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Seaside School Half Marathon + 5K Announces Virtual Race in February 2021

special to Gannett

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL – The Seaside School Virtual Half Marathon and 5K is now open for registration.

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prioritize the health and safety of the community and participants, the Seaside School, Inc. and Seaside School Foundation have decided to move forward with a virtual half marathon and 5K for the 19th annual event, according to a press release from the Seaside School Foundation.

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The virtual half marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) will start on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 and end at midnight on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. Participants can run or walk at any pace during the race dates, then simply report the time to be added to the national results leaderboard.

Runners leave the starting line of a previous Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K.

"With continued uncertainty, this virtual option will allow us to provide the safest possible experience for participants," said Teresa Horton, Executive Director of the Seaside School Foundation.

“This was an incredibly difficult and emotional process for our school and community as a whole to make. With that said, we need the community’s support this year more than ever. We look forward to virtually cheering on our runners in 2021!”

Registration cost for the 5K is $75 and the half marathon is $100. In order for participants to receive complimentary swag bags before race week, runners need to complete registration before Jan. 17,2021.

Each registrant will receive the following:

  • Virtual Training Coach Program led by lululemon® Grayton Beach Ambassador, Rex Stinnet
  •  Vera Bradley® ReActive Sling Backpack + Pleated Face Mask
  •  Billie Gaffrey Designed Race Shirt (Celebrating 25 Years of the Seaside School)
  •  Custom Finisher Medal
  •  Customized Playlist
  •  Virtual Bib, Finisher Certificate + Goody Bag

"We're looking forward to engaging with the runners virtually while still offering some perks of race day our participants have come to know and love!” said Mrs. Horton.

All of the funds raised from the virtual race benefits the Seaside Schools Foundation, which supports the operating budget for the Seaside Neighborhood School and Seacoast Collegiate High School.

The Seaside School is tuition-free, public charter school serving students across Walton County. Last year the race raised more than ever with proceeds totaling more than $600,000, the release said.

“Our students and parents are extremely grateful for each and every race participant this year,” said Kim Mixson, principal of Seaside Neighborhood School. “This fundraiser has become a part of our school culture, a stellar example of the Seaside Way in action. By applying creative thinking and problem-solving, we can keep this tradition alive and meet the needs of our growing school and community.”

Registration options can be found at http://runseasidefl.com.