Sledgehammer Beach Run

Event Details
North Topsail Beach
2950 Island Dr, North Topsail Beach, NC
Topsail Beach, NC 28460
United States
Event Dates and Times
Time Zone (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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, 10k & 5k course are all on the beach
**Half marathon cut off time is 4hours. Anyone left on the course after the fourth hour will be picked up by a staff member and will be disqualified for awards.

1. Does everyone receive a finisher medal?
a. Yes, to everyone that finishes the race!

2. Does everyone get a race shirt?
a. Only those that purchase them separately. In order to keep our races affordable we have the race shirt as an optional cost.

3. Where does the race start and end? a. Beach Access #2 - 2950 Island Drive North Topsail Beach, NC

4. Where do I park?
a. You can park at Beach Access #2 (race start/finish)

5. Are dogs allowed to run with us?
a. No, unfortunately our insurance does not allow dogs unless they are a certified service dog.

6. Where do the proceeds go?
a. The proceeds are divided between JOSC.NC and Semper Fi & America’s Fund. Both organizations are 501(c)3 non profits.


✅ Want to promote your event? Click on the contact us link at the bottom of
✅ Over 1.3 million views since our debut launch in August 2023. (Updated AUG 2023-JAN2024)
✅ How did we grow so fast? We have 25 more Discover sites (25 million+ views in 2023) that we use to drive traffic to the area to encourage people across the nation to come visit and enjoy Topsail Island, NC. No one in the area has anything like it.

We are more than a website. Come learn more. #discovertopsailisland #topsailisland #topsailislandnews #visittopsailisland #exploretopsailisland #surfcitync #surfcitynorthcarolina

DISCLAIMER 1: Please note that is not responsible for any changes in content that may occur after publication. While we strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, events and details such as dates, times, and locations are subject to change. We strongly encourage all visitors to our site to use the direct website links provided for each event listed. These links will lead you to the most current information, allowing you to confirm all relevant details directly with the event organizers.

DISCLAIMER 2: The majority of content featured on is original and protected under copyright laws. Duplication, reproduction, or use of this content in any form is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of Furthermore, content may be shared by the event producers to as such is protected. If you wish to use or reproduce any content found on our website, please contact us using the 'Contact Us' link located at the bottom of our site for further information and guidance.