Daryl Beatty is a full time instructor of anatomy & physiology at Brazosport College, and race director of the marathon. He particularly enjoys showing the wonders of the South Coast to visitors! If you want to learn a little more about him, visit www.darylbeatty.org
Surfside Beach is a coastal community south of Houston Texas, on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Even in February when we have the run, runners will often wade out a little ways to cool their feet after the race.
It is 6 years old. It was created, because we have the best beach in the world for running!. The beach is flat, smooth, relatively hard, and we have very little daily tidal change. It is unobstructed for the full 13 miles (21 km) up and back, and is a great place to enjoy the scenery, surf, and seclusion.
Flat, straight – up and back on the beach. 100% on the beach, no roads, no road crossings, all firm sand.
We have expanded our field to allow 800, from 700 last year. We always fill up early. Most of the runners we attract are experienced, and looking for a new, unique event. Not just another city, running down concrete streets.
We have the half marathon as well. Total is 800 runners for both events.
Our weather is quite variable. The typical low is about 45-50 F, and a high of 65-70.
We have a full TEXAS BBQ meal afterward, music, and SMOOTHIES. Then of course, you have full use of 13 miles of beach all weekend!
Other than beach activities, we are only 50 miles from Houston, which has the NASA space center (with tours). In Galveston, Moody Gardens is a big draw.
If you would like a low-key marathon (park on the beach up by the dunes), with a little local flavor, and unique awards, run on the firm smooth sand, give us a try.