Port Aransas Sand Crab 5K/10K, Kid Mile Nighttime Beach Run

July 30, 2022

5k/10k starts at 8:30 pm *** Kid’s Mile Beach Run starts at 8PM

2022 Results!!!  GREAT JOB RUNNERS!!!

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Register to run (or walk) the Port Aransas Sand Crab 5k, 10k or Kids Mile, live and in person under the stars on the beaches of Port Aransas! 


IB Magee Park, 321 N on the Beach, Port Aransas, TX 78373


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About this Event

The Sand Crab 5k & 10k Nighttime Beach Run, takes place entirely on the beaches of Port Aransas! Run (or walk) the beach on under the stars, then reward yourself with a finisher medal, cold beers (with proper ID), and refreshments at the finish line. A headlamp is REQUIRED for this event… it will be dark out there! After finishing, collect your finisher medal and enjoy a beautiful evening on the beach! Your entry includes a great performance-fabric race T-shirt.

The Kids Beach Mile takes place before the 5k/10k start at 8 p.m. All Kids Beach Mile participants will receive a cotton T-shirt in youth sizes and a finisher medal. Awards for the top 3 boys and girls!

This 5K run is very walker friendly with a 2hr cut off. The 10K is walkable but shares the 2 hr cut off.  10K runners must be at the 3.1 mile turnaround within 1 hour. The Sand Crab starts on the beach at IB McGee Park Headquarters and runs south for 3.1 or 1.55 miles (depending on the distance). Runners turnaround at flashing red lights manned by police and head back to the finish. The post race bash will be held on the beach at I.B. Magee Park.  The course will follow orange flashing lights placed every one tenth of a mile. The flashing lights do not light the beach, they only let you know where the course is.  Runners are required to run with a flashlight or head lamp in order to see where you are going. Without them you will not see sand castle holes and other hazards. Make sure you have ample lighting in order to run a pitch dark beach at night. There are 2 water stops with sports drink and water hit 2X each for the 10K and 1 hit 2X for the 5K.

Course Map

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Cut-off Times

Participants have 2 hours to finish both races. That is a 19:21 minute mile for the 10K and a 38:42 mile for the 5K. If you can not walk this fast, please do not participate in this event. If you do not make the cut off times you will not appear in the results.

Awards for Each Race

Check results and make sure to get your award on event night or have someone get it for you. You do not have to be a world class distance runner to win an award. If you want an award mailed to you after the event the cost will be $10 shipping/ and handling. Kids event gets top 3 boy and girl. All kids get finisher awards.  Awards to overall first place and master (40 and up) male and female and top three in the following age groups:  14 and under, 15-19, 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and up.

Packet Pickup

Packet pick up:

  • Friday July 29 at Cricket Wireless, 6006 S Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi from 11AM-1PM.
  • RACE DAY, Saturday July 30, in front of IB Magee Park Headquarters, 321 N on the Beach in Port Aransas, from 7PM-8:30PM

Entry Fees


  • $55 through June 30
  • $65 through July 16
  • $75 after that


  • $60 through June 30
  • $70 through July 16
  • $80 after that

Kid’s Beach Mile

  • $25
  • $35 on race day

Military, Fire and Police Discount: $5 discount via mail-in entry only. ID required at packet pick up.

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