The Blue Ribbon Run

Wilmington, NC & VIRTUAL RACE
March 27, 2021

When & Where

In Person Race
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Long Leaf Park or Autumn Hall
(A decision will be made soon)
Wilmington, NC

Virtual Race
Anywhere! March 26 – 28


In Person Race
5K  –  TIMED

1 Mile  –  UNTIMED

Virtual Race
1 Mile

Start Times

In Person Race
4:00 PM  –  5K Start

4:05 PM  –  1 Mile Start

If we are under mass gathering restrictions at the time of the race, we will utilize wave start times.

Virtual Race
Anytime! March 26 – 28

2020 Blue Ribbon Run Photos

2020 Blue Ribbon Run Results

The Blue Ribbon Run is an annual event raising money and awareness for a cure for colorectal cancer, while helping North Carolina families affected by this disease.

The Blue Ribbon Run is unique in its afternoon start time with a reception following at Dockside. Transportation is provided to and from the race site. The band Lunar Tide creates an atmosphere for celebration of life and hope to find a cure.

The t-shirt designs are a local favorite and blue hydrangeas are sold with all profits benefiting the goal of saving lives.

About the Cause

The Blue Ribbon Run is a nonprofit for the Julie M. Brown and Christina Gianoplus Colon Cancer Foundation, which has an endowment established at UNC Lineberger. Partnering with Wilmington Gastroenterology, our goal is to raise awareness for early detection and prevention of colon cancer. We are proud to have made an invaluable impact on this community and are grateful for the sponsors and participants who help us continue in our fight against colon cancer.

5K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female
• Top 3 Overall Masters (Ages 40+), Male & Female
• Top 3 in Age Groups, Male & Female:
14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Team Awards
• Fastest Team
• Biggest Team
• Most Spirited Team

PLEASE NOTE: Awards are for In-Person Race Participants ONLY

Race Swag

Shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 8, 2021. Race shirts are available in Youth S-L, and Adult Unisex S-XXL, and are made of a cotton/polyester blend.

Be sure to claim your shirt today by registering!

Official Course: The 2021 Course will be announced soon.

Virtual Run:  You can run or walk your race anywhere!

Schedule & Parking Info

Friday, March 26, 2021


Location TBA
Wilmington, NC

4 PM – 6 PM

In Person Participants: If we’re under mass gathering limits at the time of the event, packets not picked up at packet pickup can be picked up 10 minutes before your start time.

Virtual Participants: Race packets must be picked up at the packet pickup above, or your packet can be mailed for an additional fee.

Saturday, March 27, 2021


Location TBA
Wilmington, NC

4:00 PM  –  5K Start
4:05 PM    1 Mile Start

If we are under mass gathering restrictions at the time of the race, we will utilize wave start times. Packets will be available 10 minutes prior to your start time.

Race Day Parking

Around the start/finish line area.

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5K Race
Through February 28  —  $30
March 1 through March 25  —  $35
March 26 & March 27  —  $40

Students & Military  —  $25
Families of 4 or More  —  $25 per person

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Through February 28  —  $20
March 1 through March 27  —  $25

5K Race – Virtual
Through February 28  —  $30
March 1 through March 20  —  $35

1 Mile Race – Virtual
Through February 28  —  $20
March 1 through March 20  —  $25

Virtual Participants: If you live out of town or would prefer to not attend the designated packet pickup,
you can have your packet mailed directly to you for an additional shipping fee of $5.


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.