Wilmington Historic Half Marathon

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  • $45 - Half Marathon Registration
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Dec. 7 2019

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The inaugural Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Sunday December 2nd, 2018. 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 finisher medal and soft unisex tshirt as well as free beer in the after party area which is also right on the water.

START TIMES:

Both the Half Marathon & 5K start at 7:00AM downtown on Front St.  CLICK HERE or walk to the intersection of Front & Brunswick St.

PARKING:

Parking at metered spots downtown are free on Sunday but please don’t park on the course route.  Click Here for a list of all available parking downtown.

SWAG:

All finishers will receive a beautifully designed 3-D finisher medal and ultra soft long sleeve 1/4 zip shirt (men’s/women’s cut).

AWARDS:

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.

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.

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER MAP

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!

 

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 Inaugural Wilmington Historic Half Marathon to be held on December 2nd, 2018!

HALF MARATHON

Start heading South on Front St.
Left onto Orange St.
Left onto 2nd St.
Right onto Market St.
Turnaround at 5th. St.
Right on Front St.
Left on 3rd St.
Left onto Isabella Holmes Bridge
Left onto Hwy 74
Stay Left over Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Left onto S. Front St.
Left onto Greenfield St.
Right onto E. Lake Shore Dr.
Greenway around Greenfield Lake
Off Greenway on Burnett St./3rd St.
Left onto Greenfield St.
Right onto S. Front St.
Left onto Nun St.
Right onto the Waterfront Boardwalk
There is a short jot onto Water St.
Finish on Boardwalk at The Shell
 

5K

Start heading South on Front St.
Left onto Orange St.
Left onto 2nd St.
Right onto Market St.
Turnaround at 5th. St.
Right on Front St.
Left onto Cowan St.
Right onto Nutt St.
Left onto the Waterfront Boardwalk
Right at The Shell to Finish

Packet Pickup & Fitness Expo will take place on Saturday December 1st from 2pm – 7pm at The Shell (downtown Wilmington) on the water which is also the location of our finish line for the races.  We will have a large tent – you can’t miss it.  There will be vendors, our guest speaker (Bart Yasso) will give a talk and you’ll be able to pick up your bib and 1/4 zip.  Please join us if at all possible.

 

Packet Pickup & Fitness Expo:
will take place on Saturday December 1st 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.

Time Limit:
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.

Course Support:
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.

Dog Friendly:
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.

Strollers & Wheelchair:
Wheelchair athletes will start 3-5 minutes prior to the race start and strollers are asked to start in the back of the final corral due to insurance.

Discounts:
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.

Awards:
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.

Included Swag:
Super soft long sleeve 1/4 zips and extremely cool 3-D finisher medal for all participants in the 5K and Half Marathon.

Timing:
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.

Technology:
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.

After Party
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.
Parking – there is plenty of parking downtown Wilmington in garages and 800 free metered parking spots on the road (Parking is free in Wilmington on Sunday)

Refunds/Deferrals/Registration Policy
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.

Ok runners, time to get your butt in gear and conquer this course.  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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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.

CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS