Sea Island Half Marathon, Presented by Merrill Lynch

Race Registration

Register below for the Sea Island Half Marathon, 10k and 5k presented by Merrill Lynch! Click here to book your room and take advantage of our special participant rates!

Sea Island Half Marathon

December 2, 2017 | Sea Island, Georgia

Sea Island is the only resort in America to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for nine consecutive years

The Sea Island Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k, presented by Merrill Lynch, are run exclusively on the private grounds of the world-class Sea Island Resort – the only resort in America to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for nine consecutive years. Runners will be treated to a course with a minimal elevation gain run along Sea Island Drive, a picturesque drive lined with exquisite homes.

This exclusive event is limited to just 1,000 participants and provides special participant packages at Sea Island’s world-class hotel, The Cloister.

Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, tennis center, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and a 65,000 square foot spa. Sea Island is steeped in golf tradition and is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center.

Sign up and book your stay today, and look forward to an unrivaled luxury race experience this December!

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Race FAQs

Where is the race?

The race will be held at the Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Georgia.
Where can I register?

Register here!
What day is the race, and when does it start?

The race is on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The official start time for the half marathon will be 7:00 am. The 10k and 5k will start at 7:15am.
How many participants are allowed in each event?

The race is limited to the first 1,000 participants, regardless of distance, so don’t wait to register!
Will there be medals for participants?

Yes, all finishers will receive a beautiful 4″ finisher medal!
Weather/Cancellation Policy

We will do all we can to make sure each of our races is produced as planned, but runner safety is always our top priority. If we have to cancel a race because of weather or circumstances outside our control, refunds will not be issued.
Will there be professional photographers and photos for purchase?

Yes! Professional photographers will be on site for the race and will provide photos for purchase.
Is there a time limit?

Yes. All participants must complete their race distance by 11:00am.
Will there be awards?

Awards will be given to male and female overall and age group winners based on chip time. Overall awards for the 5k and 10k will be presented at 9:30am, age group awards may be claimed at the Capstone Event Group Customer Service tent following the awards presentation. Overall awards for the half marathon will be presented at 10:30am, age group awards may be claimed at the Capstone Event Group Customer Service tent following the awards presentation. Winners must be present to receive their prize; awards will not be mailed out.

Age groups are as follows: 19 & under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-up.

When is packet pick-up?

Packet pick-up will be held Friday, December 1, 2017.

  • Friday, December 1 4pm-8pm: Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up for runners staying at the Cloister will be available in the Georgian Room Library (100 Cloister Dr., Sea Island, GA).
    • For runners staying at The Inn or non-guests, packet pick up will be held in the Meeting Room at the Inn (100 Salt Marsh Dr., Saint Simons Island, GA)
  • Saturday December 2 (Race Day): 5:15am-6:15am in Runners Village near the start  area at Rainbow Island.

[faq question="Can I pick up someone else’s packet?"]
If you have a picture of their photo ID, yes you can. A picture on your phone works well!

Where can I find the results?

Results will be posted in real time on our website! We will also send you a text message during the race with a link to view the results after you finish.
Can I get a refund?

Refunds will not be issued for any reason. You may change your race distance, up until Sunday, November 26 at 11:59pm. After this time, you must change your race distance in person at packet pick-up or on race morning. Please note: If you do not change your race distance either online or in person with a Capstone Event Group staff member prior to the race start, you will be disqualified from the event.
Can I wear headphones?

It is unsafe to wear headphones while running. Event organizers will not restrict headphone use and leave it up to the athlete on his/ her ability to follow direction while wearing headphone devices. If you do choose to wear headphones please keep the volume level down so you are able to hear and follow the direction of course volunteers. We have a unique course where you MUST listen to volunteers.
Can someone else run in my place?

No, you are not allowed to transfer bib numbers.
Can I register on race day?

Yes, you will be able to register on race day AND at packet pick-up, as well as online up until one hour prior to the race – though you must pick up your bib in time to race! Runners will need to take a shuttle from the Inn to the start line at Rainbow Island, so you will need to plan for plenty of time to get to the start line to register before the race starts. Please note if participant limits have been reached, then race day registration will not be available.
Are walkers allowed in the race?

Yes, however, you must meet the requirements of the completing the race in four hours or less (any distance).
Are baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed during the race?

No. This is to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance policies.

Race Amenities

Sea Island Half Marathon, 10k and 5k finisher medal.

The Sea Island Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k, presented by Merrill Lynch, is a luxury destination race like no other! From your arrival to departure, you’ll enjoy an incredible race vacation, or “racecation” as we like to call it, at one of the most luxurious resorts in the country.

All Sea Island Half Marathon participants will receive:

  • Post-race party and vineyard vines Champagne Brunch
  • Limited edition Sea Island Half Marathon Participant Gift
  • Pre-race gear check
  • 4” finisher medal
  • Race staff available at Sea Island to answer course and race questions the day before the race.
  • All race participants and spectators staying at the Sea Island Resort will also have access to all of the activities and amenities offered by the resort, including golf, the spa, dining, and more!

Course Maps

Preview the Sea Island Half Marathon course in the video below! 

Volunteer for the Sea Island Half Marathon

Event Charity Partners

The Sea Island Half Marathon and Merrill Lynch Bank of America Corporation are proud to support the United Way of Coastal Georgia and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s hurricane relief efforts! Runners and spectators may use the form below to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund.

More about the United Way and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

The Hurricane Relief Fund was established on the heels of Hurricane Irma to meet emergency community needs to support agencies delivering direct assistance to coastal Georgians.

Funding will support relief efforts of nonprofit agencies working and collaborating to meet disaster-caused unmet needs of the community. Many gaps exist between actual disaster victims’ needs and state and federal resources available. The initial focus of this fund is designed to address immediate unmet needs such as basic health and safety needs that require immediate financial assistance. Future grants will support intermediate and long-term needs as identified and funding is available. Examples (not a comprehensive list) of immediate unmet needs nonprofit organizations are working to address may include items, such as:

  • Food and food supplies
  • Prescription and medical supplies
  • Basic financial assistance (examples: utility/rent or destroyed household items)

More about the United Way

United Way of Coastal Georgia improves lives in our community by promoting giving, advocating and volunteering in the areas of education, income stability and health.

More about the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

Since 2005, the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation has had one goal; to improve the quality of life in Coastal Georgia.  As noted in our mission statement, we have done this by strengthening our communities through engaged philanthropy. Broadly defined, community foundations serve to bring a wide range of philanthropic interests together – individuals, families, businesses and organizations – to promote civic and community betterment through collective, strategic and solution-focused philanthropy.  What does that mean?  We solve problems.


Donate below to help support the United Way and Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s hurricane relief efforts!


 

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About the Sea Island Resort

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and heartfelt hospitality. With four Forbes Five-Star experiences — The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant – Sea Island entices families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge.

Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island features five miles of private beach, a Beach Club, Tennis Center, Yacht Club, Shooting School, and Camp Cloister. Sea Island is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside and Plantation, home of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, as well as the nation’s finest Golf Performance Center.

Accommodations

Register and book your stay at Sea Island!

There’s only one Sea Island, but there are endless ways to enjoy it. The Cloister is lively and inviting. The Lodge, warm and distinctive. Enjoy the fresh casual setting of The Inn. Have a place to call your own with a Cottage.

The Cloister

The Cloister is elegant and legendary. Comfortable and fun. And offers gracious accommodations in three equally charming settings. The Cloister Main Building & Wings are perfectly situated near the Sea Island Yacht Club, The Cloister Spa and Fitness Center, and Tennis Center. The Cloister Beach Club is steps away from five miles of private beach, three swimming pools, and water sports and activities. And The Cloister Ocean Residences offer seclusion in a private, gated enclave with an oceanfront infinity pool. All are impeccably designed in Spanish Mediterranean décor and are very welcoming.

The Lodge

At The Lodge you’re surrounded by stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, and three spectacular championship golf courses. With 43 rooms, The Lodge is equal parts intimate hideaway and Forbes Five-Star hotel. The best of both worlds. Situated on the site of an antebellum plantation whose ruins are still visible, it is enchanting and welcoming.

The Inn

A welcoming lobby with rich wood beams, soft cozy sofas, and a crackling fireplace. The heated outdoor pool and the vibrant outdoor area with its wicker loungers, deep comfy chairs, and bold bright stripes, look inviting before you even set foot outside. The Inn, located on St. Simons Island, embodies the same spirit, charm, and warm hospitality as The Cloister and The Lodge, without the Forbes Five-Star distinction.

The Cottages

Cottage rentals at Sea Island are spacious and convenient, and offer a variety of settings—along the ocean or with sweeping views of the vast salt marsh and tidal creeks. Featuring all the privacy of a personal home, with complete access to everything Sea Island offers—dining, golf, tennis, spa, the Beach Club, and fun-filled days of exciting activities and adventures.

Activities

Known for its wide variety of family and nature activities, Sea Island offers enhanced outdoor programming and sports to challenge the body and mind. Sea Island’s on-staff experts have curated programs designed to intrigue guests, as well as encourage exploration and interest in nature and ecology.

Fishing

The waterways that surround Sea Island offer some of the best year-round fishing on the east coast.  With a fleet of customized boats, fishing is available anywhere from shallow water creeks off the island to 80 miles offshore in the Gulf Stream.

Nature

With a beach that stretches for miles and an abundance of salt water marsh lands, Sea Island was made for exploring. Dip a crab net from the dock. Take a walking tour through marsh and maritime forest. Go shelling on the beach. Find the best birding spots—and maybe even a bald eagle or an osprey.

Boating

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of tidal marshes, rivers, and the wide-open sea. Take the family on a dolphin nature tour aboard the Cloister Belle, Sea Island’s vintage yacht. Enjoy a private, scenic, leisurely ride. Or indulge in a romantic prelude to dinner.

Tennis

The Sea Island Tennis Program includes The Cloister Tennis Center, Stadium Court, and Retreat Tennis Center. Boasting 16 Har-Tru® clay courts and professional instruction.

Dining

Southern Tide at the Beach Club

 

 

View Sea Island’s Pre-Race Dinner Menus for Friday, December 1 Here!

Sea Island’s gracious hospitality extends from its unparalleled accommodations and engaging activities to a remarkable range of dining options. Under the expert direction of Sea Island Culinary Director Jonathan Jerusalmy, MCF-ACF, each restaurant offers a unique take on regional flavors. The passionate farm-to-table approach of Sea Island’s culinary team informs every aspect of its craft. Each restaurant’s culinary excellence is maintained through a strong relationship with local farmers, butchers, fishermen and artisans, whose freshest products are incorporated into each innovative menu.

The Cloister at Sea Island

At the core of Sea Island’s culinary spirit is the Georgian Room. Artful interpretations of refined Southern cuisine by the Georgian Room team are served in a rarified setting trumped only by their culinary prowess. The restaurant has been honored nine times with the coveted Forbes Five-Star status. The Georgian Room team transforms slow-food classics into refined delicacies. Guided by a “farmer’s mission” for organic purity, they create ingredient-driven, regionally inspired dishes. Flavors are clean and sophisticated and are artfully plated and paired by the restaurant’s expert sommeliers.

With a warm and inviting ambience, Tavola pays homage to its rustic Italian concept, giving guests the opportunity to interact with the chef, who tosses pizza, slices prosciutto, and stokes the fire in our Mugnaini wood burning oven. Signature Items blend a classical Italian approach to Bolognese and “The Tavola,” a wood fired pizza with house made sausage, rapini, and smoked gouda, and the daily catch, featuring locally sourced seafood.

The energetic environment of the River Bar at The Cloister presents a casual yet decidedly delicious alternative. Set beside the gentle current of the Black Banks River, the River Bar’s simple elegance is captured in bare wooden tables, a richly carved ceiling, and handsome wrought-iron chandeliers. The menu features classics of both The Cloister and of a French Brasserie. A playful cocktail menu features Southern classics such as Mint Juleps made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Sazeracs – a New Orleans original and the world’s first cocktail.

The Sea Island Beach Club 

Within the Beach Club, Southern Tide, Sea Island’s ocean-side restaurant, overlooks the dunes of Sea Island Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Honoring the traditions of Sea Island, Southern Tide taps into the strong southern influences that are the foundation of such menu items as Shrimp and Grits with Logan Turnpike grits in an Andouille cream sauce and a Southern Fried Chicken Dinner. The Wonderland sweet shop turns Sea Island into every kid’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” with 15 different ice creams to choose from and over 65 varieties of candy.

The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club and Surroundings

For a tavern setting with a gourmet twist, the Oak Room at The Lodge proves unmatched. The relaxed tavern is lined in oak, is appointed with leather ceilings, and features hand-painted murals and a rustic fireplace. Outside on the terrace, sprawling views across Plantation Golf Course and St. Simons Sound unfold – a supreme backdrop for a refreshing lager or a single-malt scotch while the bagpiper plays at sundown.

Colt & Alison

Surrounded by historic golf photos and memorabilia, devotees can dine at Sea Island’s classic steakhouse, Colt & Alison, whose menu includes some of the finest USDA wet- and dry-aged beef along with local and imported seafood specialties. Restaurant sommeliers pair each dish with masterful recommendations, while wait staff demonstrate the flair of tableside prep to perfection via tossed Caesar Salad or flaming Bananas Foster.

Davis Love Grill

Located at the Retreat Clubhouse, the Davis Love Grill is Sea Island’s sports pub. At lunch and dinner, the menu offers a mix of modern club cuisine and nostalgic club favorites, as well as a wide selection of cocktails, wines on tap, and craft beers, topped off with the option of viewing virtually every televised sporting event available.

Spa & Fitness

Sea Island is the world-class home to a Forbes Five-Star spa and a cutting-edge fitness facility. That’s 65,000-square-feet of expert staff, therapists, consultants, traditional treatments, innovative technologies, fitness programs, state-of-the-art equipment, and customized therapies. The moment you set foot into The Spa at Sea Island, it’s like stepping into your happy place. In a space that brings the outside in. Towering palms above, smooth stones below, and the gentle trickle of water all around set a peaceful mood. The treatments are superb and the space is second-to-none.

Spa Hours 
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(855) 572-4975

Amenities include:

  • Eucalyptus-infused steam room
  • Dry sauna
  • Mineral pool bath
  • Water atrium featuring a hydrotherapy pool and cascading waterfall
  • Labyrinth
  • Private men’s and women’s relaxation lounges
  • Garden atrium for co-ed relaxation
  • Spatique & Beautique retail areas
  • Two couples’ suites with private balconies

Spa Services for Every Body

The Right Touch
From deeply relaxing to highly energizing, we have the right treatment for you. Southern Comfort, Heavy Hitter, Sole Soother, Mama Mia, Two to Tango. You’re in very good hands. View Massage Treatments.

Some Body to Love
The Remedy, The Lift, Adult Time Out, Take it All Off, or A Little of Everything. Our body treatments will leave you fresh. Glowing. And completely energized. View Body Treatments.

Skin Deep
Put our newest HydraFacial MD® machine through its paces. Couple with any of our facials: Plump You Up, Make Waves, Time Fighter, Save Face. Everything you need to put your best face forward. View Skin Care.

Boys Will Be Boys
Muscles tense from a hard-fought tennis match? Tightness in the back hampering that perfect golf swing? Or just need to unwind a bit? The Spa is the place for you. View Services for Men.

Grown-Ups Can’t Have All The Fun
Melt away teenage stress with a massage. Get a selfie-ready facial or Glam it Up. Add a little twinkle to the day and a sparkle to your little one’s eye. View Services for Kids and Teens.

An Ounce of Prevention
Prepare, perform, and recover. Enjoy a three-minute deep freeze cryotherapy session to reduce pain and inflammation. Increase range of motion with a performance massage.

 

Golf

Sea Island Resort features three championship 18-hole courses, top instructors, and an award-winning Golf Performance Center.

At Sea Island, Davis Love III learned how to play golf from his father, practiced with his brother, and introduced the game to his son. His story could easily be the story of any Sea Island guest. Because where else can you get three championship 18-hole golf courses, top instructors, and an award-winning Golf Performance Center, with everything else there is to discover at Sea Island?

From juniors just starting out to PGA champions—and everyone in between—there’s no better place for a golfer to learn and grow. Technologies and facilities that reach into the future, in a setting that honors traditions of the past.

Seaside

Play in the tradition of legendary Scottish links style, surrounded by tidal creeks, dunes, salt marshes, and the Atlantic Ocean. Seaside is both challenging and enjoyable. View the course.

Plantation

You’ll love the expansive fairways. Under ancient live oaks, you’ll find a lot more to love. Lakes, blooming flowers, magnificent ocean vistas. And a great day of golf. View the course.

Retreat

Surrounded by towering Georgia longleaf pines, sleepy native oaks, and dramatic greens, players of all levels will enjoy this course. View the course.

Golf Performance Center

Discover some of the world’s finest practice facilities, right next to the ocean. Find covered hitting bays for teaching, chipping greens, putting greens, a GEARS studio, and an indoor putting lab. Top instructors, including two of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers—swing instructors, club fitters, fitness instructors, a putting instructor and a mental coach. The Sea Island Golf Performance Center has everything you need to improve your game. And have fun doing it. Learn more.

Tee Up for Family Fun

Playing golf with family. There’s nothing like a carefree day together on the course. An exciting new family tradition. Whether you’re a junior just starting out or ready to compete at a national level, we have everything you need to sharpen your skills. The best part? No green fees for those under the age of 19. Find out more.

More Ways to Play

Short on time and want a quick round? Play 9 holes on any course. Want a fun experience for the whole family? Family tees, family golf clinics, and Kids Tee for Free make bonding a hole in one! Find out more.

 

Experience the Sea Island Half Marathon

December 2, 2017 | Sea Island, Georgia

Sea Island Resort is the only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars nine years in a row.
Sea Island Resort is the only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars nine years in a row.

The Sea Island Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k, presented by Merrill Lynch, is a luxury destination race like no other! From your arrival to departure, you’ll enjoy an incredible race vacation, or “racecation” as we like to call it, at one of the most luxurious resorts in the country.

All Sea Island Half Marathon participants will receive:

  • Post-race party and vineyard vines Champagne Brunch
  • Limited edition Sea Island Half Marathon Participant Gift
  • Pre-race gear check
  • 4” finisher medal
  • Race staff available at Sea Island to answer course and race questions the day before the race.
  • All race participants and spectators staying at the Sea Island Resort will also have access to all of the activities and amenities offered by the resort, including golf, the spa, dining, and more!

Post-Race Party and vineyard vines Champagne Brunch

Sea Island’s Beach Club.

The post-race party for the Sea Island Half Marathon, presented by Merrill Lynch, will be unlike any post-race party you’ve seen! After your race, you can relax and enjoy the scenic ocean views while celebrating at the beach club with a delicious vineyard vines Champagne Brunch prepared by Sea Island’s exquisite culinary team, a live band and more!

One ticket to the post-race party and vineyard vines Champagne Brunch is included in each registration, and additional tickets are available for purchase for any spectators wishing to join the fun. The post-race party will be held from 8:00am to 11:30am. Purchase additional post-race party tickets.

Below is a representative menu of what will be served at the post-race brunch, along with champagne and beer!

  • Assorted Juices
  • Diced Mixed Fruit
  • Individual Assorted Yogurts and Granola
  • Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burritos
  • Ham and Cheese on Croissant
  • Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Syrup
  • French Toast Sticks with Powdered Sugar and Berry Syrup

*Menu items subject to change.

Resort Offers

In addition to all resort amenities offered to guests, we hope you’ll take advantage of the special offers below for guests and participants:

20% Off Activities

Includes spa, salon, fitness classes, beach and water sports, biking, boating, fishing, shooting, and tennis

**Offer valid entirety of stay for resort guests only


Pre-Race Carbo Load Menus

Click here to see menu items for a pre-race dinner

**Offer valid December 1


20% Off Drinks

At all outlets during Happy Hour (4-6PM)

**Offer valid December 2


Free Dessert

At all outlets with purchase of a meal

**Offer valid December 2 for runners only, must show runner bib to redeem.


Post Race Shower

At the Beach Club

**Offer valid December 2 for runners only

 


Post Race Massage

At the Beach Club – 8:30am – 11:30am

**Offer valid December 2 for runners only

Travel

Sea Island is conveniently located between Jacksonville and Savannah international airports.

Sea Island is part of a beautiful chain of barrier islands tucked into the Atlantic Coast of Georgia. With breathtaking landscapes, golden pristine marshlands, and stretches of gorgeous coastline, Sea Island has been an unforgettable resort destination since 1928.

Resort Address: 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, GA 31561

Conveniently located between Jacksonville and Savannah international airports, Sea Island’s truly stunning setting attracts guests from around the world. Discover what makes this award-winning property a perennial favorite.

  • One-hour drive from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and an hour-and-15-minute drive from Savannah International Airport (SAV)
  • Twenty-minute drive from Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (BQK), serviced by ASA/The Delta Connection
  • Ten-minute drive from The Cloister—five minutes from The Lodge—from the private McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI)
  • View Transportation Options
Please let us know how we may assist you, and our team will respond to your inquiry within one business day. We look forward to serving you!