Battleship NC Half Marathon

wilmington, NC

The 20th annual Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & Outdoor Equipped 5K will be a race to remember! We're going all out to celebrate our 20th year and we want you to be a part of this year's race.
We've been putting on this race for 20 years! We've met some great runners, put on some excellent races and learned a few hard lessons along the way but this year will be the best yet. Plan your racecation to Wilmington, NC for the 20th annual Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & Outdoor Equipped 5K and experience one of the best undiscovered destination races in the country.

You'll find enthusiastic fan support all along the course and be directed by our great volunteers as you run beside the Cape Fear River on the new boardwalk. Then you'll go through historic downtown Wilmington and around picturesque Greenfield Lake. For you final push you'll head up the Memorial Bridge toward the 12-mile point and be cheered on by the UNCW Dance Team encouraging you up and over that last bridge! The final quarter mile takes you in front of the Battleship North Carolina to a finish overlooking the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington.

  • 20th annual Battleship themed half marathon finisher medal presented by US Marines in dress blue uniforms
  • Packet pickup and Expo at the Embassy Suites on the riverfront in historic downtown Wilmington
  • Free ticket to tour the Battleship to all runners ($14 value)
  • Personalized race bib for first time half marathoners
  • Trolley buses to the Battleship race start included ($12 value) 
  • Long sleeved Zorrel blend tech shirts - very durable and great for cool weather running.
  • Dinner available onboard the Battleship Saturday evening
  • Post race party on the grounds of the Battleship with Papa Johns pizza, adult beverages, vendors and exhibitors    
The race includes a fun and challenging 3-bridge half marathon and 10K and an out and back 5K over one bridge. The race starts and finishes at the 
Battleship North Carolina across the river from downtown Wilmington, NC. Our waterfront was voted best waterfront in America and features a thriving restaurant and craft brewery scene, as well as a beautiful historic downtown area and riverwalk. 

The post race party on the grounds of the Battleship features Papa Johns pizza, adult beverages for runners, along with other good snacks and drinks, as well as vendors and exhibitors with running gear and apparel. You'll party beside the Immortal Showboat overlooking the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington in Battleship Park! 

Form a team with your friends to race for fastest team (2-deep awards, 5 fastest individual team member times count) or just for the fun of racing with your runnin' buddies. 
NOTE: Teams half marathon only  

Pace Groups: In the half marathon there will be pace groups starting at a goal finish time of 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15. Each pace group leader will be a unique and interesting athlete who will do their best to lead you to finish in your goal time.

Race Shirts: Shirts are unisex and fit in men's sizes. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

8:00 am - Half Marathon & 10K Start
8:10 am - 5K Start

9:10 am - 5K winner awards presentation.
Pick up age group awards the New Balance tent
9:30 am - 10K winners awards presentation
Pick up age group award at the New Balance tent
11:00 am - Half Marathon winner and age awards presentation 


Trolleys run from in front of the Hilton Hotel on Water Street from 5:45 am - 7:45 am. Then from the Battleship from 9: 30 am until 1:00 pm.
No Boats - We are sorry but due to hurricane damage to the boat dock at the Battleship, we will not be able to have River Taxi transport to the Battleship. But we will have plenty of buses. 

NOTE - Spectators can take the Trolleys after 7:30 am, if all the runners have left the Hilton area heading to the start.

Spectator bus tickets can be purchased at the Expo for $5 per person. Kids under 8 yrs old ride free. You can also buy tickets at the door of the bus for $5. 


You'll dine on board the Battleship on the mess deck, the same space that brave sailors did in WWII. Dinner is Saturday, Nov 3rd 5:30 - 7:30 pm. It will be an experience you will remember. The food is catered by Middle of the Island. Menu will include penny pasta w/chicken, spaghetti w/meat sauce, salad, a side, Italian bread, sweet tea (It is the South) or water, with brownies for desert. Adults $20, children under (12) $15, toddlers free.  A few dinners will be available for purchase at the registration table at packet pickup. NOTE: When you register be sure to select the total number of dinners you want for you, your family and friends. 
Dinner parking: There is plenty of parking at the ship on Saturday. 


Unisex in men's sizes: Shirts for the Half Marathon are Zorrel long sleeved tech shirts great for cool weather running with "Half Marathon" sleeve prints. The 10K & 5K long sleeved shirts are heavy cotton. Shirts are guaranteed to everyone registering before October 27th. We will order extra shirts but shirts are not guaranteed if you register after October 27th.


Saturday, November 3rd at the Embassy Suites from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm. Budget some time to see the expo and the Embassy Suites rooftop Bar. The food is very good and the views  (including much of the race course) are amazing. Then checkout downtown Wilmington's river front. and the Cotton Exchange.

THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP OR REGISTRATION THIS YEAR. YOU MUCH PICK UP YOUR PACKET AT THE EMBASSY SUITES ON SATURDAY AT THE EXPO. A friend can pick up your packet if required but they have to show ID. The roof of the auditorium and the canteen is being replaced and extensive renovation of all inside areas of the Battleship entrance building is taking place. 


Half Marathon Awards:  3-deep Overall, Masters and age groups. Military Awards go 3-deep M/F Active Duty and Retired Military - (12) Military Awards so stay for the awards. That's an order!! : ) 

1st Place M/F Overall, Masters and 1st Place Active Duty Military win running shoes courtesy of New Balance of Wilmington.
Age groups: 17 & Under, 18-24, 25-29, 65-69, and 70+.

10K Awards: Overall winner awards go 3-deep M/F and 3-deep in Age Groups 0-18, 19-24.... to 70+

5K Awards: 3-deep M/F Overall, 2-deep in Age Groups 0-12, 13-18, 19-24..... to 70+.

 Thanks to our 5K Title Sponsor Outdoor Equipped, 5K M/F winners get running shoes from On Running!
No Military awards in the 10K or 5K

RUNNING SHOES FOR HALF MARATHON WINNERS: Open, Masters and Military M/F 1st place winners receive a $100 certificate for running shoes courtesy of New Balance of Wilmington


Park downtown in Metered Spots on SUNDAY for free. You can also park in municipal decks for a small fee. One available Municipal deck is located on 2nd Street between Princess and Chestnut Streets. Another is located on Market street between Front and 2nd Street. Go to this website for all information about parking downtown.


The access road to the Battleship will close at 7:00 am sharp and will remain closed to race traffic until 11:00 am during the event. If you are going to park at the Battleship get there early. It's best to park downtown and take the race transportation. It's quick, easy and fun.


All race transportation departs from the Ballast Hotel (old name "Hilton Hotel") area starting at 5:40 am. 
Spectators are not allowed to ride race transportation until 7:30 am.


The race will be timed by Precision Race You'll be able to verify your chip before you leave the expo, get printed results at the finish line, receive a text with your results as you cross the finish line, and see your results at finish area kiosks on a touchscreen or scrolling display - awesome stuff.


There will be (4) hotels providing discount race rates, late check outs, early breakfast or breakfast bags to go. Visit our websites for hotel links, rates and features.

JOIN US for the 20th annual Battleship Race! We're going to do it up right for our Platinum Anniversary year and we hope you'll be here to enjoy the race. It will be glorious. 

When & Where

Nov 4, 2018


8:00 AM

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