Seaside Half Marathon

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Run for a cause and for good views!

The 2020 Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K is fast approaching, kicking off its 18th annual event on February 28. Whether you are a veteran runner or just starting out, this race is a great way to get those legs moving and enjoy some exercise along the beautiful 30A.

This three-day event is not only a way to soak up the beauty of iconic Seaside village on 30A, although that is a big plus. It is also a way to show your support for education in this amazing coastal community. The event furthers the Seaside School Foundation’s mission of raising and investing funding to support the Seaside School. 100% of the profits from the event directly benefit the middle and high school students of Seaside School. As a tuition-free institution, your participation in this race weekend helps reduce class size and creates opportunities for students to participate in unique courses that will enhance their intellectual and creative development.

The festivities begin Friday, February 28. There is no better way to start off a race weekend than with a pre-race party – the Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse. Yes, the famous chef will be here in person for the event! The main culinary event starts at 7:00 pm at the Seaside Lyceum. The best part? You don’t have to be a race participant to join the fun. Enjoy amazing food, local brews, craft spirits, and live music. You can also get a sneak peek at the hot silent auction items, which feature everything from vacation packages to local artwork.

Day two of the event is reserved for the Race Expo and gets underway on February 29 at noon in the heart of Seaside. Race participants can not only pick up their registration packets and commemorative race shirt, but also explore awesome products featured by a wide range of vendors at the Expo. Runners will feel as though they are in heaven with the high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and other specialty items available for purchase. The silent auction also continues on Saturday, and you can continue bidding on your favorite items throughout the weekend.

All these fun activities lead up to the main event – race day on March 1! Whether you signed up for the 5K or half marathon, you will begin your race in downtown Seaside at 7:00 am. With a beautiful coastal course, dedicated volunteers, and local spirit, it is no surprise that this race brings in over 4,000 runners each year. Smell the saltwater, check out the stunning views, bask in crisp weather that is perfect for running, and get ready to run your best race! This year, the race features a mobile app with live GPS tracking and progress alerts so your family and friends can cheer you on. Half marathoner finishers receive a post-race medal and a Vera Bradley gift, in addition to a complimentary beer and a post-race meal. Stick around for the after-party to enjoy live music, watch the award ceremony, and do some last-minute bidding at the silent auction.

Interested in participating in this time-honored tradition? There is no race-day registration available, so be sure to register early here. Show your support for the Seaside community!

Photo courtesy of sowal.com