Registration For 2019 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
March 8-9, 2019
Your Marathon Training Starts Now

Without Limits can help you reach your goals in your next race. Whether it is through our online coaching program or wearing our apparel, we want you to Embrace the Challenge in your next event!  Do work, Embrace the Challenge, say I AM WITHOUT LIMITS!

26.2 | Full Marathon

The Full Marathon is the perfect Boston Marathon qualifying event because it’s fast, flat, and notorious for being the backdrop for setting personal bests. The course runs through Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, and winds up at UNCW’s campus. Let the Intracoastal Waterway be your guide as you take on this scenic path for runners of all skill levels.

Schedule of Events


Friday, March 8th

11:00AM – Expo/Packet Pickup
6:20pm The Marathon Madness Glow 5K
6:25pm The Marathon Madness Glow 1 mile
7:30pm -5K and 1 mile Awards
8:00pm Packet Pickup Ends


Saturday, March 9th

4:45am: Shuttle service begins
6:35am: National Anthem
6:40am: Half and Full Marathon and Marathon Relay Start
9:00am: Free Shuttle service begins to take runners back to the start area (remember that post race shuttles can take awhile due to race traffic around Wilmington)
8:00am to 1:00pm Post race party, beer, food, finish line celebration
10:00am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00am: Full Marathon Awards
1:00pm: Course Cutoff
1:00pm: Free Shuttle service ends
4:00pm: After Party at Waterman’s Brewing


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13.1 | Half Marathon

Designed to test your limits, the Half-Marathon guides runners on a fast-paced trip around Wrightsville Beach’s waterfront. As well as being a qualifying race, this run is also a popular one with veterans and first-time marathoners alike. Known for the flat terrain and plenty of straightaways, the course provides space for family and friends to cheer you on to victory.

“Greetings from Colorado…
I don’t normally do this, but I wanted to take a minute to tell you what a great race you put on Saturday. In the last six years, I have run quite a few marathons, trying to run one in every state. Normally I can find at least one complaint with a marathon, but honestly, I couldn’t find anything wrong with Wrightsville Beach.

Your level of communication was just right… a happy cheerful tone to each email, instructions and directions for parking and expo were perfect, shuttle service was perfect, the weather was perfect, hotel information and reservations were easy, the gated community we ran thru was so lovely and I LOVED North Carolina!!!”

Thank You

26.2 Relay | Marathon Relay

Grab a friend (or three) and get ready to cover some ground! The Marathon Relay is the perfect opportunity to perfect your skills as a team, with flat course expanses and a route that takes each of you through an iconic part of Wilmington or the Wrightsville Beach area. The exchanges happen quickly, so make sure each runner is ready to go, right from the starting line.

Zoom into our detailed maps of the course

Whether you are a runner looking to win your age group or a first time marathoner, you need to know the course.  Zoom into our interactive maps to be sure you are familiar with course logistics.

All Maps and logistics here

5K | Great Beginner Race

If you’re not a hardcore runner, the 5K is a great place to start. Less intense than a full or half-marathon, the 5K provides a manageable course that makes it easy to mark your progress along the way. Show off all your hard work and use this flat, maintained course to improve your skills as a runner.

“Just a quick note to thank you for the outstanding race you put on every year.  WB Half Marathon is my favorite event.  Well done!  I do a lot of half marathons and when I take their surveys, I can never in good conscience check (x) “the best” under their questions because your race is simply the best. Don’t let it get to you about the medals!  That stuff happens in business.  I run a business and we get curve balls every day.  You handled it with class.  I saw you and your friends running Sunday morning (I was about to go back over the bridge) and I noticed you picking up trash along the route.  That just shows the amount of class in which you operate.  Thank You”

Thank You, Matt

1MILE | Run Walk

Enjoy the company of friends, family, and fellow runners on this gentle course in comfortable coastal weather. Great for including the kids and dusting off those running shoes, this course is flat and easily navigated, so you and your running partners can move at your own pace to the finish line.

  • 22 Mar, 2019
    The finish line of a marathon is a pretty inspiring place to be, don't you think? Happy #FlashbackFriday! 😀💪
  • 21 Mar, 2019
    Who is ready for the big news? Stay tuned and in the meantime, pencil in March 21 (today next year) for now, that is our most likely date for 2020. We will officially announce and open registration next week along with the "BIG NEWS" that you are going to love!
  • 15 Mar, 2019
    Killer marathon madness apparel online now with limited quantities left. Grab it while it lasts.
  • 12 Mar, 2019
    Today we celebrate our Marathon female champion Without Limits athlete Ann Marie L. Pierce-Arseneau. Ann Marie is a local teacher at Williston Middle and coaches the Williston Trailblazers Running Team. She is an inspiration to many kids and many of her students participated in the 1 mile event. Ann Marie ran 2:48:55 which was 5 seconds chip time from Christa Iammarino's course record of 2:48:50 back in 2016. Very close and that is in good company. Congrats Ann Marie Pierce on your first Marathon win!
  • 11 Mar, 2019
    A half marathon course record was broken this weekend by Norman Mathathi from Columbia, SC! A blazing 1:07:48. Thanks for coming Norman and great work. #wbmarathon #champion #thirteenpointone
  • 11 Mar, 2019
    Guess what, another course record took place in our Half Marathon from local @iamwithoutlimits athlete Peyton Thomas. Peyton ran 1:15:24 clipping along 5:44 per mile pace. Congrats Peyton! #wbmarathon #thirteenpointone #champion #running #runchat
  • 8 Mar, 2019
    5k runners are off! Congrats to everyone who ran the @suntrust 5k #glowrun !! #marathonmadness #wbmarathon #wilmingtonmarathon #5krunner #5k #funrun #glowsticks #wrightsvillebeachmarathon
  • 8 Mar, 2019
    Precious cargo, thanks @gotimerun for timing the 2019 race! #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone
  • 7 Mar, 2019
    In 2 days, this will be you! Are you ready? #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone
  • 3 Mar, 2019
    Less than 1 week runners. #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone #marathon #marathonmadness
  • 2 Mar, 2019
    Getting the medals all ready for next weekend. #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone #marathon #runner
  • 1 Mar, 2019
    We're in the homestretch! 😁🙌💪 Check out our website for FAQs, how your family can watch the race, and more 👉
  • 27 Feb, 2019
    Under 100 half marathon spots left🧐😮 #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #thirteenpointone #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #running #runchat
  • 23 Feb, 2019
    Men's shirts looking classic and sharp. Awesome! #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone #marathon #marathonmadness
  • 21 Feb, 2019
    Ladies shirts look SHARP! Still some left in inventory when you sign up. #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone #marathon #marathonmadness
  • 20 Feb, 2019
    Did you know it takes over 800 volunteers to put on this event? We cannot thank all of the folks who will be out on course or behind the scenes. Still 19 days to sign up and be part of the event, racing or volunteering! #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone
  • 17 Feb, 2019
    It might be cloudy, but still beautiful and a nice day for a run. 😎👌🏖🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ #wbmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone #marathon #marathonmadness #runchat #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #running
  • 15 Feb, 2019
    3000 gels and 30,000 cups are here! #wbmarathon #runnerscommunity #runnersofinstagram #runforbling #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #marathon #halfmarathon #wrightsvillebeach #wilmingtonnc #twentysixpointwo #thirteenpointone #marathon #marathonmadness #runchat @clifbar @gatorade
  • 14 Feb, 2019
    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Remember today is the last day to get the double registration deal. $30 off the half, full or relay events with 2 registrations $20 off the 5K with 2 registrations Just select multi-person pricing at the bottom.
  • 13 Feb, 2019
    Getting ready for Valentine's Day like...

Just want to tell you how much i enjoyed the race. I've run in several marathons and consider this the best organized from start to finish. I did set a new personal best and my son-in-law qualified for The Boston Marathon. A Big Thank You to all the volunteers and of coarse to you for all the hard work it takes to make this a success. I live in Sugar Land Texas just to let you know this was no small trip. Again THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL.

Sincerely, James
P.S. The after race celebrations were excellent.


Proactive Lifestyle Events is a 501C3 Non Profit Organization that puts on athletic events, particularly marathon races and endurance events to serve the local community of Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas. We strive to create a world class experience, promote health and fitness for all ages, and give back to our community.