The Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, January 26, 2025 in Gulf Shores, AL • Course Map

runsignup-newWhite 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.

Both races start and finish at The Hangout, a popular dining and entertainment establishment in Gulf Shores that also hosts packet pickup and the pasta buffet available for purchase the night before the race.  All runners receive a finisher medal, timed results, aid stations with water and sports drinks approximately every two miles, race photos, and a post-race party at The Hangout. Walkers are welcome as long as they can maintain a 16-minute mile throughout the race, as the half marathon course closes in 3.5 hours.

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.

Want more? Read our review of the Big Beach Marathon and Half Marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located on the coast of Alabama near the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores usually sees winters with cool but not overly cold weather, averaging just over 6 inches of precipitation for the month of January.

On race day (Jan. 26), the average low is 39ºF and the average high is 62ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM

Course Time Limit

3.5 hours for the half marathon — you’ll need to maintain a pace of 16 minutes per mile or faster


  • $50 – $90 for the half marathon
  • $65 – $120 for the full marathon
  • $50 for the virtual half marathon
  • $65 for the virtual full marathon


To reserve your spot in the 2025 running of Gulf Shores’ Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon, register online at here.


Official Race Website


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