Run Sunset Beach

Online Registration is now closed – BUT, you can still register 2 ways:

1)  At Packet Pickup on Friday May 15th from 4-7 PM at 10020 Beach Dr. SW, Calabash, NC 28468.  Plus you get a FREE dinner!
2)  Race day morning (Saturday May 16th) starting at 5:30am at the start/finish line.  Click Here to see the start/finish line.

WHEN:  Sat. May 16th, 2015

We are excited to bring 3 incredible races to the Sunset Beach area on May 16th, 2015.  We will start off with the half marathon at 7:00 A.M.  Once we kick off with the half marathon, we will head over to the beach where our 1 mile racers will enjoy a fun beach run.  We will finish off our race series with the Kindred 5K back on the road at 8:00 A.M.  The Kindred 5K and Sunset Beach Half Marathon will both start and finish at the same place on Main St. by the pier.

Don’t hesitate to email us on our contact page if you have any questions or issues with our website.  We will return your email within 24 hours.

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Our title sponsor Grand Strand Realty Group is hosting our packet pickup with FREE dinner for runners and only $5 for family/friends/spectators!
WHERE: The address is 10020 Beach Drive in Calabash, NC.  Click Here for a map.
WHEN: The evening before the race from 4pm-7pm on Friday May 15th.
DID YOU SAY FREE FOOD!?  Yep, Chicken Parmesian, salad, garlic bread and drinks (tea/water) is on the menu and it’s completely free for runners and only $5 for non-runners.  You will pickup your bib and racer packet, tear off your meal ticket and enjoy the evening.
*ALTERNATE PACKET PICKUP OPTION:  If you don’t like free food or just simply can’t make it to our packet pickup on Friday evening, you can pick up your packet on race day morning as early as 5:30am.  This will be at the start finish line (Click Here for a map).

We ask that you keep in mind 100% of all donations gathered at this event will go to support the turtle patrol of Sunset Beach.  This non-profit organization of volunteers preserves one of the most treasured pieces of Sunset Beach and any donations that you’d like to bring will be given directly to them!

Click Here to see the start/finish line.  The race is being held on Sunset Beach, NC.  There is only 1 bridge on and off the island.  Once you come over the bridge, you’ll want to go straight down Sunset Blvd. until you see our volunteers helping direct you to the parking area.  If you’ve never been here, it’s a small island and you won’t miss us!

Yes! Keep in mind the start times and positions.  Many people will register for both the 1 mile and 5K.

Half Marathon        – 7:00 AM
1 Mile Turtle Trot   – 7:30 AM on the beach about a 5 minute walk from the 5K & Half Marathon Start Line.
Kindred 5K            – 8:00 AM

We have an early bird discount as well as a Student discount (Pre-school – College).  Early Bird rates are automatically taken off at the check-out and if you’re a student, please  Contact Us to let us know and we will get you setup with a discount.


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Early Bird!

2/24 – 4/12

4/13 – 5/14

5/15 – 5/16













*Online Registration Is Closed – Come to Packet Pickup or Race Morning To Register!

Yes!  You’ll want to keep in mind the time limits for each one explained below.  As long as everyone is off the courses by 10:30, you’re good.  If you feel you will be longer than this, that is fine; keep in mind timers and water stops will begin to clean up about 10:30:
1 Mile Turtle Trot    – No time limit so take your time.
Kindred 5K              – 60 min. time limit so about 20 minute miles. (15 min. miles is a fast walk)
Half Marathon         – 3hr. 30min time limit so roughly 16 minute miles.  Plenty of opportunity to walk in the race and enjoy the scenery.

We don’t really have any age restrictions.  We encourage ALL ages on each of the Run Sunset Beach events.  We do require waivers to be signed by all participants and if you are under 18, we require a release by a parental guardian.

Online registration is now closed.

At this time, we are only taking online registrations.

We want to keep our events as family friendly as possible so I don’t want to say no here, it’s completely up to you. But, let me explain the courses a little bit.

The 1 mile walk/jog is 100% on the beach. Even at low tide, I can’t guarantee how well this will work out with a jogging stroller. However, this is the race with the fewest number of participants so far and I’ve certainly taken a jogging stroller out on Sunset Beach myself so there shouldn’t be any issues here.

The 5K starts and ends on the road but the majority of the race is again on the beach going out to the Kindred Spirit. You will definitely go through some softer sand and across public access areas. If you’re not in a hurry to finish, I might recommend this as the event to try. There’s really no time limit and will be a lot of fun.

The 1/2 marathon is the only one not on the sand, however, it goes over the Sunset Beach bridge and against traffic (on the side of the road) on 179 and 904 for a couple of miles. I would personally not recommend taking a stroller on these roads.

I don’t want to keep you from coming because we’re trying to do everything we can to make the entire event (races and after party) family friendly. If you do decide to bring a jogging stroller, especially on the 5K or 1/2, I’d ask that you start toward the back to avoid any potential injuries and allow some of the runners going for a fast time to get out in front.

I’d like to first recommend that anywhere you stay, be sure and mention you’re here for the race.  This will help us get better discounts for racers in future years!  Our sponsors that offer accommodations are:
Grand Strand Realty Group has some vacation rentals.
Ocean Isle Inn is a great hotel on Ocean Isle Beach (10 minutes from start/finish line).
Sunset Properties offers a large variety of vacation rentals on the island.
Other places you can try are the Sunset Inn (a hotel on the island), Comfort Inn (a hotel about 15 minutes away), Econo Lodge & Suites (a hotel about 15 minutes away), The Winds (a hotel on Ocean Isle Beach 10 minutes away), The Islander Inn (a hotel on Ocean Isle Beach 10 minutes away).

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