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The BADWATER® Cape Fear Race Returns to the East Coast with the 6th Annual Run


Bald Head Island, NC - With 50km and 51-mile race options, the Badwater® Cape Fear ultramarathon features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and the wild and undeveloped marshlands of the Cape Fear River to the west. Running this remote coast is a dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience the Cape Fear region in all its grandeur! Race results, images, and more will be located on - or linked from - the 2019 webcast page:

This exquisite natural setting of Badwater Cape Fear is the perfect antidote to the "real world" and also a wonderful counterpart to the desert sands and mountains of Death Valley and Anza-Borrego Desert featured in the two West Coast BADWATER® races (Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater 135.)

Bald Head Island and nearby Southport, NC (featured in the film "Safe Haven") are ideal vacation get-away spots for the entire family, located less than one hour from Wilmington, NC and its major airport with Delta and US Airways service. (Flying into Myrtle Beach, SC is another convenient option.) Due to the remarkable beauty and quaint southern charm of this area, as well as this impeccable, authentic BADWATER race experience, many Badwater Cape Fear participants are now making this race an annual pilgrimage!

In 2014, eighty runners from 17 states plus Canada, Philippines, and United Kingdom, ranging in age from 20 to 72, competed. See the 2014 webcast here.

In 2015, 115 runners from 23 states plus Canada, Colombia, Philippines, Singapore, and United Kingdom, ranging in age from 20 to 69, competed. See the 2015 webcast here.

In 2016, 117 runners from 21 states plus Canada, Colombia, Philippines, and United Kingdom, ranging in age from 22 to 70, competed. See the 2016 webcast here.

In 2017, 183 runners from 26 states plus Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Philippines, United Kingdom, and Venezuela, ranging in age from 17 to 71, competed. See the 2017 webcast here.

In 2018, 179 runners from 29 states plus Canada, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, and United Kingdom, racing in age from 18 to 72, competed. See the 2018 webcast here.

The 2019 race will feature approximately 184 runners. This includes runners from Armenia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Germany, India, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom, plus from 23 American states, districts, and territories: California (8), Colorado (1), District of Columbia (1), Florida (19), Georgia (1), Illinois (7), Louisiana (4), Massachusetts (3), Michigan, Mississippi (1), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (1), New York (8), North Carolina (65), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (9), South Carolina (16), Tennessee (7), Texas (5), Vermont (2), Virginia (5), and Washington (2). See the 2019 race roster here. See the 2019 webcast here.

This year there are 56 women and 128 men; 54 veterans and 130 rookies. The age range is 15 to 73 (or perhaps 80.)

Here is the detailed race roster: 

The Official Charity of BADWATER CAPE FEAR is the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a leader in barrier island conservation, preservation, and education. Race participants and supporters appreciate that BHIC cares for this race route's pristine setting and its role as a sea turtle nesting site, and are encouraged to fundraise for BHIC and support its mission. Learn more at

Local Sponsors and Partners include Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks. The finish line feast and the post-race breakfast will be catered by Maritime Market. The Hampton Inn in Southport supports the race and has also extended a special rate. The event is being hosted under special permits from the Village of Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Badwater Cape Fear is the first leg of the BADWATER® ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear on March 16, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea in Borrego Springs, CA on April 28-29, and then the Badwater 135 from California's Death Valley to Mt. Whitney on July 15-17. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year are featured on the Badwater website and their virtues are extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine.

The March 2019 edition of BADWATER magazine is available for download as a PDF. It is 44 pages long and focuses primarily on our Spring races, Badwater Cape Fear and Badwater Salton Sea, and much more. The cover image is attached. Download it here:

2019 Badwater Cape Fear Race Results (available Monday, March 18):

2019 Badwater Cape Fear Webcast Page (with links to results, image galleries, and more):

Badwater Cape Fear is on Instagram as @BadwaterHQ as well as Hashtags #BadwaterCapeFear and #BadwaterCF 

Official Event Webpage: 

Recap video of the 2016 race: 

Aerial video of the 2014 race:

Attachments: See below for the cover of the Spring issue of BADWATER, along with links to an image of the 51-mile race finisher's buckle and other images from the race's previous editions.

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting unique sports events and BADWATER®, the world's toughest brand and the world's toughest races. AdventureCORPS' world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the BADWATER® 135, BADWATER® SALTON SEA, BADWATER® CAPE FEAR, BADWATER® NEW YEAR'S AT CAPE FEAR, and other events. Our products include Badwater® Apparel, Badwater® Skin Care, Badwater® Gear, as well as other lifestyle items and services. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and "out there."


Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA 

Image Links (web-resolution; feel free to use in any media / promotional capacity):

51mi Finisher Buckle: 

Aerial View: 

Running the beach at Cape Fear:

Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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