The BADWATER® ultra running experience returns to the East Coast when the second BADWATER CAPE FEAR race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 21, 2015. Registration is now open at www.badwater.com.
With 50km and 51-mile options, the race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is and dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur!
This exquisite natural setting is the perfect antidote to the “real world” and a wonderful counterpart to the desert sands of the Mojave Desert and Anza-Borrego Desert featured in the two West Coast BADWATER® races.
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.)
Once the remarkable beauty and quaint southern charm of this area are experienced once, we anticipate that most Badwater Cape Fear participants will make this race an annual pilgrimage.
In 2014, eighty runners from 17 states plus Canada, ranging in age from 20 to 72, competed in the inaugural edition. See the entire 2014 webcast here: http://www.badwater.com/capefear/2014.html
This year the race will accept a field of up to 150 runners.
The Official Charity of BADWATER CAPE FEAR is the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a leader in barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. Race participants will appreciate that BHIC cares for this race route’s pristine setting and its role as a sea turtle nesting site, and are encouraged to fundraise for BHIC and support its mission.
The goal of the race is to raise $10,000 for Bald Head Island Conservancy, which is enough to purchase one of the special electric UTV vehicles which BHIC uses to patrol the beach and care for sea turtle nesting sites, as shown in the attached photograph. Learn more at http://www.bhic.org
Local Sponsors include Coastal Urge, which will host a pre-race social at their Bald Head Island location, featuring local brew by Natty Greene’s. The finish line feast and the post-race breakfast will be catered by Maritime Market. Special home rental offers on Bald Head Island are available through Bald Head Island Limited, Wendy Wilmot Properties, and Seabreeze Rentals, while the Hampton Inn in Southport has also extended a special rate. The event is being hosted under special permits from the Village of Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.
Badwater Cape Fear is the first leg of the BADWATER® ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear on March 21, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea on May 3-4, and then Badwater 135 a month later. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. The male and female runners with the lowest combined times for the three events will be recognized as the 2015 Badwater Ultra Cup champions. More information, including the seven remarkable athletes who completed the entire Badwater Ultra Cup in 2014, is available at http://www.badwater.com/bwuc.html
AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance sports events and the BADWATER® brand. Adventure is our way of life. AdventureCORPS’ world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the BADWATER® 135, BADWATER® SALTON SEA, BADWATER® CAPE FEAR, Silver State 508™, and other events. Our products include Badwater® Apparel, Badwater® Skin Care, Badwater® Gear, as well as other great lifestyle items and services. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and “out there.”
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