Run Sunset Beach 2022

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    Mar. 26 2022

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    A runner’s favorite race with a beautiful (not flat) 5K going over the intracoastal waterway onto the island.  The Half tours the entire island and much of the mainland of Sunset Beach.  Finishers enjoy some unbelievable finisher swag this year.  See below why it’s best to register early and save!


    • Worry free registration with deferrals, refunds, race transfers and a covid safety plan.  View more on our FAQ’s page!
    • Register early and save a bunch of money, one of the most affordable races available when you register early!
    • MASSIVE locket style finisher medals – truly some of the most unique and amazing medals you’ll ever see!
    • Finisher Pajama Pants – these are super soft PJs for all finishers.  Sizes Youth to Adult XXL – you’re going to love them!
    • This course is phenomenal – enjoy the bridge and island with the start/finish in the waterfront park on the mainland of Sunset Beach.
    • A race for EVERYONE!  Half Marathon, 5K and 1 Mile events all morning on March 27th, 2021


    Your Safety Is Our #1 Priority

    *Please Note:  These were our Covid Safety Protocols for 2021 – these will hopefully change for our 2022 race.

    1. Packet Pickup: This will be held outside (location TBD).  Physical distancing and masks are required and enforced.
    2. Additional Packet Pickup Options: We’ve allowed for people to have their packets shipped (+small fee to cover shipping) or picked up at a location in Myrtle Beach to reduce participants coming to packet pickup for each event. *There Will Be No Race Day Registration or Packet Pickup Allowed.
    3. Race Cap Limit:  We’re setting limited participant caps for each race and event.  We base these on the current executive order allowing 12 people per 1,000 sqft in sporting fields and parks as well as limitations each town permits.
    4. Masks:  These will be required by all and strictly enforced.  With several pre-race communications and race day “Safety Ambassadors”, we will ensure everyone has a mask on at all times while not running on course.  Our protocol for previous races has been mask on at all times while not running – this includes in the start corral before you begin running and before you cross the finish line into the finisher chute.
    5. Physical Distancing:  This will be required and enforced at all times around our start/finish area and after party area.
    6. Safety Ambassadors: We will have and equip 3 safety ambassadors to be around our start/finish area and after party area to enforce everyone wearing masks and keeping a distance.  They will have a megaphone and signs.
    7. PPE:  All volunteers and staff will be required to wear proper masks (and gloves where necessary)
    8. Signage: We will have dozens of signs reiterating masks and distance requirements.  We ask that all participants please follow these mandates so that we can continue putting on fun and safe events.
    9. Start/Finish Coral: We’re transitioning to a start “window” with an “elite heat” kicking off the race and everyone else safely distancing during a time-frame immediately following.  Our “Safety Ambassadors” will be stationed with signs to enforce masks and distancing.  We’ve also adjusted our finish corral to use half of the lane and keeping our start line open for this longer period of time.
    10. No After Party (Beer or BBQ):  While we were able to get approval for the race, at this time our traditional after party has not been approved.
    11. On-Course Hydration:  Participants need to be self sufficient on hydration and we’ll only be able to provide refueling stations.  These will be every 3 miles on course and allow for a zero-touch zone by volunteers.
    12. Hand Washing Stations:  These will be placed by the Port-a-Johns near the start/finish area.
    13. Virtual Option:  If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable running with us on race day, feel you may have come in contact with someone who has Covid-19 or have any symptoms at all – we have removed any fee and are allowing for a free option to remove yourself from the race and run virtual at no charge, no questions asked.  Stay home, run anywhere/anytime and receive your race swag at your door.  *We usually charge to make any changes to your registration because, to be frank, it affects operations, logistics and the race financially in ways most don’t understand.
    14. Parking & No Shuttle Options:  In the past we’ve provided a free shuttle service from the nearest parking area to our start/finish area which is a 1.75 miles away.  At this time, we are not permitted to use shuttles so we are providing a safe walking path. We’re encouraging the use of a drop-off zone and car-pooling and we’ll have limited handicap parking close to the start.

      **We had originally sold tickets for this – we’ve not been permitted for this so we will be refunding the purchase of those tickets.

    There will be ZERO exemptions to the rules above.  We’re not debating here on what works or doesn’t.  There’s not political agenda here.  We want to put on a fun and safe event where everyone feels comfortable.

    If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to email: and we’ll be more than happy to help!



      1. What type of face covering is allowed? (i.e. Buffs/gaitors)
        1. ALL face coverings are acceptable.  Buff/Gaitor, surgical masks, etc..  They must cover mouth and nose.
      2. Are there virtual options for all races?
        1. Yes, every race and event of ours has a virtual option.  You can register for these or switch at a later date.  Keep in mind if registering for the virtual event and wanting to switch later to the in-person event, there will be an extra charge for the difference.  If you register for the in-person event and switch to a virtual event, we do not refund the difference.
      3. What if I have a medical reason that prohibits me from wearing a mask?
        1. You can run virtual, we will not be allowing anyone around the start/finish area or after party without a mask.  No exception.
      4. Do spectators need to wear a mask?
        1. Absolutely.  No one is allowed near the start/finish area or after party area without a mask.  No exception.


    Registration Policies:

    1. You can transfer out of the in-person race at any time leading up to the race and switch to running virtual.  All we ask is that you cover shipping.
    2. We will have a clear cut-off (roughly 60 days prior to the event) before we have to make most of our purchases.  We will allow you to defer to the following year at no cost at this time.
    3. After this “deferral cut-off” – if the race is cancelled due to COVID-19, everyone will be able to run virtual, we will host a local packet pickup for those willing to pick up their items and we’ll ship everyone else their medal & race swag to their door.  We will post virtual results online and all participants will additionally be given 25% off ANY future BAM race with Coastal Race Productions.



    We’ve met with the town again on January 19th and reconfirmed our approval of the race – but we are implementing a lot of covid safety protocols and have a few restrictions. Click Here to read our covid safety protocols online. Here are a few main points to know:








    We have secured every single lot near the park as well as sides of the road for runners to park at.  We will have a parking team out that morning starting at 5:30 so come early to get parked no later than 6:15.


    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.


    Post Race:

    We will have a DJ playing some good tunes.  Awards for Top 3 Overall Female/Male, Top 3 Overall Female/Male Masters, as well as age groups (every 5 years) for Half Marathon & 5K Female/Male runners.  Although we will not be able to host an official awards ceremony – we will post a time for each event when you can begin picking up your awards.  Please be patient with us, with the rolling starts this will take some time to compute.  *Must pick up award while at the event – we do not ship them!


    Important Reminders:

    MASK ON AT ALL TIMES – Unless you are out on the course running.  

    • Must wear your mask once you get out of your car and until you begin your race.
    • Must put your mask back on before you cross the finish line.
    • Stay Social Distant at all times – our ability to have future races depends on you cooperating!

    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 Half Marathon & 5K!




    If you’re flying into the area, welcome to North Carolina!  We have a local airport for small planes 10 minutes away in Ocean Isle Beach (OIB).  The closest major airports are Myrtle Beach South Carolina (MYR) about 45 minutes away and Wilmington North Carolina (ILM) about 60 minutes away.


    Race Day Parking: 7625 High Market St, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 (Ingram Planetarium)
    CLICK HERE for directions

    Drop-Off Zone: 310 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 (There is a round-a-bout here providing a close spot to drop off and quickly head to parking)
    CLICK HERE for directions

    Start/Finish Line:  136 Sunset Blvd N, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 (The start/finish line is in the Sunset Beach waterfront park (mainland Sunset Beach.)
    CLICK HERE for directions



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



    We have several FAQ’s listed here.  If you don’t find your answers here, we have a more in-depth FAQ page here on our website that applies to all races.



     We partner with a professional Timing Company that will provide accurate results.  Shout out to Scott with SVE


    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 full marathon (at Oak Island) is also a Boston Marathon qualifier.



    • 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 sanctioned and 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:

    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:

    Aid:  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.

    Support:  We will have a truck monitoring the route with water and acting as a “SAG” wagon if you need assistance.  Over 100 volunteers from several different local non-profits are assisting on the course for directions, as well as at the finish line and all of the water stops.

    Signage:  We are known for our fun and encouraging on-course signage to keep you on course.  We have tape 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.

    Potty Breaks:  There are over 20 portajohns/toilets at the start finish line and 5 located across the course.

    Finish Line:  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 $6 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 from the original race date.  If the race is cancelled or postponed for any reason due to weather, pandemic, war or another reason out of our hands; refunds are processed from the original race date following the same timeline as follows:

     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 2021!  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 – and we need a lot of them to make this race a success!  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 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!







    CLICK HERE to lookup a registration.