The Battle for Independence

LET’S RUN TOGETHER – IN PERSON OR VIRTUALLY!
July 4

When & Where

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Pointe at Barclay
1450 Barclay Pointe Blvd.
Wilmington, NC  28412
–or–
Run virutally anytime between July 3 & July 5

Distances

5K  Timed – IN PERSON
1 Mile  Timed – IN PERSON
5K & 1 Mile – VIRTUAL

Doing the Virtual Race?
Details are below on how to time your race with our Virtual Race App!

Start Times

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

2020 Battle for Independence Photos

2020 Battle for Independence Results

LIVE IN-PERSON RACE INSTRUCTIONS

While we are excited to celebrate the 4th of July with you, we want to be sure we’re celebrating safely.

For participants running at The Pointe at Barclay, here is our social distancing and sanitization plan approved by the City of Wilmington.

  • Start Line
    1. There will be 2 start lines and 1 finish line.
    2. Ground markings will be at the start line for participants to start 6 feet apart.
    3. Groups will start in staggered waves of 20 people.
    4. Waves times are listed near the top and bottom of this page in the schedule sections.
    5. Participants are asked to not come to the Start Line until 5 minutes before their Wave Start Time.
    6. Single use face masks will be available at the start line. Per the NC Governor’s Executive Order: Participants are to wear a mask, including at the Start Line, when social distancing is not possible.  Masks can be removed once the race starts. Do not wear while running.
  • Finish Line
    1. Participants will be asked to exit the finish line area immediately following their race.
    2. Single use face masks will be available at the finish line.
    3. Family, friends, and participants watching the race are not permitted at the Start and Finish Lines to stay within the mass gathering number.  To watch runners, please find a spot anywhere along the course.
    4. Water bottles will be available at the finish line for runners to grab on their own.
    5. No medals or awards will be given at the finish line.
  • Water Stop
    1. Small water bottles will be available at the water stop for runners to grab on their own.
  • Face Coverings
    1. It’s Go Time staff and volunteers are required to wear face coverings. 
    2. Single use face masks will be available at the start line. Per the NC Governor’s Executive Order: Participants are to wear a mask, including at the Start Line, when social distancing is not possible.  Masks can be removed once the race starts. Do not wear while running.
    3. Single use face coverings will be available at the finish line.
  • Cleaning & Hygiene 
    1. Staff will perform routine cleaning of any frequently touched areas.
    2. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at the Start & Finish Lines.
  • Monitoring for Symptoms
    1. Participants are being reminded if they display any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, to remain home.
  • Protecting the Vulnerable Populations
    1. We are asking all participants who fall into the vulnerable population class to stay home and run the event virtually.
  • Registration – Packet Pickup – Awards
    1. Onsite Registration: NO onsite registration will be available. 
    2. Packet Pickup:  Packets have been mailed to participants who registered by June 3rd. Participants who did not receive a packet in the mail, can pick up their items at the Packet Pickup listed at the bottom of the webpage.
    3. Timing Chips:  Participants who are running at The Pointe at Barclay can pick up their timing chip at Packet Pickup.
    4. Awards:  Overall and Age Group awards will be available for pick up at Fleet Feet Wilmington.

 

LIVE VIRTUAL RACE INSTRUCTIONS – READ BEFORE YOU RUN!

While many participants will choose to run the race in person we also offer the ability to run virtually:

1. GET THE IYR VIRTUAL APP

– Download the App called “IYR VIRTUAL” on your phone.  IYR has several apps, so be sure to download the one called IYR VIRTUAL. The App is not required, but makes tracking your race and uploading your results automatic.

– Once you open the App, you will be asked for your email address to find your registration record.  You will need to use the email address associated with your registration profile. If someone else’s email address was used for your registration profile, you will need to use that email.

2. RUN YOUR RACE

– On July 4 at 7:10am (Eastern), join us Live on Facebook as we provide music, warm ups, the National Anthem, and a countdown to the start of your virtual race.  However, you can run anytime between July 3rd – July 5th.

3. TRACK & SUBMIT YOUR FINISH TIME (read before you run)

Option 1: Run with the IYR Virtual App, and let it record your finish time. The App will track your run, tell you when you finish the race, and automatically upload your finish time to the race results.

1) When you’re ready to run, open the IYR Virtual App using the email address associated with your registration record.
2) Search for Battle for Independence Road Race
3) Click on “Tracker” and then on “Ready for My Race”
4) You will be prompted to enable Background Location to Always. This is to ensure if the phone goes to sleep, or you play music, the App will still track your run.  Following your race, go to Settings and turn off Background Location.

Option 2: Use the IYR  Virtual App to Manually Upload your results from your Garmin, GPS, or Strava to the IYR Virtual App after your race.  After your race, open the App, find the race, click on Tracker, then Upload Results.

Option 3: Upload a picture of your results through a Google From. Use the following link to send us a picture of your results.  Your results will not post automatically online like those using the IYR Virtual App, as we have to upload these results manually. SUBMIT RESULTS HERE

4. SHARE YOUR PICTURES

– Be sure to take pictures of your run/walk and share them with us.  We will be creating a Facebook album. SUBMIT PICTURES HERE

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 Runners
7:33 AM  –  35-40 Minute 5K Runners
7:36 AM  –  30-35 Minute 5K Runners
7:39 AM  –  25-30 Minute 5K Runners
7:42 AM  –  25-30 Minute 5K Runners
7:45 AM  –  20-25 Minute 5K Runners
7:48 AM  –  20-25 Minute 5K Runners
7:51 AM  –  Sub 20 Minute 5K Runners
7:54 AM  –  Extra Wave
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

Live or Virtual 5K & 1 Mile Race
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.