Wilmington Historic Half Marathon

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  • $69 - Half Marathon Registration
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Dec. 5 2020

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The Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday December 5th, 2020. Starting right downtown, runners will take a beautiful closed course route through the streets of the largest historic district in the state as they see the true southern beauty of Wilmington, North Carolina. After 2.5 miles of running downtown, the 5K splits off to the boardwalk to finish while the half marathon continues over 3 bridges and around a scenic lake before finishing down the nations top rated riverwalk!

Participants earn a huge 3D finisher medal in the shape of North Carolina and the half marathon participants will receive a Quarter Zip while 5K runners receive a Soft Tri-Blend T-Shirt.  ALL finishers race day will receive an extra swag gift just for running with us!  Free Carolina BBQ & Beer at 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 event you don’t want to miss!

If you have any issues at all completing the registration below, please click here for another secure page to register on.

BART YASSO:

Come and meet Bart Yasso at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday December 4th, 2020 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.  You may know him 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.  Join us as he shares his lessons, wisdom and insights learned from running in more tha 1500 races near and far.  Experience first hand, not only how yasso’s training tip’s and practical advice make us all better runners, but also how his infectious spirit and love of life makes us all better people.  Bart is looking forward to meeting you at the Heath & Fitness Expo and not only starting your race but also cheering and greeting you as you run across the finish line.

START TIMES:

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 7:45am.

PARKING:

There are over 10,000 public parking spots in downtown Wilmington, Click Here for a list of all available parking downtown.

SWAG:

All finishers will receive a beautifully designed 3-D finisher medal in the shape of the state of North Carolina.  The giveaway item for the Half Marathon is a Quarter Zip in both Women’s and Men’s sizing and the 5K will receive on of our super soft Tri-Blend T’s in unisex sizing.  We are offering a bonus “FINISHER”  swag item again this year – 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.

AWARDS:

We will offer Overall Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male/Female and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male/Female 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 1 free beer & BBQ ticket. You will also have the ability to purchase additional beer for $3/each.  We will accept credit/debit cards or cash and please remember to bring your ID.  No ID = No Beer.  

BONUS SWAG ITEM:

For the first 1500 participants, we have a finish line gift just for you.  If you were one of the first 1500 participants to register, you will have a tear-away tab on your bib 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 register.

Half Marathon participants will receive a really nice long sleeve quarter-zip that is a heathered stretchy blend fabric – runners absolutely LOVE it!  These come in both men’s and women’s sizing and you can select this online when registering.  See the size chart below.

5K participants will receive a really nice tri-blend heathered tshirt that comes in Youth and Unisex sizing.

Challenge Participants can run both the 5K and Half to earn ALL the swag!  Can’t finish the 5K in time (35 min) to run the half on the same day, no problem.  Register for the Bundle with the 5K virtual and you’ll still get all of the swag!

EXTRA SWAG!  The first 1500 registrants will receive a free bonus swag at the finish line.  This is NOT the first 1500 finishers, it’s for the first 1500 that register.

 

Half Marathon Long Sleeve Size Chart:

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In addition to the donation options above, participants also have an opportunity to purchase a “Golden” or “Silver” bib online during registration in the “Add-ons” section.  With a donation of $100 (Golden Bib) or $50 (Silver Bib), participants will be given a VIP experience with extra perks.
*This must be done by purchasing the Golden/Silver bibs in the add-on section – not through the donation portal.

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!

HALF MARATHON

Start near the corner of Front St & Redcross St. heading South on Front St.
Left onto Ann 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 near the corner of Front St & Redcross St. heading South on Front St.Start heading South on Front St.
Left onto Ann 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

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 4, 2020 (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:

This will take place on Friday December 4th 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.

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 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male/Female Masters for both the Half Marathon & 5K. There will be age group awards for top 3 in 5 year age brackets.

Included Swag:

Half Marathon Participants will receive a beautiful Soft Stretch Quarter Zip and the 5K will receive a Super Soft Tri-Blend Tshirt.  All finishers will receive a beautifully design medal and the first 1500 to register will receive a bonus finisher gift after they cross the finish line.  (Finisher gift is not included in virtual.)

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 1 free beer ticket & BBQ.  Both runners and spectators will have the ability to buy beer for $3.00 each. 

Parking:

There is plenty of parking downtown Wilmington in garages

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.  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.

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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