"The most welcoming Half Marathon in Eastern North Carolina!"
The annual Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half Marathon & 5k, brought to you via Ironclad Races Inc. and title sponsor Mother Earth Brewing. Ironclad Races Inc. is a Kinston based non-profit corporation with a mission to produce sporting events in Kinston and donate all proceeds to local non-profit organizations and charities benefiting our community.
Ironclad Races in partnership with the Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half Marathon event board, local business and volunteers aim to bring runners to our community and highlight the historic and cultural beauty of Kinston.
While you’re here spend time in the local shops, restaurants or pubs while you enjoy a weekend in our historic southern town.
We’re certain you’ll agree, the Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half Marathon is the most welcoming half marathon in Eastern North Carolina!
Stat on total miles ran.
Amount of runners in last years race
The course is certified with USA Track & Field (NC15015BW)
The course is a single loop starting outside historic Grainger Baseball Stadium, home of the Down East Wood Ducks. It will take you on a very flat, fast loop through parts of Downtown Kinston, past the CSS Neuse II Ironclad through North Kinston and finish on the first-base line inside the baseball stadium after you round home-plate.
The 5k route is certified. The 5k will also finish inside Grainger Baseball Stadium and run past the CSS Neuse Ironclad
Half Elevation Profile
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the race start times?
The half marathon starts at 7:30 am. The 5k starts at 7:45 am.
What are the cutoff times for the races?
The half marathon cut off time is 3.5 hours. The 5k race has no cut off time, but we ask that you maintain a 20-minute pace for the first 1.5 miles.
Where and what time is packet pickup?
Packet pickup will be at the Mother Earth Brewing Tap Room on Friday night before race day from 5:00-9:00 pm and on race day at Grainger Stadium from 6:15-7:00 am.
Will there be registration available on race day?
No registration is available on race day.
Will there be a race brief available?
A race brief with details will be sent to all runners the week of the race. There will also be a final race brief on race day at 7:15 am in front of the stadium.
Will there be shirts for runners?
Shirts will be on a terrific soft performance shirt that you will love!
What do the medals look like for the half?
See below for our awesome half marathon finisher medals!
What do the medals look like for the 5k?
See below for our fabulous 5k finisher medals!
What are the age groups for the awards?
Overall awards are based off the cannon start. Age group awards will be based on chip time.
5k: Top 3 M overall, Top 3 F overall, Top 3 M plus top 3 F overall in age groups: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
Half: Top 3 M overall, Top 3 F overall, Top 3 M plus top 3 F overall in age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
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400 East Grainger Avenue,
Kinston, NC 28502
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