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

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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
5:00pm Meet your Pacer
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

Boston Marathon Adjusts Qualifying Times for 2020

The Boston Athletic Association lowered all Boston qualifying times by 5 minutes for 2020 and beyond.  This is another reason to choose the NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon is your qualifier.  The WB Marathon is rated the top 20 marathons to most likely qualify for...

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.

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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.