National Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores

2019's Biggest Sports Events on Alabama's Beaches

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship

Two words. Beach Volleyball. We’re already primed in Gulf Shores to love sports and love the beach, so anytime the two combine, it’s pure gold. The University of Alabama hosts the 2019 March to May Collegiate Beach Volleyball Tournament on March 8-10, amping up the action for a packed spring on the beach. This event leads up to the action-packed National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship on May 3-5. Athletes will battle on the beach for the top spot.

The 2019 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship, May 23-25, is also a top-flight event. The 2018 championship has recently been recognized as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination magazine.

Kaiser Coastal Half Marathon

The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Run the Beach Half Marathon Series features three events of varying levels, with two in the winter and one in the fall. Sign up and take advantage of the mild Alabama weather, plus discounts on accommodations through our partners. Start 2019 off strong with the 2019 Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon Jan. 27. Follow it up with the 2019 Sweetheart 5k, Sea Turtle 1/2 Marathon and Sweetheart 1 Mile Fun Run on Feb. 16, then finish up with the 2019 Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon and 5K Run Nov. 23.

Craving a little more variety in your training? The 2019 Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon on Sept. 7 will draw all kinds of athletes to the beach. Swim, bike, run or pick your favorite, and tag off with a team. Soak up those last lazy days of summer in a not-so-lazy way.

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