• Battleship Half Marathon, Battleship 10K and Outdoor Equipped Battleship 5K
    Battleship Half Marathon, Battleship 10K and Outdoor Equipped Battleship 5K
    • Date: Sunday, 04 November 2018
    • Time:

      8:00am - Half Marathon & 10K

      8:10am - 5K



The 20th annual "Battleship Race" will be an event that you'll always remember! We're going all in to provide our runneres with the best race experience possible. Start with a fun and challenging 3-bridge half marathon or 10K course with a start and finish at the Battleship Memorial. The the 2-bridge 5K course has a little bite to it too. When you cross the finish line if front of the "Immortal Showboat" you'll be proud of your effort and ready for the post race party with adult beverages, pizza and other good recovery food and drink. The Battleship North Carolina is right across the river from downtown Wilmington, NC and is 9 miles from Wrightsville Beach


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  • Custom Battleship Half Marathon finisher medals
  • US Marines standing tall in dress blue uniforms present your medal as you cross the finish line in front of the Battleship 
  • River Taxis and trolley buses to the Battleship from downtown on race morning. 
  • Pacers in the Half Marathon: 1:30 - 2:30 in ten minute increments 

  • Teams in the Half Marathon with awards going 2-deep to the fastest teams, 5 members per team to qualify for awards. 
  • Pre-Race dinner is available on-board the Battleship from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov 3rd catered by Middle of the Island  and served in the mess deck on-board the Battleship 
  • Post-race party and awards ceremony in Battleship Park with exhibits, vendors, Papa Johns pizza and adult beverages. 
  • First time half Marathoners receive a custom race number suitable for framing with your finisher medal to commemorate your first 13.1 mile race 
  • All runners receive a free ticket to tour the Battleship


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The Half Marathon course crosses 2 bridges, goes through historic downtown Wilmington and around Greenfield Lake with the 12-mile mark at the top of the Memorial Bridge which is the highest point on the course. (8) North Carolina Half Marathon state records have been set at the Battleship Race in our 19-year history so it is a fast course if you are in shape and ready to go all out!


HARD COPY Entry Form available on request from this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  address.


Have ID available to pick up your race packet


REFUNDS: 50% refund of race fee on request.
Absolutely No Refunds after October 1st



Saturday, November 3rd 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue yet to be determined for 2018.


6:15 AM - 7:30 am at the Battleship in the Auditorium. Take the ramp located to the right of the steps leading up to the main entrance. Go in the side door, get your packet or register inside the auditorium.


CHIP TIMING: Precision Race will provide timing services. Your timing tag is attached to your race number. The race number MUST BE WORN ON THE FRONT OF THE BODY. When you register for the race include your cell # and you will receive a text message with your time immediately after you finish.

  • view your individual results on big screen TV at the finish
  • Instant printable individual results at the finish
  • Instant text message of your finish time if you signed up for it when you registered.
  • 7.3-mile split shown in your individual results


Visit this website for downtown parking

We recommend parking in City decks. They are convenient, inexpensive, clean and easy in and out. NOTE: The downtown parking area website is an excellent resource for much more about downtown than just parking. If you are visiting from out of town this is a very good resource website.


Bag Storage on Race Day: You can stash your bag in the Auditorium at the Battleship. Go up the ramp next to the main entrance steps and enter through the single door. The room should be occupied all morning but WE CANNOT Be responsible for valuables left in bags.


Age Limit for the Half Marathon is 13 yrs old.


No Jog Strollers or Racing Chairs 

Sorry but for safety purposes, we do not allow any Jog Strollers or Crank Chairs or Racing Chairs in either race. The course is not safe for racing chairs or jog strollers.


Spectator Information:

The best way to see your friends and family run this race is to first watch them go down Water Street south of the Hilton Hotel (3.5-mile point of the half marathon) or in any of the next three blocks on Water Street south of the Hilton.


Battleship Access Road: The access road to the Battleship will be closed from 7:00 am until 11:00 am race morning to all race related traffic. IF you try to enter the access road you will be turned around but more importantly, there will be traffic on highway 421 passing the access road and you will only add to the congestion. The access road is part of the race courses. Please do not try to drive to the Battleship.


Race transportation (River taxis and trollys) can be used by spectators after 7:50 am. Getting the runners to the prompt 8:00 am start is our prime concern. Race transportation departs from in front of the Hilton Hotel on Water Street.


Spectator Food: Snacks and drinks will be for sale at the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA Chapter 885) from the small trailer staffed by these Vets. Just bring a few bucks and buy pizza, doughnuts, coffee, drinks etc) All proceeds from sales go to the VVA to help disabled Vets.


General Information about downtown:

Follow this link for all kinds of neat information about downtown. This is a very good resource.


Fans, Friends & Family: We are happy to have great spectators, family and friends of racers at the event. But race day is about the runners. They will be working hard to do this race and it's the culmination of a long training cycle and physical and emotional investment. Please follow our simple requests and make sure you don't do anything that takes away from the Athletes Race Day experience.




Half Marathon: 1st Place M/F OverallMasters and Military winners receive running shoes courtesy of New Balance of Wilmington. Military Awards Category in the Half Marathon (M/F Active Duty & M/F Retired 3-deep for a total of 12 Military awards).


10K Awards: 3-deep in Open and Masters M/F and 3-deep age group awards.


5K Awards: 3-deep M/F Open and  2-deep M/F in age group. No Military Awards in the 5K or 10K.


MILITARY AWARDS - Only Military Entrants are eligible for Both Military Award categories and Age Group categories. Otherwise it would be as if the Military Entrants were doing their own separate race. In all other situations there will be no duplication of awards.

Retired Military means 20+ years of active duty service.


WATER STATIONS: 6 water stops (approximately 2 mile intervals) staffed by the Boy Scouts of Wilmington, The Girl Scouts of Wilmington, Omega Sports and UNCW Athletic Training students.

BATHROOMS/PORTA JOHNS- Bathrooms are available at any downtown coffee shop that is open in a dire emergency. Rent'a'Johns or public restrooms are are located on the course at the 4.1-mile point, the 5-mile point, 8.7 & 9.1-mile point, and the 10.4-mile point. All the way around the lake the azaleas are high and deep and most of the gators are friendly.... 


SPECTATOR FOOD TRAILER is staffed by the Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 885. Spectator Food is sold with money going to the Vietnam Vets of America. Runners Food Tent chow is FOR RUNNERS ONLY. Spectators please bring a few bucks to purchase some good snacks from The Vietnam Vets of America. Sorry but we cannot provide free food to non-runners of any age.


LODGING: Go Here for complete lodging information. We have (4) great hotels to choose from with great features for racers and very good discount rates.


PARKING: Very little available parking at the Battleship and it's for registered racers only - show your race number on request. You MUST park in designated parking spaces at the Battleship. Arrive early and follow the attendant's directions. BATTLESHIP ACCESS ROAD WILL CLOSE AT 7:00 AM SHARP, or when the lot is full everyone will be turned away no matter the time.


There is absolutely no spectator parking allowed at the Battleship.



Municipal Parking Decks and Lots ARE NOT FREE, but they are inexpensive.

DO NOT PARK IN ANY PRIVATE lots or decks. You will almost certainly be towed.  It costs $240 CASH to get your car back if it's towed. Big Buba will be driving the wrecker and trust me ...... you won't get the car back until you pay cash money!!


River Taxis and Shuttle Buses: No Spectators, Fans, or any non-racer will be allowed on Race Transportation until after 7:50 am race morning. We must get all the runners over to the Battleship before race start time and we can't do it if non-runners try to use race transportation prior to race start time. Boats and buses will depart from in front of the Hilton from 6:00 - 7:50 am. Boats run continuously through out the morning. 


TROPHY & T-SHIRT MAILING:Trophies will be mailed for a $20.00 mailing fee. Contact the Race Director within two weeks after the race. AFTER NOVEMBER 19th, NO AWARDS WILL BE MAILED and the 2018 race will be over.




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