Top Three Ways to Enjoy Running in Gulf Shores

When you think of a  beach getaway and all the fun things you can do on the Alabama Gulf Coast, running might not be the first thing you think of.  Sure, we all know about swimming, fishing, boating and other water related sports, but did you know there are numerous opportunities for runners, as well?  Yep!  The Alabama Gulf Coast area is a runner’s paradise, too!  There are so many options for runners, in fact, we think even ole Forrest Gump would have a ball! Get ready to Run Baby, Run!


Run the Beach

The beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan are a runner’s dream!  Whether you like running into the sun, away from the sun or directly into the surf, your breeze filled sandy path is just ahead.  Access to a public beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan is super easy if you stay with Sunset Properties!  In Gulf Shores, the public beach located at the intersection of Alabama Hwy 59 and Beach Boulevard is only minutes away from Island Sunrise 468, a fabulous condo that sleeps 6.  In Orange Beach, public beach access is located at Cotton Bayou, which is right across the street from Grand Caribbean 215 and Grand Caribbean 425.  You will love the Gulf view from either of these units.  If you would prefer Alabama Point’s beach, we’ve got you covered there, as well.  Check out Caribe B Penthouse 4, a lovely penthouse in a perfect location!  Does the less crowded beach in the Fort Morgan community appeal to you?  With condos at The Dunes and The Indies and houses like Shore Beats Work and A Little Bit of Heaven, Sunset Properties is sure to have the perfect place for you to rest your head after your run.


Run the Trail

Run the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, to be exact.  Keep your fitness routine alive while you’re on vacation and explore the local environment at the same time.  The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail is a great place to run.  The trail complex, located within Gulf State Park, consists of 25 miles of 15 paved trails.  While you run this route, you’ll pass through up to six distinct ecosystems and explore almost 6200 acres of wildlife.  That’s a lot of exploring!  And a lot of running!  We wouldn’t be surprised if you happen to run up on an alligator or two.  Don’t feed or molest any gator! Just admire them from afar and keep focused on your run.  You’ll probably want to plan a couple of outings on the trail while you’re enjoying your time in South Baldwin County.  There is really a lot to see.


Run a Race

If you’re more of an event runner, well, you’re in luck, too.  The Run the Coast Summer Series is gearing up and kicking off with the Zydeco Crawfish 5K Run in Gulf Shores to be held Saturday, April 14.  This series consists of four races, including the Paradise Island 5K, that are held throughout the spring and summer months in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Take a short trip up Alabama Hwy 59 to Robertsdale in March and run the 2018 Armadillo 5K.  This event has something for everyone.  With options from one mile to 5K, walking or running, kids and adult races, we know you and your family will find the perfect race option.   If an armadillo run doesn’t appeal to you, how about a Leprechaun Chase?  Also held in Robertsdale in March, the St. Patrick’s Leprechaun Chase 10K, 5K and 2 Mile Color Run/Walk should prove to be a blast!  In addition to the races, a small local festival will follow.  While a pot of gold isn’t listed as a prize this year, participants will enjoy t-shirts and snacks while supplies last.  Make sure you bring your camera so you can snap some pics after the color run.  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll spot a Leprechaun or two!

The Spring Fever Chase, held March 17, is a 10K and 2 mile fun run/walk and takes place in beautiful downtown Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. Race participants will receive t-shirts while supplies last.  Prizes include ribbons and medals.  Both children and adults will enjoy this family friendly event!


With so many options for runners including 32 miles of sugar white sandy Alabama Beaches, coupled with so many great places to stay, what are you waiting for?  Sunset Properties has your home away from home ready and waiting for you.  So go ahead, pack up your favorite shorts, shoes, shades, and sunscreen, and come on down.

Whether you run to be fierce, run to break a sweat, or just run for fun, you’re sure to find exactly what appeals to you along the Alabama Gulf Coast this Spring 2018!


And don’t forget, at Sunset Properties, we’re on your team!

So get ready…set… 3…2…1…Run baby, run! or call us at 251.543.1370

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