Old Baldy Run for the Light

Bald Head Island, NC & VIRTUAL RACE
September 6

* NEW RACE DATE FOR OLD BALDY RUN FOR THE LIGHT *

Due to damage on the island and debris on the race course from Hurricane Isaias, the race has been moved to the new date of Sunday, September 6th, 2020.

Currently registered participants will receive an email with more details.
Go Time & The Old Baldy Foundation thank you for your understanding.

Packet Pickup options for those who cannot make the new race date and are already on or traveling to Bald Head Island for the original race weekend:
REGISTRATIONS WITHOUT A FERRY TICKET:
Saturday, August 8: Old Baldy Lighthouse Gift Shop from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, August 9: Old Baldy Lighthouse Gift Shop from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
REGISTRATIONS INCLUDING A FERRY TICKET:
Sunday, August 9: Deep Point Marina from 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

When & Where

Sunday, August 6, 2020

Old Baldy Lighthouse
101 Lighthouse Wynd
Bald Head Island, NC 28461
– or –
Race virtually Aug. 7th – Sep. 7th!

Distances

5K  –  TIMED or VIRTUAL
10K  –  TIMED or VIRTUAL
1 Mile  –  UNTIMED or VIRTUAL

Start Times

6:00 PM  –  10K Start
6:30 PM  –  5K Start
6:35 PM  –  1 Mile Start
VIRTUAL OPTION AVAILABLE TOO!

2019 Run for the Light Photos

2019 Run for the Light Results

LIVE IN-PERSON RACE INSTRUCTIONS

While we are excited to celebrate the annual Old Baldy Run for the Light, we want to be sure we’re celebrating safely.

For participants running the race in person, 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. Number of participants per wave will be determined on gathering numbers.
    4. Waves times will be listed near the top and bottom of this page in the schedule sections by August 30th.
    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 Finish Line.
  • 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
    1. Onsite Registration: NO day of registration will be available at the race. 
    2. Packet Pickup:  Please see details under the “Schedule & Parking Info” section below.

VIRTUAL RACE INSTRUCTIONS – READ BEFORE YOU RUN!

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 uploading your results automatic.

– Once you open the App, you will be asked for your name and 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

– Run or walk the distance you registered for at any time and anywhere between August 7 and September 7.

3. SUBMIT YOUR 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 the name of the race.

3) Click on “Tracker” and then on “Ready for My Race”

4) You will be prompted to enable Background Location in your Settings.  Make sure this background setting is set to ALWAYS, and NOT Only When Using.  The ALWAYS setting ensures that if the phone goes to sleep, or you play music, the App will still track your run.  Following your race, simply go to Settings, find IYR Virtual, 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.

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.  SUMBIT PICTURES HERE – Link Coming Soon!

The Run for the Light course is a scenic run near coastal dunes and through the maritime forest on Bald Head Island, NC. Enjoy the sweeping views while running at dusk toward the light of The Old Baldy Lighthouse. Make your participation in this race an entire day trip your whole family can enjoy by taking part in an afternoon festival celebrating National Lighthouse Day featuring games, crafts, music, bbq, beer and more! The festival will be taking place on the lighthouse grounds, the start and finishing site for The Run for the Light. This event is perfect to showcase one of North Carolina’s most beautiful beaches and historic sites– it will be one to mark off your bucket list! All proceeds from The Run for Light go towards the mission of The Old Baldy Foundation.

About the Cause

The Run for the Light is a fundraiser for The Old Baldy Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. The mission of the Old Baldy Foundation is the historic preservation and maintenance of the Old Baldy Lighthouse, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse, and historical education and outreach of the rich maritime history of the Cape Fear Region. The lighthouse was in a state of disrepair when this organization formed in the 1980s. With our foundations’ stewardship, the lighthouse stands well maintained at over 200 years old and has become a beloved cultural treasure for the Cape Fear Region and state.

5K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

10K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

*** ALL 10K & 5K FINISHERS WILL RECEIVE A MEDAL ***

(Will be similar to 2019 Shirt Design)

Race Swag

Shirts will be guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 17, 2020. The shirts are available in Youth S-L and Adult Unisex S-XXL cut sizes. Be sure to claim your shirt today by registering!

SWAG BAG: Participants will receive a reusable blag includes a FREE beer card and FREE Old Baldy Lighthouse admission.

MEDALS: All 5K & 10K race participants will receive one at the finish line!

Participating virtually?
Race packets will start being mailed on August 3rd.

The Run for the Light course is a scenic run near coastal dunes and through the maritime forest on Bald Head Island, NC. The whole course features an all-asphalt surface, with splits and water at the 1-, 3- and 5-mile marks. This event is perfect to showcase some of North Carolina’s most beautiful beaches and beach cities – it will be one to mark off your bucket list!

This race course is also stroller friendly!
However, dogs are not allowed on this course so please leave them at home or with a non-running spectator.

Schedule & Parking Info

Packet Pickup

There is NO pre-race day Packet Pickup. All bibs & swag items must be picked up on Sunday. 

Registrations INCLUDING a Ferry Ticket
Deep Point Marina
1301 Ferry Rd SE
Southport, NC 28461
9:00 AM – 10:45 AM   or   2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Registrations WITHOUT a Ferry Ticket
Please pickup at the race start/finish at the Old Baldy Lighthouse during registration.
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Virtual Participants: Packets will be mailed to you.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Old Baldy Lighthouse
101 Lighthouse Wynd
Bald Head Island, NC  28461

5:00 PM  –  Packet Pickup Opens *
6:00 PM  –  10K Start
6:15 PM  –  Packet Pickup Closes
6:30 PM  –  5K Start
6:35 PM  –  1 Mile Start
7:30 PM  –  Awards
(Wave Start Times will be posted by August 30th)

* Please Note: There is NO Day of Sign Ups *

Race Day Parking & Ferry Travel

To get to Bald Head Island, you must travel by ferry from Deep Point Marina in Southport, NC. Book your ticket at www.baldheadislandferry.com or purchase at a discount with your race registration. The ferry runs every hour, and upon arrival on the island the race start is a 5 min. walk, or you can book a tram ride via the website above.

Want to Volunteer or Sponsor?

Questions About the Event?

REGISTRATION & PRICING

10K, 5K, or 1 Mile Race  (Ages 12 & Under)
Through April 17  —  $35
April 18 through July 12  —  $40
July 13 through September 6  —  $45

10K, 5K, or 1 Mile Race (Ages 13 & Over)
Through April 17  —  $45
April 18 through July 12  —  $50
July 13 through September 6  —  $55

Virtual Race  (Ages 12 & Under)
Through July 12  —  $40
July 13 through August 4  —  $45

Virtual Race  (Ages 13 & Over)
Through July 12  —  $50
July 13 through August 4  —  $55

Discounted Ferry Ticket to Bald Head
Childen (12 & Under)  —  $11
Adults (13 & Over)  —  $16

PLEASE NOTE: The LAST DAY to purchase ferry ticket with your registration is September 2nd.

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.