2017 Black Friday Dash Photos

When & Where

Friday, November 24, 2017

Waterline Brewing Co.
721 Surrey Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


5K Run  –  TIMED
1 Mile Fun Run  –  TIMED

Start Times

11:00 AM  –  1 Mile Fun Run Start
12:00 PM  –  5K Race Start

Wouldn’t a race on the day after Thanksgiving be a great idea?  We thought so too!  So we (the folks who brought you the Gallop for the Gravy for the past 10 years) have moved the race to 11 am on Black Friday, and to a new location with a route along the Cape Fear River.  Isn’t that civilized?  Avoid the shopping crowds, sleep in, and then dash in to join us for the Annual Black Friday Dash!

Starting at Waterline Brewery and then winding along the Cape Fear River, through downtown Wilmington, turning at the new Pier 33 and then ending back at Waterline Brewery, this professionally managed and timed 5K is a new local tradition.  Come join us!

About the Cause

The Black Friday Dash is sponsored by the Wilmington West Rotary, a 501( c )4 organization.The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. The mission of the Wilmington West Rotary is “Service About Self”. The event’s focus is on youth outreach, so the beneficiaries are local non-profits who focus on youth in our community like the YMCA, DREAMS, Kids Making It, and Blue Ribbon Commission.

5K Awards
•Top 3 Overall Male and Female
•Top 3 Male and Female in Age Groups:
10 & Under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

1 Mile Awards
•Top 3 Overall Male and Female
•Top 3 Male and Female Masters
•Top 3 Finishers Breaking 5 minutes
•Top 3 Male and Female in Age Groups:
7 & Under, 8-13, 14-18

CASH PRIZE for Top 3 Overall 1 Mile finishers under 5 min!

Combined 5K & 1 Mile Runs Award
 •Top Male & Female Finishers for best combined time for those that want to run the 5K and 1 Mile

Race Swag

Participants who register by Wednesday, November 1, 2017 will be guaranteed a Race Shirt or a Knit Cap. The shirts are available in Youth S-L and Adult Unisex S-XL cut sizes. The shirts are a Cotton/Polyester blend. Participants who run the 5K will be receiving the Race Shirts as the participants in the 1 Mile will be receiving the Knit Caps.

 Be sure to claim your shirt today!

This 5K course starts and finishes at Waterline Brewing Co. and winds its way along Riverfront, where runners will be turned around at the Wilmington Convention Center and run back along the river to end at Waterline. The 1 Mile course starts at Waterline, then goes down Surrey Street and around the block to Front Street, them comes back to Waterline.

Schedule & Parking Info


Friday, November 24, 2017

Waterline Brewing Co.
721 Surrey Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

9:00 AM  –  Registration Opens
11:00 AM  –  1 Mile Run/Walk Starts
11:45 AM  –  Registration Closes
12:00 PM  –  5K Run Starts
1:00 PM  –  Awards (Time Approximate)


Parking is available first come first serve and can be found in a large lot next to Waterline Brewing Co. for both Packet Pickup & Race Day.

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Additional Information

This event is a Family Fun event that provides something for all ages! Participants can expect music, food trucks, children’s games, beer & more. The family doesn’t want to miss this crazy event.

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Event Pricing

Early Bird: Now through October 18   $30
October 19 through November 17   $35
Race Day   $40

1 Mile Fun Run
Early Bird: Now through October 18  — $15
October 19 through November 17  — $20
Race Day  — $25


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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