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Starting Line - Neuse River Bridge Run - 5K, 10K, and 1/2 Marathon


Neuse River Bridge Run helps bridge gaps in our community!

Adults and children, lace up your running shoes for fun, exercise and a worthy cause! For over 19 years, the Neuse River Bridge Run (NRBR) has been uniting runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors - all to support six important non-profit organizations in our community. Craven Community College Foundation, The Filling Station, Duffyfield Phoenix Project, Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina, Religious Community Services (RCS), and Twin River YMCA all benefit from your participation. Please visit this link to learn more about us!

Our mission is to serve the community by promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. All six organizations are committed to working together to manage this event resulting in great benefits to our communities. The six organizations equally share 100% of the net revenue generated by the events. 

The Neuse River Bridge Run is four separate events: 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K and the SuperKids Fun Run.  All 4 events for 2024 will be offered as either an in-person event or as a virtual run/walk. (Total of eight events)

The NRBR follows routes over bridges, through historic neighborhoods, and through downtown New Bern. In addition to the in-person races the NRBR will continue to offer all four options as virtual events for 2024.

Please note that only the in-person ½ Marathon and 10K events can offer the full bridges experience. Virtual runners will need to plot their own course that does not include runs over the Neuse River Bridge. The Neuse River Bridge is only safe for runners on our designated in-person date, May 4, 2024.

In-person 1/2 Marathon and the 10K courses feature a run over the large span of the Neuse River Bridge. All three courses, 5K-10K-1/2 marathon, include a run over the George Cunningham Bridge which spans the Trent River.  Then the courses wind through a circuit around and though historic New Bern. The races all finish on East Front Street in front of the Riverfront Convention Center of Craven County in New Bern.


Race Dates: Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2024

SuperKids Fun Run

Race day is Friday, May 3, 2024. The fee for the SuperKids Fun Run is $20 per child. Start time: 5:30 p.m. 

Early Registration and Race Kit Pick-up
Thursday May 2, 2024 - SuperKids Fun Run - Early Registration and Packet Pick-up for the Friday SuperKids Fun run will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Religious Community Services (RCS) located at 919 George St, New Bern, NC 28560

Click Here for complete details about race day for the SuperKids Fun Run

1/2 MARATHON, 10K and 5K 

Saturday, May 4, 2024

All three of these events will be timed. A chip enabled bib is required and will distributed at Race-Kit Pick-up events at the Riverfront Convention Center on Friday, May 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 6:00 a.m. to 15 minutes before the start of your race

Start Times:
  • 7:00 a.m.  Half Marathon
  • 7:30 a.m.  10K
  • 8:15 a.m.  5K

Official timing for the Neuse River Bridge Run in-person events will be provided by our partners Run the East. Run the East is North Carolina’s leading provider of professional race timing and management services. Their focus is on providing registration, timing, and management services to area events, with a goal to provide both race directors and runners an excellent race experience


Early registration is through February 29th. Prices will increase on March 1, 2024.

Current In-Person Fees:
Half Marathon: $80
10K: $65
5K: $50 
Kids Run: $20

The top three finishers in the in-person races, 5K, 10K & Half Marathon, in both male and female categories, will receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. The top three finishers in the in-person races, in both male and female categories, in 13 different age groups will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. In addition, all 1/2 marathon runners who complete the race will receive a finisher medal at the finish line.

Age Group Categories:
Age 14 and Under
Age 15 to 19
Age 20 to 24
Age 25 to 29
Age 30 to 34
Age 35 to 39
Age 40 to 44
Age 45 to 49
Age 50 to 54
Age 55 to 59
Age 60 to 64
Age 65 to 69
Age 70 and over


Virtual Fees

Half Marathon:  $80
10K:  $65
5K: $50
Kids Run: $20

Date Range for the virtual events: Friday, May 3 - Saturday, May 11 2024.

Virtual Races will not be timed, but race results can be tracked and reported via the Smart phone app RaceJoy. Times can also be reported through the NRBR website. Place medals will not be awarded to virtual participants. 1/2 Marathon runners will receive the participation / finishers medal.

Virtual participants can choose to pick-up their race kit at Riverfront Convention Center on Friday, May 3rd OR they may to choose to pay a shipping fee to have their T-shirt and race swag mailed to them at $7.95 per person. The first mail date for virtual race kits is April 20. The last day for registration and kit mailing for the virtual races will be May 4th.


A celebration for all participants, their families, and supporters, will be held in the Riverfront Convention Center of Craven County  (across the street from Union Point Park)  from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Food, soft drinks, and beer will be served. Awards distribution will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Race Swag

Every registrant in the 5K, 10K or 1/2 Marathon, virtual or in-person, receives a Neuse River Bridge Run t-shirt designed by a local artist. Each year the design is different.  Half Marathon Finishers will all receive a finisher's medal. 

This year the Neuse River Bridge Run T-shirt is a high quality performance blend. It is moisture-wicking, with a silky finish  . . .  a runner's favorite shirt.

T-shirt sizes offered:  

  • Men's/Universal Fit - S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  • Ladies Fit - S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Bridge Run T_shirt 2024


Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Refer a Friend and Run for Free!

You can earn a $15 refund off your registration fees by referring 3 friends to sign up and join you at the Bridge Run, then earn an additional $15 back for each additional 3 people that you refer, up to a full refund of your entry fee! All you need to do is share your unique referral link, which you will receive when you register for the race. Get 3 friends to sign up for the Bridge Run using that link and you will automatically receive a $15 refund of your registration fee. Cha-Ching! You can email, share on social media or text your friends this link. 


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Neuse River Bridge Run.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To


Starting Line - Neuse River Bridge Run - 5K, 10K, and 1/2 Marathon


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