* UPDATE Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Azalea Festival Parade Mile *

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled for 2020.

We thank you & our sponsors for your continued support & understanding during this time.

Currently registered participants will receive an email with full details.

When & Where

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Parade Grandstand at City Hall
102 North Third St.
Wilmington, NC 28401


1 Mile  –  TIMED

Start Times

8:45 AM  –  1 Mile Start

2019 MGC Azalea Festival Parade Mile Photos

2019 MGC Azalea Festival Parade Mile Results

Run one of the most unique races in the world, a one-of-a-kind 1 mile run along the Azalea Festival Parade route. The race takes place ahead of the Azalea Festival Parade in front of an anticipated 50,000 spectators!

While competition runs fast for elite and competitive runners, many men go all out in Seersucker suits, women in Azalea Bell dresses coupling competition with costumes in an event that is signature Wilmington event. Join us for the fastest race you’ve ever run, in front of the largest crowd this side of Raleigh.

The finish line consists of a celebration with music, the Azalea Festival Parade, and community supporters. Right after the event, participants can enjoy other activities going on in the Downtown area for the Festival. Seating: Viewing is all along 3rd St with bleacher seating between Market St. and Grace St. (Bleacher Tickets can be purchased at the Azalea Festival office) This is a one of a kind event that ensures that everyone has fun!

About the Cause

Proceeds from this event go directly to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, a part of the Duke Cancer Center. Established in 1937, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center was one of the first brain tumor research and clinical programs in the United States. Since then, it has advanced to become one of the best pediatric and adult neuro-oncology programs in the world—leading the way in comprehensive care that combines research breakthroughs, clinical trials and the newest therapies. The center sees up to 900 new adult brain tumor patients and up to 75 new pediatric brain tumor patients per year from across the country and around the world.


1 Mile Awards
• 1st Overall, Male & Female

• 1st Overall Masters (40+), Male & Female
• 1st Overall Kids (12 & Under), Boy & Girl

• Top 3 in Age Group, Male & Female:
10 & Under, 11-15, & 16-20, 21+ (Printed Certificate)
• Fastest Runner in Seersucker/Azalea Suit ($100 GIFT CARD!)
• Fastest Runner in Southern Belle/Azalea Outfit ($100 GIFT CARD)

Race Swag

Shirts will be guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The shirts are available in Youth M-L and Adult Unisex S-XXL cut sizes, and are made of a cotton/polyester blend.

 Be sure to claim your shirt today by registering!

This one mile course is a half mile out and then back, with the starting and finishing area at the intersection of Chestnut St and 3rd Street. Participants will be front and center of all the action between the Azalea Festival Parade and the MGC Parade Mile.

This race course is also stroller & wheelchair friendly!
However, dogs are not allowed on this course so please leave them at home or with a non-running spectator.

Schedule & Parking Info

Friday, April 3, 2020

MGC Office
1001 Military Cutoff Rd. Suite 310
Wilmington, NC 28405

1 PM – 5 PM – Packet Pickup

If you cannot make it, packets can also be picked up at the Race when Registration Opens. Please allow enough extra time before the race starts to pickup your packet.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Parade Grandstand at City Hall
102 North Third St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

7:30 AM  –  Registration Opens
8:30 AM  –  Registration Closes
8:45 AM  –  1 Mile Start
9:00 AM  –  Awards
9:25 AM  –  Parade National Anthem
9:30 AM  –  Parade Starts

Race Day Parking

Parking is available on most side streets. Spectator Parking: Decks on 2nd St. will be accessible via Chestnut St. until 8:30 AM (will NOT reopen for entry OR exit until after the parade ends). Handicap Parking: Off of Chestnut St. between 3rd St. & 4th St next to the City of Wilmington offices.

Want to Sponsor or Volunteer?

Questions About the Event?


1 Mile Race
Through February 29  —  $15
March 1 through March 29  —  $18
March 30 through April 4  —  $20

Parade Bleacher Seat Tickets
Section B or C  —  $5 (plus tax & fees)
Click HERE to view map of parade seating.
Tickets will be given out when you pickup your race bib.


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Packet Pick-Up: Family or Friends may pick-up your Race Packet at Packet Pick-Up.

On-Site Registration: Registration is available starting one hour prior to race start. It closes 20 minutes prior to start.

Timing: Jaguar Bib Chip Timing will be used to time this race

Weather: This race is rain or shine. It will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

Refunds: There are no refunds, registration will be accepted as a donation.

Entries are not transferable to other races Timed by Go Time as each race is organized by a different group.
We must stick to this policy as race items have been purchased based on current registrations and it is not fair to choose who receives a refund and who does not.