Big Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & Safari 7K

Half & Full Marathon: Sunday, 1/30/22 | 7K Saturday, 1/29/22 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 US Directions
FAQs

 

Can I register on race day?

Race day registration is NOT available.  You must register online by Friday of race weekend.

What can expect on the course?

The Big Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, and 7k take place in Gulf Shores, Alabama, known for its white-sand beaches and clear Gulf of Mexico waters. Boasting a flat and fast Boston Qualifier course, the marathon reveals beautiful scenery as it runs through the paved trail system of Gulf State Park.

Where can I check in my gear?

We typically offer gear check for all racers. Items are checked using a system in which your bag is matched to your race bib. Currently, due to Covid-19 safety procedures we are not able to offer gear check. 

What is the Shark & Dolphin Challenges?
 
Shark Challenge
Feeling at the top of your game? Ready for a race packed weekend with extra bling, shirts, beer and bragging rights? Then the Shark Challenge is thing for you.  Run the Big Beach 7k on Saturday and the Big Beach Marathon on Sunday for a total of 30.6 miles and get a cool Shark Challenge medal and t-shirt to recognize your achievement. And we’ll throw in extra beer tickets for Sunday’s Big Beach Bash! Register Now!

Dolphin Challenge
Maximize your race weekend with extra bling, shirts, craft beer and bragging rights. Choose the Dolphin Challenge and run the Big Beach 7k on Saturday and the Big Beach Half Marathon on Sunday for a total of 17.5 miles and get a cool Dolphin Challenge medal and t-shirt to recognize your achievement. And we’ll throw in extra beer tickets for Sunday’s Big Beach Bash! Register Now!

So with either challenge, you get three(3) shirts, three(3) medals and bonus beer tickets for Sunday’s Big Beach Bash!

To receive the discount pricing for the Shark or Dolphin challenge, and to gaurantee your double bling, you MUST register for the challenge in advance through the Shark or Dolphin challenge registration. Questions, or want to add an event, just reach out to us and we will see what we can do.

Can I walk the event?

Yes, we love our walkers! All participants must meet the requirements of completing the half marathon in 3.5 hours or less, 7 hours or less for the marathon and 75 mins. for the 7K. If you can not finish within time limits, we can't guarantee course support—which is paramount for your safety. Aid stations, medical support, portable toilets, and road closures will start to become unavailable to participants. The local police and race organizers will ask you to reroute to a shorter version of the course, or move up onto the sidewalk where you will be required to obey regular traffic laws.

Where are the aid stations?

The course will feature plenty of aid stations approximately every 2-3 miles. With Covid safety procedures in place, bottled water will be available at the aid stations. There are a number of park restrooms available along the course. Gels will be available on course. We recommend you carry hydration and use the aid stations to refill.

Things to do in the area with family and friends?

Adventure, fun, relaxation…you’ll find it all on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. For years, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach remained a little-known vacation treasure, but more and more families are discovering the 32 miles of soft sand and clear waters that lace the edges of Alabama’s southern border to the Gulf of Mexico. With attractions like zip lines, championship golf and water sports, travelers are escaping to the beach for their annual vacations and weekend getaways. Be sure to check out OWA. You can find out more http://www.gulfshores.com      

Are strollers allowed?

Not for the half and full. We do allow for the 7K

What is your race day cancellation policy?

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined.

Can I run with my pet or use inline skates?

Sorry,  we do not allow pets, bicycles, inline skates or any means of transportation other than running, walking or wheelchairs.  Race Director reserves the right to reject any entry or to remove any participant from the race course without explanation.

How can I check to see if I am registered?

Select "More" tab in Runsignup. Select "Participant Tracking" tab and enter your name.

Can I bump up my registration to the full? Bump down my distance to the half or 7k? Transfer my registration to a friend? Defer?

Each question is unique. That said, we value that you invested in race day and want to help you in any way we can to enjoy your experience. We gaurantee to transfer your bib to another person (have their name and email) or defer your registration to next year at no cost to you. We ask for you to reach out as soon as possible with any changes. Should you need to defer, there is no fee if you 3 weeks prior to the event. We can also change the event you are registered to participate in. Again, we ask for as much notice as possible. Any of these apply to you, email info@junction311.com 

What are my options if a "live" event is postponed, cancelled or virtual?

Visit our "Race Guarantee" tab for more details.

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