Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.6
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4
Boasting a flat and fast Boston Qualifier course, the Big Beach Marathon reveals beautiful scenery as it runs through the paved trail system of Gulf State Park before finishing the last 3 miles on Beach Blvd with great views of the Gulf of Mexico. Choose from a flat, fast and … MORE
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    dmpg1127 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a very well run race. Great organization, great fast & mostly flat course and the post race activities are above average. The first 10 miles are totally flat … MORE

    This is a very well run race. Great organization, great fast & mostly flat course and the post race activities are above average. The first 10 miles are totally flat and run in a park/preserve area and the final 3.1 miles ate along the Gulf road with a very gradual incline. Be aware that at that time of the year the winds in the last 3 miles can be strong.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    TrudyF FIRST-TIMER '19

    Fun and flat. This race is a nice combo of street, paved paths, and elevated boardwalks. It would also be a great course for a pr. The production is wonderfully … MORE

    Fun and flat. This race is a nice combo of street, paved paths, and elevated boardwalks. It would also be a great course for a pr. The production is wonderfully done. Packet pickup is smooth, small, but nicely done. Post race, wow! Sand castles, food, beer, candy table, and a great live band. So fun.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    erikxadams FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall this a an awesome race. Most of it is in a national park and not a lot of spectators. Good aid stations and support. Free beer and food at … MORE

    Overall this a an awesome race. Most of it is in a national park and not a lot of spectators. Good aid stations and support. Free beer and food at the end. A lot of 50 state finishers did this one.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    For the record, I'm not a beach person. (I'd rather be on a Cliffside beach or in the mountains.) I ran as the 2:15 pacer. Of the beach races I've … MORE

    For the record, I’m not a beach person. (I’d rather be on a Cliffside beach or in the mountains.) I ran as the 2:15 pacer. Of the beach races I’ve done (which is maybe a 1/2 dozen), this one is IMO very well managed and a repeater for me.
    COURSE: starts/finishes behind the hangout (a local music venue/beach front restaurant/bar). Parking is about a block away (if you get there in time). You can wait inside the Hangout for the race to start (it was pretty chilly this year). The course follows BUSY beach Blvd for a while and then enters Gulf state park and follows paved bike trails and boardwalks. This was my favorite area, although it was a bit crowded (the path is one lane). A staggered start may be beneficial to avoid this. Aid stations were spread out but adequate (had it been any warmer and if I were running the full, I would say they needed more).
    FINISH: The finish area is a nice sized party. Not to big and overwhelming. The beach is right there so you can frolic to your heart’s content. They provided several food choices, beer, drinks, or you could order from the Hangout. The medal was very colorful and nicely sized.
    BOTTOM LINE: Very well done. I would definitely run this race again, even if I wasn’t pacing.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The expo was small but I got to meet Jeff Galloway which was exciting. The race starts a really cool venue called the Hang Out which lets runners stay warm … MORE

    The expo was small but I got to meet Jeff Galloway which was exciting. The race starts a really cool venue called the Hang Out which lets runners stay warm in their spacious dinning room. The course runs through a nature walk of a state park. Several miles are board walks. Towards the end a local parrot head group gave runners leis before the last mile. The medal was nice. Runners got a choice of box lunch, two beers, ginger beer and more. A band played music for hours. It was a great event and well organized. I’d consider running it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    42kStraley FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a pretty awesome race. Lots of hotel rooms and a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The race is run on hiking & biking trails through a … MORE

    This is a pretty awesome race. Lots of hotel rooms and a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The race is run on hiking & biking trails through a nature preserve so it naturally makes it difficult for supporters to get to. There are a lot of turns and the course could be confusing if there would happen to be a shortage of volunteers. Two points of advice. 1, run with a group and 2, bring your own hydration to make up for the limited number of aid stations. There was high quality food and beer for runners via the race bib coupons. I would recommend this race for sure.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    sfbabcock FIRST-TIMER '19

    You start at the beach and run most of the race through Gulf State Park. It was absolutely beautiful, pretty flat. There wasn’t a lot of swag in the race … MORE

    You start at the beach and run most of the race through Gulf State Park. It was absolutely beautiful, pretty flat. There wasn’t a lot of swag in the race bag, but the shirt is a nice long-sleeve dry fit shirt. I really enjoyed this race, I would run again for sure.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    steveboone FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a low key race with a generous cutoff time. The course is flat and scenic. The post race food and drinks were excellent. We will return next year. … MORE

    This is a low key race with a generous cutoff time. The course is flat and scenic. The post race food and drinks were excellent. We will return next year. A good double with Mississippi Blues or Callaway Gardens. Off season hotels on the beach were a bargain.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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