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Destin 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

Breaking news: Bayou, Bay & Back will add a full marathon in 2016! The date will be Jan. 23, 2016.

Destin's 5th Bayou, Bay & Back 1-Mile Kids Fun Run, 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon Sponsored by Shoreline Church is set for Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015! The 10K and Half Marathon courses are USA Track & Field-certified. While all courses are set alongside Destin waterways, the half marathon course yields breathtaking views of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Destin Harbor, and East Pass, as it leads you through Destin, along a 4-mile undeveloped stretch of Okaloosa Island, and back.

We welcome Jeff Galloway Method participants for the half marathon! The only requirement is that participants keep pace to meet the 3-hour time limit.

Race Times
7:30 a.m. - Half Marathon begins
8:30 a.m. - 5K/10K begins
10:30 a.m. - 1-Mile Fun Run begins
10:45 a.m. - Awards Ceremony begins

Online registration is now closed. Registration is still available at the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce until 3 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 23, and at Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill in Destin from 4 - 7 p.m., on Jan. 23. Registration will also be available before the races at Clement Taylor Park.

The 1-Mile Fun Run is $20 and is open to ages 12 and under. The 5K and 10K are $30 through Jan. 23, and $35 on race day. The half marathon is $60 through Jan. 23, and $70 on race day. T-shirts are guaranteed to first 500 registrants.

Download the race brochure, which can be completed and faxed to (850) 654-5612 or mailed to the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, Destin, FL 32541. Registration form must be received by the Chamber by Friday, Jan. 23, or it may be brought to the race site the morning of the race.

Course Maps
USATF-Certified Half Marathon (FL12079EBM)
Half Marathon w/Water Stations Marked
USATF-Certified 10K (FL12080EBM)
Combined 5K/10K w/Water Stations Marked

The start/finish line is at Clement Taylor Park, located at 131 Calhoun Ave., in Destin.

Please note that no bicycles or pets will be allowed on the course. There will be a three-hour time limit to complete the half-marathon.

Awards will be presented to the winners, male and female, in multiple age categories. Finisher medals will be awarded to those completing the half marathon.

Packet Pick-Up Party
Race packets may be picked at Fudpucker's Beachside Bar & Grill, in Destin, from 5 - 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 23. Come pick up your package, and enjoy the festive atmosphere, along with a $5 off coupon for food and beverages! Packets may also be picked up at the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, in Destin, on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 1 - 5 p.m., or Friday, Jan. 23, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., or the day of the race at Clement Taylor Park, from 6 - 10 a.m.

After the Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the race site, we are moving the Superhero Party over to Fudpucker’s on Okaloosa Island! Enjoy a 50% discount for all Superheroes, until 4 p.m. 1-Mile Fun Run participants receive $5 coupons for post-race arcade tokens, redeemable during the Superhero Party at Fudpucker’s on Okaloosa Island, only on race day.

Let us follow your race experience! Use hashtag #BayouBayBack when you Tweet or post race photos to Instagram.

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance
A portion of race proceeds will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College. The CBA is an organization committed to sustaining and providing optimum utilization of the Choctawhatchee Basin watershed. The health of our water resources is the foundation of our identity and our economy. Be it fishing, tourism, or our quality of life, everything revolves around a healthy watershed. For almost 17 years, CBA has been providing opportunities that empower citizens to take personal responsibility for the health and sustainable use of the Choctawhatchee watershed. It accomplishes this through a monitoring program, restoration projects and community education, implemented by a small staff and many volunteers. Its programs harness the dedication of community volunteers that restore critical habitat and generate valuable long-term data at fraction of the true cost, all the while educating and engaging the public. As environmental and man-made processes continue to impact the health of our water resources, local citizens need to become active stewards of our water resources to ensure that future generations can enjoy them. For more information about CBA programs, please visit or like it on FACEBOOK.

The CBA received a grant to design, engineer, and build treatment for stormwater run off at the race's start/finish line - Clement Taylor Park in Destin. Read more about that project here.

Title Sponsor

Half Marathon Sponsor

1-Mile Fun Run Sponsor

Accommodations Sponsor
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Silver Sponsors


Carter & Company CPA, LLC


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Bronze Sponsors
Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology



Additional 2015 sponsorships are available. Please contact Events Coordinator Suzy Nicholson Hunt at (850) 837-2711 x2 or

2014 Race Results & Photos
Award Winners
5K Walk Overall Results
5K Run Overall Results
10K Overall Results
Half Marathon Overall Results


Featured Partners
Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.    Fort Walton Beach Medical Center     Trustmark     Warren Averett    Destin Realty, Inc.      Holiday Isle Properties, Inc.     Micro Systems, Inc. - A Kratos Company     Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.      The Other End Beergarden      Wyndham Vacation Rentals     Sterling Resorts