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The Seaside Neighborhood School is one of the top charter schools not only in the state of Florida, but in the country.

It was conceptualized in 1995 by my neighbors, the Buzzett’s, along with concerned citizens, and created in 1996 before my permanent move to the area in 1998. My children were fortunate enough to have their name drawn in the yearly lottery and were able to attend from 2005 to 2009.

Seaside Neighborhood School student test scores rank high above the district and state standards, but each year the gap between The Seaside School standard of excellence and the funding provided by the state seems to grow wider due to state and local cuts and the need for a larger enrollment.

Whether you’re a runner, volunteer, sponsor, or just come to visit for the weekend, you are supporting a fantastic community event by participating in The Seaside Half Marathon & 5K along with Taste of the Race!

Your contributions allow students to have elective mentored classes in gardening, music, art, technology, dance, yearbook, smaller math classes, and an award winning robotics program.

Below is my daughter Caroline’s name on a banner she made with the kids from SNS to welcome George W. Bush to Seaside when he was campaigning for President. Just a few years ago! 😉

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In 2012 Emeril Lagasse took notice, visited the school, and gave praise to the kids for their garden initiative. In 2018, Emeril will once again host Taste of the Race with a VIP Reception on March 2nd. Craft beer, fine wine, spirits and live music will kick off the weekend! I hope to see you there!

Taste of the Race – VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse – $300
Tickets are nonrefundable
6:00-7:00 p.m.

VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef Jim Shirley, and Chef Jim Richard. Space is limited. All VIP guests will get to enjoy a special cooking demonstration by Chef Emeril Lagasse and will also receive a special gift. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Following the VIP reception, VIP guests will be provided entrance into the general admission event.

Taste of the Race – General Admission $99 (21+)
Tickets are nonrefundable
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person and enjoy cuisine from Emeril’s Coastal Italian restaurant along with some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants such as Great Southern Café, The Bay, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Bud & Alley’s, and more! Enjoy complimentary fine wine from Wine World, craft spirits from Buffalo Trace, and craft beer from Grayton Beer while listening to live music! The outdoor evening festivities will be held rain or shine in a heated tent, under the big top! Space is limited. Race registration packet pickup will be available from 8-9pm.

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Established in 2003 to raise funds for the Seaside Neighborhood School, the race now draws more than 3,000 runners from around the world.

Friday, March 2 – Taste of the Race
Seaside Lyceum

6 – 7 p.m. Taste of the Race VIP Reception with Chef Emeril Lagasse
7 – 9 p.m. Taste of the Race General Admission

Saturday, March 3 – Race Expo
Seaside Lyceum

Noon – 6 p.m. Race Expo
Noon – 6 p.m. Silent Auction Expo featuring “Buy-It-Now” pricing
Noon – 6 p.m. Race Packet Pickup
Noon – 2 p.m. Live Music

Sunday, March 4 – Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run
Seaside Amphitheater

7:00 a.m.  Half Marathon starts – Seaside Post Office
7:25 a.m.   5K Race starts – Seaside Post Office
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Post Race Party
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.   Silent Action Expo featuring “Buy-It-Now” pricing
9:00 a.m.   5K Awards
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Live Music
10:30 a.m.  Silent Auction Final Call
10:45 a.m.   Half Marathon Awards
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Live Music
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Pay and Pickup Silent Auction Items

Half Marathon: The course is fast and mostly flat. The race is USATF certified, and will start and finish in downtown Seaside. From Seaside, the racers will run West along scenic Highway 30A, past the beach towns of Watercolor, Grayton, Blue Mountain Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach, with the halfway point and turnaround at Gulf Place. Volunteers and police will monitor the cross traffic at all intersections, as much as possible. Volunteers and community groups will line the race course to cheer runners on.

5K: The course is fast and flat. The race is USATF certified, and will start and finish in downtown Seaside. Please use caution throughout the race course. Volunteers and police will monitor the cross traffic at all intersections, as much as possible. Volunteers and community groups will line the race course to cheer runners on.

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Registration fills up early.  There will be NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and
NONTRANSFERABLE.

Register online 

Follow 30A EATS Facebook, 30A EATS Instagram and @Eater30A on Twitter for event day live updates!

Thanks to Presenting Sponsors: Emeril, Seaside FL, Visit South Walton, and The Emeril Lagasse Foundation!

 Photos: Seaside Neighborhood School 

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