Join Badwater at Legendary Cape Fear for TWO Races!


We are very excited to now bring you TWO events at legendary Cape Fear on Bald Head Island, North Carolina!

AdventureCORPS® – the organizers of the iconic worldwide series of Badwater® races – are pleased to present the inaugural Cape Fear Marathon & Half Marathon on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. This is the home of fabled and legendary Cape Fear, and the home to our annual Badwater Cape Fear ultramarathon – now in its 11th year!

The inaugural Cape Fear Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 27, 2024, with a 1000am start time, allowing runners to make a day trip of their experience, enjoying the Bald Head Island Ferry to and from the island.

With 26.2 and 13.1-mile race options, Cape Fear Marathon and Half Marathon take places entirely on Bald Head Island and its car-free, one-lane-wide roads, plus a short but spectacular stretch on the beach around Cape Fear herself. The start and finish are located at Old Baldy, the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina, while another
main aid station will be located at the Bald Head Island Conservancy, our local charitable partner.

There will be three aid station locations along the race route, passed a total of nine times during the marathon. There is a 6.5-hour cut-off for the marathon and 3.5 hours for the half. Register ­NOW ­at

Returning for our eleventh year will be our Badwater Cape Fear on Saturday, March 22, 2025.

With 50km and 51-mile race options, Badwater® Cape Fear features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads and maritime forest trails of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 38 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. This is the “(B)east Coast” counterpart to our two California-based ultramarathon races, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater 135. (We ­will ­have ­a ­special ­award­ for ­runners ­who ­complete ­both ­Cape ­Fear ­events ­in ­the ­same calendar­ year, ­too!) ­Register ­NOW­ at ­