Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, March 6, 2021 • Morehead City, NC • Course Map

runsignup-blueNote: The 2021 race has been cancelled.

Windy and quite cool conditions often greet runners at the annual late winter running of Morehead City’s Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, which sees a few hundred runners and wheelchair competitors cross the finish line in all races combined each year.

The race featuring views of the waters of both Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, from the stretches of the race that unfold along the waterfront as well as from the bridge that crosses over the causeway between Morehead City and Atlantic Beach.

From the starting line on Morehead City’s Arendell Street, the out-and-back course takes runners on a loop through Morehead City’s downtown streets for the race’s first few miles, giving spectators plenty of chances to see their friends and family running the course in the early going.

Once runners have passed through the mile 4 marker on Evans Street, they begin the section of the course that takes them over the Atlantic Beach Causeway to the area by the same name, along Fort Macon Road in the direction of this area’s historic Fort Macon, the Civil War battlefield site that commemorates the battle that took place here in 1862.

After hitting the turnaround point at Sea Spray, just before the entrance to the Ft. Macon State Park area, runners then head back along the highway toward the causeway bridge, where they cross over once again and head toward the finish line back on Arendell Street.

Runners who take part in the Crystal Coast Half, whose proceeds go to benefit the United Way of Coastal Carolina, are invited to sign up for the two additional half marathon events that make up the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina Half Marathon Series.

A view of Atlantic Beach and Morehead City, North Carolina. (Photo by James Willamor/flickr)

A view of Atlantic Beach and Morehead City, North Carolina. (Photo by James Willamor/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the area known as North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, which lies about 100 miles northeast of Wilmington and just south of the island chain that makes up the Outer Banks, Morehead City typically experiences cool to mild weather in the late winter season.

On race day (March 6), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 61°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Crystal Coast Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:00 AM – half marathon
  • 9:15 AM – 10K
  • 9:30 AM – 5K


  • $50 – $80 for the half marathon
  • $40 – $50 for the 10K
  • $30 – $40 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Morehead City’s Crystal Coast Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.


Official Race Website


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

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1 comment… add one
  • Sandra Fairfield April 13, 2015, 3:49 pm

    Hello. My daughter and I each won our age group in the Crystal Coast 5K. We were told that the medals did not come in the boxes of race items and so awards would be mailed. We left after the race because of this and it was a very cold morning. My son was also sick that day. I will happily pay for shipping if you could mail the awards as we were told would happen. Thank you.
    -Sandra Fairfield


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