1900 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
Wilmington is the county seat of New Hanover County, and is minutes away from nearby Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beaches. Historic downtown Wilmington is located on the Cape Fear River and boasts a mile long River Walk lined with charming shops and restaurants. Wilmington is the home of EUE Screen Gems Studios, the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. Downtown is also home to the USS North Carolina battleship, the first newly constructed American battleship to enter service during World War II.
Runners are set to start the course for the race at Lumina Station, a shopping village just a couple of miles from the shore between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. From there, runners head northwest for an out-and-back stretch along Eastwood Road, and then turn south after they pass the mile 3 marker, to head onto the Cross City Trail.
This 20-mile-long running, walking and biking trail stretches from James E.L. Wade Park in the southern part of New Hanover County (where Wilmington lies), to the Heide-Trask drawbridge at Wrightsville Beach. It is planned as part of the East Coast Greenway, which will one day connect cities and communities from Maine to Florida in a kind of “urban Appalachian Trail.”
After about 2 1/2 miles along the Cross City Trail, runners will next make their way onto the University of North Carolina-Wilmington campus, where they’ll turn onto Riegel Road and head toward UNC-W’s Brooks Field, the home of the university’s UNC Wilmington Seahawks baseball team.
Next, the race runs a loop around Riegel Road and Hamilton Drive, taking runners past the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve before turning back onto the Cross City Trail. After that, runners retrace their steps in reverse, heading back along the route they covered earlier in reverse, all the way back to Lumina Station for the race finish.
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