The Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk began 18 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.
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.
In 2015, the Chamber resolved to upgrade its efforts and infuse more fun into the
event. Phlock to the Beach a Buffett Style Beach Bash moved from August to the same day as the run in April. This benefited the participants of the Oak Island Lighthouse Run as they may
enjoy the Phlock to the Beach Concert. In addition to the Phlock event the EAA Wings & Wheels event will also give Oak Island Lighthouse Run participants another event to enjoy while in the
In 2016, after record participation in 2015, we outgrew our location and were compelled to move the race from the NC Baptist Assembly @ Fort Caswell to Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. We added back the 1 Mile Fun Run and a Costume Contest to go with our Jimmy Buffett theme.
Changes for 2017, The Chamber has discontinued the Phlock to the Beach Concert but that doesn’t mean we have taken the fun out of the Oak Island Lighthouse Run. We are keeping all the best things from the Phlock Concert and rolling them into events for the Oak Island Lighthouse Run participants.
We strive to make this event safe, fun, and enjoyable for all fitness levels. We hope you agree, the Oak Island Lighthouse 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k, 10k & 1/2 marathon 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?
We hope you will join us and have a great run on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS:
This event is possible with the continued support and cooperation from the Wilmington Road Runners, Town of Oak Island, Town of Caswell Beach, Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery and our very organized timing company GoTime Race Solutions.
CLICK HERE to view course maps and plan your race in advance!
Oak Island Lighthouse
1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K,
& 1 Mile Fun Run
Date: April 22, 2017
For more information follow the above links or contact:
4433 Long Beach Road SE Southport
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