Marathon, half marathon, 7km race in Gulf State Park with great views of the Gulf of Mexico and white beaches
The marker on the map indicates the city in which the race takes place and does not display the exact start or finish location.
marathon 2021 — 281,
half marathon 2021 — 436
$75—90 half marathon
The Big Beach Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Gulf Shores, state of Alabama, USA. The official name of the event is The Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon. About 1.200 athletes take part in marathon race and other competitions (281 runners completed marathon and 436 finished half marathon in 2021).
The Big Beach Marathon is an official Boston Qualifier.
More about Gulf Shores and its attractions you may find here.
Big Beach Marathon 2021
Marathon race, 26.2mi/42.195km (Big Beach Marathon)
The marathon race of 26.2mi/42.195km starts at 8:00 30 January 2022 (Sunday) on 101 E Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores near The Hangout Restaurant.
Half Marathon race, 13.1mi/21.097km (Big Beach Half Marathon)
The half marathon race of 13.1mi/21.097km starts simultaneously with the marathon at 8:00 30 January 2022 (Sunday) on 101 E Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores near The Hangout Restaurant.
4.3mi/7km Race (7K)
The 4.3mi/7km race starts at 9:00 29 January 2022 (Saturday) at the Gulf State Park Pavillion (22250 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542).
Entry fee: $30—50.
Safari Family Fun Run & Walk
The Fun Run starts at 8:50 29 January 2022 (Saturday).
Entry fee: $15—20.
Post-race party (Big Beach Marathon Party Palooza)
The post-race party takes place 30 January 2022 (Sunday) till 16:00 in The Hangout Restaurant (101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542).
Free beer and snacks for runners, food and live music.
The course of the Big Beach Marathon 2022 tracks through the paved trail system of Gulf State Park — a public recreation area on the Gulf of Mexico, around fresh-water lakes: Lake Shelby, Middle Lake and Little Lake. The last 2 miles of the route are along the road parallel to the white beach.
The course passes on asphalt trail, across wooden bridges and boardwaks over marshes. Alligators might show up if you are lucky.
The course of the Big Beach Half Marathon 2022 coincides with part of the marathon route.
Start and finish for the Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon 2022 are near The Hangout Restaurant in Gulf Shores, on 101 E Beach Boulevard.
The time limit for completing the marathon is 7 hours, for the half marathon distance — 3 hours 30 minutes.
Water and nutrition stations are located approximately every 1.5 to 2 miles of the route, and at the finish. The stations provide runners with drinking water, Base Hydro electrolyte drink.
Before the start 30 January 2022 (Sunday), you may leave your personal belongings near the Start and Finish Line — at the Hangout under the Mermaid (small) stage.
The route of the Big Beach Marathon 2022 is certified by the Road Running Technical Council of USA Track & Field (USATF).
You may sign up for races of the Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon 2022 online.
The online registration is open till 28 January 2022.
If slots are available you may sign up for the races 29—20 January 2022 (Saturday — Sunday, including the race day) on the spot.
The entry fee for the Big Beach Marathon 2022 varies depending on the date of purchase:
1—30 November 2021 — $100,
1—31 December 2021 — $110,
1—28 January 2022 — $120,
29—30 January 2022 — $135.
Entry fee does not include a sign-up service fee (about 7%).
The entry fee for the Big Beach Half Marathon 2022 varies depending on the date of purchase:
1—30 November 2021 — $75,
1—31 December 2021 — $80,
from 1 January 2022 — $90.
A sign-up service fee (about 7%) is extra paid.
You may sign up for Virtual running events.
Military discounts are applied on demand. More info is here.
Double registration offers are available: Shark Challenge (Saturday 7k + Sunday marathon) and Dolphin Challenge (Saturday 7k + Sunday half marathon). Finishers that were registered for both a Saturday and a Sunday race, receive 3 shirts, 3 medals and 4 beer tickets for Sunday’s post-race party.
Ambassador program gives you full entry fee refund if 5 people sign up with your referral code.
You may defer your registration to next year, transfer your registration to another person or switch to another distance (with surcharge if applicable) if slots are available. More info is here.
Your Marathon or Half Marathon Race Entry includes:
- Bib number with time measuring chip
- Long sleeve race T-shirt
- Bag deposit
- Food and beverages stations, toilets along the course and after the race
- Cheer groups along the course
- Finisher medal
- Beer and food at post-race party
- Race results online and via text and email messages
- Digital race certificate with indicated finish time
- Race photos
- Medical aid if necessary
You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Expo of the Big Beach Marathon 2022 at the Lodge of Gulf State Park (21196 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores).
Pick-up desks schedule:
29 January 2022 (Saturday) from 13:00 till 19:00,
30 January 2022 (Sunday) on race day from 6:30 till 7:45 with a special permission from the organizer.
No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Big Beach Marathon 2022.
1. Ashton Grissom 2:32:24 CR
2. Jeremy Provence 2:36:48
3. Logan Trimm 2:51:12
1. Jessica Berg 3:13:10
2. Jamie Johnston 3:17:34
3. Natalie Little 3:26:35
* Source: www.bigbeachmarathon.com
Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.
101 E Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
tel. +1 336-215-0564
* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please, write to email@example.com.
Date: 31 January 2021
Temperature: 11°C – 20°C (52°F – 68°F)
Wind: 30 km/h (19 mph)
Date: 26 January 2020
Temperature: 7°C – 13°C (44°F – 56°F)
Wind: 7 km/h (4 mph)
Date: 27 January 2019
Temperature: 2°C – 13°C (36°F – 56°F)
Wind: 10 km/h (6 mph)
Date: 28 January 2018
Temperature: 16°C – 20°C (60°F – 67°F)
Wind: 4 km/h (3 mph)
Date: 29 January 2017
Temperature: 5°C – 16°C (41°F – 60°F)
Wind: 17 km/h (11 mph)
Date: 31 January 2016
Temperature: 14°C – 21°C (58°F – 70°F)
Wind: 12 km/h (7 mph)
The closest area airport is the Pensacola International Airport (located approximately 43 miles from Gulf Shores) which is serviced by all of the major airline carriers.
Another option is the Mobile Regional Airport. This airport is located approximately 62 mile from Gulf Shores.
From your nearest airport (based on your IP):
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If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.
Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.
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