Presenting Sponsor

When & Where

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Henry’s Bar & Restaurant
2508 Independence Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28412


4 Mile Run  –  TIMED
1 Mile  –  TIMED

Start Times

7:30 AM  –  4 Mile Race Start
8:15 AM  –  1 Mile Race Start (Approximate)

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 4 Mile race if registered, however we ask that athletes walking the 4 Mile race line up at the back of the starting area.

About the Race

The Battle for Independence is a 4th of July celebration race in Wilmington, NC, giving participants the chance to battle it out along Independence Blvd. on Wilmington’s scenic Cross City Trail. The race is flat and fast, with cash prizes, helping draw in the best athletes in our region, but is also family friendly for runners of all ages with awards for kids, military, and first-responders. We treat each participant with our famous southern hospitality as we celebrate the birth of our nation – while honoring those who served by donating proceeds to Step Up for Soldiers.

About the Cause

The Battle for Independence benefits Step Up For Soldiers.

Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer non-profit organization assisting recently disabled veterans. The mission is to provide disabled veterans, who have experienced loss of limb and mobility problems, with the resources necessary to adjust in a post-war environment. Step Up for Soldiers strives to not only enhance their lives, but also help to restore their confidence.


4 Mile Awards
•Top 3 Overall Male/Female Cash ($100, $50, $25)
•Top Overall Masters Male/Female ($25)
•Top Active Duty Military Male/Female ($25)
•Top 3 Age Groups: 10 & Under, 11 – 14, 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70+

1 Mile Awards
•Top 3 Overall Male/Female
•Top 3 in Age Groups: 6 & Under, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18

Race Swag

Nothing say’s ‘Murica quite like tank tops, and these Without Limit’s Brand high quality men and women’s cut shirts are sure to make you fast. It’s true, you will be faster (or at least feel faster) in these dope shirts.

Shirts are guaranteed to those who register by Thursday, June 1, 2017. Shirts are available in Male S-XXL & Female sizes XS-XL, as well as Youth sizes XS-M.

*Without Limits has changed it’s FEMALE sizing, while shirts ran small in the past, shirts are more true to size now. Example: If you usually wear a Female M, you would now wear a Female S*

About the Course

Our Independence Weekend four mile and one mile run start and finish at Henry’s Restaurant in Barclay Commons. The race travels down Independence Boulevard along Wilmington’s iconic Cross City Trail, passing the real Civil War battlefield, ‘The Battle Of Forks Road’ near the Cameron Art Museum, before looping the shady Halyburton Park; Named for Congressional Medal of Honor Award Winner, and New Hanover High School Graduate, William Halyburton. The keyhole route takes advantage of shady paved trail, water views and flat easy running. The one mile timed event blazes from Henry’s down the Cross City Trial to the end of the lake on an out and back course. Wilmington area morning temperatures typically hover in the mid-70s this time of year, while not oppressively warm it is usually humid.

4 Mile Course Map

Schedule & Parking Info


Friday, June 30, 2017

5  –  7  PM   –  Packet Pickup & Registration

Fleet Feet Wilmington
1125 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Henry’s Bar & Restaurant
2508 Independence Blvd.
Wilmington, NC 28412

6:30am  –  Registration Opens
7:30am  –  Registration Closes
7:30am  –  4 Mile Starts
8:15am  –  1 Mile Starts
8:30am  –  4 Mile & 1 Mile Awards (Time Approximate)
Celebration Party at Henry’s Restaurant & Bar

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 will be anywhere around the start location and at Henry’s Restaurant & Bar,Parking in the shopping area is free game.

Get Updates About the Event

Join the Event on Facebook!

Additional Activities

The event does not end at the finish line. After conquering the Battle for Independence, participants get to cool off at south Wilmington’s favorite watering hole, Henry’s Restaurant & Bar. Locally grown and craftily prepared cuisine is the staple at this Barclay landmark, but the fresh ingredients don’t stop in the kitchen – with hand juiced cucumber, lemon, lime, and orange juices to accompany adult beverages, plus an assortment of craft beer for thirsty finishers.
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Several patriotic surprises await runners during this one and four mile timed event!

Have Questions About The Event?

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Event Pricing

4 Mile WITH Race Tank Top (While Supplies Last)
Now through May 30 —  $29
June 1 through June 29th —  $35
June 30th & July 1st —  $40

4 Mile WITHOUT Race Tank Top
Now through May 30 —  $19
June 1 through June 29th —  $25
June 30th & July 1st —  $30

1 Mile WITH Race Tank Top (While Supplies Last)
Now through May 30 —  $19
June 1 through July 1 —  $25

1 Mile WITHOUT Race Tank Top
Now through May 30 —  $9
June 1 through July 1 —  $15


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.

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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