Ready, set, going: Seaside Neighborhood School half marathon and 5k set for March 3

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM.

The Seaside Neighborhood School half marathon and 5k race is returning for its 11th year on March 3, with the largest number of runners yet.

This year's number of runners and walkers was capped at 4,000 and both races sold out in September 2012, just one week and three weeks, respectively, after registration opened. Last year's participants totaled 3,500.

For the second year, the school is hosting a pre-race party dubbed An Evening for Education Under the Stars at Alys Beach's Caliza pool on March 1, with music this year by Rhett Miller of the rock 'n roll quartet the Old 97's.

And, there will again be a silent auction that will start at noon on Saturday during the race expo. Bid will be open until 6 p.m. that day in the Seaside Amphitheatre, where 50 vendors of all sorts will be set up. The auction will officially close on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

To host such a massive event in such a small community requires in the neighborhood of 350 volunteers to ensure it runs smoothly, said Sally Bailey, public relations chairperson for the SNS board.

Besides being a cool and fun thing to do, the reason for the race is it is the principal fundraiser for Seaside Neighborhood School, which is dependent on it.

SNS, established in 1996, was one of the first three charter schools in the state. As a charter school, it receives some funding from the state for basics, but much of the money to fund technology equipment and extracurricular activities must be raised. 

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