The Beaufort Shrimp Festival 5K run/walk (Update: Photos)

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Update: Eat Sleep Play Beaufort shares a collection of 15 photos from the day's sporting events; see them here.

The 18th annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival isn't far off, but don't forget to think about the run and walk events.

The festival’s 5K Run (USATF certified course) and Walk Through History will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 6. Popcorn Shrimp Run for ages 7 and under will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Bay and Newcastle Streets. All require advanced registration.

The 5K Run and Walk through History begin at 8 a.m. and the Popcorn Shrimp Run, for ages 7 and under, begins at 8:45 a.m. Races require advance registration. All depart from Bay at Newcastle Streets in historic downtown Beaufort. The 5K Run, USATF certified race, is a scenic route over Woods Memorial Bridge to Meridian Road and back. The walk is a leisurely tour of approximately two miles through the Old Point Historic District.

The kids’ race is one block on Bay Street. Registration is $25 for the run, $15 for the walk and $10 for popcorn-sized runners. Winners in each age group will receive a collectible shrimp boat. The first 300 registered participants will receive a tee shirt, and all are eligible for opportunities to win great prizes after the race while results are being tabulated. For entry forms and more information please visit, or call 843-525-6644 for details. Race Registrations also available at 

Register here.

The festival will be held on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6, at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park as a celebration of SC Wild Caught Shrimp, local food and fun in the Lowcountry.

Organizers have been telling folks to be ready to "dance their shrimp tails off" and come with an empty stomach.

The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday and include live music by Stud Farm and several area restaurants, which will be previewing their shrimp dishes for Saturday's competitions. All restaurants will be using SC Wild Caught Shrimp.