The BADWATER® ultra running experience returns to the East Coast when the first BADWATER PRESENTS NEW YEAR’S AT CAPE FEAR 12- and 24-HOUR RACE AND RUNNING PARTY race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on December 31, 2018 until January 1, 2019!

Solo, as well as two-person relay, divisions are offered for both the 12-hour race (with a 900pm start time) and the 24-hour race (with a 900am start time.)

New Year’s at Cape Fear features a 7.5-mile loop on the car-free, paved, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, including about one mile of running on the secluded sandy beach around Cape Fear itself on each lap. It is effectively a dead flat route. Near the end of the race, when runners no longer have time to run an additional 7.5-mile lap, they will be diverted onto a one-mile loop until the clock runs out. Running this remote coast and on this incredible island is a dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience the Cape Fear region in all its grandeur!

Two aid stations will be provided, on opposite sides of the island (one next to Old Baldy Lighthouse and one at the Bald Head Island Conservancy.) Both will have food and drinks, an EMT / Public Safety Officer, chip timing control, and a place for runner “drop bags.” The aid station at the BHI Conservancy will also have a steady stream of hot food and drinks, especially throughout the night, plus some indoor space available for resting.

Entry includes Badwater t-shirt, Badwater hat, Badwater sunglasses, Badwater tote bag, chip timing, support of the Village of Bald Head Island Public Safety staff, two fully stocked aid stations, and more.

All finishers will receive a nice BADWATER NEW YEAR’S AT CAPE FEAR Medal, while those solo runners who log 100 miles or more in the 24-hour race will receive a special New Year’s at Cape Fear Badwater Belt Buckle.

This race will be a member of the 2019 (not 2018) Badwater Ultra Cup, with a minimum of 80 miles completed in the 24-Hour race required to “count” for the Badwater Ultra Cup. Badwater Ultra Cup runners’ times at Mile 80 (tentative) will be added to the BUC standings to help determine the overall BUC results and winners for 2019. The 2019 BUC will thus include this race, Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in April, and Badwater 135 in July.

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, as well as a neat sister race to Badwater Cape Fear, held in mid-March each year on Bald Head Island.

Bald Head Island and nearby Southport, NC (featured in the film “Safe Haven”) are ideal vacation get-away spots for the entire family, located less than one hour from Wilmington, NC and its major airport with Delta and US Airways service. (Flying into Myrtle Beach, SC is another convenient option.) Due to the remarkable beauty and quaint southern charm of this area, as well as this impeccable, authentic BADWATER race experience, many Badwater Cape Fear participants are now making this race an annual pilgrimage and many have turned it into a family vacation as well. It is really that fantastic, and we think that New Year’s at Cape Fear runners will feel the same! (BUT, keep in mind that any kind of weather will be possible on Bald Head Island on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day: it could be sunny and 70s during the day, or it could be cold and rainy; come prepared for anything: this is a BADWATER race, after all!)

Entry opens on February 9 at 915am at

Stay tuned to this webpage for much more information!