Sat December 4, 2021 Wilmington, NC 28401 US Directions
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Run The Challenge

Historic Challenge

7:00AM EST - 11:45AM EST

Wilmington Historic 5K

7:00AM EST - 8:30AM EST
Run The Challenge At Home

Virtual Challenge

7:00AM EST - 8:30AM EST

The 4th Annual Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday December 4th, 2021. Starting in the heart of downtown, runners will take a beautiful closed course through the streets as they see the true southern beauty of Historic Wilmington North Carolina.  After 2.5 miles of down town running, the 5K splits off to the boardwalk to finish while the half marathon will continue straight over 3 bridges and around a scenic lake before finishing down one of the nations top rated boardwalks! Finishers of the Half Marathon will earn a large Spinner style medal while the 5K will receive a medal where the famous elevator bridge - The Cape Fear Memorial slides up and down.  Run both for ALL the swag + Slider.

*Please note - in order to compete in the Challenge event you must be able to finish the 5K and return to the start line in under an hour.  There will be no late starts for the Half Marathon.


Customized Race Bibs:  All participants running with us in Wilmington will have the opportunity to customize you're bib.  The deadline for this is November 1, 2021 (Virtual Bibs are not eligible.


Packet Pick-Up:  At this time we will be mailing all race bibs for those that register prior to November 20th, 2021.  All others will be required to pick up locally.

Start Times:   7:00am - 5K;   7:45am - Half Marathon  (No Late Starts)                                                                                                        

Parking:  There are over 10,000 public parking spots in Downtown Wilmington Click Here for a complete list of available parking.  (Don't park along the race route or if there is a covered meter or sign.)

Start Line:  The start line will be located on Front Street.  Click Here to see the start line area. 

Finish Line:  Our Finish Line and After Party will be hosted at The Shell located at 10 Harnett St. Wilmington.  We will provide both a food and beverage tab on your bib.  Additional beverage (Beer) will be available for purchase.  Beverage sales and the  after party will be over at 11:30.

Awards:  We will offer overall awards for 1st 2nd & 3rd Overall Male/Female 1st 2nd & 3rd Overall Masters Male/Female for both the 5K and Half Marathon as well as the top 3 in age groups using 5 year brackets.

Course Information:  Both courses are certified and sanctioned. The time limit for the 5K is 90 minutes and 3.5 hours for the Half Marathon.  If you are interested in completing the Historic Challenge you must be able to complete your 5K in 45 minutes or less and make your way back to the Starting Line by 8:00am.  (There will be NO late starts for the Half Marathon).  No Dogs are allowed at this event or on course.  No one without a bib is allowed on the course at any time.  No dogs, companion bikes, scooters, rollerblades or motorbikes are allowed on course.  Anyone without a registered bib will be removed from the course.

Volunteers:  We LOVE Volunteers!  And we need a lot of them.  If any of your friends or family are interested in volunteering please ask them to register HERE.


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.  Adding to his induction into the Running USA Hall of Champions Yasso was recently inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Distance Running Hall of Fame.  Bart will be speaking at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday and will also be announcing and cheering you on race morning. 



Beautiful & Big 6 Inch Spinner Style medal for the Half Marathon, the 5K medal is 4 inches in size and the the famous Cape Fear Memorial Elevator Bridge slides up and down.  Running the challenge?  You'll receive both + a Challenge Exclusive Slider.


We are known for GREAT swag - all Half Marathon Participants will receive  a Soft Quarter Zip in Unisex Sizing Extra Small - XXLarge.  The 5K Participants will all receive a 1 size fits all Beanie.  The first 1500 Participants who choose to run with us in Wilmington will will receive a bonus swag gift at the finish line.


If you'd like to download a higher resolution copy of this map it is available on our website - click on "MAP" and "Download".


Strava is the social network for athletes and it keeps us all connected and encouraged!  Click here to join the group Coastal Race and connect with our team and hundreds of runners that participate in many of our events.  You may also join the Wilmington Historic Half & 5K Event on Strava.  This race specific event will be helpful and encouraging for all participating at the event race day but also those who cannot be there in person but have decided to run it virtually.  You'll almost be there!

10 Cowan St.
Wilmington, NC US 28401
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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Wilmington Historic Half & 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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