MGC Azalea Festival Parade Mile Registration

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MGC Azalea Festival Parade Mile Results

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2016 MGC Azalea Festival Parade Mile Highlights

When & Where

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Downtown Wilmington
Starts in front of the Parade Grandstand at City Hall
102 N. Third Street – Wilmington, NC
Follows the Azalea Festival Parade Route


Elite 1 Mile Road Race  –  TIMED
Masters 1 Mile Road Race  –  TIMED
Seersucker & Southern Belle Costume Run  –  TIMED
Fun Run & Children’s 1 Mile  –  TIMED

Start Times

8:45 AM  –  1st Heat of 1 Mile Races Start

Please plan to be at the starting line 10 minutes prior to the start of the race wearing your race number on the front of your shirt. You may walk the all 1 Mile race if registered, however we ask that athletes walking the 1 Mile races line up at the back of the starting area.

About the Race

Run one of the most unique races in the world, a one-of-a-kind 1 mile run along the Azalea Festival Parade route. The race takes place ahead of the 2017 Azalea Festival Parade in front of an anticipated 50,000 spectators!

While competition runs fast for elite and competitive runners, many men go all out in Seersucker suits, women in Azalea Bell dresses coupling competition with costumes in an event that is signature Wilmington. Join us for the fastest race you’ve ever run, in front of the largest crowd this side of Raleigh.


About the Cause

The MGC Azalea Parade Mile will benefit Team First Book in New Hanover County.

First Book is the largest and fastest growing network of educators and program leaders exclusively serving children in need. With more than 275,000 current members, and nearly 7,000 educators signing up each month, the First Book network now reaches nearly 9 million children. That’s more than 20% of the kids in need. First Book’s goal is to reach every classroom and community in need with books and educational resources.



• Fastest overall male and female.
• Fastest male and female masters. (40 and over)
• Fastest competitor in seersucker/Azalea & southern belle clothing/Azalea themed clothes.

Above participants receive a trophy and all six winners will get to ride on a float in the parade.
Certificates for Top 3 in all Divisions.
$100 check card for the two best times for men and women that are dressed in Azalea themed clothing.


Race Swag

Participants who register by Wednesday, March 15, 2017 are guaranteed a race shirt. Sizes include Youth M – L and Adult Unisex S-XXL, and are a Cotton blend.  

Shirts will be available to participants who register after March 14, 2017 on a first come first serve basis starting at packet pickup.

 Be sure to claim your shirt today!

About the Course

The course is a half mile lap ran twice, with the starting and finishing area in front of the reviewing stands for parade. Participants will be front and center of all the action between the Azalea Festival parade and the MGC Parade Mile.

Course Map

Schedule & Packet Pickup Info

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Downtown Wilmington
Starts in front of the Parade Grandstand at City Hall
102 N. Third Street – Wilmington, NC

7:30 AM  –  Registration Opens
8:30 AM  –  Registration Closes
8:45 AM  –  1st Heat Starts
9:10 AM  –  Awards (time is approximate)
9:25 AM  –  Parade National Anthem
9:30 AM  –  Parade Starts

Pre-registered participants may pick up their race numbers and shirts at packet pickup listed above. For those who wish to register in-person, you may do so at any packet pickup listed above.

Parking & Additional Info

If you park in a parking Deck you can not leave until the Parade ENDS. Parking for spectators:  Parking decks on 2nd Street will be accessible via Chestnut Street until 8:30am. (Parking decks will not reopen until after the parade)

Handicap Parking and viewing:  Located off Chestnut Street between 3rd St. & 4th St next to the City of Wilmington Offices.

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Additional Information

Parade Route:  The Parade travels down 3rd street from Market St. to Bladen St.

Seating:  Viewing is all along 3rd St with bleacher seating between Market St. and Grace St. (Bleacher Tickets can be purchased in the office or at the event for a higher cost.)

For Questions Email Colin

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Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 4, 2017

Event Pricing

For All Divisions
Early Bird Through February 21  – $15
February 22 Through March 21 – $18
March 22 Through Day of Race – $21

2016 Overall Results

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2016 Age Group Results

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2016 Fox & Friends Live Coverage

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Past Results


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Packet Pick-Up: Family or Friends may pick-up your Race Packet at Packet Pick-Up.

On-Site Registration: Registration is available starting one hour prior to race start. It closes 20 minutes prior to start.

Timing: Jaguar Bib Chip Timing will be used to time this race

Weather: This race is rain or shine. It will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

There are no refunds, registration will be accepted as a donation to paws4people.

Entries are not transferable to other races Timed by Go Time as each race is organized by a different group. We must stick to this policy as race items have been purchased based on current registrations and it is not fair to choose who receives a refund and who does not.


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