Battle at the Border

Indigo Farms Market, Calabash, NC

The 2020 Battle at the Border has been canceled.

We look forward to renewing this great rivalry again in 2021.

  • IT'S FREE! No cost to current members.
  • A WRRC Grand Prix Event.
  • Bragging rights and Winner's trophy for the winner, and the Snail trophy for the loser.
  • Trophy for the team with the most participants!
  • Free Snacks and Beverages after.
  • Car pool rally from Omega Sports parking lot to Indigo Farms (6:30 AM)

Cross country style event between the Wilmington Roadrunners and the Grand Strand Running Club at Indigo Farms on the Border of North and South Carolina held on the third Saturday in July. The course is a little under 4 miles and takes you through rugged fields, wooded trails, a bridge, and rocky  roads. The course is mostly shaded along the way and marked with directional signs, bright tape, and volunteers from each club.  

Because it is a working farm along the course you will see lots of trees, lily pond, beehives, crops, chickens, pigs, and maybe a snake or two. The event was introduced in 2013 with the Grand Strand Running Club winning the inaugural event . The Wilmington Roadrunners won in both 2014 and 2015 before The Grand Strand gained their revenge in 2016. The Road Runners  came back from defeat  to win the next two battles before ceding to the trophy back to our friends in 2019.

Each runner receives a numbered Popsicle stick as they cross the finish line, with the men and women scored separately counting an equal number of runners for each gender from each team. To determine the final score the scores for both genders for each team are then added together and the lowest score is the winning team. 

The format means that every runner's contribution matters in the final tally. You can be the difference as the club competes to take the winner's trophy back to Wilmington for the second straight year.

It is a friendly competition enjoyed by both running clubs. 


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