The Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K will be back in-person for the 20th anniversary running on Sunday, February 20, 2022, in Seaside, Florida.
The three-day charity race weekend kicks off with the coastal cuisine event Taste of the Race on Friday night, then proceeds to a fun-for-all-ages Race Expo on Saturday, and culminates on Sunday morning with the running of the half marathon + 5K along the iconic Highway 30A starting and finishing in Seaside.
“We are so excited to welcome back runners to the Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K in 2022,” said Teresa Horton, Executive Director of the Seaside School Foundation. “After not having an in-person race in 2021, we can’t wait to deliver a memorable experience, carry on the traditions of the event in Seaside, and, most importantly, raise funds for our special School.”
100% of the funds raised from the race weekend benefits the Seaside Schools Foundation, which supports the operating budget for the Seaside Neighborhood School and Seacoast Collegiate High School.
The Seaside School, Inc. is tuition-free, public charter school serving students across Walton County. Last year, the 2021 virtual race raised proceeds totaling more than $500,000 and the 2020 race raised more than $600,000.
“This fundraiser has become a part of our school culture, a stellar example of The Seaside Way in action,” said Ms. Kim Mixson, Principal of Seaside Neighborhood School. “Our students, parents and staff look forward to race weekend every year and we are truly grateful for the impact that it has on our School.”
Registration cost for the 5K is $95 and the half marathon is $125.
In addition to in-person racing, the event will also offer a limited number of virtual registrations for those who are unable to participate in-person on race weekend.
In order for virtual race participants to receive complimentary swag bags before race week, virtual runners need to complete registration before January 28, 2022.
Both in-person and virtual race registrants will receive the following:
• A virtual goody bag full of surprises
• Vera Bradley ReActive Sling Backpack in either the Really Regatta, Black or Neon Ivy fabric
• Iconic race shirt, designed by Billie Gaffrey
• A virtual training program
• A customized playlist
• Our unique finisher medal
Friday, February 18, 2022
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Exclusive VIP Experience
7:00 – 10:00 PM: Grand Tasting
The 20th annual charity race weekend will kick off on Friday, February 18, with an evening under the stars at the official race pre-party, Taste of the Race. Party-goers can attend this delicious Seaside party that features more than twenty local chefs competing for the top culinary awards including the coveted Chef’s Choice Award, last won by Amici 30A Italian Kitchen in Inlet Beach, and the People’s Choice Award, won in 2020 by Havana Beach Bar and Grill at The Pearl 30A in Rosemary Beach.
“Come hungry! Taste of the Race continues to be the premier culinary event in Walton County,” said Grove Fisher, Seaside School Foundation Board Member, and Event Committee Chair. “In addition to being known for its beautiful beaches and quaint waterfront towns, South Walton has earned a reputation as a foodie paradise. Taste of the Race is the event that brings the area’s top chefs out to showcase their skills and compete for the top prize.”
12:00 – 5:00 PM: Race Expo + Packet Pick-Up
12:00 – 5:00 PM: Silent Auction
On Saturday, February 19, runners are invited to pick up their race packets at the Seaside Neighborhood School and enjoy the Expo taking place in the Seaside Lyceum.
7:00 AM: Half Marathon Start
7:25 AM: 5K Start
The race weekend comes to a pinnacle with the half marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) taking place on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Click here for the complete schedule.
Both races – the half marathon and 5K – start in the town of Seaside with an out-and-back run along the coastal dune lakes of Highway 30A.
This year, half marathon runners will enjoy a temporarily revised race route. The runners will travel East with beautiful views of Eastern Lake, Deer Lake and Camp Creek Lake and ending back in Seaside.
“Half marathon participants will be treated to beautiful new sights and views in this year’s race,” said Teresa Horton, Executive Director of the Seaside School Foundation. “With every step of the course taking place along the iconic Scenic Highway 30A, and the familiar start and finish line in the heart of Seaside, the race is sure to be a hit with our long-time participants as well as those running it for the first time.”
As it pertains to the potentially evolving event safety guidelines surrounding COVID-19, the Seaside School Race Committee will follow and comply with any regulations dictated by the State of Florida, Walton County and Town of Seaside. The health and safety of our participants, spectators, volunteers, and community is of the utmost importance.