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Sledgehammer Beach Run

Sat February 3, 2024 N Topsail Beach, NC 28460 US Directions


Take in the views and explore North Topsail Beach while running on the beach in either our Half Marathon, 10k or 5k. 

Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission is proud to present the "Sledgehammer Race Series" in memory of Dr. E. B. Sledge.  The mission statement of the "Sledgehammer Race Series" is: To Honor the memory of Sledgehammer and All Combat Veterans."  Sledge was a lifelong Marine who spent the remainder of his post war years coming to terms with what he and his fellow combatants experienced during World War II. 

E. B. "Sledgehammer" Sledge chose to volunteer for the U. S.  Marine Corps in 1942.  He was assigned to K company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Division (K/3/5) where he reached the rank of Corporal in the Pacific Theater. Sledgehammer was a 60mm mortarman at Peleliu and Okinawa where he served with Corporal R. V. Burgin and PFC. Merriell "Snafu" Shelton.  Sledgehammer also served as a rifleman and stretcher bearer when fighting was too close for effective mortar use.
Sledge would go on to earn a doctorate in biology and was a beloved professor at the University of Montevallo.  In 1981, Sledge published his memoir, With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, which centered on his combat experiences during the Pacific Campaign.  His book was used as a reference for Ken Burns' PBS documentary, "The War" and Tom Hanks and Stephen Speilbergs' HBO miniseries "The Pacific" starring Joseph Mazzello as Sledge.

Course Information

Half marathon, 10k & 5k course are all on the beach

**Half marathon cut off time is 4 hours. Anyone left on the course after the fourth hour will be picked up by a staff member and will be disqualified for awards.


Enjoy FREE beer from Salty Turtle Beer Company (Half Marathon & 10k Runners only) and a Hot Cocoa Bar presented by Onslow County Tourism!



In order to keep the cost of races low for runners we have created the option to purchase a shirt instead of just including one in the registration. Register and select the shirt option by January 26th to guarantee your long sleeve t-shirt! 

Hotel Discounts

Available under our Visitor Information tab


2950 Island Drive
N Topsail Beach, NC US 28460


Race Causes

Race Series Sponsors


Thank you to our JOSC Race Series Sponsors




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About Us

Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission

JOSC owns and operates multiple events that have a direct impact on sports tourism for Onslow County.  We also strive to produce funds to contribute to the promotion of other events happening within the county. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to foster economic impact and quality of life through sports in Jacksonville and Onslow County. 

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