Race across bridges and along our fast, flat courses. The Half & 10K are running the full span of the 65-foot high Neuse River Bridge this year! All three are USATF-certified routes.
The Neuse River Bridge Run is held in 300-year-old historic downtown New Bern, offering magnificent views of the Neuse and Trent Rivers. There's plenty to do in and around town; spend some family time touring downtown New Bern, visit Tryon Palace, paddle on the river or try one of our delicious eateries. Course distances include a half-marathon, 10K or 5K race. Participants who wish to walk may choose the 5K route only.
All courses are USATF certified and runners are chip-timed.
Race Start Times: 7:00 a.m. - Half-marathon 7:30 a.m. - 10K 8:15 a.m. - 5K *Please arrive at East Front Street start line no later than 7:45 a.m. if you are running the 5K.
Race day registration and pre-registration packet pickup will close at 6:30 a.m.
TIMING The Bridge Run will be timed by Run the East LLC. All participants will receive a bib with a disposable timing tag attached to the back of the bib. Participants should wear the bib on their front during the duration of the race and must not bend or fold the tag.
TEAMS Teams of 10 or more participants will receive a $5 discount. To utilize this discount, teams should register online at runtheeast.com. Once the 10th team member registers, the first 9 members will automatically receive the discount back to their original payment method.
Before March 1st: Half marathon: $65 5k and 10K: $35 Kids Fun Run: $15
After March 1st: Half marathon: $75 5k and 10K: $45 Kids Fun Run: $20
T-shirts only guaranteed for those who register by March 1.
EARLY PACKET PICK-UP Early packet pick-up is available and encouraged on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (203 S. Front Street) in downtown New Bern.
Early packet pick-up for the Super Kids event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
RACE COURSE The half-marathon, 10K, and 5K races are USATF certified point-to-point courses.
START TIMES- Saturday, March 24th, 2018 Half Marathon: 7:00 AM 10K: 7:30 AM 5K: 8:15 AM
All courses must be cleared by 11:00 AM due to Department of Transportation regulations.
PARKING Free parking will be available in and around downtown New Bern. Parking is NOT AVAILABLE at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. NO PARKING AT UNION POINT PARK. Please allow ample time to walk to the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
BAGGAGE AREA A baggage check area is available inside the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center for race participants. Items will be stored for the race duration but should be picked up and dropped off from the same location. The Neuse River Bridge Run and its affiliates are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
POST-RACE ACTIVITIES After crossing the finish line, continue on for immediate refreshments and water directly after the finish line. Then, come join the post-race celebration inside and on the waterfront of the New Bern Convention Center.
AWARDS All runners must be chip-timed to be eligible for an award. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall 5K, 10K, and half-marathon male and female finishers, along with the top 3 male and female in the following age categories: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. Award ceremony will begin inside the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center at approximately 10 a.m. Awards cannot be mailed.
SUPERKIDS FUN RUN This event will take place in Union Point Park on Friday, March 23rd at approximately 6:00 p.m. and is open to kids 10 and under. A first place girl and boy finisher will be recognized at the awards ceremony after the race in four age groups: 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; and 9-10. The awards ceremony is at the SuperKids' Fun Run finish line. All participants will receive a medal at the SuperKids Fun Run finish line in Union Point Park. Children must be registered to participate and should report to the start area in the left of Union Point Park 10 minutes prior to their start time. Entry fee is $15 per child and includes a t-shirt (while supplies last if not pre-registered by February 20), medal and runners’ celebration entry.
RUNNERS’ CELEBRATION All runners, paid-in-advance guests, SuperKids Fun Run and volunteers are invited to celebrate the runners’ accomplishments Saturday at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The Celebration will be held from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th and will include beer, soft drinks, awards and entertainment.
SPECIAL SAFETY CONDITIONS 1. No babyjoggers, pets or inline skates will be permitted. 2. Wheelchair participants and hand-cyclists are permitted, but please contact us at the time of registration for necessary accommodations. These participants must report to the starting line 10 minutes prior to stated start times for an early start. 3. A shuttle will pick up remaining participants on the courses at 11:00 a.m. to insure participant safety. 4. Traffic will be stopped only for brief periods. Runners/walkers must be aware of moving traffic at all times. City streets will not be officially closed. 5. No children under 10 years old are permitted to participate in the Half Marathon or 10K nor under 8 years old for the 5K. Please check out the SuperKids' Fun Run for your children under 8 and 10 years of age.