The Battle for Independence

Wilmington, NC & VIRTUAL RACE
July 4

When & Where

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Pointe at Barclay
1450 Barclay Pointe Blvd.
Wilmington, NC  28412
– or –
Run virtually July 3rd – 5th!

Distances

5K  –  TIMED or VIRTUAL
1 Mile  –  TIMED or VIRTUAL

Start Times

7:10 AM  –  Live Facebook Broadcast
7:30 AM  –  40+ Minute 5K
7:33 AM  –  35-40 Minute 5K
7:36 AM  –  30-35 Minute 5K
7:39 AM  –  25-30 Minute 5K
7:42 AM  –  25-30 Minute 5K
7:45 AM  –  20-25 Minute 5K
7:48 AM  –  20-25 Minute 5K
7:51 AM  –  Sub 20 Minute 5K
7:54 AM  –  Extra Wave for 5K
8:15 AM  –  1 Mile Start

2020 Battle for Independence Photos

2020 Battle for Independence Results

Kick off your Independence Day with a Race!

The Battle for Independence is a 4th of July weekend 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, helping draw in the best athletes in our region, but is also family friendly for runners of all ages. We treat each participant with our famous southern hospitality as we celebrate the birth of our nation – while honoring those who served by making a donation to Step Up for Soldiers, a non-profit that assists disabled veterans.

Running the Live Race at The Pointe? Due to the pandemic, at this time, we will be utilizing wave starts for the Battle for Independence.  Currently we have been approved to have two start lines with 20 people at each.  Wave Starts are listed at the top and bottom of this page in the schedules.

Running the Live Virtual Race?  At 7:10AM on July 4th, we are going Live on the Go Time Facebook page to bring you all the start line fun including music, warm-ups, the National Anthem, and a countdown to the start.

About the Causes

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.

Team RWB‘s goal is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. They define enrichment as creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall well-being. The concept of enrichment consists of three core components—health, people, and purpose—that comprise a rich life.

5K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

• Top 3 Overall Masters (40+), Male & Female
• Top 3 in Age Groups, Male & Female:
10 & Under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

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

5K Virtual Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

1 Mile Virtual Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Boys & Girls (Ages 13 & Under)

Awards will NOT be handed out after the race in order to practice social distancing, but will be available for pickup at Fleet Feet Wilmington.

Race Swag

Race Bibs, Tank Tops, & Finisher Medals will arrive in the mail by July 4th to participants who registered by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.  We are working on a drive-thru type packet pickup for those who registered after June 3rd.

PLEASE NOTE THAT RACE SWAG IS NOW SOLD OUT!

Official Course: Our Independence Day 5K & 1 Mile starts and finishes at The 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 trails and flat easy running.

Virtual Run 2020:  You can run or walk your race anywhere!  We remind you to avoid running in groups and be mindful of social distancing.

Schedule & Broadcast Info

Friday, July 3, 2020

 The Pointe at Barclay
2223 Blockbuster Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

*There is no day of registration.

Participants Who Switched to In-Person Race
If you missed packet pickup, please pick up your timed bib near the start line.

Participants Who Registered After June 3rd
If you missed packet pickup, please pick up your timed bib near the start line.

Participants Who Registered By June 3rd
Race Packets have been mailed directly to you.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Pointe at Barclay
1540 Barclay Pointe Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28412

7:10 AM  –  Live Facebook Broadcast
7:30 AM  –  40+ Minute 5K
7:33 AM  –  35-40 Minute 5K
7:36 AM  –  30-35 Minute 5K
7:39 AM  –  25-30 Minute 5K
7:42 AM  –  25-30 Minute 5K
7:45 AM  –  20-25 Minute 5K
7:48 AM  –  20-25 Minute 5K
7:51 AM  –  Sub 20 Minute 5K
7:54 AM  –  Extra Wave for 5K
8:15 AM  –  1 Mile Start

We understand these wave starts may seem backwards. This layout is to ensure all runners have crossed 17th Street by 8:30am.

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REGISTRATION & PRICING

5K & 1 Mile Race – Live OR Virtual
Through March 31  —  $20

April 1 through July 4  —  $25

PLEASE NOTE THAT RACE SWAG IS NOW SOLD OUT!

FAQ & GUIDELINES

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.