Run the only "mountain" on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast! Blue Mountain Beach that is! All races are run on the recreation trails and roads that are adjacent to Florida's Scenic 30A which splits sugar-white sand beaches and rare coastal dune lakes. Enjoy the beachside villages of Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton, and Seaside before and after the races. A one of a kind course!
The 30A 5K starts at 7:00 am on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
The 30A 10 Mile starts as soon as reasonably possible following the completion of the 5K so....7:45-8:00 am...depending on when the timing company is ready to go!
These races start and finish on the recreation path/trail across 30A
from Nicks on the Beach (30A/Blue Mountain Beach). Both races are out and back on the trail. The 10 mile runners will go straight out the trail/path to a turn around at the Watercolor boundary (same as the 1/2 marathon and 10K Sunday turn around) run back up the trail/path through the start to a turn around that is "up" Blue Mountain (headed West on the path as it parallels 30A) and then back down the path to the start/finish area. The turn arounds will be marked. Water and Gatorade will be available at aid stations placed approx 1-1.5 miles apart. Late aid stations will have some gels and fruit BUT if you take in nutrition during longer runs, we ask that you take some with you....you shouldn't try something new on race day!
BLUE MOUNTAIN BEACH 1/2 MARATHON & !0K
The 1/2 marathon and 10K will start together at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016.
The races will start approximately .2 miles north/west of the 30A/Defuniak Road intersection which is Grayton Beach.
The start/finish is just up (west) 30A from the Grayton Beach General Store (32 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459). You'll start on 30A run south (east) on 30A, after approximately .2 miles, turn right on Defuniak St , left on Holtz, left on Banfill, left on Lydia Ave, right on Defuniak, right onto the recreational path (not the highway) that parallels 30A, to a turn around just at the beginning of Watercolor after which you'll retrace your steps back to go left on Defuniak, left on Holtz, left on Banfill, left on Lydia, right on Defuniak, left onto the recreational path (not 30A) that parallels 30A and continue up the recreational path until taking a left onto Blue Lake Road (yup, there's a hill there), continue on Blue Lake (it's a tar and gravel...not a smooth ...road) until it dead ends (stop sign) where you turn right on Blue Mountain Beach Road, continue on Blue Mountain Beach Road until it intersects (Y intersection) with 30A at which time you go left onto the recreational path (not onto 30A) that parallels 30A and run it until a turn around at or near the Gulfview Place/30A intersection (near Goatfeathers Restaurant) and then retrace your steps back towards the start so....run on the recreational path paralleling 30A until a right (sorta a Y) onto Blue Mountain Beach Road, left on Blue Lake Rd, right on 30A (recreational path at this point), to the finish which is near the start at the 30A/Defuniak (Grayton Beach) intersection. Though this is Florida, you'll find that this course rolls and climbs enough to keep it fun and interesting! (You'll be essentially uphill from Blue lake road to the Goatfeathers turn around...but it's essentially all downhill from there!) This is the same course as the last few years BUT we've got a new start finish!
10Kers...You'll have water views, dune lakes, and a nice neighbrhood...PLUS, it's really flat and fast!
Run the 30A 5K on Saturday; the 1/2 marathon on Sunday!
Special awards for completing both!
Run Both--30A 5K & Blue Mtn. Beach 10K (Sand Dune Man/Sand Dune Woman)
Run the 30A 5K on Saturday; the Blue Mountain Beach 10K on Sunday! Special awards for completing both!
RUN 26.2 @ BLUE
The challenge...26.2 miles...but not all on the same day. Run 21.1K on 30A on Saturday and then the Sunday 1/2 marathon...that's 26.2 @ BLUE! You'll receive shirts from races on both days, a 26.2 @ BLUE shirt, medals from the 30A 10 Miler and Blue Mountain Beach 1/2 Marathon...plus a 26.2 @ Blue finisher's award...but you've got to finish it all to get that bling!
1/2 Marathon Relay
Don't want to run the full marathon? Split it up! One runner runs the first 10K (6.2 miles) and the other runs the rest of the course (6.9 miles)...finishers medals to both!
Sand Dune Relay
Run Saturday and Sunday. Run the 30A 5K on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon relay on Sunday!
Both relay members complete the Saturday 5K and then split the 1/2 marathon on Sunday with one runner running the first 10K (6.2 miles) and the other running the rest of the course (6.9 miles)...1/2 relay finishers medals to both! Special awards for competing both days!
The combined number of runners for the 1/2 marathon and 10K is 2500. Runners will be chip/electronically timed. At present, we are not establishing a time frame in which you have to complete the course BUT we reserve the right to start breaking down aid stations and presenting awards at the 3 hour mark!
All pre-registered finishers in the Saturday 10 mile, Sunday 10K, 1/2 marathon, and 1/2 marathon relay will receive finishers awards. Late registrants are not guaranteed a finishers medals at the finish line BUT may receive one post race via mail...handling/postage fees will apply for mailing of medals.
Overall and Age Group Awards
Awards will be given to the top 3 overall female and male runners, the top Masters (over 40 years old) male and female, the top Grandmasters (over 50 years old) male and female, and the top 3 females and males in each age group. Age groups begin at 14 and under, 15-19 and are 5 year increments thereafter. Age group awards will be medals or a similar award!
NOTE: We try to give out awards as soon as possible after the race is completed. We intend to post times as we near the race date at which awards will be presented. At present: Saturday 5K awards will be 7:45 am and 10 mile awards at 10:15 am; the Sunday 10K awards will be at 8:30 am; 1/2 marathon awards will be at 10:00 am. We have to rely on the timing company for the results and want for them to be complete or at least mostly complete when we do the awards ceremony. Though chip timed, this takes time. Please be patient!
Also, we do not mail awards unless arrangements are made with the race directors.
30A 5K & 10 Miler//21.1K on 30A//Blue Mt Beach Man & Woman//Sand Dune Man & Woman and 26.2 @ Blue:
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm.
Pre-race , race morning from 6:00-6:45 am Nick's Restaurant, 2210 West Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL (across from Big Daddy's Bikes) There is no packet pick up for the Sunday 10K or 1/2 marathon at these times!!!
Blue Mt Beach 1/2 Marathon & 10K:
Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 pm at Pandora's Steakhouse and Lounge, 63 Defuniak St., Santa Rosa Beach, FL;
and, pre-race at Pandora's from 6:00-6:45 am.
Blue Mt Man/Woman, Sand Dune Man/Woman, 26.@ @ BLUE:
If you are pre-registered for either of these, you may pick up your race packet for the 1/2 marathon or 10K immediately following the 30A 10 miler awards presentation. No other packets will be available that morning.
You may pick up a packet for another runner.
Registration will be available for all races during packet pick up! AGAIN, there is no guarantee that there will be shirts or finisher's awards available for late registrants! We've ordered extra but no guarantees! (There will be a no shirt option for late registrants!)
WE DO NOT MAIL PACKETS IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE THE RACE! PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US AFTER THE RACE WANTING YOUR PACKET!
As in past years, the race weekend takes place over the Columbus Day weekend. As in the past, we can't find hotels, etc...interested in reduced rates. This has caused us to consider moving the race to another weekend and we are still looking at that for future years...
BUT for 2016, here are some options that are within 1/2 hour or so of the race start/finish:
Sandestin area hotels:
Residence Inn: 850-650-7811
Sandestin Golf & Beach: 866-309-6269
30A Suites: 850-499-5058
Watercolor Inn: 850-534-5000
There are a number of rental condos, houses, etc...in the Blue Mountain Beach/Grayton area with as many rental companies. Google it...
Richard is one that can be contacted at: 800-423-3215
Post Race Party and Awards Ceremony
The Saturday 30A 5K & 10 Mile: We will be holding the 5K awards at 7:45 (approx) a.m. and the 10 mile awards at 10:15 am in the Nicks on the Beach parking lot. We will have post race food and drinks available.
The Sunday Blue Mountain Beach 1/2 marathon and 10K: We'll be holding a post race party with food and beverages at PANDORA'S following the races. The awards ceremonies will begin as soon as practical/possible following each race.
At present: 10K awards will be at 8:30 am; 1/2 marathon awards will be at 10:00-10:15 am (approx).
We reserve the right to begin the awards ceremonies before each race is completed.
Don't miss the post race festivities!! We do not mail awards unless arrangements are made with the race director via e-mail!