Sea Turtle Half Marathon, Sweetheart 5K, & 1 Mile Fun Run

February 15, 2025 • Gulf Shores, Alabama

Coast of Gulf Shores, Alabama

The Sea Turtle Half Marathon, Sweetheart 5k, and 1 Mile Fun Run is a popular annual event hosted by the LA Fleet Running Club at the same location as always; the Hangout by the Gulf Shores along the Gulf Coast beach line. Its inaugural year was in 2015. 

Its distinctive name derives from the event’s unique but unbroken commitment to protecting sea life, particularly, sea turtles.

Flat and fast, this up-and-back race takes runners along the beautiful unpaved coastline of the Gulf Coast beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with pleasant temperatures in February hovering between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, making for comfortable running conditions! 

While it might be February, runners can still expect scenic views of white-sandy beaches, painted blue skies (hopefully), and constant entertainment via supportive spectators littered throughout the course. 

Starting at the Hangout by the Gulf Shores located at 101 E. Beach Blvd., this simple and straight course directs runners along the beach coastline before turning around and heading back to the Hangout where it all started.

Beginning bright and early with an official start time of 7:30 a.m. this small community event has no cut-off time or cap of registrants; simply show up and prepare yourself for a good time!

After finishing this community event, whether the half marathon, 5k, or 1 miler, all runners come together for a post-race feast and after-party by the beach to celebrate their newly obtained finisher medals. 

Race Weather & Climate

Set in the southernmost part of the state overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and one hour south of Mobile, Alabama, the city of Gulf Shores, in mid-February presents an appealing climate for runners looking to enjoy the coastal scenery. Average high temperatures typically range from 61ºF to 65ºF, with lows between 44ºF to 49ºF. While it may still be a bit cool, the milder temperatures and minimal rainfall (around 4 inches for the month) create a favorable environment for runners to explore the beautiful shoreline at a comfortable pace.

On race day (February 15), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 59ºF.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 7:00 AM.

Sea Turtle Half Marathon Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2025 Sea Turtle Half Marathon, Sweetheart 5K, & 1 Mile Fun Run, you can use the registration link here.

Sea Turtle Half Marathon Race Fees

The registration prices vary.

Sea Turtle Half Marathon, Sweetheart 5k, and 1 Mile Fun Run Race Website

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