Sat December 5, 2020 Wilmington, NC 28401 US Directions
Run The Challenge

Historic Challenge

7:00AM EST - 11:45AM EST

Wilmington Historic Half Marathon

7:45AM EST - 11:45AM EST

Wilmington Historic 5K

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

Virtual Challenge

$109 7:15AM EST - 8:30AM EST Registration ends December 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Virtual Half Marathon

$69 Registration ends December 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Virtual 5K

$40 Registration ends December 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Wilmington Historic Half & 5K Now Virtual Only.

The 2020 race was cancelled due to state and local mandates.  Participants registered will have an option to run the event virtual and earn all of the swag.  

The 3rd Annual Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday December 5th, 2020. 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 will earn a large 3D State of NC finisher medal and enjoy an amazing after party. 
Packet Pick-Up:  December 4, 2020 Friday, 2:00pm - 7:00pm (The Shell - 10 Harnett St. Wilmington NC) December 5, 2020 Saturday, 5:30am - 6:45am (Near the Starting Line at the corner of N Front St and Hanover St) 
Start Times:   7:00am - 5K;   8:15am - 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 1 hour or less and make your way back to the Starting Line by 8:15.  (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 companion bikes, skooters, 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.
Bart Yasso Attends Wilmington Historic Half & 5K

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 and big 3D finisher medals in the shape of North Carolina.  The 5K medal is 4 inches in size in the shape of NC and is also a bottle opener (the boat is stationary).  The Half Marathon is a 7 inch medal and is also a bottle opener and the boat does move!



Half Marathon Participants will receive  a Soft Quarter Zip and 5K Participants a Soft Tri-Blend T-shirt.  (Please see the size chart below for the Quarter Zips - The T's are unisex and very true to size.).  ALL finishers on race day will receive an extra swag gift just for coming out and running with us! 

Half Marathon Quarter Zip Size Chart
Wilmington Historic Half & 5K Map

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 Harnett St.
Wilmington, NC US 28401
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