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Run The Challenge

Historic Challenge

7:00AM EST - 11:45AM EST

Wilmington Historic 5K

7:00AM EST - 11:30AM EST
Run The Challenge At Home

Virtual Challenge

7:00AM EST - 8:30AM EST

The 5th Annual Wilmington Historic Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday December 3rd, 2022. 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 downtown 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 nation's top-rated boardwalks! Finishers of the Half Marathon will earn a large Spinner style medal while the 5K medal is in the shape of NC.  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.


Packet Pick-Up:  We will host an in-person expo & packet pickup on Friday 12/2.  Time & Location TBD.


Start Times:   7:00am - 5K;   7:45am - Half Marathon  (No Late Starts)
*Half Marathon start is right next to the 5K finish.  


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 in the new Riverfront Park (10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401)


Finish Line:  Our Finish Line and After Party will be hosted at the Riverfront Park as well. The after party includes both Beer & BBQ (you will have voucher tabs on your bib for these). Additional beverages (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. 



The Half Marathon finishers earn the long sleeve tech shirt (XS - 2XL) & massive 6" spinning medal. 5Kers earn the knit beanie and NC state-shaped medal. If you want to run the 2 race challenge, you’ll start the 5k first and the half marathon 1 hour later – you’ll earn all the swag including: the long sleeve, beanie, both medals, and a 3rd slider medal! PLUS – all finishers in all races will earn an exclusive iron-on patch!


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!

Races start and finish in the new Riverfront Park located at 10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 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.
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Races start and finish in the new Riverfront Park located at 10 Cowan St, Wilmington, NC 28401


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