December 17th – Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5k – See Galveston unlike ever before as thousands of Santas race along the streets and the oceanfront path. Jingle all the way through the course with candy and cookies, festive music, creative Christmas images, and so much more, it is all designed to get you in the perfect holiday mood. It is bound to be a Christmas tradition you do with your family and friends year after year. All participants receive a hat and beard. Registration opens June 1st. For more info go to santahustle.com/galveston.
January 6th – The 8th Annual Galveston Island State Park New Year’s Fun Run/Walk – Start the new year with some fun, some exercise, and some beautiful nature. The event will be held at the Galveston Island State Park on the bay side of FM 3005, near 13-mile road. There will be 5K and 10K walks and runs. There will also be a 1K for kids under 12. A light breakfast will be provided along with performance t-shirts for all participants. Check-in is at 8:15am. The 1K for Kids under 12 will begin at 9am and the 5K and 10K runs/walks will begin at 9:30am. This event is sponsored by Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FOGISP), an NPO consisting entirely of volunteers, who help with the preservation and enhancement of the park’s natural environment. For more info and to register go to: fogisp.wordpress.com/annual-fun-run. Park entry fees are waived for the morning of the event.
January 20th – Yaga’s Beerfooter 5k – Put your BEERFOOT in front of the other in this “brewtiful” Beach 5K Fun Run “hoppening” at Beerfoot Brewery. More details coming soon.
February 3rd – Official Mardi Gras! Galveston Jolly Jester Jaunt 5k/10k – Join the 107th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston by taking part in the 2018 Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K/10K. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely crawl or an intense run through the beautiful City of Galveston and follow it up with a day of celebrations and libations in Mardi Gras! Galveston’s Entertainment District. For more info and to register go to mardigrasgalveston.com/jolly-jester-jaunt.
February 18th (7:30) – 8th Annual Galveston Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k – Enjoy the fun and party of the 8th Annual Galveston Half and Full Marathon and the 5K. Same new course as 2017. The start/finish will be at Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Blvd., Galveston. The Half Marathon will be a one loop course with the full marathon taking you a second time up and down the seawall. The event is run on the roads, not the beach. Race start times are: Wheelchair/handcyclist will start at 7:15am, Marathon and Half Marathon will start at 7:30am, and Cupid 5k will start at 7:45am. The Kids Mile will start after the 5k. For more info and to register go to galvestonmarathon.com.
February 24th – Surfside Beach Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, and 1K – At this race, all races are 100% pavement free on the beautiful stretch of beach between Surfside Beach and the San Luis Pass. All events begin and end at Stahlman Park in Surfside. Register at surfsidebeachmarathon.com.
April 7th – Galveston Beach Wicked Wine Run – Race through the beautiful and scenic oceanside at East Beach. The start time for the 5K Wicked Run begins at 5:30pm and the 1K Wicked Tasting Walk begins at 7pm. 5K participants are required to finish in one hour or less.
April 8th – Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas – Athletes begin their day with a 1.2-mile, one-loop saltwater swim in Offats Bayou, staged at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach Hotel. The 56-mile bike course takes cyclists on a one-loop ride along the Texas Gulf Coast, known for its gusty winds. The 13.1-mile, three-loop run is fast and flat, taking athletes through Moody Gardens and along Offats Bayou. Originally from ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/texas.aspx#ixzz4nmAoALO3.
April 22nd – Divas Half Marathon & 5k – This scenic course will begin and finish at Moody Gardens. Runners will experience the Seawall’s long beaches, historic piers, and some angry waves hitting the rocks just beneath the beach-walk. Runners also go through a beautiful residential community with amazing architecture. Finally, Schlitterbahn Park is visible within the last two miles, where runners will see the adventurous and thrilling attractions. Along the way, runners will enjoy “Diva stations,” including the famous Boa and Tiara station. You will end your Diva run with the most impressive medal ever and a beautiful view of the best of Galveston, bubbly toast, and many other Diva touches. For more info go to runlikeadiva.com.
- September 9th – Captain Kid’s Triathlon
- September 29th – Galveston Island Shrimp Festival 5K Shrimp Scamper