The Oak Island Lighthouse stands at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, an iconic fixture of the North Carolina coast, where it has helped guide ships to safe harbor since 1958. Every year, the lighthouse is the focal point of the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk, which offers an opportunity to stay fit, enjoy the gentle ocean breeze and picturesque scenery of Oak Island, and help raise money for a good cause.
For our REALTORS® on Oak Island, the annual Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 2019 race is just around the corner, so read on to find all the info you need to watch or participate in the race!
Clarence Willie, chamber board member and avid runner, started the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk 20 years ago as a10k run/walk to benefit the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The inaugural race took place on April 10, 1999, and the event has only grown in the years since.
Thanks to increased attendance and interest in the race, the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk has expanded to include a One-Mile Fun Run, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. The course has changed too, offering today's runners and walkers a chance to take in the beautiful sights along the coast of Oak Island including, of course, the lighthouse itself.
Each race in the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk starts and finishes at the Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. Ample parking is available in the area. Along the way, runners will meander through the quiet streets of Oak Island, along the Atlantic coast, past picturesque salt marshes, and broad beaches. The Oak Island Lighthouse marks the halfway turn-around point for the longest race of the day – the half marathon. Check out the official course maps to learn more!
This year's Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk takes place on Saturday, April 13, starting off bright and early with the Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m.. The 10k follows at 8, with the 5k at 8:15 and the One-Mile Fun Run at 8:20. All races are open now for online registration. Registration for the One-Mile Fun Run is free of charge! Whether you plan to run, walk, or simply cheer on the participants, a great time is guaranteed.
Get there early on race day for "Chalk Art at the Start" from 6 to 7 a.m., and"Race Day Stretches" led by yoga instructor Ilene Evans at 7 and 7:45. After the races, stick around for the awards ceremony, free SnoBalls, and a chance to use your complimentary drink tokens at one of several locations around town, including our local brewery, Check Six Brewery.
Contact us today to learn more about life on Oak Island, including all the fun events coming up this year. Our team has years of experience offering beautiful Oak Island homes for sale, and we're dedicated to helping you find your dream home on the North Carolina coast!