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Family Fun at the Beach! Registration Is Now Open for the 2018 New Balance Wilmington Beach Dash

Kure Beach, NC - March 8, 2018 - On Sunday, March 25, the YMCA's Coastal Carolina Race Series (YCC), a community-wide initiative of the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina, will hold the 2018 New Balance Wilmington Beach Dash at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in Kure Beach, NC.

This family-friendly beach course race will offer over eight obstacles with various blast stations throughout. The Dash is approximately 1.4 miles in length with "challenges" geared towards all ages and fitness levels, making it a perfect event for young kids and adults. All dashers receive a tie-dyed t-shirt, a finisher medal and a colorful pair of sunglasses.

All proceeds from this event support the YMCA Youth Sports Scholarship program.

"It is my FAVORITE much fun for the whole family," says Aileen Sutton, Healthy Living Director for the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina. "The course is short but surprisingly challenging - although the kids tend to fly right over the sand and under the obstacles."

The day's events will begin at 1:00 p.m. with check-in and registration. The dash will begin at 2:00 p.m. from the parking lot of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area with participants starting in waves. After Dashers finish and earn their medal, they are invited to enjoy music, refreshments and an exciting atmosphere at the finish line.

The New Balance Wilmington Beach Dash is the second race of the 2018 YCC Run Series. This year-round run series inspires the community to be active and have fun year-round. The 2018 YCC Run Series includes 10 events ranging from 1-mile fun runs to 15k road races. To participate in the series individual are required to run, walk or dash in at least three of the ten events.

"Here at New Balance Wilmington our goal is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for the entire family," says Mary O'Geary, Store Manager at New Balance Wilmington. "We are proud to be the Title Sponsor of this amazing event as well as a Corporate Partner of the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina and for the YCC Race Series."

Runners, walkers, and sideline supporters can find all the necessary advance registration and event information online by visiting Team and group discounts are available for this special race. Interested participants can also register in person at either of the New Balance Wilmington Packet Pick Events taking place on Friday, March 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, March 24 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. New Balance Wilmington is located at 6801 Parker Farm Drive near the Harris Teeter in Mayfaire.

"Those that stop by the New Balance Wilmington Store to register and/or pick up their race packet will automatically be registered to win a free pair of shoes (any size, and width), adds O'Geary. "We will also be running a one-day sale on kids and adult shoes, accessories and apparel."
Last-minute registrations will take place Sunday, March 25 from 1:00-1: 45 p.m. at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

The New Balance Wilmington Beach Dash will take place rain or shine. However, in the event of high winds or other inclement weather that prohibits a safe race environment the Dash, will be rescheduled to Sunday, April 1. Registered participants will be notified via email.

To learn more about the YCC Race Series visit

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