South Padre Island Sand Crab 5K/10K, Kid’s Mile Nighttime Beach Run

UPDATE: We are sad to announce that the 2022 South Padre Island Sand Crab race is CANCELED.

The hard decision to cancel the race came after learning about some unexpected charges from our host venue that made moving forward with the event impossible.

In 12 years of organizing this event, we’ve never had this much difficulty in finding a suitable location for the race. We thank the South Padre Island CVB for their support, assistance and working with us to try to make this happen for our runners this year.

We’re truly sorry it didn’t work out and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.  

However, we are definitely moving forward with two other Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run events this year: the Port Aransas Sand Crab on July 30 and the Galveston Sand Crab on Sept. 10. Registration for both events is open at

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Benefiting Sea Turtle Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of sea turtles. 

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What is included with entry?

  • Finisher medal!
  • Chip timed results
  • Two 12 oz beers for each runner (with proper ID)
  • Tech shirt for all 5K/10K runners
  • Cotton shirt for Kid Milers
  • Water and Gatorade at water stops (2 stops for 10K and 1 for 5K) and finish line
  • Well supported and well organized family friendly event.
  • The THRILL of running on the beach at night!
  • Competitive awards for overall & age group winners

About this Event

FINISHER MEDALS FOR ALL DISTANCES!!! The Sand Crab Nighttime 5k & 10k Beach Run takes place under the stars on the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island. The race starts and finishes at Isla Grand, with special discounted room rates available for Sand Crab runners! A headlamp is REQUIRED for this event. Once you cross the finish line, collect your finisher medal and enjoy a post-race party on the Isla Grand courtyard on the beach. The 5k run is very walker friendly with a 2hr cut off; the 10k is walkable but shares the 2 hr cut off. Every runner receives two beers, included in their entry. Food will be available for purchase at Pearl Resort. Free glow jewelry! Register today at!

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 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 $5 shipping/ and handling. Kids Mile awards go to top 3 boys and girls, and all kids get finisher awards.  Awards to top overall and master (40+) male and female, and top 3 in the following age groups: 19 & Under; 20-29, 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 & Up

Packet Pickup

You have two choices for picking up your packet:

  • EARLY PACKET PICKUP info coming soon
  • RACE DAY, Saturday April 23 at Isla Grand from 6PM-8PM

Entry Fees 


Book a room at Isla Grande prior to April 2 and get a $10 discount or refund on your race entry!

Good for one $10 discount per room booked. Email confirmation of your room registration to for $10 off one registration. Offer valid for first 50 rooms booked. Click here to reserve your room (get special runner rate using code 22sandcrab!). 


  • $50 through 3-23
  • $55 through 4-9
  • $60 after that


  • $55 through 3-23
  • $60 through 4-9
  • $65 after that

Kid’s Beach Mile

  • $25
  • $30 on race day

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


There are no refunds for this event. Please be sure you are able to run. You are allowed to transfer your entry to another person at no charge if you do so before 3-24. Email for details. 







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