Run Oak Island 2021

  • $23 - 1 Mile Registration
  • $35 - 5K Registration
  • $69 - Half Marathon Registration
  • $89 - Full Marathon Registration
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Feb. 13 2021

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REGISTRATION is now open for Run Oak Island – February 13th, 2021.  This is Presidents Day Weekend AND Valentines weekend this year which makes a perfect 3 day weekend to travel to the beautiful North Carolina Coast.  Offering a Full Marathon, 2 different Half Marathons, 5K and 1 Mile we have something for the entire family.


  • 6:45 am – Full Marathon & “East” Half Marathon
  • 7:00 am – “West” Half Marathon
  • 7:15 am – 5K
  • 8:30 am – 1 Mile

The Full Marathon has a 7 hour cut off time of 1:45pm and the “West” Half Marathon has the same cut off time of 1:45pm.
We ask that if you’re running the “East” Half Marathon, you’re able to complete in 3.5 hours (10:30am)

If you have any trouble registering, please click here.


The 2021 Medals feature an intricate Sea Turtle – but look closer and you’ll see tons of hidden sea creatures worked into the depth layers of this massive medal.  It opens from the side like a locket and includes a beautiful photo of the beloved Lighthouse located on the East Course (you can take a tour of it if you plan ahead).

Super soft fleece blanket is the free giveaway for all participants!

After you’ve finished, plan to hang out in the after party.  Your bib will have tear-away tabs for BBQ, Pizza & Beer!

The Medals are huge dimensional “Locket-Style” that open and include a picture by one of our local photographers and the giveaway item for this race is a custom designed warm fleece blanket.

Shirts (Sizes Youth Small – Adult XXL):

These are incredibly soft tri-blend style and come in unisex sizing for youth and adult sizes. They are only $15. If you purchase in our store, we have options for shipping or to pickup at the race. If you purchase during registration, they will be available for pickup at the race expo. *Limited Quantity Available!

Beach Towel:

These are high quality soft beach towels for only $15. If you purchase in our store, we have options for shipping or to pickup at the race. If you purchase during registration, they will be available for pickup at the race expo. *Limited Quantity Available!

Fleece Blanket (FREE GIVEAWAY!)

The soft comfy blanket you will love to snuggle up with on your couch, this fleece blanket will be a great reminder of your finish at the Run Oak Island event.  It’s FREE with all registrations at this event.  If you want to purchase additional Fleece Blankets, they’re available for only $15. If you purchase in our store, we have options for shipping or to pickup at the race. If you purchase during registration, they will be available for pickup at the race expo. *Limited Quantity Available!


Pajama Pants:

These are a really soft comfy pajama pants featuring the Run Oak Island design.  They come in unisex sizing from Youth – Adult and at only $15 each you may want to get some for the whole family.

Runner Trucker Hats:

The are a really cool and unique new type of hat. Similar to the 2020 hats (if you ran our races last year) they have a really soft laser back comfortable for running in. New this year is a softer front panel and unique design fitting for the 2021 designs. Grab one of these for only $15! If you purchase in our store, we have options for shipping or to pickup at the race. If you purchase during registration, they will be available for pickup at the race expo. *Limited Quantity Available!


Plan to arrive for parking no later than 6:00 AM for the Full Marathon, Half Marathons and 5K.  Be sure to bring your pre-race hydration of choice and show up a little early – race day packet pickup begins at 5:30 AM near the start line here: 133 SE 48th St, Oak Island, NC 28465



Most parking is between 46th & 50th St. on Oak Island Dr.  We will have several volunteers along the road assisting with the parking in approved areas – please follow their direction.  You will want to come onto the island and use the following address: 4601 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465

It is ok to park on the side of the road as long as all 4 tires are off of the road, you are not blocking any driveways or roadways.


Start Time:

The full marathon and “East” Half Marathon start at 6:45 AM, the “West” half marathon start at 7:00 AM, the 5K starts at 7:15 AM and the Hermit Crab Miler starts at 8:30 AM.  All of the events start and finish at the same place on Dolphin Dr. in front of Middleton Park. You want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get parked and warmed up.


During Race:

Safety is our #1 priority.  While we work with local authorities and DOT to shut down as many roads as possible, a portion of the courses are open to vehicles so it’s important to be aware.  We discourage headphones and no dogs, bicycles or scooters are allowed per USATF sanctioning and anyone without an official race bib will be asked to leave the course.  Follow our directional signs, volunteers and law enforcement – they know the course and where you need to be running.  Use every water stop to stay hydrated 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, beer and games – plus awards for Top 3 Overall Female/Male, Top 3 Overall Female/Male Masters, as well as age groups (every 5 years) for Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Female/Male runners.  Bring a chair if you’d like, signs to cheer on others and enjoy the after party with us!  *Must be present to receive awards – we do not ship them!


Important Reminders:

No ID = No Beer
Arrive early – you don’t want to miss your start
Overall Awards are by gun time and Age Group Awards are by chip time.
Bring your bib and pre-race hydration

RaceJoy App – Free!

Do you run with your phone?  Want free up-to-date tracking of exactly where you are on course?  Family/Friends can track you and send you audio cheers.  Hear important race information in real time and get audio cues as you pass key areas.

This is a free app in the apple and android store that you can download.  Once you have it on your phone, it will walk you through setting it up if you’re a runner or spectator.  We’ve paid for everyone in our event to use it so you don’t have to!

*Available for the Full & Half Marathons Only!

1 Incredible Full Marathon, 2 Half Marathons (East & West), a 5K and a “Beach Ball 1 Miler” fun run.

Run Oak Island Full Marathon:  This course will be the same as in previous years.  Stunning marsh views, out around the lighthouse, 13+ miles of beachfront running (on the road) and over the intracoastal waterway bridge is your only elevation (65′) around mile 23.  Here is your course map with turn-by-turn directions and an elevation chart.


“East Course” Half Marathon:  Starting with the Full Marathon at 6:45 am, the “East Course” will take runners on a flat all island course with stunning views of the marsh, through a golf community, out to the lighthouse, beachfront for 6+ miles (on the road) and back to the finish.  A super flat & fast course with unbelievable views!  Basically take the first half of the full marathon course.


“West Course” Half Marathon:  Starting later in the day, the west course is our original half marathon course on Oak Island.  Taking runners beachfront (on the road) for the first 5.5 miles you have some spectacular views.  Then you’ll head over the intercoastal waterway bridge at mile 9 and head back to the finish.  It’s still one of the flattest courses you’ll find and one of the largest in the area – you’re sure to love it! 


Run Oak Island 5K:  An incredibly flat and fast 3.1 miles on the island gives you about 1.5 miles of beachfront running (on the road) before bringing you back to the finish.

Run Oak Island 1 Mile:  A fun out and back race so that anyone in the family can be involved in the day.  This is not a timed event and it is not a certified exact mile as our other races are.  But it’s a safe and fun ~1 mile event where everyone will still earn a fun medal – It’s the “Beach Ball Miler”!


From 2-7 PM on Friday February 12th.  We STRONGLY urge you to show up during this time on Friday if at all possible.  If you absolutely cannot make it during this time, we will allow packets to be picked up the morning of the race by our start/finish line but please show up extra early!



On Friday, our expo and packet pickup will be located at the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Center located at 3003 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465 Click Here for directions.  We will have several vendors here and you’ll be able to pickup your bib and hat.  We will be taking late registration for any events that are not sold out.

If there is no way you can make it on Friday, please consider having a family member or friend pick it up for you.  If you have no other option you MUST come extra early on Saturday – plan at least 1 hour for parking and picking up your packet.


Need direction to Race Day Parking & Start/Finish Line – Click Here

Need directions to Friday packet pickup  – Click Here



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


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

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.


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.



Military, Students & Teachers – Yes!
Are you a member of a race club or group – contact us for club discounts.
Use our contact form  – click here


Are Dogs Allowed:

No.  All of our courses are USATF certified and our events are sanctioned – 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.


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.


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 full marathon will have 16 different water stops along the route and 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, pizza and beer! You’re going to LOVE running a Coastal Race Productions event!



We do provide race day photos and our awesome photographer tries to get some of everyone!  If you see her please thank her for all of the awesome FREE photos to enjoy!  These will all be uploaded to our Facebook page please feel free to tag yourself and share with your friends and family.


Registration Policy:

You may manage this 100% on your own through your RunSignUp account.  There is a processing fee online for any refunds to be issued and we provide the following options based on how far in advance you make the request.

 More than 60 days from event:  75% Refund
 30-59 days from event:  50% Refund
 Less that 30 days from event:  No Refund


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.


Bib Exchange/Transfer:

You can transfer your bib to another runner prior to a race. You must login to your RunSignUp account and initiate this bib exchange by placing their name and email in.  The recipient will receive an email to accept the bib, pay a $15 processing fee and sign our online waiver.  Whether you gift it to them or they pay you for it on this side is up to you.  Need Help?  Click Here and look for “Transfer to Another Runner” for a tutorial on how to edit this.


General FAQ’S:

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

*Please note:
Anyone on the course without a race bib will be asked to leave the course.
Anyone running with a dog unless you have the required USATF paper work will be asked to leave the course.
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.

Make the most of 2020!  Whether you’ve set a new goal, tackling a new distance or want to push for that PR we are here to help you!  Let our Certifed Running Coach write a training plan specifically for you!  We are here to help you achieve your goals!  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, Intersection Cheerleaders, 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 Register Here.  

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!

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Results for previous Run Oak Island events as well as current Run Oak Island Results and Course Records are listed below.



Full Marathon Course Record:

Male:  Brian Zickefoose  2:28:28 (2017)

Female:  Rhea Deroian 3:14:47 (2019)

Half Marathon Course Record:

Male:  Matthew Fowler  1:17:31 (2019)

Female:  Shari Eberhard  1:19:41 (2019)

5K Course Record:

Male:  Stephen Sandoval  19:59 (2019)

Female:  Suzanne Tulsey  20:37 (2019)

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