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 2020, both courses will start and finish at the front door of the Grayton Brewpub. Worse places to hold a race, that’s for sure!
After the start, both 8 & 4-mile course runners will proceed roughly 1/2-mile down world-famous Country Road 30A, until proceeding onto the Grayton Beach State Park trails. Both courses will complete a modified loop course on both trails and forest roads. Upon completion, runners will return via the multi-purpose path paralleling 30A. And, in case you forgot, both courses finish back at the front door of Grayton Beer Brewpub, where tasty vittles and beverages await! The Grayton Beach State Park trails are just beautiful. They truly provide a side of Florida that most are unaware of.
In terms of awards, the men’s and women’s course winners and runner ups for both courses will receive awards. All registered runners who cross the finish line 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. 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.