The 2023 PATRIOT'S RUN SANTA ROSA BEACH Half Marathon + 10K/5K, powered by RUN/SUP, will be taking place at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Saturday, September 9, 2023. Runners will have THREE distinct courses to choose from: the Half Marathon, the 10K, and the 5K. The Half Marathon starts at 6:30a, the 10K + 5K will kick off at 7a.
There will be an awards ceremony beginning at ~9:00a, where the men’s and women’s winners + runner ups for all three courses will receive their awards. Age-group awards will also be given. All registered runners who cross the finish line of their respective race will also receive a very cool finisher's medal. All registered runners will also receive a very cool short-sleeve race shirt.
Event Details and Schedule:
Course Info. All three courses are run entirely inside Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. The park doesn't open to the public until 8a on race morning, so we'll largely have the park to ourselves for the first hour or so.
Again, we’ll be offering three very different courses for you to choose from:
1. 5K: The 5K course consists of a fantastic out-and-back route run completely on a paved surface. This course should be fast for those seeking a 5K PR, but most definitely stroller-friendly for those wanting to enjoy the views.
2. 10K: The 10K course has it all: pavement, beach (and obviously beach views!), majestic pines, and dune lakes. You can expect ~2 miles on paved roads, ~1.25 miles on sand, and ~3 miles on trails. Just a fantastic course.
3. Half Marathon: The 10K has it all, so the Half Marathon has it all x2! Yes, the Half Marathon course is basically two laps of the 10K course with a little extra on the beach. You’re welcome :)
NOTE: Half Marathon runners MUST be finished by 9:30a. For any runners anticipating taking more than 3 hours to finish, an early start is authorized. The only catch is that runners that start early will not be eligible for overall or age-group awards.
To check out the course maps, just click here: https://www.runrotorhead30a.com/patriots-run-half-10k-5k (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page)
Again, there will be an awards ceremony beginning at ~9:00a, where the men’s and women’s winners + runner ups for all three courses will receive their awards. Age-group awards will also be given. All registered runners who cross the finish line of their respective race will also receive a finisher's medal.
There will be limited parking at the park itself. Most runners will have to proceed to Butler Elementary. TukTuk30A will be standing by to shuttle runners to the start line. After the race, they'll be standing by to take runners back to Butler. Should you choose to hoof it, it's around a 1.1 mile walk each way between Butler and the race start/finish.
Early packet pick-up will take place on Friday, September 8th at Fleet Feet Inlet Beach from 4-7p. Race day packet pick-up will begin at 6:00a on race morning.
Here's the schedule in its entirety...
Friday, September 8th
4:00p: Early packet pick-up commences at Fleet Feet Inlet Beach
7:00p: Early packet pick-up ends
11:59p: Online registration closes
Saturday, September 9th
6:00a: Race day packet pick-up begins (half marathon runners ONLY)
6:20a: Race day packet pick-up begins (10K + 5K runners)
6:20a: Pre-race ceremony
6:30a: Half marathon start
7:00a: 10K/5K start
9:00a: Awards ceremony
Discounts. ACTIVE-DUTY military, police, sheriff's deputies, fire, and paramedics, please use the HERO1 promo code to receive 25% off your registration. RETIRED military, police, sheriff's deputies, fire, and paramedics, please use the HERO promo code to receive 15% off your registration. All of the local-area middle school + high track and cross-country team runners and staff can get 10% off by using the SCHOOL promo code. Area running clubs should have their own code for 10% off: 30AWALKRUN LULU RUNDESTIN NWFLTC HAMMERDOWN. Also, if you want to run but the registration fee will TRULY set you back financially, please know that a few registrations have been set aside for such situations. Please contact us at RunRotorhead30a@gmail.com and we'll get you taken care of.
NOTE: Should none of the above discounts apply to you, PLEASE don’t reach out and ask for a special discount for your particular profession. Fact is, our prices are already discounted. Race management is all prior military, so there's a special place in our hearts for military and first responders – hence the additional discount. And we also try to support the local running community.
The Patriot’s Run will take place RAIN OR SHINE! Lightning within 10 miles is another story.
I’ll be providing updates as needed on the Rotorhead 30A Running Co Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/runrotorhead30a/ - be sure to give us a “Like” while you’re there! I'll also send at least one email in the days prior to the race which will include any last-minute race information. Of course, additional emails will be sent as necessary. Don't fret if you don't see many updates: that just means that everything is going smoothly!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at RunRotorhead30A@gmail.com
It should be a fantastic morning...hope to see you out there!!!
A portion of the proceeds from The Patriot’s Run benefits the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.