When & Where

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Pointe at Barclay
Barclay Pointe Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28412



1 Mile –  TIMED

Start Times

7:30 AM  –  5K Race Start

8:15 AM  –  1 Mile Race Start

2018 Battle for Independence Photos

2018 Battle for Independence Results

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.

5K Awards
•Top 3 Overall Male/Female
•Top Overall Masters Male/Female
•Top Active Duty Military Male/Female
•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

Participants who register by Wednesday, June 6, 2018 have the option to purchase a Race Shirt. The shirts are made of Cotton/Polyester Blend and are available in Youth S-M, Women’s XS-XL, and Men’s S-XXL cuts sizes.
Be sure to claim your sweet Race Swag today!

Shirts are $12 plus sales tax


Get the Battle Combo and get a Shirt and a Hat for $28.99

Our Independence Day 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run start and finish in the new Pointe at Barclay along Independence Blvd. The race travels from the Pointe, to 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.  Wilmington area morning temperatures typically hover in the mid-70s this time of year, while not oppressively warm it is usually humid.

Schedule & Parking Info


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4  –  6 PM  – Packet Pickup & Registration

Orange Theory Fitness
as The Pointe at Barclay
1412 Barclay Pointe Blvd. Suite 1002
Wilmington, NC 28412

If you cannot make it, packets can also be picked up at the Race when Registration Opens. Please allow enough extra time before the race starts to pickup your packet.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Pointe at Barclay
Barclay Pointe Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28412

6:30 am  –  Registration Opens
7:30 am  –  Registration Closes
7:30 am  –  5K Starts
8:15 am  –  1 Mile Starts
8:30 am  –  5K & 1 Mile Awards (Time Approximate)


Parking will be anywhere around the start location and Parking in the shopping area is free game.

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Additional Information

The start and finish line consists of a celebration with food, beverages, community supporters, music and more! Enjoy the brand new shopping center at The Pointe at Barclay, which offers plenty of restaurants and shopping on this 4th of July. It’s a party you don’t want to miss.

Want to Volunteer or Sponsor?


Event Pricing

Early Bird Through May 31  – $20
June 1 Through June 30 – $25
July 1 Through Race Day – $30

1 Mile
Early Bird Through May 31  – $20
June 1 Through June 30 – $25
July 1 Through Race Day – $30

Family of 4
Early Bird Through May 31  – $64
June 1 Through June 30 – $80
July 1 Through Race Day – $96

Family of 5
Early Bird Through May 31  – $80
June 1 Through June 30 – $100
July 1 Through Race Day – $120

Shirts are for Sale Only. Not included in Registration Fee.
Shirts: $10 Plus Tax


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.