RACE DAY : MAY 20, 2017








Countdown to Run Sunset


MAY 20, 2017

Get ready for the third annual “Run Sunset Beach” event that includes a 1 Mile fun run/walk, 5K & Half Marathon followed by a BIG after party on the island. This is the second event in the 4 race series to earn the worlds largest race series medals!  The Half marathon kicks things off at 7am, followed by the 5K at 8am and the 1 Mile Fun run/walk on the beach.  We have 2 flat and fast USATF certified courses and fantastic course support to give you a great race experience at the beach!

All finishers receive the BAM! (BIG ASS MEDALS)  That’s right, we showcase the worlds largest race series medals.  Each individual Half Marathon medal stands 7″ tall and the 5K medals are 4″ tall – same design, they both connect with magnets.  Our shirts are ultra soft and come in sizes Youth Small – Adult XXL.

1 Mile Walk/Run Registration


Until Jan. 19 at 11:59pm


Until Mar. 31 at 11:59pm


Until May 19 at 11:59pm


Packet Pickup & Race Day

5K Registration


Until Jan. 19 at 11:59pm


Until Mar. 31 at 11:59pm


Until May 19 at 11:59pm


Packet Pickup & Race Day

Half Marathon Registration


Until Jan. 19 at 11:59pm


Until Mar. 31 at 11:59pm


Until May 19 at 11:59pm


Packet Pickup & Race Day

*Medals are guaranteed to runners that have signed up by April 23rd. All other finishers will receive a medal based on availability. **T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed to registered runners that have signed up by May 13th. All other registered runners will receive t-shirt based on availability.


2016 Series Registration is closed but we have our 2017 series registration open!  You can register for the whole series all at once!  Every runner who crosses the finish line receives a BIG ASS MEDAL and if you run in the series, you'll claim the "Worlds Largest Race Series Medal"!

This registers you for ALL 4 events in our series all at once and gives you an extra special discount!

  • Run Oak Island - 2/18/2016
  • Run Sunset Beach - 5/20/2016
  • Run Holden Beach - 9/9/2016
  • Run Ocean Isle Beach - 10/7/2016

Do you want a Big Ass Medal?  Click Here to Register Now for all events in the series!



We invite friends, family, neighbors, anyone to come out and enjoy the event on race day.  We have several great places for them to watch you during the race and encourage you to bring a cheering squad to get you through the course. WHERE TO CHEER ON RUNNERS? For this event, you want to start in the park where runners will be lined up at the beginning of the race.  Ask your runner to include your phone number for text alerts and ask them their pace – this will help you determine where you need to be at on the map below to catch them during the course.  Don’t miss the finish line and have your camera ready to capture them receiving their #BigAssMedal HOW TO BE THE BEST CHEERLEADER? We have several images of great cheer squads from our races and downloads here to help inspire you for signs and ideas to encourage your runner friends through the course!

There is very little parking available ON the island.  The early birds can find free parking on side streets and the public parking areas.  If you are parked on the side of the road, be sure you are parallel and all 4 tires are off of the road. The majority of runners and spectators will need to park off of the island in our shuttle lot.  We are utilizing a large parking lot just off of the island and offering a FREE shuttle to bring people onto the island.

CLICK HERE for Directions to parking

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! at least 60-90 minutes early to accommodate for getting everyone transported over the bridge to start the race in time! parking

Packet Pickup
We will host a packet pickup on Friday May 20th from 4pm – 8pm at the Seaside Methodist Church located here (1300 Seaside Rd SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468).  We are requiring ALL packets to be picked up here on Friday night.

  1.  Yes, you may have a friend/family member pick up your packet.  They must have your bib # (this is emailed to you the week of the race) and copy of your photo ID.  This could be a picture or screenshot on their phone – or printed.
  2. We will have late registration available at Friday night’s packet pickup and race day!
Virtual Run Option For Series
We receive a lot of questions about this.  We have a whole section on the series page about this you can see by clicking here. Keep in mind – this is only available for runners doing the whole BAM! series – can only run 1 of the 4 virtually and this must be selected at time of registration.
Military, Students & Teachers – Yes! Are you a member of a race club or group – contact us for club discounts. Use our contact form please – click here
Strollers & Handicap Accessible
Absolutely!  All of our races are stroller friendly and handicap accessible.  Our races are completely on roads, however you do share most of the roads with controlled traffic.
To the Start/Finish Line – Click Here To our designated parking area with a free shuttle – Click Here To Friday Night packet pickup/pasta dinner – Click Here
Register Offline
We really prefer for you to register online if at all possible – it’s quick and easy with the link at the top of the page.  If you need to register offline for any reason – please email us on our contact page here.
Can I walk?
Yes!  Our 1 Mile and 5K races have no time limit and our half marathon time limit is 3.5 hours (16 min miles) – plenty of time to walk most of the course if you’d like.
Age Restrictions
We have no age restrictions however we do ask for parental signatures on all minors under 18 years of age.
There are many great amenities on and around the island.  The Continental, Sunset Properties and many others!  I would recommend contacting the local chamber of commerce.
1 Mile Route Map
Starting at the pier on the beach.  Down .5 miles and back.  A fun beach run! 1-mile-route
5K Route Map
Half Marathon Route Map
Click The Image for a larger version!

During & after the event, you will see results listed here!  Be sure to come back and check it out!
We are offering a great pasta dinner during packet pickup on Friday May 20th from 4-8pm.  This will be located at Seaside Methodist Church in Sunset Beach (Click Here For Directions) and will be catered and sponsored by Angelos Bistro.
  • Cost:  $7 per person (You can pay online during registration for runners and spectators)
  • Menu:  Consist of Pasta, bread, salad, tea and water.