Week of December 23, 2019 - December 29, 2019

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

  • Saturday, December 28th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Discover one of the prettiest regions of the coastal Cape Fear area with this annual event that always attracts runners, walkers and joggers from all across the region and well beyond. The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a fun and yet competitive race that features some of the best scenery on the beach, and which is open to visitors of all ages and abilities.

Week of February 24, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Freezin’ For A Reason Polar Plunge

  • Saturday, February 29th
Oak Island

Brave Cape Fear residents can enjoy an oh-so refreshing dip while supporting a very worthy local cause at the first annual “Freezin’ For A Reason” Polar Plunge fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics Brunswick County. Taking place at Middleton Park on Oak Island, the public is invited to join in the fun and show off their fearlessness with this engaging outing that will literally give participants the chills.

Week of March 9, 2020 - March 15, 2020

St. Patrick’s Low Tide Run

  • Saturday, March 14th 7:30 AM
Carolina Beach

Celebrating its 16th year in 2020, the annual St. Patrick’s Low Tide Run is a great way for visitors and locals to explore the coastal Carolina Beach scene while ringing in the holiday with a little active fun on the sand. Officially known as the “Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Low Tide Run,” in honor of two amazing men whose paths crossed on Carolina Beach, this annual run features costumes, cool views, and beautiful terrain throughout, as well as plenty of ways to celebrate.

Week of March 16, 2020 - March 22, 2020

Wrightsville Beach Marathon

  • Friday, March 20th - Saturday, March 21st
Wrightsville Beach

For more than 10 years, runners from all across the country have stormed the beach for this annual event that presents a great opportunity to explore all the gorgeous waterfront scenery that the Cape Fear coastline has to offer. The Wrightsville Beach Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event and an USATF certified qualifier, and features a fun and unique course that starts at the beach and which uncovers all the cool landmarks and landscapes that are found in this coastal corner of North Carolina.

Week of March 23, 2020 - March 29, 2020

US Open Fat Tire Cross Beach Championship

  • Saturday, March 28th 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wrightsville Beach

Bikers who love a challenge and who don’t mind a little sand in their spokes will want to sign up for this annual competition that’s unlike any other sporting event on the beach. The US Open Fat Tire Cross Beach Championship pits big-tired bikes against each other in a challenging course along Wrightsville Beach that will thrill spectators and participants alike.

Week of March 30, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Annual paws4people 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk

  • Wednesday, April 1st - Sunday, April 5th 3:00 PM

Visiting and local pet fans alike can enjoy a fun stroll, walk, jog or run with their furry best friend by signing up for the Annual paws4people 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk. This event that is celebrating its 11th year in 2020 is a fundraiser that supports a great local cause, but which also provides plenty of comradery and good times for all human and canine participants.

Week of April 13, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Oak Island Lighthouse Run/Walk

  • Saturday, April 18th 7:30 AM

Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities can explore the scenic coastal landscape of Oak Island while enjoying an invigorating dose of activity at the Oak Island Lighthouse Run/Walk. This annual event features a variety of courses that can range from a 1-mile fun run or walk to a full half marathon, which allows active visitors of all ages to get out and explore in a lightly competitive and all-around fun environment.

Week of May 11, 2020 - May 17, 2020

WILMA Dash & Health Fest

  • Thursday, May 14th

Explore the beauty of riverfront Wilmington and literally miles beyond by participating in the annual WILMA Dash & Health Fest. This fun event that combines an all-female 5K run and walk with a health and fitness-oriented after party is a great way to ring in the summer season with a focus on friends, fitness, and overall health for visitors and locals alike.

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