Date: April 21, 2018
Date: April 21, 2018

Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon

Registration Online Open Now

You will receive a confirmation via email once your registration and payment have processed.


Active Military and Law Enforcement use promo codes


and Awards eligibility. Verification at Packet Pick Up.

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. 


The 1/2 marathon course begins at Middleton Park Extension running west on Dolphin Drive to 43rd with a fast easterly turn onto Beach Drive and then north on 58th Street. 


As you cross Oak Island Drive, heading North on 58th Street to Yacht Drive, you begin a serine journey where tree lined streets meander through neighborhoods of year-round residents. Turning south onto Barbee Boulevard, crossing Oak Island Drive, you emerge onto Ocean Drive where the gentle breaks from the waves can be heard. 


A few turns later and you are on Caswell Beach Road and you can see the Oak Island Lighthouse standing tall in the distance giving you encouragement along the way. 

Once you reach the Oak Island Lighthouse turn around and retrace your route until you get to 46th  off Beach Drive, where two quick turns take you to the Finish.  


Event Details For 2018 Coming Soon.


Date: April 22, 2017


8:00a.m. @ Middleton Park Soccer Field, Dolphin Drive/SE 46th Street, Oak Island. Click here for half marathon race course.


Time Limit:  Runners only. 3-hour time limit.


Course Certification:  The Oak Island Lighthouse Run Half Marathon was certified with United States Association of Track & Field #is NC16019DF  in 2016.


Parrot Head Run Themed Contests:

9:30am-10:30am: Gather near the Check Six Brewery Beverage Tent, listen to the smooth sounds of Ciprian Santiago Garcia and participate in the following contests for CASH prizes. 

  • Costume Contest:  Run in your favorite Parrot Head attire! Come dressed as an island girl, pirate, parrot or any Jimmy Buffett look you choose. Prizes for each 5k, 10k & Half Marathon Race:
    • $50.00 Top Male 
    • $50 Top Female
    • $50 Top Group
  • Hula Hoop Contest:  $25.00 Top Male, Top Female and Top Youth (ages 15 & under) of those entered in the contest. 
  • Flip Flop Fling Contest:  $25.00  Top Male, Top Female and Top Youth (ages 15 & under) of  those entered in the contest.
  • Mr. Longitude & Ms. Latitude Contest will begin just before the Awards Ceremony.  $25.00 Top Male & $25.00 Top Female of those entered in the contest. The male and female who epitomizes the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle and acts the craziest will win bragging rights for the year. No skill involved, just fun. 

Chalk Art at the Start:

6:00am- 7:15am @ Middleton Park Soccer Field, Dolphin Drive/SE 46th Street, Oak Island. Arrive early and help create a unique Start/Finish Line by participating in the Chalk Art at the Start. Chalk will be provided. Sponsored by Pescado y Amor Paint Studio


Race Day Stretch & Warm Up:

Join us as Betsy Kimmel will lead a free 10 minute Laugh & Breathe Yoga Warm Up at 7:30 a.m. at the Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field.  Carolina Strong Physical Therapy will provide an onsite stretch and River Sound Massage, LLC will provide onsite massage to the participants.


Water Stops:  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).   Waterstops manned by:  Southport Lions Club, SBHS JROTC, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS, CrossFit Southport.


Pacers:  Thanks to some great volunteers we will have pacers for the following times:  1:45, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.  


Parking:  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. 
  • 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.  

Online Registration:

Closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Active Military and Law Enforcement use promo codes ACTIVEMILITARY or LAWENFORCEMENT for special pricing and Awards eligibility. Verification at Packet Pick Up.


Welcome Party with Registration & Packet Pick Up: 
Friday, April 21,2017 from 5:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.
@ Cape Fear Yacht Club, 4791 Fish Factory Road, Oak Island

Music by Rick and Friends band, food and cash bar – The Seafood Hut Food Truck.


Race Day Registration & Packet Pick Up:
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6:00a.m. to 7:15a.m.

@ Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field
Dolphin Drive/46th Street, Oak Island, NC 28465


Non-Refundable Half Marathon Fees:

Until - March 15th  - $55.00 per person

March 16th - April 19th - $60.00 per person

April 21st &  April 22nd -  $75.00 per person


Active Military and Law Enforcement

Until - March 15th  - $45.00 per person

March 16th - April 19th - $50.00 per person

April 21st & April 22nd -  $65.00 per person


Included in Half Marathon Fees:

Timed race bib, water, Gatorade, fruit, Papa John's of Southport pizza, two Beverage Tokens (must be 21 years of age or older to receive beverage token). Redeem Beverage Tokens at the Check Six Brewery Beverage Tent.  Guaranteed T-shirt if registered prior to March 16th.


Finisher Medals:

All half marathon finishers will receive a race medal to show off their accomplishment. In keeping with our Jimmy Buffett theme the medal will be a margarita glass with lanyard.




Next Level brand shirts in male and female cuts. Participants registered by March 15th are guaranteed a shirt.  Shirts not picked up by 8:00am on April 22nd will be forfeited.

Sample of This Year's Awards

Half Marathon Awards Ceremony:

The awards ceremonies for all the runs will begin at 10:30am. Award winners are responsible for picking up award at the awards ceremony or at the Chamber Welcome Center the Monday following the event.




Print with special artwork by Ricky Evans, a self taught artist whose name has become synonymous with lighthouses along the eastern United States coastline.  Ricky Evans opened his own gallery, Art @ 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery located at 211 N. Howe Street in Southport, NC. A framing discount is given for the prints.   


Top 3 Overall Male & Female                                                                                   

Top Military Overall Male & Female    

Top Masters Division (40+) Male & Female

Top Grand Masters Division (50+) Male & Female                                                            

Top 3 in Each Age Group Male & Female - under 18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ 


Race Transfers:

Entry Fees are non-refundable. Transfer to another Lighthouse Race:  Registrants may request a rain check from the 2017 race and transfer their entry to the 2018 race. The request must be submitted by 12:01 am on Monday, April 17, 2017. 
Submit your race transfer request by faxing to (910) 457-0598 or emailing to  If you email, use “Race Transfer” in the subject line. The rain check is only valid for one year.
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Oak Island Lighthouse

1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K,

& 1 Mile Fun Run

Date: April 21, 2018


For more information follow the above links or contact:


Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce,  

4433 Long Beach Road SE Southport

NC 28461



800.457.6964 or




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