GSOBSC Announces Fall Sports Events

14 Sep, 2017

From an SEC Championship to Local Races, Athletes will be Pouring into the Area

This fall, a wide range of sporting events head to the Alabama Gulf Coast - from national soccer championships and local half marathon races to softball and youth soccer tournaments. Several of these competitions are returning to the destination including the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship which is coming back to Orange Beach Sportsplex for the 11th year in a row.

“It’s because of these relationships our sports commission and cities have formed with organizations such as the SEC and NAIA that we continue to see sports tourism growing in our destination,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. “We look forward to fostering these relationships and welcoming new tournaments to our beaches every year.”

Another popular fall sporting event is the annual Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Half-Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Locals and visitors alike will come to run off their Thanksgiving dinner at this fun, family- and pet-friendly race on Nov. 25. To register for the race, please visit

“Family is what we are all about in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach,” said Gendler. “Events like the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship and Kaiser Half-Marathon allow athletes, friends and families to come together, get active and enjoy our beaches and all they have to offer.”

For information on upcoming athletic events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit, or call 1-800-745-SAND.

2017 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission Fall Schedule:

Sept. 2: Tacky Jacks Bloody Mary 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

Sept. 8-9: University of Mobile soccer tournament

Sept. 9: Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon

Sept. 9-10: 7th Annual Super Slugger Co-ed Softball Tournament

Sept. 9-10: Publix Super Cup Soccer Tournament (girls)

Sept. 16-17: Publix Super Cup Soccer Tournament (boys)

Sept. 16-17: MS Ride - Tour de Beach

Sept. 21-24: Alabama State Tri-Level Championships

Sept. 22-24: Battle at the Beach

Sept. 30: NBL Beach Brawl Karate

Oct. 12-15: Shrimp Festival Volleyball Invitational

Oct. 13-15: Sanddollar Showcase (softball)

Oct. 14: Shrimp Festival 10K and 5K Run

Oct. 21: Dive Against Debris

Oct. 29-Nov. 5: SEC Women's Soccer Championship

Nov. 2-5: Alabama Southern Combos Doubles Tennis State Championships

Nov. 4-5: Flora-Bama Ultimate Tournament

Nov. 5-16: World Food Championships

Nov. 10-12: Coastal Alabama Couples Classic

Nov. 11-12: USSSA Softball Gulf Coast Championship

Nov. 18-19: Gulf Shores Junior Classic - Southeastern Junior Golf Tour

Nov. 18-19: UTR Fall Tennis Tournament Orange Beach

Nov. 20-22: Gulf Shores Battle at the Beach Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

Nov. 25: Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Coastal Half-Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run

Nov. 27-Dec. 2: NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship

Dec. 2-3: Challenger Soccer Cup

About Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission is a partnership between Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT), the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and the Gulf State Park. 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 a whole different state of play, please visit


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