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Sledgehammer Beach Run

Saturday February 5th, 2022

N Topsail Beach, NC

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Description

Note: We have sold out of all of our 2022 medals so we opened up a few spots at a discounted rate and runners will receive a 2021 medal. 


 


Take in the views and explore North Topsail Beach while running on the beach in either our Half Marathon, 10k or 5k. 


Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission is proud to present the "Sledgehammer Race Series" in memory of Dr. E. B. Sledge.  The mission statement of the "Sledgehammer Race Series" is: To Honor the memory of Sledgehammer and All Combat Veterans."  Sledge was a lifelong Marine who spent the remainder of his post war years coming to terms with what he and his fellow combatants experienced during World War II. 


E. B. "Sledgehammer" Sledge chose to volunteer for the U. S.  Marine Corps in 1942.  He was assigned to K company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Division (K/3/5) where he reached the rank of Corporal in the Pacific Theater. Sledgehammer was a 60mm mortarman at Peleliu and Okinawa where he served with Corporal R. V. Burgin and PFC. Merriell "Snafu" Shelton.  Sledgehammer also served as a rifleman and stretcher bearer when fighting was too close for effective mortar use.
  
Sledge would go on to earn a doctorate in biology and was a beloved professor at the University of Montevallo.  In 1981, Sledge published his memoir, With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, which centered on his combat experiences during the Pacific Campaign.  His book was used as a reference for Ken Burns' PBS documentary, "The War" and Tom Hanks and Stephen Speilbergs' HBO miniseries "The Pacific" starring Joseph Mazzello as Sledge.
 





Course Information

Half marathon course is 10.5 miles of beach and 2.6 miles on the road. 


10k & 5k course are all on the beach


 


T-shirts

In order to keep the cost of races low for runners we have created the option to purchase a shirt instead of just including one in the registration. Register and select the shirt option by January 26th to guarantee your long sleeve t-shirt! 
 


Hotel Discounts

Quality Inn 


1565 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry, NC, US


Call for special discount! 910-327-8282
$79 plus tax for king or 2 queen

Race Distances

Price Register
Sledgehammer 5k Virtual Race $25.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer 10k Virtual Race $25.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer 5k 2021 Medal Version (No yea... $20.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer 10k 2021 Medal Version (No ye... $30.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer Half Marathon (2021 Medal Ver... $40.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer Half Marathon Virtual Race $25.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer 5k Beach Run $25.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer 10k Beach Run $35.00 until Register »
Sledgehammer Half Marathon Beach Run $55.00 until Register »
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Places to Stay

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Start Location

2950 Island Drive, N Topsail Beach, NC

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