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Neuse River Bridge Run


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 6:45 am.

Please allow ample time for parking and walking to the start line.

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.

ENTRY FEES  Entry fees are non-refundable and include a race t-shirt, runners’ swag, pre-race pasta dinner, entry into the Publix “Be Active, Be Healthy” Expo and the runners’ celebration activities.  Register online at or use the registration links found here.  Registration prices can be found HERE. If registered prior to 2/20/18 racers are guaranteed a t-shirt in their size. The SuperKids Fun Run registration is $15 and includes children’s sized t-shirt, medal, and entry into the runners’ celebration activities.  The SuperKids Fun Run is $20 for same day registration.

TEAMS  Teams of 10 or more participants will receive a $5 discount. To utilize this discount, teams should register online at Once the 10th team member registers, the first 9 members will automatically receive the discount back to their original payment method.

EARLY PACKET PICK-UP  Early packet pick-up is available and encouraged on Friday, March 23rd, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (203 S. Front Street) in downtown New Bern.  SuperKids’ Fun Run also has early packet pick-up on Thursday from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

EXPO  Publix will be hosting a “Be Active, Be Healthy” Expo on Friday in conjunction with Packet Pick-up on-site registration. The expo continues on race day as well.

RACE COURSE  The half-marathon, 10K, and 5K races are USATF certified point-to-point footraces.  On Saturday, March 24th, 2018 the starting time for the half-marathon is 7 am, the 10K starts at 7:30 am and the 5K will start at 8:15 am.  All race routes 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.

RUN ACROSS THE FINISH LINES  Move swiftly through the finish chute. DO NOT STOP! Continue through the chute for immediate refreshments and water. Follow the Race to the Ultra path to reach 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+. The award ceremony will begin inside the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center at approximately 10 am. Awards cannot be mailed.

SUPERKIDS FUN RUN  This event will take place in Union Point Park on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at approximately 5:45 pm 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 center 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. A live performance from Bryan Mayer, delicious goodies from Publix, Michelob Ultra, Coca-Cola, water, and chocolate milk will be provided and lots of celebration.


  1. No baby joggers, 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 am to ensure 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.

Admission: $15-$65, Register online at

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