2020 5K Race for the Planet

Fort Fisher 5K Race for the Planet

2020 5K Race for the Planet

8 a.m. sunday, April 19

The 5K Race for the Planet has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 20. In light of Governor Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution the 5K at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has been rescheduled for later in the year.

While we are disappointed not to be able to offer this experience in the spring, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our first priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

For more information please email [email protected]


Early registration: $30; After March 1st: $35; RACE Day: $40; NC Aquarium members receive 10% discount.
From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. On the day of the race, Bring your old electronics and unwanted paint to the Aquarium to dispose of in A WAY healthy for the planet. 
Course Map FAQ
If you are sick at the time of this event, we encourage you to stay home and take care of yourself.
If you are at high risk of severe illness (over 65 years old, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or with weakened immune systems), we encourage you to not attend this event as a protection for your own health and safety.

While attending this event, we encourage visitors to wash hands frequently. 
2019 race results:
Overall Awards Age Group Results

Runners and walkers receive:  FREE admission to the Aquarium on race day, a race t-shirt (guaranteed to the first 250), and the top three finishers (overall and age group) receive eco-friendly medals.




The 5K Race for the Planet welcomes racers of all skill levels. Serious runners take advantage of the flat course for a fast pace. First-timers appreciate the on-course encouragement. The fun, no-pressure atmosphere makes it a great choice for families and walkers. The seaside portions of the course offer sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean for all. The 5K Race for the Planet starts and ends at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This flat, mostly asphalt course runs through scenic Fort Fisher with amazing views of the ocean, maritime forest and historic Fort Fisher Civil War site.

New for 2020, we are hosting our first ever 1-Mile Fun Run for the kiddos!  Why should Mom and Dad have all the fun? Join us along with some very special Aquarium favorites in the Aquarium Race Village as we cheer on the youngest racers during this exciting event.

At the Race for the Planet, we can take a step for a healthy ocean and environment, together. Race registration benefits the Aquarium's green initiatives. A recycling drive at the race gives you the opportunity to drop off old electronics and unwanted paint to be disposed of properly through New Hanover County’s Hazardous Household Waste program, In addition, you can responsibly rid your closet and our landfills of old athletic shoes by recycling them onsite with the help of Nike’s shoe recycling initiative. Through this program your old shoes are given new life as playground surfaces and insulation.

Skip the T shirt option

Have enough T shirts to last a lifetime? Check the NO SHIRT option under Tshirt size and donate $10 of your registration fee to the Aquarium. Your thoughtful action helps us take greater action for the planet, reducing the carbon footprint of the event and expand programs for single-use plastic, hard-to-recycle materials, and organic waste composting.

2020 Age Groups:
Overall Male & Female 1st-3rd
Masters Male and Female (40+) 1st-3rd
Age Group Male & Female 1st-3rd: 10 and younger, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Questions about the 5K Race for the Planet? Email [email protected] or call (910) 772-0500.

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