Register ASAP for the 30A Half Marathon & 5K on Oct 15

Runners should register ASAP for the second annual 30A Half Marathon & 5K on October 15, 2017.

The race – put on by The Sonder Project, a global nonprofit organization in Santa Rosa Beach – will start and end at Gulf Place, taking runners along 13.1 miles of beautiful Scenic Highway 30-A. The turnaround point will be the Boathouse at Watercolor Inn & Resort.

Register and learn more here.

The weekend’s events will kick off with a barbecue and beer festival from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Marina Park in WaterColor on Friday. Festivities will include live entertainment and all the BBQ and beer you care to eat and drink. Guests can vote for the best barbecue on the Emerald Coast.

On Saturday, October 14, racers and guests are invited to the packet pickup and expo from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gulf Place. The main event will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 15 with the start of the half marathon, followed by the 5K start at 7:25 a.m.

Finishers will receive a custom medal while all participants will receive a race t-shirt and goody bag.

The USA Track & Field (USATF) certified, out-and-back route starts at Gulf Place and heads east through Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach and WaterColor. The Lake House on Western Lake will serve as the official turn around point. The post-race party will begin at 8:00 a.m., 5K awards at 9:00 a.m. and the half marathon awards at 10:15 a.m. The post-race party will continue into the afternoon, so children and families are encouraged to join.

Check out our Facebook Live broadcast from the starting line of last year’s marathon!

unnamed-5All race proceeds will benefit The Sonder Project’s mission to change the world through high-impact, sustainable projects aimed at ending extreme poverty and fighting hunger locally, domestically and abroad. The Sonder Project’s international projects include building schools to educate boys and girls, providing safe drinking water and coordinating de-worming campaigns to enable healthy children to thrive and learn.

The starting line of the 30A Half Marathon at Gulf Place.

Domestically, the organization’s Project: feed program helps feed the hungry here in the U.S. by bringing vacation rental companies together to collect non-perishable food items that are left behind when visitors check-out of their rental units.

The 30A Company is a founding partner of The Sonder Project along with 360 Blue and YOLO Board. Learn how you can support the The Sonder Project or make a donation here. If you would like to volunteer to help with the race, please sign-up here.

Learn more at or follow the race on Facebook to get all the event details.

The Sonder Project is very grateful to all their volunteers.

NOTE: The new 30A Half Marathon is not affiliated with the 30A 10K, which is held in Rosemary Beach every Thanksgiving Day. Each event is managed by a different charity organization. The 30A Company is a proud supporter of both charity races.


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