2019 Badwater Cape Fear Webcast



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2019 Race Day

2019 Finish Line

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The sixth annual Badwater Cape Fear 50km / 51mi ultramarathon takes place March 16, 2019 on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. A field of 159 runners competed in either the 50km race or the 51-mile race, with all but two finishing officially. Click here for the race results.

The 2019 race featured 159 runners. This includes runners from Armenia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Germany, India, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, plus from 23 American states, districts, and territories: California (6), Colorado (2), District of Columbia (1), Florida (18), Georgia (1), Illinois (7), Louisiana (4), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (1), Mississippi (1), New Jersey (4), New Mexico (1), New York (7), North Carolina (54), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (8), South Carolina (14), Tennessee (4), Texas (5), Vermont (1), Virginia (3), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (1). We had one 15-year-old and one 16-year-old runner, while the rest ranged in age from 22 to 73. There were 46 females and 113 males, 108 rookies and 51 race veterans. For the full race roster, click here.

With 50km and 51-mile race options, Badwater® Cape Fear features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. Running this remote coast is a dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience the Cape Fear region in all its grandeur!

This exquisite natural setting is the perfect antidote to the “real world” and a wonderful counterpart to the desert sands and mountains of Death Valley and Anza-Borrego Desert featured in the two West Coast BADWATER® races.

Registration will open soon for the March 2020 edition, and there is a 200-runner limit which will sell out. Whether you are a grizzled Badwater veteran, or looking to take on your first Badwater race, we hope you will join us!

Special thanks, Volunteers! YOU made it happen!

Pre-Race Support: Stacey Shand, Luke Way, Scott Kollins, Telma Altoon, Keith Weitz, Bob Becker, Pamela Hogue, Bernadette DuBois, and others

Race MC: Keith “Wildman” Hanson

Start Line: Keith Hanson, Scott Kollins, Keith Weitz, and Chris Kostman

Directions: Chris Shank, Julie Lee, Marie Duvall, Duke Moseley, BHI Conservancy staff and interns, and others

CP1 / Bald Head Island Conservancy: Emily Ryan and Rachel Bonistalli

CP2 / Mid-Beach: Andrea Pitera, Amy Costa, Megan Steinebach, Courtney Spratt; Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks: Isabel Rose, Shannon & Dick Rowe, Anne Terry and others (with massive assistance from Fort Fisher State Recreation Area rangers!)

CP3 / Fort Fisher: Scott Kollins, Keith Weitz, Michelle Beasley, Ellie Beasley, Hailey Leon, and Eleanor Erickson (with assistance from Fort Fisher State Recreation Area rangers!)

Timing: Pamela Hogue, Julie Lee, and Aidan Peers

Finish Line: Stacey Shand, Luke Way, Chris Kostman, Poul Lindegaard, Chris Shank, Sid Motwani, and others

Photography: Robert Lee of BeamCatchers and Chris Kostman

Public Safety Support: Village of Bald Head Island Public Safety and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area Rangers

Thank You!

This event is held under permits from the Village of Bald head Island and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and with the incredible support of Bald Head Island Conservancy and Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks. We thank them, and all our North Carolina friends, for their support!