This Week

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.

Healthy Kids Day

  • Saturday, April 18th 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wilmington

Get active while enjoying the start of the beautiful spring and summer weather that the Port City is known for by attending the always fun and highly energized Healthy Kids Day. Celebrating its 9th year in 2020, this annual event has a focus on getting outside, getting active, and having a ball that will resonate with kids of all ages, and which will show just how much fun exploring Wilmington can be.

Tinted Turtle Trot 5K and 1-Mile Run

  • Sunday, April 19th 10:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Get ready for a run that is decked out in all the colors of the rainbow at this annual race that goes to benefit a local cause. The Tinted Turtle Trot 5K and 1-Mile Run is an engaging event that is infused with plenty of color, and which gives participants a fine opportunity to explore the terrain of Carolina Beach while having a ball with fellow active members of the local community.

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.

Pier-To-Pier Swim

  • Saturday, May 16th 9:00 AM
Wrightsville Beach

Challenge your swimming skills in one of the largest swimming holes in the world with this annual race that features a watery course in between two iconic fishing piers. The Pier-To-Pier Swim is a lightly competitive outing that features a roughly two-mile swim in between the Johnnie Mercers Pier and the Crystal Pier, and which is sure to be an exciting event for participants and springtime visitors alike.

Week of June 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon

  • Saturday, June 13th
Carolina Beach

Renowned as the first “Formula 1” or super-sprint style of triathlons in the nation, the Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event that will thrill participants and spectators alike. Featuring an ocean swim, bike ride, and a 1.5 mile run, this annual competition tests limits across the board, while allowing participants to discover the best of Carolina Beach and miles beyond.

Week of August 31, 2020 - September 6, 2020

Labor Day Cookout

  • Saturday, September 5th - Monday, September 7th
Bald Head Island

Labor Day weekend on Bald Head Island is truly a celebration, and the annual Labor Day Cookout offers a lot more besides a chance to feast on burgers and beachy fare. With corresponding activities and events held all along the island, and plenty of unique attractions to discover along the way, the annual celebration is a prime opportunity to uncover everything this popular North Carolina vacation destination has to offer.

Week of September 7, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Labor Day Cookout

  • Saturday, September 5th - Monday, September 7th
Bald Head Island

Labor Day weekend on Bald Head Island is truly a celebration, and the annual Labor Day Cookout offers a lot more besides a chance to feast on burgers and beachy fare. With corresponding activities and events held all along the island, and plenty of unique attractions to discover along the way, the annual celebration is a prime opportunity to uncover everything this popular North Carolina vacation destination has to offer.

Week of September 28, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Bark in the Park

  • Saturday, October 3rd
Wrightsville Beach

Celebrating its 27th year in 2020, the annual Bark in the Park is a playful competition that pits high flying canines of all varieties in a number of competitions that will delight participants and their human spectators alike. Featuring a number of activities, and absolutely free to the public, Bark in the Park is a great outing for family members of all varieties, and especially the furry ones who love to make new friends and show off their stuff at one of the coolest parks in Wrightsville Beach.

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.

Week of December 28, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

  • Wednesday, December 30th 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.

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