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.

Run Sunset Beach

  • Saturday, March 28th
Sunset Beach

Discover some of the prettiest terrain that Sunset Beach has to offer with more than 600 runners from all across the region and the country with this annual running event that puts the small town of Sunset Beach on the map. The Run Sunset Beach event features a variety of races that range from a mile-long Fun Run to a half marathon, and which boasts some of the most scenic courses that coastal North Carolina has to offer.

Week of March 30, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Annual paws4people 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk

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

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 6, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis 5k Run and Walk

  • Saturday, April 11th 8:00 AM
Southport

Enjoy an on-foot exploration of the heart of Southport while meeting and mingling with active locals and visitors alike at this event that corresponds with the annual Southport Spring Festival. The Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis 5k Run and Walk is a lightly competitive run / walk to the finish line that winds through the heart of town, and presents plenty of stunning waterfront and area views along the way.

Week of April 13, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Oak Island Lighthouse Run/Walk

  • Saturday, April 18th 7:30 AM
Southport

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
Wilmington

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.

Week of October 12, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

  • Saturday, October 17th
Wilmington

Known as one of the most-watched and most intense competitions in the Cape Fear area and miles beyond, the Ironman 70.3 North Carolina puts athletes of all ages to the test with an incredible course that requires endurance and massive feasts of strength. Featuring a swim, bike ride, and run, this "point-to-point-to-point-to-point" event will wow spectators from all across the Cape Fear region with its incredible course, and incredible athletes who participate.

Week of November 2, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

  • Saturday, November 7th - Sunday, November 8th 8:00 AM
Wilmington

Ties up your laces and get ready for one of the biggest running and fitness events that the Cape Fear area has to offer! The annual Battleship Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is a popular running event that attracts active visitors from all across the county and beyond, and which provides a perfect opportunity to explore the local landscape of the southern N.C. coastline while enjoying a little competitive fun.

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