Sunburst is in it for the long run 11th annual half marathon and 5K brings guests from all over


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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM.


After living here for seven years, I finally ran in the Seaside Neighborhood School Half Marathon for the first time last year. 

Despite how I looked in the finish line photo, it is one of the most positive experiences of my life.  And even though my mom is wondering why I was lazy this year by not running, my respect for the runners is greater than ever. And those behind the scenes deserve a lot of kudos, too.  Volunteers, sponsors, school employees, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, South Walton Fire District and EMS, and those just there to support the runners, make this a true community event. 

As part of the marketing team at Sunburst Beach Vacations, I am proud that we return again as a Platinum Sponsor.

Along with the sponsorship, Sunburst gives out commemorative mugs topped off with fresh Amavida coffee to the top 100 finishers of the half marathon along with postcards in every runner’s bag congratulating them for completing the run.  Our goal is to make sure that each and every runner knows that we appreciate their support of the school. 

“We sponsor a handful of non-profits and their events every year,” says Steve Howard, co-owner of Sunburst Beach Vacations.  “The Seaside Neighborhood School run is very important to our company. Our kids have attended the school, so we know how special it is and we’re happy to be a part of it each year.” 

Proceeds from the race provide students of Seaside with unique and challenging academic opportunities.  This year the school is ranked third among all the middle schools in Florida.  This outstanding achievement is due to high expectations of our students, electives that enhance the core curriculum (mass media, journalism, technology, music, art, gardening, dance, and yearbook), advanced math classes with small pupil to teacher ratio, Pre-AP curriculum in Language Arts, and a robotics program that has earned numerous awards in Florida and the Southeast region of the United States. Along with these outstanding academic programs, the school is able to purchase and maintain technology and equipment and acquire new library books.

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