line will be held at the Seaside School for one week and then donated to a local charity. We highly encourage you not to check valuables, cash or jewelry. We can not be responsible for any lost items.
If you discard an article of clothing along the race course, we recommend you do so near a water station. We cannot guarantee it will be retrieved, but our course crew will make every effort to pick up clothing as they close the course down. Retrieved articles will be in a bin near the stage after the race has been completed. We will also keep them at the school for a week after the race. Any item left after that point, will be donated to charity.