Every year in mid-March, the island that holds Carolina Beach and Kure Beach takes a breath of new spring air and begins to stretch from a long quiet winter. I have always considered this weekend the “unofficial” start of the season in Carolina Beach. St. Patrick’s Day and the annual Lo Tide race makes me feel like we are finally shaking off winter, which for me I am happy to do since summer is my favorite season. In 2019 the Low Tide race will have it’s 15th race, to raise money for residents of southeastern NC who are fighting cancer and in financial need.
I have run this race multiple times, typically the 10K. The weather is almost always perfect for running…some days we have enjoyed a warm spring rain, while other years race day has been sunny, with the cool wind of winter trying not to let go. Always, the race brings a fun energy, racers of all ages dressed from head to toe in green and gold.
After an Irish blessing before the race, the runners are off to run a super flat course
through Carolina Beach, ending on the sand by the boardwalk. The awards ceremony is held here against the backdrop of the beautiful boardwalk, dunes, and ocean. There is a great after party at a local restaurant called the Lazy Pirate, which features a large covered outside tiki bar area, volleyball, and corn hole.
Over the years, I have joined teams of friends for celebratory brunch, mimosas, and bloody marys after the race. It truly is a fun weekend to spend at the beach, and with a great race event to go along with it.
The next Lo Tide race is March 16, 2019. Registration is now open!