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Run The Beach

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

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 spectacular races that will transport you to a whole different state of running.  

Register for all 3 races by January 23, 2019 and receive a discount of $30!


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Jan 27, 2019 Feb 16, 2019 Nov 30, 2019

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Rules and Regulations

To receive the race series medal and swag, all three Gulf Coast races must be completed in 2019. Big Beach Marathon (Jan. 27, 2019), Sea Turtle Half Marathon (Feb. 16, 2019) and Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon (Nov. 30, 2019).


Medals and swag will be awarded after the completion of the Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon on November 30, 2019.

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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Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

A great tune-up race and Boston Qualifier, the Big Beach Marathon begins the series on January 27, 2019. Starting on the boardwalk at the Gulf Shores Town Green, the course takes runners along Beach Boulevard and into the paved backcountry trails of Gulf State Park.

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 second race in the series, the Sea Turtle Half Marathon and Sweetheart 5k and 1 Mile runs take place on February 16, 2019, and follows an out and back course along Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores. There won’t be any snow, but you will find plenty of fresh breezes and sugar white sand.

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!

Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon, 5K & 1-Mile

The Run the Beach Series ends with a beauty on November 30, 2019. Flat and fast, the Kaiser Realty Half Marathon includes an optional 5K or 1-mile run/walk. Leaving the Orange Beach Sportsplex, runners wind through the trees along the backcountry trails of Gulf State Park. From there, the course takes you along Perdido Beach Boulevard and then out onto the sugar white sands along the Gulf of Mexico before turning back to the finish line.

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 half 5Ks, marathons, and half marathons in Alabama. Those who complete all three full or half marathons receive a specially struck medal commemorating their winning accomplishment. Depicting all three races in the series, the medal is awarded after completion of the Kaiser Half Marathon in November 2019.

Plan your Run the Beach Series Experience

You are a runner. You move in a world apart from those watching from the sidelines. At Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we understand that running the coast is a unique experience. Visit us at today to plan your Run the Beach Series experience and enter a whole different state of running.