The new year is already promising skills and thrills from the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission team. We’ve got a busy schedule ahead, so plan now to head to the beach for some sand, sun and sports this winter. Take a brief look at the 2018 events on our calendar so far in January and February.
Run the Beach Series: Do you want to participate in sporting events instead of just watching? Head off to the races at Silver sponsor The Hangout when they play host to the first two events in the 2017 Run the Beach Series. The 2018 Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon races into Gulf Shores on January 28. Runners of all levels are welcome at the 2018 Sweetheart 5k, Sea Turtle 1/2 Marathon and Sweetheart 1 Mile Fun Run on February 17.
Collegiate Softball: Beginning in February, swing by the ball field to see some competitive collegiate softball at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex, starting with the 2018 NCAA Division II Gulf Shores Softball Invitational February 2-4. Next up to the plate is the NCAA Division I Fastpitch Softball representing conferences from across the country in the 2018 NCAA Sand Dollar Classic scheduled for February 9-11. Finally, hit the fields as 20+ collegiate teams battle it out in the 2018 Coastal Alabama South Sun Chief Classic Softball Tournament on February 16 and 17.
Volleyball: Bump, spike or jump your way here in February because you’ll dig the club volleyball action at the 2018 25th Annual Gulf Coast Classic Volleyball Tournament. Southeastern teams vie to win the championship title on February 17. Another battle on the white sand is set for February 24 and 25 at the 2018 Southeast Regional Beach Volleyball Tournament – Beach Wars in Gulf Shores.
Soccer: Rounding out the month is the 2018 Island Cup. Male and female high school athletes will show off their fancy footwork as more than 24 teams battle for the Island Cup soccer title in Orange Beach. Games will be played on February 23 and 24.