Run Sunset Beach 2020

  • $25 - 1 Mile Registration
  • $35 - 5K Registration
  • $75 - Half Marathon Registration
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Until Race Day

May. 16 2020

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Be sure to bring your pre-race hydration of choice and show up a little early - packet pickup and check-in opens at 5:15am. There is a gear check area as well free of charge to runners.


There is no parking at the start/finish line so we are providing free shuttles from our designated parking areas.  For directions you can use the address:  800 Sunset Blvd. N. Sunset Beach, NC 28468 -or- (click here for directions).  Beginning at 5:00am we will have 6 shuttles running to take you the 1.5 miles to our start/finish line area that is free for both runners and spectators.  

Start Time:

The half marathon start at 7:00am sharp so don't be late.  The 5K starts at 7:15 - same place as the half marathon in the park. You want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get parked and shuttled over before the start of either race.

During Race:

Saftey is our #1 priority.  While we work with local authorities and NCDOT 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 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, BBQ, Pizza and Beer - plus awards for top 3 overall male and female as well as age groups (every 5 years) for both the 5K and Half Marathon male and female runners.  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

Click Here for a large printable PDF map


Packet Pickup 

When:  5/16/20 Friday before race from 2pm - 7pm

Where:  Seatrail Convention Center
75 Clubhouse Rd, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
Click Here for directions

We will also offer race day pick-up near the Start/Finish line for those that can't make it on Friday.  But if at all possible, please try to make it Friday.

Yes, you can have a friend or family member pick up your packet.  They must have your bib number (emailed to you the week of the race) and a copy of your photo id (which can be a picture on their phone).

Need directions to parking – Click Here

Need direction to the Start/Finish Line – Click Here



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

We are still working on Hotel offers!


 We partner with a professional Timing Company that will provide accurate results.

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 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:

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!


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 2019!  Whether you've set a new goal, tackling a new distance or want to push for that new PR we are here to help you!  Let our Certifed RunningCoach 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, Start/Finish Line - we need it all.  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 by clicking here.  All volunteers receive a free race shirt too!  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!



Half Marathon Course Records:

Mens - Evan Darm 1:16:49 (2018)
Womens - Sommer Baucom 1:29:34 (2018)

5K Course Records:

Mens - Ryan Phelan 18:28 (2017)
Womens - Shannon Smith 21:51 (2017)

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