The iconic powdery white sand beaches will once again play host to the second annual 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day) in Rosemary Beach. Runners of all abilities are invited to register now at www.30A10K.com for a special early registration rate as the race is expected to sell out quickly, as it did last year.
As of Sept. 1, the prices are $60 for the 10K and $30 for the 1 Mile Fun Run. The 10K course begins and ends in Rosemary Beach, Fla. and travels on Scenic Route 30A through the neighboring communities of Alys Beach and Seacrest.
The 30A 10K event director and USA Track and Field coach Karen Meadows believes that this race distance is ideal as the 10k is used for seeding and placement in many premier running events throughout the country. “Because the 30A 10K is a fast, flat, out-and-back course it becomes a perfect course for running enthusiasts who are looking to set a new personal record,” says Meadows. “Of course, so many of the racers participate in order to have a great excuse for second helpings of turkey and pecan pie. The race is a great reason to visit 30A for a healthier holiday break with family and friends.” The 30A 10K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier with certification #FL12097EBM.
The 30A 10K raised $18,000 in 2012 and donated the proceeds to Donations 4 Danny, a charity that supports the medical needs of South Walton fireman Danny Margagliano, who is a quadriplegic. For the upcoming race, event organizers set a goal of doubling the proceeds, which will benefit three charities this year: Donations 4 Danny; Food for Thought Outreach, which feeds school age children in need every week through a backpack program; and Lighthouse Family Retreat, an organization that serves more than 200 children with cancer and their families by providing 14 retreats a year on Scenic Highway 30A.
Local businesses can sponsor this charity race. 30A.com, an online tourism site featured in magazines such as Southern Living, Atlanta, Florida Travel+Life and Entrepreneur, has signed on for the second year as a premium sponsor. “We love sponsoring the 30A 10K because not only does it attract both visitors and locals, but the event also gives back an incredible amount of money to local charities,” said 30A.com’s Angela Ragsdale. “We ran it in last year, and it was the perfect way to start our family’s Thanksgiving holiday.”
To register for the 30A 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run, visit 30A10K.com. Find the 30A 10K on Facebook at www.facebook.com/30a10k.