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Run The Beach Series

Run The Beach Half Marathon Series

You know why you run. Sure, there's the physical challenge and the competition, but running takes you to your zone, that special place that separates you from the spectators. We get it. That’s why Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer the Run the Beach series: three scenic races to immerse you in our coastal oasis.  
Register for all 3 races by November 13, 2020 TO receive a $30 discount!


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Nov 28, 2020 Jan 31, 2021 Feb 20, 2021

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To receive the race series medal and swag, all three Gulf Coast races must be completed in 2020-2021. The series races are the Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon (Nov. 28, 2020), Big Beach Marathon or Half Marathon (Jan. 31, 2021) and Sea Turtle Half Marathon (Feb. 20, 2021).


Medals and swag will be awarded after the completion of the Sea Turtle Half Marathon on Feb. 20, 2021.  

Discount Accommodations

Accommodation specials for the Run the Beach Gulf Coast marathon and half marathon series participants are available during each event. Browse race discounts.

Race Descriptions

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Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon, 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run

The Run the Beach Series begins with a beautiful brisk race Thanksgiving weekend - Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Flat and fast, the Vacasa Coastal Half Marathon includes an optional 5K or 1-mile fun run/walk, making this a perfect family-friendly event for all skill levels. Leaving the Orange Beach Sportsplex, runners wind through the trees along the Gulf State Park Backcountry Trail. From there, the course takes you along scenic Perdido Beach Boulevard with views of the sand and surf along the Gulf of Mexico before turning back to the finish line.

Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

A great tune-up race and Boston Qualifier, the Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon take place Jan. 31, 2021. Starting on the boardwalk at the Gulf Shores Town Green at Gulf Place Public Beach, the course takes runners along Beach Boulevard and onto the flat, paved Gulf State Park Backcountry Trail.

The abundant natural beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast, sea breezes and the turquoise water stretching to the horizon, make this more than a race. It is an experience for the soul.

Sea Turtle Half Marathon and Sweetheart 5K

The final race of the series, the Sea Turtle Half Marathon, which also features the Sweetheart 5K and 1 mile fun run, takes place Feb. 20, 2021. This Valentine's weekend race follows an out and back course along Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico.

In fact, the spectacular views may entice you to head off course and dip your feet in the cool, turquoise Gulf water, but don’t do it. The finish line is just ahead!

Run the Series and Be a Winner

The magnificent Gulf vistas and natural beauty of the Alabama coast make every runner on the course a winner. With our series, you can experience the most beautiful 5Ks, half marathons and marathons in Alabama. Depicting all three races in the series, special commemorative medals are awarded after completion of the Sea Turtle Half Marathon in February 2021.

Plan your Run the Beach Series Experience

In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we understand that running the coast is a more than's about experiencing communities beyond pavement. Check out today to book your room and plan your racecation.