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Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

Rescheduled to 14 Nov 2020

Previous date: 18 Apr 2020

About Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk

Welcome to the Southern Cape Fear Coast, the southeastern section of the North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, where you will find everything you need to make your vacation or home "Picture Perfect in any Season". We are not the typical tourist destination but rather a community at the coast that welcomes visitors. Our community includes over 28 miles of beautiful beaches on Bald Head Island, Caswell Beach and Oak Island; historic river town of Southport; natural spring lakes in Boiling Spring Lakes; and waterway communities of St. James and Sunset Harbor. This will be the back drop for the Oak Island Lighthouse Run.

The Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk began many years ago when Clarence Willie, a Chamber Board member, avid runner and retired U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel suggested the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce organize a 10k run/walk. The Chamber Board appointed Clarence Willie the Chair and with great enthusiasm the first run was held on April 10,1999.

We strive to make this event safe, fun, and enjoyable for all fitness levels. We hope you agree, the Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 marathon, 10 K and 5 K courses showcase the best scenery on the North Carolina Coast.

What other course can you see salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean, wide beautiful beaches, and have a Lighthouse as a cheerleader?



  • 5km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km


  • 10km

1 Mile Fun Run

  • 1.60934km


Aid Stations

Water Stops will have water and Gatorade. Locations: Start Area (Middleton Park Soccer Field), Near 2-Mile (6706 Yacht Drive), near 4-Mile(Caswell Beach Town Hall on Jack B. Cook/Hornaday), near 6-Mile (300 Caswell Beach Drive), near 9-Mile(Caswell Beach Town Hall on Jack B. Cook/Hornaday), near Mile 11(6706 Yacht Drive), & Finish (Middleton Park Soccer Field).

Maximum Time

The time limit for the 1/2 Marathon is 3 hours.


Street Parking.There is plenty of parking around the Start/Finish area on race day! DO NOT Park along the course routes! Do Park: First Baptist Church at Oak Island 4608 E. Oak Island Drive has parking around the church and a lot on NE 48th Street. Oak Island Town Hall -4601 E. Oak Island Drive. Parking behind and along the side of Town Hall and on SE 46th Street to Pelican Drive. (do not park beyond Pelican Drive on SE 46th Street). Pelican Drive from SE 46th to SE 40th Street. SE 49th Street along the sides of the road and in grass parking area designated with volunteers. NewBridge Bank parking lot at 4815 E. Oak Island Drive. Cabana Parking Lots on Dolphin Drive. There are three large parking lots but they can only be accessed by turning off SE 49th Street. DO NOT access from SE 46th Street.

Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk Route Map

Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk Route Map


Middleton Park Extension

Oak Island,us


The Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 marathon offers runners a challenging course with unique and breathtaking views. Runners will be rewarded with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway & marshlands and get a break from the sun under a canopy of Live Oak and Long Leaf Pinetrees. The 1/2 marathon will begin and end at Middleton Park Extension, Oak Island.

Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk Trivia

Originally the Oak Island Lighthouse Race was only a 10k.

In 2006, The Oak Island Lighthouse Race under the leadership of Chairman Seth Robbins added the first 5k. This was a popular addition especially for those that didn't want to tackle the G.V. Barbee Oak Island Bridge. 

In 2012, the phenomenal growth of the event led organizers to rethink the logistics of a point to point run and with the addition of the 1/2 marathon it was the perfect opportunity for route changes. Beginning in 2012, all the runs began and ended at the N.C. Baptist Assembly @ Fort Caswell.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.