Wilmington Historic Half Marathon
Dec. 7 2019
The Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday December 7th, 2019. Starting right down town, runners will take a beautiful closed course route through downtown streets as they see the true southern beauty of Wilmington North Carolina. After 2.5 miles of down town running, the 5K splits over to the boardwalk to finish while the half marathon continues over 3 bridges and around a scenic lake before finishing down one of the nations top rated boardwalks! Runners earn a huge 3D finisher medal and long sleeve tech shirt as well as free beer and BBQ in the after party area which is also right on the water. Now the largest half marathon in downtown Wilmington, this is a one of a kind you don’t want to miss event!
The 5K will start at 7:00am downtown on Front St. CLICK HERE or walk to the intersection of Front & Redcross St. The Half Marathon will start in the same location at 8:15am.
There are over 10,000 public parking spots in downtown Wilmington, Click Here for a list of all available parking downtown.
All finishers will receive a beautifully designed 3-D finisher medal and ultra soft long sleeve tech shirt in unisex sizing. There are different shirts for each the 5K and Half Marathon available sizes include X-Small through XXL. New this year we are offering a bonus “FINISHER” swag item – this is only for participants that finish the race and is not part of the virtual race package. You will receive this bonus item after you cross the finishline.
We will offer Overall Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male/Female and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male/Femail Masters for both the Half Marathon & 5K. There will be age group awards for top 3 in 5 year age brackets.
AFTER PARTY & FINISH LINE:
Hosted at The Shell on the downtown Wilmington waterfront, participants will be given a free beer ticket & BBQ ticket and have the ability to purchase additional beer for $3/each. We will have a fun after party with live music and fun lasting until 11:30 AM.
Extra Swag Item:
For the first 1500 participants, we have an extra swag blanket at the finish line. If you were one of the first 1500 participants, you will have a tear-away tab on your bib that says “Blanket” and you’ll be able to pick this up at a special table. This is NOT the first 1500 finishers, it’s the first 1500 to signup.
Let me tell you why this course is really unique!
1) We are taking runners through the most historic areas of downtown Wilmington down Front St., 2nd St. and up Market St. – no other race is doing that!
2) We’re knocking out the 3 bridges in the first 5 miles – you’re welcome!
3) We’re going to get a little distance out by Greenfield lake but we’ve got a completely closed course to keep our runners safe on any roads!
4) Over 1 mile stretch to the finish line down the nation’s top ranked river walk!
5) A finish line party you don’t want to miss hosted at The Shell on the water with live music, free beer and good ol’ Carolina BBQ!
The Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K take runners through some amazing views in a completely closed course through downtown Wilmington and other historic sites. A race to remember and one you won’t soon forget includes the most historic routes of North Carolina’s largest historic district (downtown Wilmington, NC), along the nations top rated riverwalk/boardwalk and 3 bridges (in the half marathon only). Check out the map above or our turn-by-turn directions below in the Historic Half Marathon to be held on December 7th, 2019!
Expo & Packet Pick-Up
Join us for Packet Pick-Up on Friday as our team welcomes you to the city of Wilmington and answers and race day questions you may have. Our Expo’s are a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with vendors, music and a very special guest of honor. The details are below so we hope to see you there!
- December 6, 2019 (Friday)
- 2:00pm – 7:00pm
- Located at The Shell – 10 Harnett St. Wilmington NC 28401
- Meet & Greet with Bart Yasso
You may know Bart Yasso as the “Mayor of Running” the now retired Runner’s World Chief Running Officer—the man who seemingly cheers on every runner across every finish line of every marathon. Join him in Wilmington he will share lessons, wisdom, and insights learned from running in more than 1,500 races near and far. Experience firsthand not only how Yasso’s training tips and practical advice make us all better runners, but also how his infectious spirit and love of life make us all better people.
We strongly suggest for you to pick-up your race packet at the Expo on Friday to take the stress out of race morning, but if for some reason you are unable to make it we will offer race morning pick-up near the starting line.
Packet Pickup & Fitness Expo:
will take place on Friday December 6th from 2pm – 7pm at The Shell (downtown Wilmington) on the water which is also the location of our finish line for the races.
Are courses certified?
Yes, both the 5K and half are certified and sanctioned with USATF.
Our time limit is 90 minutes for the 5K and 3.5 hours for the half marathon.
Age Restrictions: We have no age group restrictions on any of our races. We do require any athlete under the age of 18 to have a parental guardian signature.
Almost the entire course is closed to runners only. We offer waterstops every 2 miles on both the half and 5K races with water and an electrolite drink such as Gatorade. 6 total waterstops on the half marathon course and 1 on the 5K.
We love our four legged friends but due to insurance, we are only allowed to accommodate dogs if you provide official ADA approved paperwork. Click Here for more information regarding the procedure, guidelines and official medical release waiver form.
We offer a 10% discount to heros: Military, Teachers, Firefighters, Police, EMT’s. We also offer a discount to students. Please email us to receive your discount code.
We will offer Overall Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male/Female for both the Half Marathon & 5K. There will be age group awards for top 3 in 5 year age brackets.
Super soft long sleeve tech shirt and extremely cool 3-D finisher medal for all participants in the 5K and Half Marathon.
We provide an official chip and gun time using cutting edge equipment. Overall awards use gun time (as most major races do) while age group awards use your chip time. This means if you are going for an overall M/F win in your respective race, be sure to start up front.
This race is “RaceJoy” enabled free for runners. If you run with your phone, you can download the app and select our race. This will verbally tell you historic information as you pass landmarks around Wilmington, your friends and spectators can track you every step of the way and send you verbal cheers, you’re pushed results immediately and we can keep you informed with important information before, during and after the race.
Hosted at The Shell on the downtown Wilmington waterfront, athletes will be given a free beer ticket and have the ability to purchase additional. We will have a fun after party with live music and fun lasting until 11:30 AM.
There is plenty of parking downtown Wilmington in garages
Any changes to registrations must be made at least 30 days prior to race date. You can manage all of this through your RunSignUp login. Read more about our policies regarding registration here.
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. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please select a position online, we’ll send you a confirmation email and lots more details leading up to the race.
Looking for your bib number? CLICK HERE to do a bib lookup.
All results for the Wilmington Historic Half & 5K can be found at the link below.