Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, November 12, 2023 • Wilmington, NC • Course Map

Featuring a race start and finish line at the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Memorial in this town that lies along the state’s southern coastline, the Port City Orthopaedics Battleship Half Marathon, Battleship 10K & Outdoor Equipped Battleship 5K offers a course that crosses two bridges over the Cape Fear River.

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.

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. 12), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

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


To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Battleship Half Marathon & 10K, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Battleship Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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4 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.

  • Michael Butrovich August 12, 2019, 10:48 am

    The HALF marathon course map sent via email does NOT match what is on your website. Which one is correct for the 2019 race?

  • 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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