Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, November 17, 2024 • Wilmington, NC • Course Map

Runners, get ready to through downtown historic Wilmington, North Carolina with a Half Marathon, 10K or 5K! The Battleship Half Marathon started in 1998 and is one of the oldest Half Marathons in the South.

The Parkway Subaru Battleship Half Marathon is one of the oldest half marathons in the South. Proceeds from the event support the Battleship North Carolina the most highly decorated American battleship of World War II.

The ship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific theater of operations, earning 15 battle stars.  Today, this authentically restored Battleship preserves our proud Naval history and serves as her state’s World War II memorial to the 11,000+ North Carolinians who sacrificed their all for their country. Tours are free for participants.

The race also takes runners and walkers through the historic areas of Wilmington, past scenic Greenfield Lake and runs back over the city’s Memorial Bridge for the finish line at the battleship memorial.

The course for the race is mostly flat, with the exception of the bridge crossings, the highest of which occurs around mile 12 in the race. To get all participants to the starting line on time (the race begins at 7:30 AM), race organizers will provide free river water taxis to transport all runners to the starting line at the battleship.

The half marathon is limited to the first 2,000 entrants, while the 5K is limited to the first 300 entrants and the 10K to the first 400 entrants.

Veterans Day weekend thousands of runners come to honor those who served by running the half marathon, 10k or 5k. The half marathon and 10k circle the three bridges above Wilmington, with panoramic views of the Port City high above the Battleship and the Cape Fear River.

The finish line party is as good as it gets; live music riverfront with Wicked Weed Beer. Y’all join us this November!

Runners on the starting line of the Battleship Half Marathon. Happy runner on the course of the Battleship Half Marathon. The starting line of the Battleship Half Marathon.

Photos courtesy It’s Go Time

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the southern end of North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands, about 200 miles southeast of Charlotte and roughly 70 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wilmington typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in November, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 16°F (in 1950) and as high as 87°F (in 1974).

On race day (Nov. 17), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

Battleship Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Battleship Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


  • $75 – $95 for the half marathon
  • $50 – $55 for the 10K
  • $30 – $40 for the 5K
  • $40 and up for the virtual race

Battleship Half Marathon Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the Battleship Half Marathon & 10K, register online at here.

Battleship Half Marathon Official Race Website

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3 comments… add one
  • Derrick C Smith October 28, 2020, 1:52 pm

    Can race packets be picked up the day of the race?

  • Matthew Wellersdick January 11, 2020, 9:23 am

    I highly recommend the battleship half marathon. I have run this race three times and Love to each time. The course change for 2019 in my opinion was a huge improvement. From the packet pick up on the battleship to running all the bridges in the first half and running through the beautiful Greenfield Lake area and Great course support from the volunteers and organizers, I have no complaints. For a North Carolina coast line race I consider this to be a bit more challenging than other half marathons and I welcome the challenge. I was finally able to PR this year with the support of Pacers that are provided. The race Directors and volunteers did an amazing job putting this event together. I can’t wait to run this new course layout again. Once again I highly recommend it and bring a friend. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Sue C. March 2, 2016, 12:25 pm

    Walkers, BEWARE! The Battleship Half Marathon may be a fine event for runners, but it is NOT walker-friendly. Their website even states, “For those who wish to walk the half marathon, the starting time is 7:00 AM.” This was not the case for the 2015 Wilmington Half Marathon, but walkers were not told of the start time being 8:00 AM for all until less than a week before the race. The implication of this misinformation was cutting the length of time to finish from 4 hours down to 3 hours; and, for many Half Marathon walkers, this is not a reasonable length of time in which to walk 13.1 miles. You should realize that all walkers not reaching the 12 mile mark by a specified time will be pulled out of the race and not allowed to finish. So, unless you are a VERY fast walker, may I suggest that you consider another option (such as the lovely Kiawah Marathon/ Half Marathon in December: a beautiful course and a friendly, supportive staff.)


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