Update 4 p.m. Feb. 18: According to the signup website, registration is full for this event.
Registration is open for the Run the Rodanthe race across the “jug-handle” bridge currently under construction on Hatteras Island.
Tentative day for the race is March 5. The date is subject to change because the bridge opening date has not been confirmed. The race may be sooner or or later depending on the bridge construction progress, organizers said.
Race participants can choose between a 5-mile or 5K run. The 5-mile race will begin near the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Association Building at 23646 N.C. 12, Rodanthe, and run or walk the whole distance of the 2.4-mile bridge and back, with a little extra to complete the 5-mile distance. Those in the 5K will start and finish at the same point as the 5 milers but will have an earlier turnaround to complete the 5K distance.
Early-bird pricing is $40 for the 5M and $30 for the 5K. Prices increase by $10 in each category once the confirmed date is announced. Sign up online for the race, which is limited to 300 participants.
This is a rain-or-shine event and no refunds will be offered for weather or other reasons, save one. If the date changes and you are unable to attend, the race fee is refundable, minus credit card fees, for a period of one week after the confirmed date is announced.
All participants receive a commemorative race medal and race shirt. The 5-mile participants also receive a reusable/packable cup, perfect for tucking in your pocket during the race. No paper cups are allowed on the bridge. Water will be available for 5-mile participants at the turnaround. Use the reusable cup or bring a water bottle. Those in the 5K also should bring a water bottle. Water will be available at the start and finish.
A postrace party is planned with music, beer and refreshments, including hot sandwiches, coleslaw and beans provided by the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station. Additional items will be available for purchase by participants and spectators. You must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages — be prepared to show ID.
Run the Rodanthe benefits the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association. The nonprofit is a voluntary membership organization open to residents, businesses and homeowners who want to support the three unincorporated villages of Hatteras Island.
Any COVID-19 restrictions, such as masking or distancing, that are in place at race time must be observed. Details about COVID-19 compliance is to be emailed to participants as part of prerace instructions.