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Thanksgiving Day 30A 10K: 5 Tips to Boost Your Race Time

The Thanksgiving Day 30A 10K is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to step up your pace. Whether you’re looking to PR or just cross the finish line at a goal pace, check out these tips from 30A 10K race director Karen Meadows. And if you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss this family-friendly holiday tradition, racing from Rosemary Beach down Scenic Highway 30A, through Alys Beach and over the beautiful, serene Camp Creek Lake. It’s a great way to start your holiday, supporting local charities and getting some much-needed exercise before our big holiday meals. Sign up for the Thanksgiving Day 30A 10K here! Here are 5 tips for your pre-race training. Happy racing! 1. Run up the stairs at any of our public beach accesses Explosive hill sprints are great for training, the idea being that you power up the hill like a sprinter coming out of the blocks. They strengthen your legs, improve your running form and boost the function of your neuromuscular system. How to do it: Run at maximum effort for 10-15 seconds up a steep hill or stairs with at least a 7 to 10 percent grade. Follow with a full two- to three-minute rest, jogging downhill or walking, so that you’re fully recovered before starting again. Repeat four times. 2. Run through the nature trails of South Walton Running on soft surfaces lessens the impact on your joints and allows you to recover faster so its great for training. Running on uneven surfaces also helps strengthen muscles and improve running form by recruiting more of the smaller, more stabilizing muscles that we rely on for balance, especially around the ankles.  As an added bonus, the sounds of birds and trees rustling in the wind is really peaceful and soothing to the soul. It really is! How to do it: The South Walton Community Council has a brochure listing the nature trails in South Walton, including The Point Washington State Forest, the Topsail Hill Preserve and Eden Gardens State Park. 3. Perform functional strength exercises along Scenic Highway 30A Not only is it important to practice actually running, but you should also perform exercises that train the body for running. The neighborhoods along Scenic Highway 30A, like Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and Seaside, have green spaces that are perfect for practicing to strengthen these muscles. How to do it: Try walking lunges or step ups on a low stair or bench. Challenge yourself by seeing how long you can hold a plank or a wall sit. Perform skipping and hopping drills as well. 4. Cross-train to give your running muscles a break Cross training is important and many coaches believe cross training can be especially helpful for runners who are injury prone and 40 years or older. As a USA Triathlon Coach, I know cycling increase leg strength and cardiovascular fitness without major stress on the joints. Swimming works the upper body and for while providing excellent active recovery for runners. How to do it: Hit the bike path, the pool or the Gulf of Mexico to get some cross training in to your training plan. 5. Refuel with a healthy meal The minutes and hours after a workout is an important time for refueling your body with what it needs to recover. Go for a carbohydrate first, but also try to ingest a protein within the hour. Adding protein will help repair any muscle damage from your workout and help you recover more quickly for your next run. And don’t forget to re-hydrate, especially in the hot and humid months! How to do it: A simple bagel with peanut or almond butter or some chocolate milk will do the trick. Or, check out some of these options for where to get a healthy meal in South Walton. Karen Meadows is a USA Track and Field certified coach who lives in Panama City Beach, Florida. She is also the race director for the 30A 10K that takes place each Thanksgiving Day morning in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Karen trains beginners, competitive-age groupers and elite runners and triathletes. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Today’s Boutique Celebrates

Today’s Boutique Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Month Long Celebration in October                                                                                                         Destin, Fla. (September 30, 2016) – Today’s Boutique, a local award winning fashion boutique, recently announced their 35th anniversary in the community. The boutique will mark this milestone with a month-long series of celebratory events, […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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October Artist of the Month

45 Central Wine Bar Welcomes Matt Lyons as the October Artist of the Month Celebrate Inspiring Local Art at 45 Central in Seaside at Our Artist Reception on October 1st  Every month we celebrate local art by filling the walls of 45 Central Wine Bar with the work of a new artist. During the month of October, we are […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Mark Your Calendars for the 30A Half Marathon & 5K — October 15

Runners can now register for the second annual 30A Half Marathon and 5K, which will take place October 15, 2017. The race, put on by The Sonder Project, a global nonprofit organization in Santa Rosa Beach,  will start and end at Gulf Place, taking runners along 13.1 miles of beautiful Scenic Highway 30-A. The turnaround point will be the […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Wiggin’ Out For A Cause

2nd Annual Wiggin’ Out For A Cause Thursday – October 13 – 6 to 10 pm V Lala Galleries – 30Avenue 12805 US Hwy 98 East at Eastern Entrance to Scenic Hwy 30A Inlet Beach, FL 32413               Don’t miss this entertaining ladies night out at V Lala […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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SATURDAY: Who Can Make the Best Bloody Mary on 30A?

The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second annual event will feature unlimited tastes of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made with Cathead Vodka and served by the finest restaurants and bars on the panhandle. Confirmed competing restaurants include Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, Crab Island Cantina, DIG eatery, Doc’s Oyster Bar, Louis Louis, Lulu’s Destin, Marie’s Bistro, Restaurant Paradis, Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, Roux 30a, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Sunset Bay Cafe, The Beach House, The Down Under Bar, The Hub, The NOLA Boiling Co., Tommy Bahama and Trebeaché. Check out this 30A video from last year’s festival: Each ticket will include one vote for the People’s Choice Award for ‘Best Bloody Mary’ in South Walton. A Mardi Gras marching band will kick off the festivities with a second line around The Market Shops at 11 a.m. and more live music will follow. A number of area restaurant will have food for sale including Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Charlie Graingers, DIG eatery and Marie’s Bistro. Beer and champagne will also be provided. Epic Photo Co. will have a dynamic photobooth complete with fun props and accessories to commemorate the event. Shore Thing Cigars will set up a lifestyle lounge providing premium cigars. For the avid football fans that wish to attend, Charlie Graingers will be streaming the games. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. As the region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now here. Admission to the event is $35 per person if purchased in advance and $50 on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $75 and include complimentary valet parking by 30A Valet, VIP reception with champagne cocktail and appetizers provided by DIG eatery at VIP check-in hosted by The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s Foster Gallery and access to the VIP Deck at Bijoux including passed appetizers. Courtyard Marriott at Grand Boulevard will be offering special rates starting at $119.00 to The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival ticket holders. Those interested in booking can do so here. Additionally, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa will be offering 20% off to festival attendees who book with discount code “BM” here. The Market Shops and its affiliates encourage attendees to drink responsibly. Shuttles for overflow parking will be provided from The Beach House to The Market Shops via Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine. Additionally, the extensive fleet of Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine is equipped to transport any size group, should you wish to reserve one of their vehicles to get you home safe. Another safe alternative for getting home is the private driving service, Uber. Uber is donating $5 to Sinfonia Gulf Coast for every new user that signs up for the app using the code ‘TMSBMF16’ through November 24, 2016. Additional sponsors are 30A, 30AEats, 30A Valet, Churchill Oaks, Courtyard Marriott, Eloquent Signs, Emerald Coast Magazine, Emerald Ladies Journal, Good Grit Magazine, Hill Coleman CPA, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, McNeese Distributing, Northwest Florida Daily News, Proffitt PR, Shore Thing Cigars, SoWal.com, Sunshine Shuttle Company, The Destin Log, The Walton Sun, V. LALA Galleries, VIE, VIP Destin Magazine, VIP Pensacola Magazine and Visit South Walton. To buy tickets, click here. To find out more, visit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Wood Fired All Natural Wine Dinner – Yum !

BUD & ALLEY’S Pizza bar + TRATTORIA PRESENTS SUMMER’S END NATURAL WINE DINNER, Sept. 29  Seaside, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2016) — Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria on 30A in Seaside, Florida, salutes the end of summer with Summer’s End Natural Wine Dinner on Thursday, Sept. […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Steak & Stake Dinner Featuring Evander Holyfield

The Steak & Stake Dinner provides and opportunity for every guest, including donors, community partners and volunteers to meet with and hear from the direct beneficiaries of their efforts- our Club Members! Youth sit at every table and are given the chance to share their story of […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About Fishing in South Walton

Clear and deep sea or brackish and shallow, however you like your fishing conditions, South Walton offers almost too many options. Whether you’re an amateur or a passionate professional, you’ll quickly find that we have some of the best fishing in the world. Although the bustling harbors of Destin and Panama City Beach are better known for deep-sea fishing excursions (mainly because their harbors have direct access to the Gulf), that certainly doesn’t mean that you need to drive to either place to get your fishing fix. Book your fishing trip now. South Walton is home to some of the most experienced and successful fishing guides, who host captivating charter trips. With a little help, they’ll have you saying, “I got one!” as soon as you’re out in the water. The water in the Choctawhatchee Bay and the connecting river runs from a few feet deep to over 50 feet. Out fishing, you can catch anything from redfish and speckled trout to jack crevalle and flounder. And of course, the dolphins will be out there to cheer you on as they do their own fishing. The best part? You can take whatever you catch home with you to cook your very own “Bay-to-table” dinner. A few fishing charters launch directly from the sand at Grayton Beach, returning a few hours later with grouper, cobia, wahoo, red snapper, king mackerel, flounder, pompano and more, depending on the season. Pretty soon you’ll be fishing like a local! The next step is to get a vintage cast-net and have a good old-fashioned mullet-fry. Hey, don’t knock it ’til you fried it, folks. Watch this video to learn more about fishing in South Walton: For a list of our local fishing guides, visit 30Afishingcharters.com. The 30A Company interns, Caroline Giddis and Lindsey Rogers, contributed to this article.  [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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Double Red Flag Alert: Walton County Water is Closed

Please be advised the current beach flag condition is DOUBLE RED due to dangerous rip currents. This means that while beaches are open, ALL WATER IS CLOSED in Walton County. To ensure the safety of all our visitors and residents, entering the Gulf of Mexico is strictly prohibited. Stay on the sand, and do not step in the water. For […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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