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


April 30, 2016, 8:30 pm,  Kid’s 1 Mile Beach Run starts at 8PM.

Benefitting SeaTurtle

Our Mission: At Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.


ON THE BEACH!!!  Behind LaQuinta 7000 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

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About this Event

This event benefits Sea Turtle Inc.   Please consider making a donation on race day to help us support them.  8PM Start for the Kid’s Beach Mile and 8:30 pm START FOR 5K/10K!!! Start and finish on the beach at Clayton’s Beach Bar on South Padre Island.

The Sand Crab, run entirely on sand, on the beach, is a great way to get a little exercise under the stars on a beautiful South Padre Island Beach at night, get fed, and have a couple of beers while listening to great music with other runners on a warm spring night. This 5K run is very walker friendly with a 2hr cut off. The 10K is walkable but will share 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 behind Clayton’s Beach Bar and runs south for 3.1 or 1.55 miles (depending on the event) and turns and heads back. The post race bash will be held at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill. The course will follow blinking orange lights every 1/10th of a mile. Runners are required to run with a flashlight or head lamp in order to see. Without them you will not see sand castle holes and other hazards. There will be 2 watertops with sports drink and water hit twice each for the 10K and 1 hit twice for the 5K. After finishing, runners receive pulled pork bbq tacos with all the fixins and cold cerveza for those of age.

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. • Overall top 1 • Master (40 and up) top 1 • Age group top 3:  14 and under, 15-19, 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and up.

Race Hotels

La Quinta Inn serves as our race hotel.   It is also the start/finish/post race party location.  For one night- Fri or Sat- the rate is $160/night.  For a 2 day stay – Fri/Sat  OR  Sat/Sun . the rate is $240.  In order to get the 2 days special please call the Hotel at 956-772-7000 or LQ Reservation center at 1-800-753-3757 AND ASK FOR THE “SANDCRAB RUN RATE”.    La Quinta is located at 7000 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597, Phone:  956-772-7000, Visit the South Padre Website.

 Packet Pickup

  • Early packet pick up will be Friday, April 29th in Harlingen at Footworks Running Store on 2224 South 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen 78550 from 11 am-6 pm and at
  • La Quinta Inn on South Padre, 7000 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597, Race Day  from 3pm-6pm.

Entry Fees


  • $45 through 3-30
  • $55 through 4-18
  • $65 after that
  • $70 on race day


  • $50 through 3-30
  • $60 through 4-18
  • $70 after that
  • $75 on race day

Kid’s Beach Mile

  • $20
  • $25 on race day

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


You are allowed to transfer your entry to another person at no charge if you do so before 3-25.  After that a $10 transfer fee will apply.  Email for details.  There are no refunds for this event.  Please be sure you are able to run.    

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