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.

If you haven’t run in either of the events, you really need to.  It is a truly great experience.  And Mom, I promise to run next year!


About Sunburst Beach Vacations

The Sunburst Companies offers property management services for vacation rentals as Sunburst Beach Vacations, individual homes via Home Watch services and real estate sales and marketing through the Sunburst Group at Davis Properties. Sunburst was founded in 2001, incorporated in 2003 and their vacation rental business, Sunburst Beach Vacations, has become their primary focus now managing 90-plus homes along Scenic Highway 30A in the Beaches of South Walton in Northwest Florida. In 2011 and 2012, Sunburst Beach Vacations won the "Finest on the Emerald Coast" conducted by The Northwest Florida Daily News for their annual awards under the category "Vacation Rental Company.”


About The Seaside Neighborhood School

Located in the beautiful coastal town of Seaside, Florida, Seaside School, Inc. also known as Seaside Neighborhood School opened its doors in 1996 as one of the first charter schools in Florida to 36 students, two faculty members, and one administrator. Seaside Neighborhood School currently has 136 students, 15 faculty and staff members, and two administrators.  Expansion for high school and elementary school grades were just recently announced. Seaside Neighborhood School strives to provide all students with an opportunity to realize their full potential in a setting that is safe, orderly, and small enough that students feel recognized and nurtured. The school accomplishes this goal by offering a balanced and flexible curriculum. The success of Seaside Neighborhood School is due to its innovative educational program spearheaded by a certified professional faculty.