Run Holden Beach 2023

  • $23 - 1 Mile Registration
  • $40 - 5K Registration
  • $75 - Half Marathon Registration
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247 days
Until Race Day

Oct. 7 2023

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REGISTRATION is open for Run Holden Beach – October 7th, 2023 – CLICK HERE to register for the race!

Join us for our 10th anniversary of the BAM Race Series in Holden Beach North Carolina! BAM is short for #BigAssMedals and our 10th-anniversary finisher medals do not disappoint.

Holden Beach is a beautiful coastal island in SE North Carolina with a unique bridge that curves up and over the Intracoastal waterway and unforgettable oceanfront views on the island! We host a half marathon, 5K & 1 Mile in early October when the average temperatures are a High 75 and a Low of 56.

CLICK HERE to get registered NOW!

These are FINISHER medals! That means everyone who crosses the finish line (or registers for the virtual event), gets one of these #BigAssMedals.
*There are additional awards for top 3 overall, masters & age groups.

This year we are highlighting our beaches with massive 8” surfboard half marathon and 4” flip flop 5K finisher medals. Over the years we’ve had stained glass, lockets, artistic connecting medals, a pirate theme, 3D mosaic designs and much more – we change it up each year to bring unique medals but this year might top them all.. We hope you enjoy them!

Full color and designs that wrap around these soft finisher shirts for all participants in the events. The 10th anniversary shirts have a coastal design and runner theme and will be the same for all participants in all races.

Run 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of the Coastal North Carolina races in the #BigAssMedal Race Series. All of our events include IN-PERSON Half Marathons, 5K’s & 1 Mile Fun Runs as well as “virtual” options if you can’t attend them in-person – we’d ship you your finisher swag items.


Run Oak Island – Feb. 18th, 2023
Run Sunset Beach – April 29th, 2023
Run Holden Beach – October 7th, 2023
Run Ocean Isle Beach – October 28th, 2023


Yep, run all 4 in a calendar year (any combination of Full/Half Marathons, 5K or virtual) and you’ll earn something extra special! In 2023, we have a 9” bottle opener challenge medal that you can mount to a wall. You can’t buy this – it must be earned by registering for all 4 BAM races in 2023!


You can run any one of our BAM races and earn the shirt/medal for that respective race. You only earn the challenge medal by participating in all 4.


No problem, you can register for the virtual event or transfer from the in-person event to virtual later if you need to. You’ll still qualify for the extra series swag.

If you’re running the races and want a unique custom-made medal holder made out of wood, our team is making something special for the 10th anniversary. You can purchase this 4″ x 4″ cedar block with the 10th anniversary logo burned into the front that will perfectly hold the medals on the top for you.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE (or purchase online during registration).
*If you’re running Oak Island virtual, we will have them available for you at each of the races for you to pick it up. If you need it shipped after 2/18/23, we can charge shipping separately to send it to you.

You crossed that finish line and are ready for the party! Wear that medal with pride all day long and start your celebration just a few steps away. We have famous Carolina BBQ – no worries – we’ve found THE BEST BBQ for you. Your bib will have a beer ticket if you choose to partake; ontap we have some big brands and locals to choose from. Limit 1 per person included with registration.

Half Marathon

Starting early just as the sun is rising you’ll run over the Intracoastal waterway bridge for a spectacular sunrise before running a few miles on the mainland. As you come back onto the island you run a loop on both the East and the West sides of the island. There are actually hills ON the island in a private gated neighborhood that you’ll be running miles 9-12. Finish back under the bridge on the island. This twisty course shows you the true beauty of Holden Beach during a great time of year to enjoy it!

Download PDF (printable) Map Here
View The Certification Here (NC2101BDS) 



Flat, Fast & Scenic with this course that takes you ocean front and shows you some marsh views on this certified road course.

Download PDF (printable) Map Here
View The Certification Here (NC16004BW) 


1 Mile

This is an out-and-back course on a back road where you’ll finish under the big arch other participants finish under for the 5K and Half Marathon.

*The 1 Mile course is not certified or timed.

We offer a SUPER Early bird discounted pricing for 2 weeks followed by discounted price breaks that increase as we get closer to race day. We do not offer discounts ontop of our low prices however we do offer a bundling discount if you register for 2, 3 or 4 of the BAM races all together. *Bundle discounts not valid during our super early bird discount pricing.


If you can’t make it to the race on race day – you can choose to run these events virtual.  This page will explain:
– What is a virtual race?
– How to sign up for a virtual race?
– How to complete a virtual race?
– Can I switch to virtual if I’m already registered for the in-person event?
– And a few other FAQ’s.

What is a Virtual Race?

A virtual race is when you run the event on your own time – where ever you want.  While we can’t wrap up the after party and ship you the beer and bbq, we will ship you your swag items in the mail after the event.

How to sign up for Virtual?

This is super easy.  Just head over to the registration page and find the registration distance you want to sign up with that also says “Virtual”.  So if you want to run the half marathon virtually – select “Virtual Half Marathon”.

How To Complete A Virtual Race?

This is on the honor system.  Run anywhere/anytime, no need to send us proof or log your miles online.  Everyone that is registered for virtual will get the swag (medal & giveaway) shipped to your door within 2 weeks after the race.

Can I Switch To Virtual If I’m Registered For The In-Person Race?

Yes, but there are deadlines and a small $15 processing fee to cover the shipping/handling. If you’ve signed up to be at the race but for any reason you can’t make it and want to switch or “transfer” your race to a virtual race, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

#1)  It must be done no less than 7 days in advance before the event.

#2)  You must manage this yourself by logging into your RunSignUp account and choosing the “Event Transfer” option and choose the “Virtual” option for your distance and race.  Again, keep in mind there will be an online processing fee to make any changes.

FAQ’s & Policies:

Please keep in mind, these are our policies and they may differ from another virtual race company.  We think you will find our options very accommodating to you as a runner and we ask that you please read them carefully.  We are a small company and cannot make any special exceptions

This is something that you must register for separately and the following registration policies apply.  

  • Must be registered for the virtual option in order to receive race packet by mail.
  • If you are registered to run in a race and cannot attend, all of the registration policies on our FAQ page still  apply to you.  The only way to run a race virtually and receive your packet in the mail is if you are registered under the virtual option.

  • You may transfer to the virtual option up to 7 days prior to an event.  You will manage this through your personal RunSignUp account and there is a $15.00 processing fee. CLICK HERE to login.

  • Packets will not be available for pick up race weekend.  Even if you come to the race for any reason, or send family/friends to pick up your packet, we will not hand out any bibs, shirts, medals, or other swag items for any virtuals during a race weekend.

  • ALL virtual packets will be mailed within 2 weeks of the race. 
  • We will only ship packets to those who are actually registered for the virtual option. (Cut off for this is 7days prior to the each event)

*If you decide to come to the race instead of run it virtually.  You must manage this through your RunSignUp account 7 days prior to the event.  You will have to pay the difference in price as well as a $15.00 processing fee but we would love to have you join us!  It’s so much more fun to run with friends! ?


This will be 2pm – 7pm on Friday October 6th. We typically host this at a local church or gymnasium but currently the location for 2023 is not set yet – we will announce this here on the webpage and in an email to participants as soon as we have it confirmed. We ask that you pickup your bib and shirt here on Friday if at all possible – or have a friend pick this up for you to avoid delays on race day.

Volunteers are loved by all!  We would be thrilled to have you join our race day team.  Waterstops, Intersection Cheerleaders, handing out our HUGE medals, among many other things.  We rely on some key nonprofits that we partner with locally but we could always use some extra support.  If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please Register Here to select a volunteer spot. Thank You!

Coastal Race Productions support a number of Non-Profits throughout Brunswick County as well as the American Red Cross!  Please consider making a donation today!

To make a donation CLICK HERE – Thank you!

Results for previous Run Holden Beach events as well as current Run Holden Beach Results and Course Records are listed below. CLICK HERE FOR ALL RUN HOLDEN BEACH RESULTS

Half Marathon Course Record:
Male:  Justin Pfruender 1:16:25 (2021)
Female: Michelle Langan 1:19:23 (2020)

5K Course Record:
Male:  John Marino 17:25 (2021)
Female:  Allison Jameson  20:11 (2019)

We’ve all been there. You buy something or register for an event – get sidetracked – and months later think …did I register for that race?  Hahah, well, if you’re not sure if you registered yourself (or someone else), you can check it out RIGHT HERE.

If you don’t find that you registered, come back and get signed up!

If you don’t see yourself listed, it could have been under a different name or email address – don’t hesitate to email us and we’ll be happy to look it up for you. Please be sure to provide us as much information as possible like full name, email address, physical address, nickname you could’ve registered under or even a confirmation email if you have it.

General FAQ’S:

Visit our General FAQ’s page for answer’s to all of your questions regarding Coastal Race Events.

*Please Note:

#1) Anyone on the course without a race bib will be asked to leave the course.
#2) Anyone running with a dog unless you have the required USATF paperwork will be asked to leave the course.
#3) Companion riders on bicycles are not allowed and will be asked to leave the course.
These are all due to insurance regulations and are grounds for disqualification – It is for the safety of ALL participants.

Registration Policy:

We allow for deferrals, event transfers and bib transfers with minimal fees and deadlines. We currently do not allow for refunds or race transfers on our events. You may read more about this on our FAQ page.

Event Transfer:

If you want to change from one distance to another distance at the same race on the same weekend, we allow you to do this yourself prior to any Coastal Race Productions event.  This cutoff to switch is typically the final week leading up to a race and based upon availability in that event. You will manage this through your RunSignUp account and there is a $15 processing fee.  Need Help?  Click Here for a tutorial on how to edit this.

Course Support:

The half marathon will have 8 different water stops along the 13.1 mile course. All stops have water and Gatorade. There is 1 water stop along the 5K course as well.  Volunteers from Non-Profits across Brunswick County are assisting on the course for directions, as well as at the finish line and all of the water stops. Signage is marked on the ground, over 100 directional signs, and a biker will lead both courses.  We have 8′ flag mile markers for every mile on both the 5K and Half Marathon. Post-race nourishment includes bananas, Gatorade, BBQ and beer! You’re going to LOVE running a Coastal Race Productions event!


We hire some amazing photographers to provide FREE race day photos to you. While they try to get some of everyone, there are no guarantees! All photos will be uploaded to our Facebook page, please feel free to download them, tag yourself and share with your friends and family.

Can I walk:

Absolutely! Our 1 Mile and 5K races have no time limit and our Full & “West” Half Marathon time limit is 7 hours – plenty of time to walk most of the course if you’d like. If registering for the “East” Half Marathon, we ask that you’re able to finish in 3 hours.

Age Restrictions:

We have no age restrictions however we do ask for parent or guardian signatures on all minors under 18 years of age.

Are Dogs Allowed:

Sorry but they are not allowed on USATF certified courses. In order to be a sanctioned event – dogs are not allowed for safety reasons.  If you have a 4 legged running companion for medical reasons, you can file a request through the USATF ADA Committee (which takes 4-6 weeks) by clicking here and if they approve, they will provide you documentation that you will then need to provide to us.  Here is a direct link to the form you’ll need to fill out.

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. We don’t offer offline or paper entries. Please email us if you have any concerns with registering online and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Certified Course:

Every Coastal Race Productions event is certified with USATF and measured for accuracy.  If you are hopeful for a state or national record, please give us a heads up so that we’re expecting it and can take proper actions to fill out the paperwork needed for your submission. Our courses are not just close – they are exact! Our Oak Island Marathon is a Boston Qualifier.


We’re offering the lowest prices we can for everyone and have done away with any discounts. You’ll notice price increases as we get closer to race day so register early to save the most. Also, if you bundle and register for more than 1 race at a time, you’ll save even more (bundle discounts not valid during super early bird registration)


We partner with a professional Timing Company that will provide accurate results. These will be available to print on race day and online immediately upon crossing the finish line.

Overall awards are placed by Gun Time – be sure to get to the very front of the corral.

Age group awards are placed by Chip Time – meaning you can start near the back and your official start time won’t be until you cross the start line.  This also means that it’s possible for someone behind you to have a faster time and place higher.