Registration For 2017 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
March 16-17, 2018
Registration opens May 1st, 2017.  Get ready to race and party on Saturday March 17th, 2018 (St. Patricks Day!)

NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness FAQs

What time does the race Start and where is the Start?

The official Gun Time Race Start will be at 6:40AM for both the half and the full marathon. There are two course check points that we ask participants to be able to meet.  Mile 10 for the half marathon averaging 15:00/mile and Mile 18.5 for the full marathon 13:45 pace (across military cutoff)

Course Check points

Half Marathon – need to be by mile 10 in 2:30:00 which will be at 9:10AM (15:00 pace)
Marathon – need to be by mile 18.5 in 4:20:00 which will be at 11:0am (13:45 pace)

Is this race a Qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is the race USATF Sanctioned?

YES! We will turn in all of our results to the Boston Athletic Association after the race.
Marathon Course Certification Map
Half Marathon Course Certification Map

Both the Half and Full Marathon are both sanctioned events.

What if it is cold at the start and I need to strip layers of clothing?

All clothing at the start will be put in a separate transportation van. You can either find it at the finish line area, or allow it to be donated to the GOOD SHEPARD Charity.

What are the cutoff times?

15:00 pace for the HALF or 3:15:00

13:40 pace for the FULL

If you do not reach the cutoff check points – you will be pulled from the course.
Half Marathon – need to be by mile 10 in 2:30:00 which will be at 9:10AM (15:00 pace)
Marathon – need to be by mile 18.5 in 4:20:00 which will be at 11:00am (13:40 pace)

What timing system will be used?

My Laps BIB Chip timing will be provided

Will there be Live Tracking for my athlete?

Yes, we will have a phone app called RACEJOY, if you run with your cell phone, you can be tracked.  See the runner tracking page for more information.

How many participants are allowed in each event?

NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon: 1000
NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon: 2200

If I cannot make Packet Pickup, how can I get  my bib number and t-shirt?

Please make arrangements with friends or family to pick up your packet. Anyone can pick it up for you, the race will not be responsible for missed packet pickups.  You can also reserve to have your bib at the start by filling out this form

How does the 26.2 mile relay work?  Do relay teams get medals and swag?

The relay has 4 legs of different distances.  Please read the relay page here:   All relay teams get a pair of 26.2 lounge pants and a medal for each team member.  Relay team awards are in 3 categories, ALL FEMALE, ALL MALE and COED.

Can I get a refund, transfers or deferment?

There are refunds for this event if you purchase the race insurance policy when you register for the race.

We allow transfers from person to person or race to race.  You should see a TRANSFER option when you are logged into your account.  When you transfer your registration, the person receiving the transfer will pay and then you will receive an immediate full refund.  Gifting a registration is also available.  This must be completed by FEBRUARY 24th, 2017. 

Because the race sells out most years, we do not allow deferment but we do offer a discount into the following years race if you could not run.

Can I register by Mail?

In our effort to be green, the Wrightsville Beach Marathon only has internet registration. It is simple, fast and secure.

What if it rains?

The Wrightsville Beach Marathon is RAIN or SHINE. Again, there will be no refunds.

How do I become a vendor?

Contact us via email at

Can I Transfer from the Marathon to the Half Marathon or vice-versa

February 24th, 2017  is the last day to transfer from one event to the other. If you are moving from the Full Marathon into the Half Marathon there are no refund of fees. YOU MAY NOT TRANSFER FROM THE FULL TO THE HALF IF THE HALF IS SOLD OUT.  There is a transfer feee of $10 regardless of event transfer (Half to Full or Full to Half).

If you are transfering into the Full from the Half you will need to pay the $10 transfer fee PLUS the $20 difference in price for a total transfer cost of $30.

If you are transfering into the Half from Full you will only pay the $10 transfer fee. Again, no refunds will be given in this situation.

What food and drinks will be on the course

The course will have 9 aid stations about every 1 t 2  miles.

WATER, GATORADE and CLIFF GELS will be served at Aid Stations along with Coke, Twizzlers and Oranges.

Will there be bathrooms on the course

We will have TWO-FOUR Rent-A-Jon at each aid station on the course about every 1-2 miles.

Is there a race-day packet pick-up

All packets must be picked up Friday at the expo. See EXPO page for details.
Friends or family can pick up your packet from 11:00am to 9pm on Friday March 24th
If you absolutely have no option to get your packet – fill out this form

Can I wear headphones

Please note it is unsafe to wear headphones while running. Event organizers will not restrict headphone use and leave it up to the athlete on his/ her ability to follow direction while wearing headphone devices. If you do choose to wear headphones please keep the volume level down so you are able to hear and follow the direction of course volunteers. We have a unique course where you MUST listen to volunteers, if you cannot hear a volunteer you have no excuses if you get led off course.

Is there prize money?

Yes. Top 3 male and female finishers in the marathon as well as top 3 masters male and masters female will receive a cash prize.
Top 3 male and female finishers in the half-marathon as well as top 3 masters male and masters female will receive a cash prize

Here is the Prize Breakdown for 2015


Top 3 overall
1st (M & F): $400
2nd (M & F): $200
3rd (M & F): $150

Masters (Over 40 years of age)
1st (M & F): $125
2nd (M & F): $100
3rd: (M & F): $75

What is the course elevation?

The highest course elevation is no more than 35 ft.

Can some one else run in my place

You can transfer to another runner before February 24th.  After February 24th, you can no longer transfer and someone CAN NOT run in your place.

Do Shuttles Cost Money?

If you are taking a shuttle to the start between 4:45am and 6:30am the cost is $3.00.  Reserve your shuttle spot here.

The shuttles running from 9am to 1pm are FREE and do not cost if you plan to park at the start line.

What is the Address of the Start and Finish

Start Address: Municipal Ln Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Finish Address: UNCW Burney Center: 4941 Riegel Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

Where should I park?

There are 3 options for parking and transportation – Parking Maps Here

  1. You can park on UNCW campus in the designated parking lots and buy a shuttle pass for $3 to get a ride to the start
  2. You can park at the start and use our free shuttles after the race from 9am to 1pm to get a ride back to the start
  3. You can have someone drop you off at the start before 6:35am

Are there finisher medals?

Yes all finishers in the half and full marathon and Marathon Relay will receive a medal.

5K finishers or 1 mile fun run finishers will NOT receive medals.

What will the weather be like in Wrightsville Beach during March?

Average minimum temperature is 45 degrees.
Average maximum temperatire is 67 degrees.
Record High is 88 degrees.
Record Low is 27 degrees.

Can I register on race day?

NO, all registrations must be done before 3-25-2017.

Are walkers allowed in the race?

You must meet the requirements of the cutoff times.
15:00 per mile pace – this is a walk/run method

13:45/mile pace for the marathon

Will there be beer and food at the finish line?

Yes, all of the beer and food will be inside the Burney Center where the expo was.  Beer will be restricted to a certain area because we are on a college campus, but it will be free and available.  Food for the athletes will be free and food trucks and the student union will be open for purchase.  There is coffee on campus as well after 9am.

What will happen at the “after party”?

We will begin the night just gathering and celebrating the race.  At 8:45pm we will recognize the race winners if present and do some great raffles.  The March Madness basketball games will be on and that will be followed by good music and enjoying an evening at the Blockade Beach Resort!

Does the “After Party” replace the post race festivities at UNCW?

No, we will still have food, beer and music after the race on Saturday morning.  The after party is something we decided to put on instead of the Pasta Dinner which used to be held the evening before the race.  You will still be able to take advantage of a fun post race festivities at the finish line from 8:00am to 1:00pm

Are baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed during the race?

No. This is to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance policies.

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