Sat February 5, 2022 N Topsail Beach, NC 28460 US Directions
No Medal

Sledgehammer 10k (NO MEDAL)

7:30AM EST - 11:30AM EST
Receive 2021 Medal

Sledgehammer 5k 2021 Medal Version (No year listed)

7:30AM EST - 11:00AM EST
Receive 2021 Medal

Sledgehammer Half Marathon (2021 Medal Version)

7:30AM EST - 11:59PM EST
Receive 2021 Medal

Sledgehammer 10k 2021 Medal Version (No year listed)

7:30AM EST - 11:00AM EST
Sold Out

Sledgehammer 5k Beach Run

7:30AM EST - 11:00AM EST

Note: We have sold out of all of our 2022 medals so we opened up a few spots at a discounted rate and runners will receive a 2021 medal. 


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 course is 10.5 miles of beach and 2.6 miles on the road. 

10k & 5k course are all on the beach



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

Quality Inn 

1565 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry, NC, US

Call for special discount! 910-327-8282
$79 plus tax for king or 2 queen

2950 Island Drive
N Topsail Beach, NC US 28460
Finisher Medals


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Race Website

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Thank you to our title sponsor Marine Federal Credit Union


Thank you to our JOSC Race Series Sponsors


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. 

Race Contact Info

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Additional Course Information

Packet Pick Up

Packet Pick Up Options
Packet Pickup- February 4th, 2022

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Marine Federal Credit Union
4180 Western Blvd. - Jacksonville
*Axis Physical Therapy will be setup to tape from 4:30pm-6:00pm*
Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Quality Inn
1565 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry, NC, US

We will randomly pick a name out of those that pick up their packets on Friday and they will receive a $25 Yo Bre'z gift card. 


Race Day Packet Pickup
Beach Access #2  (start/finish area)


Race Causes

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