Runners, get ready for the trek through downtown Historic Wilmington, North Carolina with a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K on Sunday November 3, 2019! The Battleship Half Marathon started in 1998 and is one of the oldest Half Marathons in the South.
Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.
Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Imagine yourself steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. JOIN THE CREW and be a part of Battleship history at the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA! www.battleshipnc.com
PACKET PICKUP + EXPO
Where: On the USS North Carolina Battleship
When: Saturday November 2nd, 4:00pm to 8:00pm
What: This is where you can come pickup your race bib, get race information, visit exhibitors, enjoy a Pasta Dinner on the Battleship and explore the Battleship, NC
Where: Hotel Ballast Wilmington, By Hilton (Start on the Riverwalk)
Morning Pickup: 6:00am to 7:30am
13.1 and 10K Start: 8:00am
5K Start: 8:10am
Finish: Hotel Ballast on the Riverwalk
Post Race Celebration: Hotel Ballast on the Riverwalk until 12:00pm
We will have 5 pace groups for the race with 2 pacers per group. If you would like to pace, please email email@example.com
Stay at the start/finish line at Wilmington’s Hotel Ballast right on the Cape Fear River
BOOK YOUR ROOM HERE: SPECIAL BATTLESHIP HALF REGISTRATION LINK
COURSE CUTOFF TIMES
Half Marathoners have 3:30:00 to complete the race. After 3:30:00 runners will be asked to turn their bib to the course marshal. We will no longer have traffic control, or volunteers on the course after this time period. If it is looking like you will not make it, we will give you a heads up or warning first to speed up. There is no specific cutoff for the 10K or 5K as long as runners are off the roads by 11:00 for those 2 races.
It is a violation to throw your trash on the course outside of an aid station. If you have gel packs, cups, or anything of this nature, please use our aid stations to dispose. We have basketball hoop trash cans at each aid station. Do your best to score a nice shot! This not only helps keep our city clean but helps give the runners behind you a positive experience by not having to run over trash.
Follow the instructions of our course volunteers. We strongly suggest not using headphones it is very important for you to be able to hear any directions of our course volunteers.
NO BIKE OR RUN PACING
Please tell your friends and family they cannot bike pace or run pace you on the course. Based on USATF Rule 144 no runner shall be paced by another runner NOT registered in the race. Therefore if you wish to get paced, you must be paced by a registered participant that starts with the race and has purchased a bib. If you are caught without a bib pacing a runner, the runner you are pacing will be disqualified.
We will have aid stations at the following miles, 3, 7, and 10 miles. Aid stations will consist of water, electrolyte fluids, and Clif gels. All aid stations will have 2-4 bathrooms located at each.
All active and veteran military are eligable for a discounted entry. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any kind of reference to you being active military such as an ID or government email address.
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Participants who register by October 1st will receive a Without Limits brand Battleship Half Marathon Race Shirt.
All finishers will receive medals in each event. Half marathoners will receive a large 4″ medal, 10K will receive 2.5″ Medals and 5K will receive 2″ medals.
Overall, Age Group and Military awards will also be given.
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 19-year history.
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 Battleship race gear. You’ll party beside the Immortal Showboat overlooking the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington in Battleship Park!