Kaiser Coastal Marathon participants receive medals

Race to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend

Spending Thanksgiving weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? Enjoy the beach and your loved ones during a relaxing Turkey Day getaway, and start a new tradition with a Thanksgiving meal in your beach condo or beach home.

Runners participate in Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon

If you'd rather avoid spending hours in the kitchen, you don't have to cook at all – you'll find area restaurants offering Thanksgiving family feasts. Check out our dining sponsors for some delicious options.

How do you work off all the calories consumed on this day of thankfulness, turkey and togetherness? Avoid putting on those pesky extra pounds by signing up for a family fun run. Platinum sponsor Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals will be hosting their annual Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run on Saturday, November 23.

Don't worry, you don't have to be in racing shape to participate - there is a distance for every fitness level! This event has three separate categories, including a 1-mile fun run, a 5k and a half marathon. Each year it begins and ends at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

Runners at Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon in Gulf Shores

You'll enjoy running or walking on the peaceful paved trails in the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail Complex. The picturesque scenery encompassing the Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a sight to see.

Geared toward those family members who are more physically fit, the half marathon follows a course mixed with stretches outside the park, taking runners along a paved road with a view of the breathtaking beach.

For those who will stick to the shorter distance levels, the 5k run and 1-mile run will both start on the Backcountry Trail; the 5k will be a loop, while the 1-mile run will turn around at the half-mile mark.

Crossing the finish line doesn't mean things have come to an end. Stay and play at the post-race party with food and awards at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.

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