Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.4
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
4.3
Join us at Run Oak Island and get away to beautiful Coastal North Carolina over the long 3-day Presidents Weekend! This is the second of 4 races in the BAM Series (#BigAssMedals Series) located on the lower Brunswick County Islands. The Run Oak Island Marathon starts at 6:45am and you … MORE
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    shoelessdun REPEAT RUNNER '20

    They do packet pickup the morning of, super close to race starting line and trust me, they'll be ready for you no matter how early you arrive to pick up … MORE

    They do packet pickup the morning of, super close to race starting line and trust me, they’ll be ready for you no matter how early you arrive to pick up your bib etc. Coastal Race Productions always offeres nice swag. This time around it was a nicely ventilated running hat! They also have inexpensive swag purchase options like soft cotton tee shirts for like 15 bucks and beach towels, fleece blankets. Nice tee and hat design. You can pay for these online when you sign up in advance and they’ll have them for you at packet pickup. They always do a packet pickup the day before somewhere local, but it really isn’t an expo…I mean they’ll have a few energy gels, some socks, and handheld water bottles available to buy, but not much really.

    This race offers a full marathon (which I believe the free giveaway for running that distance was a long sleeve quarter zip), half marathon, 5k and a 1 mile fun run. You can customize your bib up to 10 letters if you sign up well in advance and post race eats are your choice of 1 cold (though they try and keep it warm) slice of Papa John’s pizza or some pulled pork bbq (get this) with Texas toast, water, and a draft beer (Land Shark and 1 other like Coors Light on tap).
    Like most races, happiness is often weather dependent and for 2020 it was a bit windy and in the 30’s at the race’s inception, but once the sun came up, it warmed up and you were good to go without gloves or long sleeves. Post race you’ll want a jacket minimum though because it can get gusty and you’ll be hot and sweaty.
    Bring your own gels, though they do have frequent water stops and porta johns along the way.

    Halfers run much of the full marathon course (it’s shared at the same time), but it never seemed super crowded except at the start of the race. They have a pro photographer that tries to take pics of every single entrant (I usually get 2 or 3 keepers) that she will post on Facebook a day or two after the race. Just follow the race page on FB and you’ll see all the photos…and there are a lot of them!

    Age group awards available for all distances and are grouped in 5 year increments. The medals are indeed very big (hence it’s called BAM—Big Ass Medals), and the longer the distance you complete, the larger your finisher’s medal. They have a dj with music playing and doing announcements, you know, typical race stuff. Lots of porta johns at the start and finish, but get there early to get parking close to the start line.

    Volunteers are all over directing traffic and helping out, but this is a small town race so there’s very, very few spectators, especially super early in the morning. No matter…for the full marathon and half marathon distances, you run right past a neat lighthouse. 5k’ers don’t get out that far to see the lighthouse unfortunately. For the most part the beach is hidden by homes, though you do run right alongside the beach much of the 2nd half of the race. And though this is a small town race, I’d say they get 1k entrants across all distances, maybe more.

    Overall, this is a fun race that draws a fun crowd, the medals and swag are good, and the CRP (Coastal Race Productions) people definitely know how to organize a race. Follow them on Facebook and look for a discount code on Black Friday that’s usually good for 20 percent off all their future races, but is only good for like 1 or 2 days before expiring. In the Myrtle Beach and sourthern North Carolina area, CRP puts on the best races for sure. Consistently fun and well organized.

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    Great communication. Expo was extremely small. The whole race is mostly beach rentals and then the out and back over the bridge (hwy) between miles 22/23. Well supported with water/Gatorade. … MORE

    Great communication. Expo was extremely small. The whole race is mostly beach rentals and then the out and back over the bridge (hwy) between miles 22/23. Well supported with water/Gatorade. Nice finishers jacket and pizza & a beer at the end.

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race is run mostly parallel to the beach but because of dunes and buildings, you never really see it. I did go to the beach the day before the … MORE

    The race is run mostly parallel to the beach but because of dunes and buildings, you never really see it. I did go to the beach the day before the race and it was a nice, clean beach.

    The course was flat except for having to go over a bridge twice. The medals are large (the do call it the Big Ass Medal Series) but the shirts weren’t tech shirts. They were nice t-shirts, but regular t-shirts all the same.

    The organizers did do a great job with email updates leading up to the race. Post race you got a bottle of water, a banana, a beer, and your choice of bbq or pizza. I will say the bbq was pretty good. Parking near the start/finish line was plentiful and easy.

    Overall, not a bad race if you don’t require lots of bells and whistles. The island itself was nice and had a couple of good places to eat.

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    TinyTerror FIRST-TIMER '18

    In February, I ran the Run Oak Island 5K in Oak Island, NC. Although I ran the 5K, the race also offered a half and full marathon. It is a … MORE

    In February, I ran the Run Oak Island 5K in Oak Island, NC. Although I ran the 5K, the race also offered a half and full marathon. It is a part of the BAM (Big Ass Medals) series, which includes three other races on the NC coast. This was my first time running a race in that series, and I was very impressed. The medals and swag are great- the medals are beautiful, and even the 5K has a finisher’s medal. The 5K finisher’s medal is not as big as the half marathon, but it is better and more colorful than many of my marathon medals. The shirts are colorful and soft cotton.

    The 5K course itself was great- fairly no frills, but we had two aid stations. It was well marked and had plenty of volunteers. The starting times were staggered that people did not run into each other, which I liked, and all the races started on time. The after party had pizza and barbeque for refreshments, along with post-race beer.

    This race was on President’s Day weekend, and with many people having that Monday off work, it’s a great destination race to visit North Carolina for. The weather during that time of year is perfect for a half or full marathon and great if you are coming from a colder climate and want a break from the weather.

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    juliemfarlow REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Beautiful scenery, water stops every couple miles, pretty flat but the bridge was a welcome challenge!! Had several runners coaching along the way which was awesome. Paul really encouraged me … MORE

    Beautiful scenery, water stops every couple miles, pretty flat but the bridge was a welcome challenge!! Had several runners coaching along the way which was awesome. Paul really encouraged me (he was the 2 hour pacesetter) abd I finished with my best time ever!!!

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    oibeachweddings FIRST-TIMER '18

    I loved another great CRP 5K at the beach! You can't beat a course with a view of the ocean! But you can beat your personal record and I did! … MORE

    I loved another great CRP 5K at the beach! You can’t beat a course with a view of the ocean! But you can beat your personal record and I did!
    I can’t wait for the next one!

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    indigo4081 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Small event, ~500+ runners. Well-organized. Easy route, with very minimal turns. Enjoyed the view of sunrise over the ocean, then the view of the ocean along the first 5 miles … MORE

    Small event, ~500+ runners. Well-organized. Easy route, with very minimal turns. Enjoyed the view of sunrise over the ocean, then the view of the ocean along the first 5 miles was breath-taking. Very family-friendly run.

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    tcole FIRST-TIMER '16

    The medals are as advertised (SWEET) Track is fast but the overpass will catch you off guard! Weather was nice considering the cold and wind Need more port a johns!!!!!! … MORE

    The medals are as advertised (SWEET)
    Track is fast but the overpass will catch you off guard!
    Weather was nice considering the cold and wind
    Need more port a johns!!!!!!
    A hot beverage and food option would have made it nicer. I appreciate the foo/drink sponsors but beer and pizza for that morning should not have been the only option.

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