Simultaneously AdventureCORPS has averaged about $20,000 per year in donations to the Bald Head Island Conservancy. As Chris Kostman, Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director, says: "We love Bald Head Island and we love working with the Conservancy and supporting the important work they do both on and off the island!"
With 50km and 51-mile race options and a start line at the foot of Old Baldy, Badwater® Cape Fear features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads and maritime forest trails of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 38 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The beach stretch features spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and the wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. Running this remote coast is a dramatic, invigorating, and inspiring manner in which to experience Bald Head Island, Fort Fisher State Recreation, and the Cape Fear region in all its grandeur!
Kostman discovered Bald Head Island from the Nicholas Sparks movie Safe Haven and fell in love with Southport and the whole Cape Fear area. Reflecting on the island and on Badwater® Cape Fear, he states "It's a really interesting and unusual place which allows us to host an extraordinarily beautiful and challenging Badwater race." He further notes “the exquisite natural setting is the perfect antidote to the ‘real world’ and a wonderful counterpart to the desert sands and mountains of Death Valley and the Anza-Borrego Desert featured in our two West Coast Badwater races!”
In 2021, Badwater Cape Fear moves to the fall - with an October 2 race date - but the race will return to the spring in 2022 with the race on March 19. Get all the info - or register - at Badwater.com!