Established in 2017, the Grayton Beach Kous Kouri 8 & 4-miler is where it all started, so to speak, for both the Run Grayt Race Series and the Rotorhead 30A Running Company. As the name implies, the race offers two distinct courses: an 8-mile course and a 4-mile course. Starting in 2022, both courses will start and finish at the Grayton Beach State Park trailhead (gravel parking lot of CR-30A). However, AJ's Grayton Beach will serve as the official race headquarters. More on that in a moment.
After race start, both 8 & 4-mile course runners will proceed from the trailhead parking lot directly onto the awesome (and awesomely beautiful) Grayton Beach State Park trail system. To ensure an orderly start and to avoid trail congestion, we utilize a staggered start, with 25 runners starting every 10 minutes beginning promptly at 8a. Both courses are incredibly scenic, allowing runners to experience a side of Florida most don't usually see! Upon completion, runners can either walk the .83 miles back to AJ's Grayton Beach or hop in a Tuk Tuk, provided by Tuk Tuk 30A. Once back at AJ's tasty vittles and beverages await!
In terms of awards, the men’s and women’s winners and runner ups for both the 8-mile and 4-mile courses will receive awards. As always with the Kous Kouri, age group awards are also provided to the first place through third place finishers from each age group. All registered runners who cross the finish line for their respective race will receive a suitably cool finisher’s award. And of course, an always awesome item of Kous Kouri race swag will be provided to all registered runners...for the 2022 race, we're talking long-sleeve race shirt. As previously mentioned, tasty vittles and beverages await all registered runners at the finish line.
10% of the gross proceeds from registration for the Grayton Beach Kous Kouri will always go to an organization called Streethearts, a rescue program for children living on the street in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. For more information on Streethearts, be sure to check out their website at www.streetheartshaiti.org. Speaking of Haiti…"Kous Kouri," the name of the race, loosely translates to "trail running" in Haitian Creole.