2024 Badwater Cape Fear Webcast


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OFFICIAL CHARITY: Bald Head Island Conservancy: Please join and donate to BHIC today!

2024 Badwater Cape Fear Image Galleries on Flickr:

2024 Racer Mugshots by Robert Lee of BeamCatchers.com (Same gallery on FB)

2024 Pre-Race Activities, by Robert Lee, Erika  (FB version)

2024 Start Line at Old Baldy Lighthouse, the race gets under way on Bald Head Island, and runners rounding Cape Fear at Mile 13.1

2024 Mid-Beach (AS2) Image and Video Gallery

2024 Badwater Cape Fear Finish Line Gallery

2024 Badwater Cape Fear Videos and FB Live Videos:

Live Video from Fort Fisher, location of Aid Station 3, the Saturday prior to the race

Live Video from the Ferry from Fort Fisher to Southport, the Saturday prior to the race

Live Video from Southport, giving a brief geography lesson, the Tuesday prior to the race

Pre-race TikTok (on FB) from Bald Head Island during Racer Check-In

Short Video of Badwater Legend Jay Birmingham performing during Racer Check-In

Short Video of the Maritime Forest Preserve 

Short Video of the Badwater Cape Fear goodie bag

Live Video from the 2024 Start Line at the foot of the Old Baldy Lighthouse

Live Video as the 2024 Badwater Cape Fear gets under way on Bald Head Island

Part 1 Live Video / Part 2 Live Video from Cape Fear itself on Mile 13.1 as the Badwater racers round the Cape and head up the beach to Fort Fisher

The tenth Badwater Cape Fear 50km / 51mi ultramarathon took place on March 23, 2024 on Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher, North Carolina. A field of 176 runners competed in either the 50km race or the 51-mile race, with 77 completing the 50km race officially and 90 completing the 51.4-mile race officially. Click here for full race results.

The 2024 race included runners representing Canada, Philippines, United States, and United Kingdom, plus 31 American states and territories: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Ages ranged from 19 to 78. There were 46 females and 130 males, and 112 Badwater Cape Fear rookies and 64 race veterans. For the full race roster, click here.

With 50km and 51-mile race options and a start line at the foot of the Old Baldy Ligthouse, 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. The beach stretch features spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and the wild and undeveloped Cape Fear River marshlands to the west. Running this remote coast is a dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience Bald Head Island, Fort Fisher State Recreation, and 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.

Special thanks, Volunteers! YOU make it happen!

Racer Check-In: Stacey Shand, Keith Weitz, Scott Kollins, Julie Lee, Robert Lee, Chris Shank, Thomas & Anne Marie Brock, Bob Becker, Jay Birmingham, Erika Small, Sandy Kades, Brian Million, Alix Shutello, and others

Trail Marking: Bob Becker and Jay Birmingham

Start Line: Keith Weitz, Scott Kollins, Erika Small, Julie Lee, Stacey Shand, and Chris Kostman

Broom Wagon (first 10.5 miles): Brian Million

Trail Sweep: Jay Birmingham and Brian Million

Morning Directions: Chris Shank, Julie Lee, and many Bald Head Island Public Safety volunteers and other Bald Head Island residents

UTV Pilot: Karlee Szympruch

AS1 at Bald Head Island Conservancy: Emily Ryan, Anne-Marie Brock, Thomas Brock, Margaret Pisacano, Susan Parker, Sandy Kades, and many others

AS2 at Mid-Beach: Bonny Mcclain, Marcia Bosch, Jeff Winchester, Erika Small, and Josie, Kathy, Mell, and Peter from Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks, with assistance from Fort Fisher State Recreation Area rangers!

AS3 at Fort Fisher: Eleanor Erickson, Keith Weitz, Scott Kollins, and Denise Fox.

Timing: Julie Lee

Finish Line: Chris Kostman, Stacey Shand, Brian Million, Jay Birmingham, Chris Shank, 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, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, 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!

Join us Sunday, October 27, 2024 for the inaugural Cape Fear Marathon & Half Marathon on Bald Head Island, North Carolina!