Welcome to one of the most anticipated weekend events in South Walton, Florida!!! The Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Race, presented by Vera Bradley, is coming up on Sunday, Mar. 1, along with some incredible parties and expos leading up to race day. The run is sold out with around 4,000 people from 40 states are coming to SoWal Beaches to participate in the race this year - a record number! Thousands of friends and families will be cheering from the sidelines along the Scenic 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. This year's race weekend is bigger and better than ever! There are some great events leading up to race day which are open to everyone. Taste of the Race with Emeril Lagasse kicks off the weekend on Friday evening, after a meet and greet at Modica Market (get your raffle tix). 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. Friday, February 27 Chef Emeril at Modica Market Join Chef Emeril Lagasse and friends at Modica Market Friday afternoon from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Raffle tickets can be purchased for a chance to win a set of Emeril’s Cookware, a $300 gift basket from Modica Market, and other goodies! Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 and can be purchased at Modica Market any time up to this event. The drawing will be held at Modica Market on February 27th at 4:00 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. Raffle proceeds benefit the Seaside School Foundation. Taste of The Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse! Seaside Lyceum 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Taste of The Race VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Taste of The Race Party with Chef Emeril Lagasse Everyone's invited to come out for the pre-race celebration! Guests will feast on delicious food from some of Florida Gulf Coast’s top chefs and dance to great live music by the Trick Pony. Tickets are limited for both the VIP and General Admission. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.tasteoftherace.eventbrite.com. Saturday, February 28 - Race Expo & Silent Auction Expo Seaside Lyceum Race Expo / Silent Auction Expo 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, March 1 - Race Day! Seaside Amphitheater 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 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pay and Pickup Silent Auction Items Post Race Party After the race on Sunday, get ready for some fabulous post-race fun, including party music, and great food and drink. Thanks to the South Walton community, runners and volunteers for coming out to celebrate the 13th Annual Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Run! Read more at SoWal.com home page story for a huge photo gallery from 2014 and event video from 2013.