This post will be updated in effort to keep you up to date with our race plans for Run Sunset Beach on 3/28/2020 5/16/2020 in regards to COVID-19.


3/18/2020 – 1:15 PM

Constant news and updates with massive amounts of closings/canceling events causes a lot of confusion and quick changes.  I wanted to update this blog with news for anyone checking back for updates.

At this time, the event is still rescheduled for May 16th, 2020.  We are working through rescheduling with all of our vendors, staff, volunteers, sponsors, permits, etc.. to make this event happen.

We encourage you, if you plan to come run your “virtual race” on 3/28 anyways for sake of running on the actual course; PLEASE practice social distancing from others.  We will not be organizing a group run in effort to be respectful of Governor Coopers request to limit gatherings to 10 people or less.

In all of this, at least we can still run.  Unplug and go RUN!  Thank you for your patience and support and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

3/13/2020 – 1:15 PM

Thank you so much for your patience and support.  For continued updates regarding Run Sunset Beach and COVID-19/Coronavirus, please see our post here —> https://coastalraceproductions.com/covid19-updates/

Safety and security of the runners and volunteers is the first priority to us as a company which is why we were quick to offer free event transfers to run virtual if anyone felt unsafe.

As you may know, North Carolina has declared a state of emergency and our Governor Roy Cooper gave a press conference yesterday (3/12/2020) afternoon asking all events of over 250 participants to be cancelled/postponed. We have discussed with the town of Sunset Beach and they are going to allow us to postpone the event to:

NEW DATE:  MAY 16, 2020.

We realize May 16th won’t work for everyone, and we are the absolute last people who want to cancel an event. You have put in the work training so hard for this race – and we are proud of you for that. We are a small team of 2 but have also worked tirelessly over the past year to provide the best runner experience possible – and we will continue to work hard towards the new rescheduled date.

With the new race date, we are providing some of the most runner friendly options you will find ensuring that everyone gets their swag and has an opportunity to run with us. By default, option #1 to run with us in May is selected for you without any further action. If you’d prefer option #2, please follow this tutorial here.  

As stated in the registration policies, we have a very flexible refund policy leading up to an event with deadlines. We are runners too and know how much participants appreciate this flexibility. Unfortunately, with only 2 weeks left, all financial outlays have been made for items such as shirts, medals, swag and many other costs that we cannot get refunded in preparation for race day; so we are unable to offer a refund option.


1) Run with us on May 16th,2020; same place and our website will have all of the details. (NO ACTION REQUIRED)
2) Run Virtual (FREE). We will ship you your hat & medal (and shirt if you purchased one).

If you would like to run “virtual”, a couple of important notes:
– We will ship everything out on May 14th including your bib, hat, medal. (And shirt if purchased).
– By choosing this option, we won’t have your bib on race day and you are not able to run with us on the postponed race date of 5/16.
– For help to make this change online, Click Here for an online tutorial or email us if you have trouble.
– We encourage you to join our group on Strava to feel more connected and receive extra “kudos” for your virtual run!
– No need to send us your results, your race swag will automatically be shipped out on May 14th.

3) Unable to participate – don’t ship.  If you cannot make the postponed date and are not a fan of virtual races this option is for you and we will not ship your race packet.


Only open to 2020 Run Sunset Beach participants (regardless of your choice to run in May or virtual) we are allowing you to defer to 2021 at the lowest price we’ve ever offered.  The race date is 3/27/2021 and we can’t wait to reveal the incredible medals and swag soon – it’s AMAZING!
Half Marathon: $39
5K: $19
1 Mile: $15
– This opportunity expires on March 21st, 2020
– You will be receiving 2021 swag items, medals, giveaways, etc..
To defer, login to your RunSignUp account and select defer. Here is a tutorial to help you with that: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062915-defer-registration-claim-deferral

Please Note:  If for some reason the situation regarding Covid-19 should continue to worsen and we are unable to host this event on May 16th as planned you will automatically be switch to a “Virtual Runner” and all of your race swag will be shipped for 2020. We certainly hope that this is not the case and that all of our lives and communities are back to normal by then.

Again, thank you for your continued support!
Your Coastal Race Team


3/13/2020 – 10:50 AM

We are working on updates as we speak.  Please hang in there with us as we’ll have an update for you asap.



3/12/2020 – 12:00 PM

At this time there have been no changes regarding Run Sunset Beach on March 28th we are continuing with our planned event. However, this is completely unfamiliar territory for us and our community, and we are doing our best to navigate the situation. The health and safety of all our participants is of the utmost importance to us and we want you to know the extra safety precautions we are implementing with your health in mind.

  • Hand sanitizers in every port-a-john & at every water stop.
  • Extra hand washing stations near the after party food/beverage.
  • Hand sanitizer stations at expo and finish line.
  • Gloves will be worn by volunteers handling food/beverage and water stops.
  • Ask you to respect the personal space of others.
  • Hands-off results printing kiosk

We also want to encourage you in these last couple of weeks leading up to the race to practice safe hygiene and build up your immune system by drinking plenty of fluids, making sure you get adequate rest and take extra vitamin C. It will be important to follow these same practices post race also to insure a healthy race recovery.

We are a small family owned race company and the financial outlay for an event like this has already taken place and although the window for certain registration options have passed – your overall well being is important to us and if you feel uncomfortable in anyway attending the event we are allowing participants to switch to the “virtual option” with no event transfer fee for a limited time. If you’d like to run from home and have your race swag mailed to you, you will need to manage your event transfer before March 21st so that we still have time and an idea of how many to expect race weekend.

We sincerely hope you will choose to join us in Sunset Beach, but want you to feel comfortable with your decision. If anything changes we will notify everyone immediately. If you have any other questions that cannot be answered above or on our website we will do our best to reply within 48 hours. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Please understand, the last thing we want to do is cancel the event.  We ask that you don’t email us with facts or your opinions regarding COVID-19, we are following closely and working with town officials.  Thank you!

Your Coastal Race Team

*We plan to meet with the town of Sunset Beach on Friday 3/13/2020 and will certainly have another update for you after that meeting.