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  • Run Forrest Run 5K at Best Western

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    Run Forrest Run 5K at Best Western

    Oct 5th 08:00 AM

    5 Points


    Best Western
    1015 Bay Street
    Beaufort SC, 29902

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    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. First, Second and Third Place runners will receive the coveted Run Forrest Run 5K medals both for winners of each age division and overall placers.

    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 5th, 2024 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! 


    • Pre-registration (Prior to 9/1/24): $40  
    • Regular registration (9/1/24 - 10/5/24): $45
    • Late registration (10/4/24 - 10/5/24): $50 


    Fri, Oct. 4
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Grounded Running
    Pre-registered runners may pick up their race packets including race bibs and t-shirts on Friday, October 4 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Grounded Running (2139 Boundary St Unit 108, Beaufort, SC 29902). **ATTN: Please note that Grounded Running will not have race packets or t-shirts available on-site any date or time other than that specified above. They are the race timer, not the organizers of the race. 

    ***If you are not planning on picking up your packet until the day of the race, please note the location of packet pickup is the start/finish line of the race (not Grounded Running). Ensure you arrive with plenty of time to stand in line as registration will close promptly at 7:45am to keep the start of the race start on-time. 

    Sat, Oct. 5
    7 - 7:45a.m.
    Start / Finish Line of Race (on Bay Street in-between the Marina and Best Western - NOT GROUNDED RUNNING).

    For runners that have not pre-registered, registration will be available on the day of the race Saturday, October 5th from 7 - 7:45am at the start/finish line of the race (on Bay Street in-between the Marina and Best Western). Pre-registered runners may also pick up their packets at this time at the start/finish line if they have not already done so. Registration / Packet Pick Up will close promptly at 7:45am to ensure the race begins on-time. 

    8a.m. Sharp Race Start

    The morning of the event, the Marina parking lot will be blocked off for Shrimp Festival vendors only. Parking is first come first serve and is both metered on-street and several paid parking lots scattered throughout the city. Some good options include the Library Lot, Port Republic Square Parking Lot, or anywhere from Craven Street up to Bay Street. We recommend car pooling when possible if attending the race with other participants. Check out the Park Beaufort site to get directions to any of the parking spaces within walking distance to the race start line at 1006 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902.

    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:  If you've previously registered for our race in past years, please note we've had a change to our t-shirt vendor and will no longer be sending out links to order the swag on a separate site. Instead, the Race Registration page now includes the option to select your size. Your t-shirt will be available for pick-up the day before the race during Race Packet Pick-up or day of the race at the Start / Finish line. Please complete your registration by September 1, 2024 in order to qualify for a FREE race shirt. We cannot guarantee availability of your size preference for any registrations made after that date. Color and pattern of shirt may slightly vary from image mockup. 

    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. 

    CHARITY: The proceeds for this race go to support the Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Beaufort Digital Corridor Foundation is committed to advancing economic growth and social equity in our community by providing accessible educational pathways and opportunities for individuals to upskill and thrive in high-wage tech jobs. Our purpose is to empower individuals from all backgrounds to pursue careers in technology, fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that drives innovation and prosperity in Beaufort and beyond.


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