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The Final Countdown

Sat September 14, 2024 Winnabow, NC 28479 US
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The Final Countdown

$55 8:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
66 spots left. Price increases after May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


2601 River Road SE
Winnabow, NC US 28479


You are invited to this unique race experience that has something for everyone.  From new runners to experienced ultra runners, the start will be a cinch.  But the longer you last, the more the Countdown will demand from you.  And all we ask is that you demand the most of yourself, holding off your own "Final Countdown" as long as possible.  

The course is a 1.33 mile loop located in Brunswick Nature Park on a smooth, fast trail. Every lap, all runners leave together and must complete the loop in the allotted time. If you finish the loop before the Countdown completes, you can take a break, grab a drink, check your social media, or whatever it is you want to do.  

One thing though. Each lap will get slightly faster than the last. We will start with the first lap at 20 minutes (15:02/mile pace), and for each successive lap the countdown will be 20 seconds shorter, forcing you to go a little bit faster each lap. If you don't make it back before the Countdown reaches "0", your adventure is over.  But we would love for you to hang out and root on the remaining competitors. The race ends when only one runner returns before the completion of "The Final Countdown."

To get the most out of yourself, you will need to plan to be conservative enough so that you can have fuel in the tank to turn the jets on in the end. 

If you are ready for your Countdown to begin, register today.

See timing chart below for a breakdown of cumulative distance and pacing requirements per lap!

Lap Timing and Pace Chart

How long can you outlast the Countdown?  Check out the Lap Timing and Pace Chart to take your best guess! 

For example, 10 laps would get you past the 13.1 mile Half Marathon mark (13.3 miles).  In order to complete that lap, you will have to maintain at least a 12:47 pace to finish the 1.33 mile loop in the allotted 17 minutes.  It will be 11:05 am and 3 hours and 5 mins will have elapsed since the Countdown first began. 

Make sense? 

So the question remains: How long can you escape your Final Countdown?!  


Every registration completed by August 26, 2024 includes an awesome Final Countdown race T-Shirt!  Sign up to snag yours now!  

Also, you just never know what else you may find in that swag bag come the day of the race.  😎 

Aid Stations

There will be one aid station at the start/finish line of the 1.33 mile loop. We will be sure to have plenty of goodies available, but if you have any special favorites, make sure to bring them along for the day.  

Packet Pickup

Early Packet pickup will be available from 4p-6pm on Friday September 15th at Brunswick Nature Park. Swing by to avoid the stress of picking up your packet the morning of the race and get familiar with the park. We look forward to seeing you there!

Race day packet pick up is available the morning of from 7:00am to 7:30am. Once you have parked at Brunswick Nature Park, make sure to come to the check in table to grab your swag.

Course Preview

Check out the Course!  


NOTE: This video was recorded and released prior to the 2021 race so please disregard the referenced date of September 18th.  We promise it's still on the 16th.  😁

Runner's Handbook

Get all the information about the race in one place!

The Final Countdown 2024 Runner's Handbook


Area Hotels


Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites
1120 Town Lake Dr, Leland NC 28451
12 min drive

Holiday Inn Express Leland 
1020 Grandiflora Drive, Leland NC 28451
14 min drive

Downtown Wilmington
Hotel Ballast Wilmington
301 N Water St., Wilmington NC 28401
15 min drive

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront
9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington NC 28401
16 min drive

Best Western Plus - Coastline Inn
503 Nutt Street, Wilmington NC 28401
16 min drive

Who are The Ultra Running Guys?

Jeremy and Jeff are passionate about growing the Ultra Running Community and are ecstatic about having you at The Final Countdown!  

To learn more, follow the links below!

Podcast: The Ultra Running Guys Podcast
IG: @TheUltraRunningGuys
Facebook: TheUltrarunningGuys
YouTube: The Ultra Running Guys


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