When & Where

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Parade Grandstand at City Hall
102 North Third St.
Wilmington, NC


1 Mile  –  TIMED

Start Times

8:45 AM  –  1 Mile Start

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 2018 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

Proceeds from this event go directly to The Harrelson Center of Wilmington, NC.

The Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation that supports and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the Wilmington community. The Center works with its partners to meet the needs of the community in areas such as safe and affordable housing, education, employment, health care and family support. The Center recognizes the critical needs of others and encourages, uplifts and assists them in rebuilding their lives through the services provided in the center.

The Center provides its nonprofit partners social and educational opportunities, marketing and promotions, volunteer recruitment and a place of collaboration for them to help those in need in our community. The center supports its partners with below-market rental rates that cover all utilities, parking and security. This synergistic environment allows all the nonprofits to operate more efficiently and better utilize their funding.

Overall Winners receive a trophy & a chance to ride on a float in the Parade
$100 gift cards to Fastest Seersucker and Southern Belle competitor!

1 Mile Awards
•Fastest Overall Male and Female
•Fastest Overall Male and Female Masters (40 and Over)
•Fastest runner in Seersucker/Azalea Suit
•Fastest runner in Southern Belle/Azalea themed clothes

Age Group Awards
•Printed Certificate for Top 3 in all Age Groups
10 & Under, 11 – 15, 16 – 20, 21 & Over

Race Swag

Participants who register by Thursday, March 15, 2018 will be guaranteed a Race Shirt. The shirts are made of Cotton and are available in Youth M-L and Adult Unisex S-XXL cuts sizes. Shirts will be available to participants who register after March 15, 2018 on a first come first serve basis starting at packet pickup.

 Be sure to claim your sweet Race Swag today!

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

Schedule & Parking Info


Friday, April 13, 2018

1  –  5 PM  – Packet Pickup & Registration

MGC Offices
1001 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 310
Wilmington, NC


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Downtown Wilmington
In front of the Parade Grand Stand at City Hall
102 N. Third Street
Wilmington, NC

7:30 AM  –  On-site Registration Opens
8:30 AM  –  On-site Registration Closes
8:45 AM  –  All participants1 Mile Race Start (Just before the Parade)
9:10 AM  –  Awards Starts (Approximate Time)
9:25 AM  –  Parade National Anthem
9:30 AM  –  Parade Starts


Parking is available on most side streets of Downtown Wilmington.

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

The finish line consists of a celebration with music, the Azalea Festival Parade, and community supporters. Right after the event, participants can enjoy other activities going on in the Downtown area for the Festival.

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.)

This is a one of a kind event that ensures that everyone has fun!

Want to Volunteer or Sponsor?


Event Pricing

For ALL Divisions
Early Bird Through February 28  – $15
March 1 Through April 8 – $18
April 9 through Race Day – $20


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.

Refunds: There are no refunds, registration will be accepted as a donation.

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.