2022 Beaufort Shrimp Festival Run Forrest Run 5K

Wed June 1 - Sat October 8, 2022 Directions
Events

5K

$25 10/08 8:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Price increases after September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 7 - 99.

Virtual 5K

$30 Price increases after September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Practice Run

$0 Registration ends October 8, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Place
Best Western Sea Island Inn, 1015 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902
Description

Grab your running shoes and your best Forrest Gump attire - it's Shrimp Season in the Lowcountry! That means it's time for the Beaufort Shrimp Festival’s annual Run Forrest Run 5k. After all, nobody knows shrimp more than Forrest and Bubba.

Race through iconic movie locations to make Lowcountry history. Feel the ocean breeze in your poncho as you compete over Woods Memorial Bridge. Take your photo with a Forrest Gump impersonator at the Start / Finish line. Winners will receive the rare and highly prized Shrimp Trophy. (But please, don't barbecue, broil, bake, or saute it!) 

We encourage participants to get groovy with themed costumes and unique outfits. Bring your favorite characters to life as you race towards shrimp glory. May the best Forrest win! 

The race begins October 8th, 2022 at 8:00 am on Bay at NewCastle Street (in front of the Best Western). The course is USATF Certified SC18010DW (Exp: 12/31/28) and timed by Grounded Running. Run, Forrest, Run! 

PACKET PICK UP (PRE-REGISTERED RUNNERS): Pre-registered runners may pick up their race packets including race bibs and t-shirts on Friday, October 7 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Grounded Running shop (2139 Boundary St Unit 108, Beaufort, SC 29902) and at the starting line on race morning from 7:00-7:45am. 

DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION / PACKET PICK UP: For runners that have not pre-registered, registration will be available on the day of the race Saturday October 8th from 7 - 7:45am. Pre-registered runners may also pick up their packets at this time if they have not already done so. Registration / Packet Pick Up will close promptly at 7:45am to ensure the race begins on-time. 

DIRECTIONS: The race start/finish line is on Bay Street in-between the Marina and Best Western The closest address reference point for your GPS is the downtown marina parking lot: 1006 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902. You'll want to make sure to plan out parking in advance as traffic is to be expected with the bridge blocked off for the race. Check Park Beaufort to plan out your parking. 

T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY:  Earlybird special: Order by September 1, 2022 in order to qualify for T-shirt giveaway. 1 T-shirt per registered runner. Must pickup during packet pickups on Oct. 7, 2022 or on race day at the pre-registered packet pick-up line. Virtual 5K participants who register by September 1, 2022 are also eligible for the t-shirt giveaway (s&h cost included in registration fee). 

AWARDS: Top 3 overall male & female awards as well as age groups awarded to top 3 male & female: 8-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. The race is open for runners and walkers of all abilities. The awards ceremony will begin immediately following the race. Virtual 5K participants are not eligible for trophy awards as they are self-timed. 

VIRTUAL 5K: For out-of-towners or anyone who are unable to attend our in-person event, we've added the option to sign-up for a Virtual 5K event. If registered by September 1, 2022, registration includes 1 race t-shirt giveaway per registered runner and access to the race dashboard to log your run time. Registrations taking place after the September 1 cut-off are not qualified for the t-shirt giveaway. T-shirts will be mailed within a week of the event which takes place on October 8, 2022. Virtual 5K results may be logged beginning 12am (midnight) through 11:59pm on October 8, 2022. Virtual 5K participants are not eligible for trophy awards as they are self-timed and based on the honor system. 

VIRTUAL PRACTICE RUN: Want to race against yourself and time your pace leading up to race day? You can register for this Virtual Practice Run as a freebie add-on to either of your current race experiences above. Since this is a free virtual event meant to help you train, there is no t-shirt giveaway for the Virtual Practice Run. 

CHARITY: The proceeds for this race go to support the Beaufort Digital Corridor, a 501(c)(6) non-profit focused on creating a business, education, and attractive social environment for tech entrepreneurs and tech-related companies. 

Race Contact Info

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FAQs
  • What is a 5k? A 5K is a 5 Kilometer (3.1 mile long) running race. 
  • What is a Virtual 5k? Those who are unable to attend in person are encouraged to sign up for our virtual 5k! You will have access to a race dashboard where you can log your time & see how you compared to those at the event.  Virtual 5K-ers are still eligible for the t-shirt giveaway but will not be eligible for trophy awards. T-Shirts will be mailed the week of the race.
  • What is a Virtual Practice Run? This is a free race challenge between you and the clock to help train for the official 5K. Whether you plan on competing in the in-person or virtual 5k, this freebie add-on can be used as a training tool to track your speed progress from now until the day of the event on 10/8. There is no t-shirt giveaway for the Virtual Practice Run as it is just a free digital resource for you to use if you choose.
  • Who can run / walk in the 5k? The Run Forrest Run! 5K is perfect for all ages and abilities. Bring yourself, your little brother, your college pals, or your grandma. Everyone is encouraged to participate!
  • Can I bring a stroller? Yes, we are stroller friendly but encourage you to stay at the back of the start line for the safety of others! We want even our littlest “runners” to experience our 5k.
  • Can I bring my dog? Sorry, Fido. No dogs are allowed at the event. This is for the safety and consideration of all guests. We do, however, encourage you to give your pup an extra belly scratch before heading to the 5k! Who's a good boy? You are!
  • Are there prizes? Besides the satisfaction of that finish line, we have several trophy awards! Trophies will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male & Females, as well as top 3 male and female per age group: 8-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 60-69, 70+.
  • How much does it cost to run? Registration fee is $25 prior to September 1st. This price increases to $35 after September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT.
  • How do I register? Great news, you're already on the registration page. Just scroll back up a bit and fill out the questions above to get started. 
  • How do I Join a Team? To join or create a team, click as if you are registering for 5k as an individual. At the bottom of the sign up page, below the Choose Your Event section, you will be given the option to Join/Create a team. Select Yes and follow the prompts given.
  • What does the course look like? You can find a map of the course below. The start / finish line begins in-front of the Best Western Sea Island Inn located at 1015 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902. From there, the course will travel down Bay Street to toward Boundary Street / Sea Island Parkway where you'll take a right and begin following Forrest's footsteps over the famous Woods Memorial Bridge. After crossing the bridge, take a right on Meridian Road. There will be a turn around point and water station here. After turning around, you'll follow the same path back to the finish line of the race. The race winds down historic downtown Beaufort and across the stunning Beaufort River. 
Directions

Best Western Sea Island Inn, 1015 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902

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