2015 BADWATER® Cape Fear Ultra Marathon on Bald Head Island

On March 21, 2015, the annual BADWATER® Cape Fear Ultra Marathon will be taking place on Bald Head Island. This event attracts hundreds of participants looking to test themselves on the marathon's 51.4-mile race along the scenic Atlantic coastline.

If you're planning on running in this year's event or simply planning on booking a Bald Head Island vacation rental and enjoying the festivities, then here is everything you need to know.

What is the BADWATER® Cape Fear Ultra Marathon?

The BADWATER® Cape Fear Ultra Marathon is a 51.4-mile race on the east beaches of Bald Head Island and the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. Runners participate in a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by 19 or 38 miles of running along the Atlantic Seaboard.  The race boasts incredible and sweeping ground level views of Cape Fear in all its grandeur! A second, shorter race of 32 miles is also available to run.

The BADWATER® race is not for the timid. Runners race amidst the sand, wind, sun, and ocean with minimal distractions and just three aid stations located along the 51-mile route (runners pass the stations a total of nine times).

Registering for the BADWATER® Marathon

The cost to enter the 51.4 mile marathon is $195 for early entry and $250 if registering after February 1. The 32-mile run costs $175 for early entry and $195 after February 1. Space is limited, so if you want to participate in this year's event, you should register as soon as possible. You can complete the registration at

Turn Your BADWATER® Experience into a Family Vacation

With Bald Head Island and nearby Southport and Wilmington, NC being popular vacation get-away spots, it makes sense to turn your BADWATER® racing experience into a fun family vacation. After the race, you can relax amid the remarkable beauty and quaint southern charm of this area in your very own Bald Head Island vacation rental. You can take in the local history, dine on fresh seafood, and visit some of the must-see attractions on the island and mainland.

Bald Head Island Vacation Rentals

The BADWATER® Cape Fear Ultra Marathon is a popular event on Bald Head Island, so it is important to reserve your vacation accommodations as early as possible. Thankfully, there are plenty of vacation rentals to choose from on the island. From one bedroom studio cottages to grand oceanfront homes, you'll find the property management and vacation rental companies will have exactly the type of accommodation you're looking for.

For a complete list of the vacation rental agencies approved by the Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce click here.

Enjoy a Springtime Vacation on Beautiful Bald Head Island

What better way to welcome in spring than with a fun family vacation of Bald Head Island? If you're planning on participating in this year's BADWATER® Cape Fear Ultra Marathon, then don't wait – reserve your Bald Head Island vacation rental today and enjoy a rewarding race and a memorable vacation.

If you would like more information about Bald Head Island, just fill out this contact form for the Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce. We will send you a welcome packet with everything you need to know about planning a weekend vacation on our beautiful island. 

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