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Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

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Distance Marathon

About Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon

White sand beaches and the clear Gulf of Mexico greet runners at Gulf Shores’ annual Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon, where runners and walkers will race through Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park.

While the marathon course is a Boston qualifier, both the marathon and the half marathon courses feature a flat out-and-back course that takes runners through Gulf State Park twice — on the way out and on the way back, through different routes.


Shark Challenge - 7k + Marathon

  • 42.195km

Dolphin Challenge - 7k + Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Safari Family Fun Run & Walk

  • 1.60934km


  • 7km


Aid Stations

Aid stations with water and sports drinks approximately every two miles.

Award Medals

Awards will be given to male and female overall and age group winners based on chip time. Age groups are as follows: U19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74, 75-79, 80 and up. Each participant will receive a custom finishers medal, great gender specific race shirt, access to post race party with free beer and food with live music.

Maximum Time

Half Marathon – 3.5 hours & Marathon – 7 hours


The Hangout, 101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542.

Gulf Shores,us


The Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon will 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 before finishing the last 3 miles on Beach Blvd with great views of the Gulf of Mexico. The race starts and finishes at the entertainment & dining epicenter of Gulf Shores, The Hangout.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.