The annual Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run returns on Feb. 13 with pandemic regulations to ensure a happy, healthy race environment for all. Runners are encouraged to don their best love-themed attire for the 5K or 10K, or the Double Trouble (both races). All take place on a course composed mostly of the Wrightsville Beach Loop, Pelican Drive and Waynick Boulevard.
Many events in 2020 were canceled or held virtually, but Wrightsville Beach Recreation Program Supervisor Katie Ryan says the run will take place as scheduled with appropriate safety protocols in place.
“Runners will begin the race in waves. They will be directed to stay near their vehicles and away from the start and finish lines until their wave start time,” Ryan says. “Staff and volunteers will wear masks and conduct temperature checks, the ground will be marked for social distancing, and participants will be required to wear a face covering until the start of their race.”
The mostly flat course, surrounded by waterside views, is suitable for all running levels. Strollers are allowed on the course, but dogs are not. Proceeds benefit Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation programs, events and community activities throughout the year.