Alabama Ready to Embrace Running Event Weekend

27 Nov, 2019

Kick off the Run the Beach half marathon series in coastal Alabama with a Thanksgiving weekend tradition – the Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Saturday, Nov. 30. The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission encourages participants to celebrate “Turkey Day” along Alabama’s beaches and stay for fitness and family fun.

New for 2019, Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and other tourism partners are offering a special weekend package, including discounted accommodations, preferred Thanksgiving dinner seating at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill, a gift card for Tacky Jacks and coupons for the Tanger Outlet Center perfect for Black Friday shopping. Race participants can claim this offer through Oct. 28 at

“The Coastal Half Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run was designed with families in mind with a distance for everyone on the accessible paved Backcountry Trail at Gulf State Park,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Sports Commission. “After the race, participants and families can celebrate at the post-race party and then watch the Iron Bowl – or another favorite rivalry game – in the afternoon.”

In the spirit of holiday giving, participants, families and fans are encouraged to bring canned goods for the Gulf Shores-based Christian Service Center for a chance to win a free 2020 race entry. Activities throughout the morning include a poster station to cheer on the racers, live music, bounce houses, yard games and food provided by Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar.

Register for the half marathon, 5K or 1-mile fun run at Up the ante and save $30 by registering for the full Run the Beachhalf marathon series, which continues with the Big Beach Half Marathon Jan. 26, 2020 and the Sea Turtle Half Marathon Feb. 15, 2020.

To book discounted accommodations, visit Also, be sure to check out the restaurantsopen for Thanksgiving and excellent Black Friday shoppingoptions. For information on upcoming athletic events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit, or call 1-800-745-SAND.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission is a partnership between Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT), the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In 2007, this commission became a department within GSOBT. In this role, the commission – along with assistance from both cities – works to bring quality sporting events to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. To learn more about playing along Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches, please visit


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