Run Holden Beach 2018

  • $25 - 1 Mile Registration
  • $40 - 5K Registration
  • $75 - Half Marathon Registration
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Sep. 15 2018

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Race Details



As you come over the bridge onto the island of Holden Beach, NC we will have volunteers directing you to the best place to park.  Port-a-johns are located by the start/finish line (under the bridge on Jordan St.).  Be sure to bring your pre-race hydration of choice and show up a little early – we recommend about 5:30 or 6:00am however packet pickup and checkin opens at 5:30am.

Start Time

The half marathon start at 7:00am sharp so don’t be late.  The 5K starts at 7:30 (same place as the half marathon under the bridge on Jordan St.).  You want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get over the bridge and parked before the start of either race as the bridge will be shut down!

During Race

Saftey is our #1 priority.  While we work with local authorities and DOT to shut down as many roads as possible, a portion of the course is open to vehicles so it’s important to be aware.  We discourage headphones and no dogs are allowed per USATF sanctioning.  Follow our directional signs, volunteers and law enforcement – they know the course and where you need to be running.  Use every waterstop to stay hydrated on the course.  And have fun, we’ll see you at the finish line!

Post Race

Hang around a while.  We’ll have the DJ playing your favorite tunes, post race food, games – plus awards for top overall and age groups (every 5 years) for both the 5K and Half Marathon.  Bring a chair if you’d like, signs to cheer on others and enjoy the after party with us!

Important Reminders

No ID = No Beer

Arrive early – you don’t want to miss your start

Bring your bib and pre-race hydration

We will host a packet pickup on Friday September 14th from 3pm – 7pm. The location is to be determined.

We will have limited time for packet pickup the morning before the race between 5:30 – 6:45am on September 15th Saturday morning before the race so we strongly urge you to pick up on Friday if at all possible.

Need directions to the Start/Finish Line – Click Here

Directions to parking?  Use the directions above and as soon as you come over the bridge, we will have directional volunteers to help you with this.



There are many great amenities on and around the island. I would recommend contacting the local chamber of commerce.

There are no hotels on the island.  If you’re coming with a small group, I’d highly recommend calling Alan Holden Vacations or Brunswickland Realty to see if they have any short term vacation homes available to rent.

I would recommend search Shallotte Hotels or Southport Hotels.
If you call the Holiday Inn Express in Southport (23 minute drive to start), they have a special runner rate.  (910) 253-9100
Days Inn in Shallotte (16 minute drive to start) has great rates for runners as well.  (910) 241-0031
*Please let them know you’re coming for the race to get the best rate!!


There is ample parking around the start/finish line under the bridge on Holden Beach – click here for directions. You will be able to park in grass areas or on the side of the road (just be sure you are parallel to the road and all 4 tires are off the road).


We partner with a professional timing company that is USATF certified as an official and measurer.


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

Are Strollers Allowed

YES! Strollers are welcome! All strollers must check in race morning at the Information tent and will have a seperate start.  (Children in strollers will not receive any additional race swag.)

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.

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 parent or guardian signatures on all minors under 18 years of age.

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.

We will have a truck monitoring the route with water and acting as a “SAG” wagon.

Volunteers from the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol 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.

There are over 20 portajohns/toilets at the start finish line and 2 that you pass twice on the half marathon course so 4 potty breaks on the total.

Post race nourishment includes bananas, gatorade, pizza and beer!

You’re going to LOVE running a Coastal Race Productions event!


There will be photos at the finish line and we will do our best to tag these with your bib number to be available with results after the race.  They will also be posted to Facebook for you to download and tag yourself in.

Registration Policy

We have a No Refund policy and any changes to registrations must be made at least 30 days prior to race date.

General FAQ’S

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


My gallery

Ok runners, time to get your butt in gear and conquer this course.  It has a steep grade climb right at the beginning X2 but then you’re flat the rest of the run.  Take it easy getting loose and don’t hurt yourself on the bridge.  Stride it out as you get back onto the island with the flat run and be sure to use all of the waterstops.  Be as encouraging to other runners as you pass them coming back.  And we’ll be at the finish line congratulating you with others.

Looking for a training plan, a group run at the coast or someone to help tailor a coaching program for you and be your accountability partner in your journey?  Jump on over to RunCRP to learn more!



Volunteers are loved by all!  We would be thrilled to have you join our race day team.  Waterstops, cheer stations, handing out our HUGE medals, amoung many other things.  We rely on some key non-profits that we partner with locally but we could always use some extra support.  If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please use our contact form by clicking here.


You can donate durring registration or you can do so here – it’s very much appreciated by our amazing friends and volunteers at the local Turtle Patrol.


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