Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 5K / Fun Run

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April 22, 2023  |  Waterway Village Public Parking Lot |  East 24th Avenue

The City of Gulf Shores is excited to announce the 7th Annual Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 5K and Fun Run.  Work up an appetite by registering today and Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)!  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Waterway Village Merchants Association.

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Crawfish Run

5K Run & Competitive Walk

The 5K will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Crawdaddies and crawmammas of all sorts are invited to enjoy an evening run on our USATF certified course (AL17019JE). The course is flat and on neighborhood streets starting in front of Acme Oyster House.  This year's 5K will be chip timed.  No running or jogging is allowed while on the course if registered as a 5K walker.  The cost to compete iis $30 before February1 (early registration), $35 thru March 31st, and $40 for the month of April. All registered participants will receive a goodie bag, water bottle, towel, and event shirt.  Preferred shirt size is guaranteed if registered by April 1.

Crawfish Walk

1 Mile Fun Run

The Fun Run will begin promptly following the 5K at 8:10am.  Non-competitive crawdaddies, crawmammas and crawcritters can enjoy this fun, flat out-and-back route that is approximately 1 mile. The cost to join the Fun Run is $25 before February 1 (early registration), $30 thru March 31st, and $35 in the month of April.  All registered participants will receive a goodie bag, water bottle, towel, and event shirt. Preferred shirt size is guaranteed if registered by April 1. 

Packet Pick-Up

Early Packet Pick-up will be held on a date TBD. Please check the site at a later date for details.

On-site Packet Pick-up will be available on site.  Details will be announced closer to the event date.

Parking

Please visit the event site for information about parking.

Awards Information

Fun Run:  The Fun Run is not a timed event.  All who finish the Fun Run will receive a Zydeco Festival medal.

5K Competitive Walk: Awards will be given to the fastest Male and Female walker in each age group category.  This is a chip timed event.  No running or jogging is allowed while on the course if registering for the 5K as a walker.                                                                      

5K Run:  Awards will be given to the top 3 fastest Male and Female runners in each age group.  This is a chip timed event.  Age groups are:  14 and under,15-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69,70-74, 75-79, 80+.  Fastest Male and Female prizes will be given to:  Master, Grand-Master, Senior Grand Master.  Master is age 40-49, Grand Master is age 50-59, Senior Grand Master is age 60+.  

Awards:  You may be eligible for only one award.  Masters, Grand Masters, and Senior Grand-Masters will be listed in their respective age group until the winners of the age group categories are determined.  At that time all Top Masters will be removed from their age group standings.  The remaining runners in those age groups will all move up one spot in the standings.  

Registration, Refunds, and Weather
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Entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred. In the event the race should be canceled for any reason, refunds will not be made but race good bags and t-shirts will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be on the race website. Proceeds will benefit the Waterway Village Merchants Association. By registering for this race, you are agreeing to this policy.

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on lightning, heavy rain, and high winds. Announcements on weather will be made on the Recreation Division Facebook page @GulfShoresRec. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed in increments of 30 minutes. If it is felt that it is unsafe for participants, the race may be canceled. The event does NOT get canceled due to rain only.

Contact Information

For more information on the Zydeco 5K and Fun Run, send us an email at recreationinformation@gulfshoresal.gov or call 251-968-1420.    

Race organizer:  Nicole Ard, Recreation Manager, City of Gulf Shores.  nard@gulfshoresal.gov  251-968-1424 office. 

Race director:  Holly Howell, Fitness Coordinator, City of Gulf Shores.  hhowell@gulfshoresal.gov 251-968-9824 office.

Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 5k and Fun Run Course Map

To view a printable PDF of the USATF certified course map, click here.

Zydeco 5K Map