2021 Grayt Easter Race, presented by Good News Church

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The 2021 GRAYT EASTER RACE, presented by Good News Church, will be taking place at Grayton Beach State Park on Saturday, April 3, 2021.  Starting with this race we will be offering THREE different courses to choose from: the CLEAN FEET 5K course, the DIRTY FEET 5K course and, brand new, the STINKY FEET 10K course.  Both the start and finish line will be adjacent the pavilion at the end of Main Park Road within Grayton Beach State Park for all three courses.  We will be utilizing a staggered start, with the first wave starting at 7:00a.  More on the staggered start in a moment.

There will be an awards ceremony beginning at 10:00a, where the men’s and women’s winners + runner ups for all three courses will receive their awards.  Age-group awards for all three courses will also be given.  All registered runners who cross the finish line of their respective race will also receive a finisher's award!  And, of course, all registered runners will be receiving the always cool race shirt!

NOTE: Beginning with the 2021 Grayt Easter Race, ALL races within the Run Grayt Race Series will utilize a new format for age group awards.  The new age groups are as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over.   

Timing for the Grayt Easter 5K will be provided by About Time Events.     

Event Details and Schedule:

Course Info.  Again, we’ll be offering three very different courses for you to choose from: the CLEAN FEET course, the DIRTY FEET course, and the STINKY FEET course.  

1. Clean Feet: the Clean Feet course is an out and back course to the bridge along CR-30A that leads to Watercolor; it’s run entirely on pavement so, as the name suggests, your shoes SHOULD stay clean.  The Clean Feet course begins adjacent the pavilion at the end of Main Park Road within Grayton Beach State Park.  The course proceeds along Main Park Road to the park entrance, and then right on to the multi-purpose path along CR-30A.  Runners will proceed on the multi-purpose path for approximately ¼ of a mile, and then cross CR-30A and then continue on the multi-purpose path to the bridge leading to Watercolor.  The turnaround is at an ideal spot to look over to Western Lake and get a great view of the iconic Grayton Beach slash pine tree canopy.  Runners return via the exact same route, finishing adjacent the pavilion at the end of Main Park Road within Grayton Beach State Park.

2. Dirty Feet: The dirty feet course begins adjacent the pavilion at the end of Main Park Road within Grayton Beach State Park.  The course proceeds along Main Park Road to the park entrance, and then left on to the multi-purpose path along CR-30A.  Runners proceed northwest on the multi-purpose path until reaching the four-way stop (adjacent Grayton Beach General Store - the intersection of 283S and 30A), at which point a left turn is taken on to DeFuniak Street.

NOTE: Runners will be sharing the road with vehicles, bikes, etc., on DeFuniak, therefore it is imperative that runners stay within the right shoulder while proceeding south on DeFuniak.

Runners will proceed south on DeFuniak Street for .45 miles until abeam Lydia Ave., at which point runners will turn left on to Lydia Ave. and proceed to the end; at the end of Lydia Ave. runners will turn right on to Banfill Rd; at the end of Banfill Rd., runners will turn right on to Hotz Ave.  Runners will proceed for approximately 100 yards and then turn left on to Garfield.  Runners will then proceed straight ahead to the packed sand near the high water mark of the Gulf of Mexico.        

NOTE: There is no way to predict if the “outflow” connecting Western Lake to the Gulf of Mexico will be opened or not.  If it is opened, then it will be impossible to avoid running through water, meaning your shoes will get wet and then sandy.  I will provide updates in the days leading to the race – status of the outflow will certainly be included.  All part of the adventure.  If the outflow is open, then you’ll truly understand DIRTY FEET!  And Ankles.       

After running down the beach, runners will proceed back into Grayton Beach State Park, ending adjacent the pavilion at the finish line.  Courses don’t come much prettier! 

3. Stinky Feet: The Stinky Feet course utilizes part of the Dirty Feet course, in addition to a "bonus" stretch of beach that is enjoyed by Stinky Feet runners only!  Like the other two courses, the Stinky Feet course begins adjacent the pavilion at the end of Main Park Road within Grayton Beach State Park.  The course proceeds along Main Park Road to the park entrance, and then left on to the multi-purpose path along CR-30A.  Runners proceed northwest on the multi-purpose path until reaching the four-way stop (adjacent Grayton Beach General Store - the intersection of 283S and 30A), at which point a left turn is taken on to DeFuniak Street.

NOTE: Runners will be sharing the road with vehicles, bikes, etc., on DeFuniak, therefore it is imperative that runners stay within the right shoulder while proceeding south on DeFuniak.

Runners will proceed south on DeFuniak Street for 0.45 miles until abeam Lydia Ave., at which point runners will turn left on to Lydia Ave. and proceed to the end; at the end of Lydia Ave. runners will turn right on to Banfill Rd; at the end of Banfill Rd., runners will turn right on to Hotz Ave.  Runners will proceed for approximately 100 yards and then turn left on to Garfield.  Runners will then proceed straight ahead to the packed sand near the high water mark of the Gulf of Mexico, at which point runners turn right and proceed along the water for 0.9 miles.  After 0.9 miles, runners reverse course and head eastbound along the water toward Grayton Beach State Park.

NOTE: There is no way to predict if the “outflow” connecting Western Lake to the Gulf of Mexico will be opened or not.  If it is opened, then it will be impossible to avoid running through water, meaning your shoes will get wet and then sandy.  I will provide updates in the days leading to the race – status of the outflow will certainly be included.  All part of the adventure.  If the outflow is open, then you’ll truly understand DIRTY FEET!  And Ankles.       

After running down the beach, runners will proceed back into Grayton Beach State Park, ending adjacent the pavilion at the finish line.  Courses truly don’t come much prettier...or more challenging!

Staggered Start:

As mentioned at the outset, the Grayt Easter Race will utilize a staggered start format.  Specifically, runners will start 30 at a time every 15 minutes.  This is a COVID-mitigation effort.  However, once COVID is finally in our rearview mirror, we may very well keep this staggered start format, as runners seem to really like its flexibility. 

The first wave will start at 7:00a, the second at 7:15a, and so on.  The 7:00a wave is what we’re calling the “Speedy Feet” wave: it consists of runners from ALL THREE COURSES who anticipate maintaining a sub-6:30 mile for the entirety of their respective course.  The next few waves that follow will consist exclusively of Stinky Feet runners.  I anticipate that the waves of Clean and Dirty Feet runners will commence around 8:00a.     

Parking Info: 

Parking will be in the parking lots adjacent the pavilion.  Once those lots fill, secondary parking will be at the gravel parking lot adjacent the Grayton Beach State Park trailhead (see map).  Tertiary parking area will be in the grassy area just prior to the bridge leading to Watercolor.  Transportation WILL be provided to/from the secondary and tertiary parking areas. 

Packet Pick-up:

Early packet pick-up will take place on Friday, April 2nd at Grayton Beer Brewpub from 3-7p.  Race day packet pick-up will begin at 6:00a on race morning.

I’ll be providing updates as needed on the Run Grayt Facebook page at facebook.com/rungrayt - be sure to give us a “Like” while you’re there!  The Run Grayt Facebook page is an effective forum for all registered or interested runners.  I will also send at least one email the evening before the race which will include any last minute race information.  Of course additional emails will be sent as necessary.  Don't fret if you don't see many updates: that just means that everything is going smoothly!  

The Grayt Easter Race will take place RAIN OR SHINE! Lightning within 10 miles in another story. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at RunRotorhead30A@gmail.com

It should be a fantastic morning and a great start to the Easter weekend...hope to see you out there!!!

The 2021 Grayt Easter Race benefits Communities of Transformation of South Walton.  

When & Where

Apr 3, 2021

Saturday

7:00 AM

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