The 19th annual Battleship NC Half Marathon, Battleship 10K and Outdoor Equipped Battleship 5K is one of the best undiscovered Destination Races you'll ever do!You'll find enthusiastic fan support all along the course and be directed by our great volunteers. Then as you head up the Memorial Bridge toward the 12-mile point you'll 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 Immortal Showboat to a finish overlooking the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington. They you'll be presented with your half marathon finisher medal by US Marines in dress blue uniforms - a truly unique race experience that you will always remember.
The race includes a beautiful, USATF-certified (NC13063DF) Half Marathon, a fun and challenging 3-bridge 10K and a precisely measured 5K. All of which start and finish at the Battleship North Carolina across the river from downtown Wilmington, NC. Wilmington's waterfront was voted best waterfront of the east coast and the race site on only 9 miles from Wrightsville Beach.
The Half Marathon course crosses 2 bridges, goes through historic downtown Wilmington, and tours beautiful Greenfield Lake with the 12-mile mark at the top of the Memorial Bridge - the highest point on the course. The course is challenging for a coastal area race, but has produced 8 state records in our 18-year history.
NOTE: Entries are limited to 1,100 runners in the Half Marathon, 185 in the 10K and 100 in the 5K. This year (2017) due to the Battleship restoration, the boat dock will not be available meaning we won't be able to use boats to transport runners to the Battleship on race morning. We apologize but we have to be able to get runners to the ship safely and buses can only make so many trips to the ship and back in a finite amount of time.
The post race party on the grounds of the Battleship features exhibitors, vendors, Papa Johns pizza and adult beverages for runners, along with other good snacks. You'll party beside the Immortal Showboat overlooking the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington while you share race stories with your running buddies!
HALF MARATHON TEAMS AND HONOR TEAMS:
Form a team with your friends to race for fastest team (2-deep awards, 5 fastest individual team member times count) or form an Honor Team and run in honor of a member of the Military or loved one who is no longer with us.
NOTE: Teams are only for the Half Marathon
If you are organizing an Honor Team be sure to put the words "Honor Team...." in the team name so we can identify you as an Honor Team. All Honor Teams with 5 or more team members will be recognized at the awards ceremony.
PACE GROUPS: In the half marathon there will be pace groups starting at a goal finish time of 1:30 and going up to 2:30. Each pace group leader will be a unique and interesting athlete who will do their best to lead you to finish in the time you have set for yourself.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
Sunday, November 5, 2017
8:00 am - Half Marathon & 10K Start
8:10 am - 5K Start
There is no early start for the Half Marathon.
TROLLEYS TO RACE START:
Trolleys run from in front of the Hilton Hotel on Water Street from 6:00 am - 7:45 am. Then from the Battleship from 9: 30 am until 1:00 pm.
NOTE - Spectators can take the Trolleys after 8:00 am.
At 9:30 am no one will be allowed to take the trolleys back to the Battleship. Trolleys will only be used to return people from the Battleship back to downtown.
This year the boat dock is being replaced and we only have buses, no boats. This restricts the rate at which we can return runners back to downtown after the race - and the race is all about the brave runners!
PRE-RACE DINNER ONBOARD THE BATTLESHIP:
You'll dine on board the Battleship on the mess deck, the same space that brave sailors did in WWII. Dinner is Saturday, Nov 4th 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.
Shirts for the Half Marathon are long sleeved blend tech shirts. They are great cool weather running shirts and quite durable. Half Marathon shirts have "Half Marathon" sleeve prints. The 10K & 5K shirts are very nice heavy cotton shirts also good for cool weather running. Shirts are guaranteed to everyone registering before October 23rd. We will order extra shirts but shirts are not guaranteed if you register after October 23rd.
BATTLESHIP RACE EXPO & PACKET PICKUP:
Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Coastline Conference Center. Packet Pickup will be easy and fun. There will be vendors, some of our sponsors showcasing their goods and services, and lots of interesting people. Budget some time to see the expo. It will be worth it, then tour historic downtown Wilmington, tour the River front and then eat at one of the great restaurants at the Cotton Exchange.
RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP & Registration 6:00 am - 7:30 am:
Race day pickup your packet in the auditorium beside the Main Entrance to the Battleship. Take the ramp to the right of the wide stairs and go in the single door. Pick up your packet there. You can register race morning.
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, 1st Place Masters and 1st Place Active Duty Military win running shoes courtesy of New Balance of Wilmington.
Age groups: 17 & Under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34......65-69, and 70+.
10K Awards: Overall and Masters winner awards go 3-deep M/F and 3-deep in Age Groups 0-18, 19-24.... to 70+
5K Awards: 3-deep 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!
PARKING DOWNTOWN ON RACE DAY:
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.
PARKING AT THE BATTLESHIP IS VERY LIMITED:
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. PLEASE park downtown and take the race transportation. It's quick, easy and fun.
TROLLEY AND BUS PICKUP POINTS:
Catch the trolleys or buses in front of the Hilton Hotel or at the 2nd Street Municipal deck. You'll find more information about this on the 5 SRP website as well as information about other 5SRP races coming up.
Spectators are not allowed to ride race transportation until 8:00 am.
SPECTATORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RIDE THE TROLLEYS BACK TO THE BATTLESHIP AFTER 9:30 AM. THIS YEAR THE BOAT DOCK IS BEING REPLACED AND WE ONLY HAVE BUS TRANSPORTATION. IT MUST BE USED TO RETURN RUNNERS TO DOWNTOWN AFTER THE RACE. THEREFORE, ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF SPECTATORS CAN BE TRANSPORTED TO THE BATTLESHIP.
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 best Half Marathon, 10K & 5K you'll find on the east coast! You'll find enthusiastic fan support all along the course and be directed by our great volunteers. Then as you head up the Memorial Bridge toward the 12-mile point you'll 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 Immortal Showboat to a finish overlooking the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington - a truly unique race experience that you will always remember.