Celebrating the 14th Annual Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Feb 26-28

February 24, 2016 by Teresa Lischka

The Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Race, presented by Vera Bradley, is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 28, along with some incredible parties and expos leading up to race day. This is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in South Walton, Florida. For the 14th year we celebrate this out-and-back, fast and mostly flat course where runners from all over the US pass quaint beach towns, dune lakes, and the world's most beautiful beaches. All proceeds benefit the Seaside School Foundation. Let the weekend festivities begin!

Around 4,000 people from 40 states are coming to SoWal Beaches to participate in the race this year! Thousands of friends and families will be cheering from the sidelines along the Scenic Hwy 30A race course. The race starts early Sunday morning in Seaside and the course continues west along Scenic 30A through WaterColor, over Western Lake in Grayton Beach, through Blue Mountain Beach to Gulf Place, and then back to Seaside.

The race weekend offers three days of exciting events for everyone including runners, visitors, locals and volunteers. There are some great events leading up to race day which are open to everyone. Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse kicks off the weekend on Friday evening under the tent at the Seaside Lyceum. Saturday's Race Expo & Silent Auction Expo is one big party all afternoon. Sunday is race day followed by a post-race party with live music.

14th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K

Race day is Sunday, February 28, 2016 along Scenic 30A! The 5K portion of the race is sold out but there are very limited entries left for the half marathon. All finishers receive a Vera Bradley bag! Half marathoners receive custom finisher’s medallion, and both races give moisture-wicking technical shirts, goody bag, lunch from Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, and craft beer from Grayton Beer! Celebrate at the post-race party and enjoy live music! Information and registration at

Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K weekend events take place all weekend from February 26-28, 2016.

Friday, February 26
Taste of the Race | VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse
$300 Tickets are nonrefundable
Seaside Lyceum 6:00-7:00 p.m.

VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef Jim Shirley, and Chef Jim Richard. Space is limited. All VIP guests will have a special opportunity to take a photo with Chef Emeril Lagasse and will also receive a special gift from Chef Emeril Lagasse. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. 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 (21+) Tickets are nonrefundable
Seaside Lyceum 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person and enjoy cuisine from two of Emeril’s famous restaurants along with some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants. Enjoy complimentary fine wine from Wine World, craft spirits from Buffalo Trace, and craft beer from Grayton Beer while listening to live music performed by Masterpiece! 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.

Participating restaurants: Emeril's Orlando, Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Great Southern Cafe, The Bay, Stinky's Fish Camp, Acme Oyster House, Aegean, Bijoux, Bud and Alley's, Caliza Restaurant, Crust Artisan Bakery, Fish Out of Water, Havana Beach Bar & Grill, Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Local Catch Bar & Grill, Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, Signature Catering of 30A, Sweet Henrietta's. 

Saturday, February 27         

Race Expo & Silent Auction Expo
The Race Expo takes place on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 12:00 p.m. til 6:00 p.m. in the Seaside Lyceum. It's a day filled with vendors, silent auction items, food and live music... open to everyone. Pick up your Seaside race tshirts with 2016 art.
Race Expo / Silent Auction Expo at Seaside Lyceum
Noon - 6:00 p.m. Race Expo & Race Packet Pickup
Noon - 2:00 p.m. Live music by Geoff McBride
Noon - 6:00 p.m. Silent Auction Expo featurng "Buy-It-Now" pricing.

Sunday, February 28         
Race Day - Seaside Half Marathon & 5K
The half marathon portion of the race begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Seaside Post Office starting line. The 5K starts at 7:25 a.m. Reserve your spot in the Seaside Amphitheater for the post race party events including live music with Forrest Williams Band.  
7:00 a.m. Half Marathon Starts at Seaside Post Office
7:25 a.m. 5K Starts at Seaside Post Office
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Post Race Party
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Silent Auction Expo featuring “Buy-It-Now” pricing
9:00 a.m. 5K Awards
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Live music by Forrest Williams Band
10:45 a.m. Half Marathon Awards
11:30 a.m. Silent Auction Final Call
Thanks to the South Walton community, runners and volunteers for coming out to celebrate the 14th Annual Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Run!   


The SoWal community is invited to participate in weekend events surrounding the race, volunteer for race day activities and come out to cheer on thousands of runners on race day! Runners may pick up registration packets at Friday's Taste of the Race or Saturday's Silent Auction Expo in Seaside. A full schedule of events covering the entire Race weekend is available at Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K event website



Your support is needed and appreciated! Whether you’re a runner, volunteer, sponsor, or just come for the weekend, you are supporting a fantastic community event. With your commitment of support, you join with all the current partners by investing in the lives of each student at Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seacoast Collegiate High School. Your contributions allow students to have elective classes in gardening, music, art, technology, dance, yearbook, smaller math classes, and an award winning robotics program. Great things are happening at the schools – Thanks to you! is a proud sponsor of the race and Seaside Neighborhood School year round!

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Teresa Lischka

A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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