RUN/SUP Series returns to South Walton

Special to The Sun
JOE GODBEE | Special to The Sun

Runners participate in last year's South Walton RUN/SUP Series.

The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced they will host the 2016 South Walton RUN/SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Series from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at Grayton Beach State Park, with the After Party and Awards Ceremony from 2-5 p.m. at The Craft Bar 30A.

Registrant Packet Pick up will take place at The Craft Bar 30A in Grayton Beach from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 23.

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, the 2016 South Walton RUN/SUP Series will once again include a 2 mile circuit through Grayton Beach State Park in Walton County before slicing across Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake, on a stand-up paddleboard for an additional 2 mile leg. With four total races, a world-renowned venue and both family and competitive/advanced groups, the 2016 South Walton RUN/SUP Series will continue to set a standard in the local and regional athletic communities for the future.

With RUN/SUP once again sponsoring the event, they will offer a limited amount of their new RUN/SUP boards for rental on the day of the event should a participant need one. Just be sure to select that you will need a board provided when registering. Boards up to 12 feet 6 inches long are allowed.

Participants in the first race can arrive as early as 8 a.m. with the races beginning promptly at 9 a.m. The event schedule will go as follows:

Race 1: Competitive Division at 9 a.m. (Cash prize will be awarded in this category) $75 entry fee

Race 2: Recreation Division 1 at 10:15 a.m. $65 entry fee

Race 3: Recreation Division 2 at 11:30 a.m. $65 entry fee

Race 4: Family Division at 12:45 p.m. (This race includes youth participants age 8-12) $55 entry fee *Please note that this race is shorter and is only a 1 mile run and a 1mile paddle.

Board rentals are limited and available for an extra fee when registering online.

Day of event parking is available at Grayton Beach State Park. Overflow parking will be available at The Craft Bar 30A and Pandora’s Steakhouse & Lounge for those renting boards or for those that are strictly there to observe the race and cheer family and friends to the finish line. Parking instructions will be noted in all racer packets.

To register, visit www.waltonareachamber.com or business.waltonareachamber.com/events/details/south-walton-run-sup-series-2016-12067.

Current sponsors and vendors include Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Chelco, Insurance Zone, VIP Destin Magazine, SoWal, The Craft Bar 30A, RUN/SUP, Salt Water 30a, Gulf Wind Paddle and Surf, Sunrise Chair Company, Advance Media Group and Visit South Walton.

The 2016 South Walton RUN/SUP Series is an event produced by barber & gall promotions in conjunction with RUN/SUP and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, the benefiting organization.