2016 Ocean Isle Bridge Run for Food
The Ocean Isle Bridge Run for Food will be held January 9, 2016 and both the Half Marathon and the 5K Run/Walk start at 9 a.m.. You can find more detailed information and register online going directly to: runsignup.com.
How much do you charge for the two races?
This year, the Half Marathon is $50 before the cutoff day, and $60 if you register on Race Day. The 5K Run/Walk is $30 before the cutoff day, and $40 if you register on Race Day. The event is run entirely by volunteers from the South Brunswick Interchurch Council, so all proceeds go to the local Food Pantry.
Do you allow refunds?
Since this is a charity event, we have a No Refund policy. The event will be held, rain or shine.
Do you allow Walk-In Registrations?
You can register in-person on Friday evening, January 8, from 5:30-7:30 pm, or on Race Day January 9 between 7& 8:30 am at the Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. The prices go up on Race Day to $60 for the Half Marathon and $40 for the 5K Run/Walk.
Is there a limit to the number of runners and walkers who can participate?
There is no limit to the number of participants. Complementary long sleeve high-performance race shirts will be distributed to the first 550 registrants.
Do you give commemorative medallions?
There are 500 finisher medals this year ----for the first 250 runners in each race. It is two inch metal die cast with a cloisonne (a style of enamel decoration in which the enamel is applied and fired in raised cells on a usually metal background) look in six colors.
Do you present any trophies or awards to the winners?
Special awards will be presented to the top two male and female finishers in the Half Marathon, special trophies presented to the top two male and female finishers in the 5K, and trophies for the top three finishers in each of 13 separate age categories for both men and women. The Award Ceremony for the 5K begins at 10 a.m. and the ceremony for the Half Marathon begins at noon.
Where can I find a map of the route?
You will receive a map of your specific route when you pick-up your race packet at the Town Hall on Friday night or Saturday morning. In the meantime, you can check out an e-mapping of the two routes that are also available on registration site: registration site
Where do I park?
Parking for both races is adjacent to the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 East Second St, as well as public parking areas in the immediate vicinity. On race day, vested race volunteers will direct you to designated parking areas. Most available parking is a short walking distance to the Town Hall, which is the location for walk-in registrations and race packet pick-up. It is also the location for the start/finish line and award ceremonies for both races. Directions to the Town Hall can be found at http://www.oibgov.com/map.cfm and a map of all OIB public parking areas can be found at http://www.oibgov.com/userfiles/File/Beach_Access2.pdf
Do Both Races Start at the Same Time?
Is the course difficult?
How high is the bridge?
Do we run on the beach itself?
The race starts promptly at 9 a.m. for both the Half Marathon and the 5K. The course is entirely flat except for the bridge, which you will cross at the one mile mark, then cross back over at approximately the two mile mark. Listening to feedback from our runners, most of them consider the bridge just a small challenge. And they are rewarded with excellent views from atop the bridge, and a completely flat course for the remainder of the route. The bridge itself rises 80 feet over the Intracoastal Waterway and is approximately 1/3 mile in length. Later on, both routes will take you down 1st Street alongside the beach, but not on the beach itself.
Is the course clearly marked? Do we run with traffic or will the roads be blocked off for us?
There will be mile markers and signs, as well as dozens of race volunteers to direct you along both routes, which are closely monitored from start to finish. At the start of the race, local police close the bridge and causeway until everyone returns back over the bridge around 9:30, then they monitor traffic throughout the entire race.
Do you have any Water Stops along the route? Any food and drinks for the participants before and after the race?
Before the race, coffee will be available for purchase. During the race, the first water stop is at the 2 mile mark for all participants, then water stops every two miles for the Half Marathoners. We will also provide energy gels to keep the runners going along the Half Marathon route. After the race, water and snacks will be available for the participants in the Festival area adjacent to the Town Hall/Finish Line – bagels, bananas and granola bars for the 5K participants, and pizza, water, bananas and granola bars for the Half Marathoners for their award ceremony beginning around noon.
Is there a deadline for finishing the race?
The race ends in 3 hours, at noon, so we encourage all of our participants to finish by that time for safety and other reasons (official timekeeping, awards ceremony, refreshments, etc.)
How does the timing work?
Timing is provided by Brunswick Timing Services, using the ChronoTrack Tag Timing System. A magnetic strip attached to the back of your Race Number will record the actual moment you cross the start and finish line at the beginning and end of your run. Both courses are USATF certified and official results will be posted to the web.
Where can I find the results of the race?
Winners will be announced during the Award Ceremonies for the two races, and the full race results will be posted by the timekeeper near the finish line. Also, the official results for all age categories will be posted online to the Wilmington Road Runners website and Brunswick Timing website.
I see that the race is a charity event to benefit the local Food Pantry. Are you accepting donations on the day of the event?
We are encouraging all of our participants to bring cans or boxes of food to the race. Our Shallotte Food Pantry distributed food to nearly 22,000 citizens during the past year, and we will certainly welcome your generosity to support our efforts at any time. Just see one of our volunteers at the Town Hall on Friday night or Saturday morning to make a donation.
Where can my family watch and wait for me during the race?
The best place to watch and root for the runners is the Start/Finish line on 3rd Street near the Town Hall. After that, the best viewing area is along the Causeway, between the parking lot and the bridge – runners return from the bridge and pass by the parking lot about 10 minutes after the start, then swing past the traffic circle a couple of blocks from there (and alongside the beach) later on in the race. The bridge will reopen to traffic in both directions at approximately 9:30 a.m. if they want to drive to a local restaurant.
Do you have a pre-race dinner or any hotel specials?
Pre-race dinner will be offered at Sharky’s restaurant next to the bridge – choice of 4 pasta dinners, house salad, fountain drinks (free refills) for $9.99. Ocean view hotel rooms are available at The Winds Resort Beach Club located at 310 East 1st Street (800-334-3581) – they are donating first place prizes to the male/female winners of the Half Marathon.
Your registration page says Registration is Closed – how can I register in time for the race?
You probably came across the expired registration page for last year’s race from an old search engine link. If you go directly to the 2016 Run for Food following link, you will be able to register online until Thursday, January 2. You can register in-person on Friday evening, January 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., or on Race Day
January 9between 7 & 8:30 a.m. at the Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall.
Can I walk in the Half Marathon?
The Half Marathon is really intended for runners, and we encourage walkers to participate in our 5K Run/Walk. The race officially ends in 3 hours, at noon, so we encourage all of our participants to finish by that time for safety and other reasons (HM awards ceremony beginning at noon, official timing and results, refreshments, etc.)
Can I use a running-stroller?
Yes, we do allow running strollers. The bridge may be a slight challenge, but the rest of the course is completely flat with normal pavement.
Can I run with my dog?
No. We do not allow pets in the race for safety reasons.