The Run to Margaritaville - Pensacola Race takes place on a scenic, out and back course with beautiful views of Pensacola Beach and its surrounding community.

The 5K and half marathon courses both start and end with sweeping Gulf views at the Gulfside Pavilion. The course is flat and fast, so you can work towards a personal record or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery at your own pace before joining everyone at the post-race tailgate!

The promise of free beer at the finish line should motivate you through the mileage! The course is professionally timed as well as USATF certified to make for an accurate and fun race! All participants in the onsite races will receive a custom Tervis OR an event t-shirt (if registering before 10/1 - swag availability not guaranteed after 10/1), finisher medal, and be able to enjoy the live music at the post-race party!


What You Need To Know About The Race

  • Both the 5K and half marathon start and finish at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach.
  • No part of the race course will be in the sand.
  • Half marathon time cap is 3.5 hours
  • 5K time cap is 1.5 hours.
  • The half marathon will start at 6:30am and the 5K will start at 7am.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear their best Halloween Margaritaville attire!
  • Because this is a USATF sanctioned event, strollers or any kind and animals are not allowed on the race course.
  • There is parking available at the Gulfside Pavilion but carpooling is encouraged!

Any Questions, please contact us.

For more info, check out our FAQ page.


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Directions to the Races

Pensacola Beach is located in the panhandle of Florida and is easily accessible from I-10, I-65, Highway 98, and I-110. For GPS directions, please use the address 20 Casino Beach Blvd, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561. In addition to driving, Pensacola has an International Airport that offers more than 100 flights a day.


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What You Need To Know About The Course

The Course is fast and flat, starting and ending near the Gulfside Pavilion. Participants can enjoy an out and back course on both the half marathon and 5K, with none of the course being directly on the beach. The race course is USATF certified.

For more info, check out our FAQ page.

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TRAVEL Planning

We are so excited for you to join us in Pensacola Beach! To prepare for your trip, please note the guidelines below.

What To Bring

Your best Margaritaville-themed costume!

To assist, here are some costume guidelines:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or material that may accidentally strike another participant
  • No masks of any kind can be worn.
  • Photo ID

What Not To Bring

For the safety and enjoyment of all our participants, please refrain from bringing the items below.

The following items are not permitted at the races or events:

  • No masks of any kind can be worn
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Baby Joggers
  • Strollers
  • Baby Carriers or Baby Backpacks
  • Bicycles
  • Skateboards
  • Animals of any kind

Where To Stay

We are proud to have the beautiful Margaritaville Beach Hotel as our host hotel for the Run to Margaritaville – Pensacola Beach.

To Get The 'Race Rate' For Your Stay

Use Group ID 226937 to receive special pricing just for our racers. There are limited rooms at this price, so rooms may sell out.

About the Hotel

Located on over 800 feet of Pensacola Beach frontage, the Margaritaville Beach Hotel's entrance faces the bay and its fun side faces the gulf. The intriguing Pensacola area has been shaped by history and richly gifted by nature. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy diving, canoeing, and deep-water fishing in addition to the Gulf Islands national Seashore. Historical sites, museums, art galleries and boutique shopping, complete the multi-faceted destination. The hotel is only 13 miles from the airport.

Guest Amenities:

  • Dine and Drink at Frank and Lola’s Love Pensacola Café
  • Stay in shape in the fitness center
  • Take care of a little work in the business center
  • Pick up some new flip-flops in the Everything But Sand

Retail Outlet:

  • LandShark Landing Bar and Restaurant (Seasonal)
  • Tiki Bar at the Pool (Seasonal)
  • Crafts and Activities
  • Dolphin Excursions, Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise and more!


  • No shuttle service to/from airport
  • Est. 15 minute walk to entertainment, dining and shopping;
  • Bicycles are also offered for a nominal fee daily
  • Complimentary Self-Parking – Valet available at $12/Day


 There are many free public parking spaces available to participants at the Gulfside Pavilion.

Race Parking Information and Restrictions

In addition to free parking, there are many other options for parking along Pensacola Beach. Please reference the map for other options. Also, please note that there is a toll to cross the bridge into Pensacola Beach of $1.

For more info, check out our FAQ page.

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