38th Annual Sunshine Festival July 4th 5k & 1 Mile

  • Golden Isles Track Club
  • July 4, 2022
  • Mallery Park
  • 601 Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, GA 31522
  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Details

Welcome to the 38th Annual Sunshine Festival July 4th Race! Generations have enjoyed this fun for the whole family event!
The 5k race winds through the beautiful live oak and Spanish moss-lined streets of St. Simons Island at 7:00 AM! This is a USTAF Certified 5k route.
The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held immediately following the 5K at 8:00 AM. The 1 Mile Fun Run will start and finish at the same location as the 5k. 

Start/Finish Location: Kings Park, 601 Mallery Street, St Simons Island. (Across from Mallery Park)
Starting line will be sorted by expected pace, fast people upfront, walkers, and strollers in the back. 

Chip timing provided by Second Wind Timing

Bathrooms are in Mallery Park, and we will have porta-potties. 

Fees include a high-quality short-sleeve T-shirt (youth and adult sizes) or Tank Top (adult sizes). Shirts are by far our biggest race expense, we never wish to have too many leftover, but we do desire for every runner to have a shirt! Please Register! For backup, we have previous years' race shirts and club running socks. 

Only participants registered by June 10th  are guaranteed a shirt.


RUNNERS EXPO

Runners Expo held on Sunday, July 3rd, 2-5 pm at Packet Pickup
ST. SIMONS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
205 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, GA 31522 
Expo Vendors so far include:
Game Changers Running Company (running shoes, socks, and nutrition)
Stretch Zone (free stretch sessions)
Inspire Active Wear (sustainable workout clothes) (Will give away free headbands)
Premier Martial Arts (drawing for a free Karate Birthday Party) 
Golden Isles Track Club (memberships, shirts, socks)

FREE Runner SWAG available for runners at the Expo

Inspire Active Wear - Free headbands
Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery, PC - hot/ice packs
Carlyle Wellness - band-aids
Advance Rehabilitation - sunscreen

PACKET PICKUP

Sunday, July 3rd, 2-5 pm - St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 250 Kings Way.

STRONGLY recommend you pick up your packet on Sunday, the day before the race. Your friends or family can pick up your packet upon request. Walk-Up registration is available. Shirts are first come first serve and are not guaranteed for walk-up registration. 

RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP
Monday, July 4th, 6 am Mallory Park Pavillion (At the corner of Park and Anne St)

- 5k RACE DAY PRE-REGISTERED PICKUP & WALK-UP REGISTRATION   WILL END PROMPTLY AT 6:45 AM!
- 1 Mile RACE DAY PRE-REGISTERED PICK-UP & WALK-UP REGISTRATION  WILL END PROMPTLY AT 7:45 AM!


Golden Isles Track Club uses the proceeds of this event to support running-related causes in our community, including Girls on the Run; local high school track and cross country teams;  water fountains in local parks; and local projects that develop and maintain walking, running, and cycling paths in Glynn County.

AWARDS

5k Awards: Overall, Masters (40-49), Grand Masters (50-59), Senior Grand Masters (60+), and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group. Age groups - 9 & under, 10-14, 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 & over.

1st place AG 5k awards will receive an unframed print from local artist Addison Palmer
2nd and 3rd place AG 5k awards will receive a patriotic-themed medal

Overall Male and Overall Female winners will each receive $100! Masters winners will each receive $25 each! 

Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters winners will each receive $25 each! 

PLUS, Overall and all Master award winners will receive a framed print from local artist Addison Palmer

1 Mile Awards: Top 3 male and Top 3 female finishers under 14 years of age, plus all 1-mile participants will receive a participant medal. 

Award for the Best Costume. Gift sponsored by Starbucks - Must be present to win. The contest will start at approximately 8:15 am at the Awards Area
Award for the Largest Team.  Gift sponsored by Winn-Dixie
Award for the best-decorated home along the route. Gift sponsored by Winn-Dixie

REFRESHMENTS

Water Provided - Sponsored by Pepsi
Fruit & Cookies Provided - Sponsored by Winn-Dixie
Cold Brew Coffee Provided - Sponsored by Starbucks
Bagels Provided - Sponsored by Sandy Bottom Bagels
Watermelon Provided - Sponsored by Georgia Watermelon Association
Frozen Yogurt Provided - Sponsored by Fuse (Henshaw Companies)

SPECIAL APPEARANCES

First Tee golf program for kids will be on-site with an inflatable Shark to have fun with golf swings that teach kids how to hit the board to get the Birdie Balls airborne.  

Sons of the American Revolution will be on-site in period costumes for photo ops. 

Watermelon Queen Ms. Adahy Pritchett will be on-site, handing out refreshing watermelon!

POLICY

We are very sorry, but due to our Insurance Policy, dogs (except service dogs), pets, and roller blades are not permitted to run in or be used in the race