Emeril Lagassee to Make Special Appearance at Seaside School’s Taste of the Race

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Get ready, set and race to help support the Seaside School. The three-day race weekend includes Taste of the Race pre-party on Friday, March 3, the Seaside School Race Expo on Saturday, March 4, and culminates with the 15th annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run on Sunday, March 5.

Taste of the Race is presented by Chef Emeril Lagasse and Visit South Walton and will be held on Friday, March 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seaside’s Lyceum Hall. Participants can pick up race packets; enjoy cuisine from some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs, fine wines, craft beer and spirits; listen to live music; and get a sneak peak at the silent auction.

All VIP guests will have a special opportunity to take a photo with Chef Emeril Lagasse and also will receive a special gift from Chef Emeril Lagasse. Following the VIP reception, VIP guests will be provided entrance into the general admission event.


Chef Emeril Lagasse

Attendees to the general admission event will join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person and enjoy cuisine from two of Emeril’s famous restaurants along with some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants such as Great Southern Café, The Bay, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant and others.

Enjoy complimentary fine wine, craft spirits and craft beer while listening to live music.

The festivities continue on Saturday, March 4, with the Seaside School Race Expo from noon to 6 p.m. on the Seaside Lyceum lawn, where guests can pick up race registration, browse a vendor expo and bid in a silent auction.

The Seaside School Half Marathon race, presented by Vera Bradley, begins at the Seaside Post Office on Sunday, March 5, at 7 a.m. and the 5K Run at 7:25 a.m. Silent auction bidding will remain open up until 11:30 a.m. All finishers receive a designer Vera Bradley tote. Half marathoners receive custom finisher’s medallion, and both races provide a moisture-wicking race shirt, and coveted goody bag.

2015 Seaside School Half Marathon

Enjoy a post-race lunch with an awards presentation and live music by the Forrest Williams Band in the Seaside Amphitheater beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“This is such a fun weekend for such a deserving cause,” said Alicia Butler, director of Seaside School Foundation, which produces the race. “Whether you are one of our veteran racers or are a new participant, we have lots of family friendly festive fun in store for everyone. There is no doubt that our 15th year is going to be the best yet.”

Tickets to Taste of the Race are $300 for VIP admission, which opens at 6 p.m. and $99 for general admission from 7 to 9 p.m. Race registration is $125 for the Half Marathon and $95 for the 5K.

Additional online registration fees may apply. Space is limited; advance registration for both races is required.

Registration for the Half Marathon or 5K race does not include entry into the Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse nor does registration for the Taste of the Race include entry into the Half Marathon or 5K race.

The race is produced by Seaside School Foundation. Proceeds from the weekend’s festivities benefit Seaside School, Inc., a small tuition-free neighborhood public charter school serving students in South Walton, as well as all of Walton County. The Seaside School is one charter school serving students on two campuses: Seaside Neighborhood School (grades 5-8) and Seacoast Collegiate High School (grades 9-12).

Taste of the Race is an outdoor evening festivity and will be held rain or shine under the big top of a heated tent.

For tickets to Taste of the Race or to register for the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run, visit runseasidefl.com.

Check out some of our coverage of the race in year’s past:

A lot of runners grabbed some 30A Gear before the race:

Emeril Lagassee was the star at Friday night’s Taste of the Race: