It is time to think about or choose your winter spring marathons. We know, IT’S ONLY OCTOBER, but 16-20 week training plans start November 1st for the 10th annual NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness Weekend!
Why is it important to build up slowly to your marathon? Many of you runners know the answer, INJURY PREVENTION. But there is more…..
Read these training notes that you should consider when building up to a long distance running race.
#1 A slow mileage build-up will allow you to find out certain things:
A. How many days a week you should run.
#2 Fall races can give you an idea of where your current fitness is. Sign up for a 5K or a half marathon to give yourself a good judgment of where your fitness is and then build your plan around your strengths and weaknesses.
#3 Consider the holidays. The holidays are a busy time of year which can cause missed training days and diverted attention. When you start your training early and you stay consistent, a few missed days won’t set you back at all; and sometimes they can be a pleasant break for your body.
#4 Starting a plan early can allow you to be more conservative, as opposed to starting late and trying to cram mileage in to get in shape quickly. Running is a process that takes long term consistency.
#5 Last but not least, running miles are like a savings account. The more you can bank mileage over your lifetime, the more mature the runner you will become, allowing you to fine tune your training.
Coach Tom Clifford
Good luck, and we hope you consider the 2019 NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon.
Current 10 year anniversary Prices:
The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon is one of the top rated marathon’s in the South and Wilmington is the home of Screen Gems movie studio and the NC Azalea Festival in a beautiful beach destination.
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“A RACE PUT ON BY RUNNERS FOR RUNNERS”
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 Boston in the late winter early spring season.
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Here are some field demographics for this year’s qualified applicants:
5,256 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 20 minutes or faster.
8,620 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 10 minutes or faster.
8,545 qualifiers met their qualifying time by five or faster.
220 qualifiers met their qualifying time by 4 minutes, 52 seconds or faster.
433 qualifiers were accepted based on finishing 10 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.
270 qualified athletes with disabilities have been accepted, or are expected to be accepted, through the conclusion of the Athletes with Disabilities registration period.
Hurricane Florence has hit our community hard and it’s hard to believe that it will be a memory for most when the 10th Anniversary of the NHRMC Marathon Weekend rolls around March 9th, 2019.
The power will have been restored, trees and debris will be removed, those fortunate enough will have their lost and damaged possessions replaced and the curtain will have come down on the wall to wall news coverage.
But the reality is that while thousands of people need help today, thousands of those less fortunate people will still be suffering from the aftermath.
We as a running community have an opportunity to make a major difference not only today but we can and should help all the way through our Marathon Madness weekend in March.
You can help accomplish this in a few ways:
1. Donate today! It’s simple, click here to make donation, anyone can help.
2. Runners, create your own personal fundraising page and encourage your friends, family and associates to help hurricane victims by donating to your personal run.
It’s simple if you have already registered for the event weekend just click here and follow the directions to set up your personal fundraising page.
3. If you have not registered please click here and do so today! $20 from any new race entry through the rest of the month will go directly to the hurricane relief. Then follow the instructions to set up your personal fundraising page.
All donations will go directly to Proactive Events, a 501c3. Proactive Events and our event committee and board will determine the most effective non-profit organizations making the biggest difference for those suffering the worst from the aftermath of Florence. We will work hand in hand with County officials and New Hanover Regional Medical Center to make sure the funds stay local.
100% of your fundraising will be awarded to these non-profits rebuilding our communities on an ongoing monthly basis so our community will continue to help not just in the short-term but for the next seven months.
Once you have your page set up don’t be shy about asking everyone you know to help. The aftermath stories will be on everyone’s minds this week so now is the time to get started!
The Wrightsville Beach Marathon Staff
The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon has donated over $400,000 to local non-profits and community groups since it’s inaugural year.
You always want to find a fast marathon where the weather has a history of being marathon friendly, the roads do not catch head winds for long periods and the course is pretty flat. Here are 10 great marathons to qualify for Boston.
- The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon! – NORTH CAROLINA (we love our race)
- The Chicago Marathon – ILLINOIS
- The California International Marathon – CALIFORNIA
- Chicagoland Marathon – ILLINOIS
- Grand Rapids Marathon – MICHIGAN
- Lehigh Valley Marathon – PENNSYLVANIA
- Wineglass Marathon – NEW YORK
- Twin Cities Marathon – MINNESOTA
- Richmond Marathon – VIRGINIA
- Philadelphia Marathon = PENNSYLVANIA
Good luck, we like to try to keep you as informed as possible here at the NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon!
Is is the 3rd email of a series going out this week. If you did not receive the first or second email, scroll to the bottom and click on the email you missed.
At the finish line you will be receiving a PUBLIX Bag with a granola bar, mini muffin, banana, pretzels and a CORE Hydration bottle. These bags will be handed to you while you are walking through the chute. As you walk through, you will have the option to get medical care from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. THANK YOU PUBLIX for donating all of the post race snacks and thank you NHRMC for all of your race support!
The UNCW Fisher Student Union will be open to purchase food. Inside the Fisher Student Union are Chick-Fil-A, Subway and the University Market. The Fisher Studen Union is located directly adjacent to the Burney Center and finish line.
The Burney Center (same location as the expo) will be split into 2 sides. The left side will be a gathering area with free beer. The right side will be an athletes only treatment area with Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists on site. We will also have basic snacks and oatmeal for athletes from PUBLIX. We will NOT be having pizza this year.
AFTER PARTY PRESENTED BY SEASCAPE PROPERTIES
Saturday March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Join us from 12:00pm to 6pm at Waterman’s Brewery. Shuttles from UNCW will drop you off at Waterman’s if you would like to get your party started early. You can buy tickets now online for $20 or $25 at the expo. Your ticket gets you a name on a list and you will go straight to Waterman’s to the NHRMC WB MARATHON Flag to get your passes. Wednesday (Today is the final day to buy tickets online)
*If you are staying at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, we will have a shuttle running back and forth from the hotel to the brewery.
The After Party Includes:
An Irish Plate for an Irish Day!
A hearty plate of House made Corned Beef
1 free locally brewed beer
This is the 2nd email of a series that go out this week. Please email us if you missed email #1.
We offer a complimentary bag drop at the start area. You can use the bag you receive at the expo for your gear bag. Our bag drop is to simply allow you to dress warm at the start and throw your clothes in our truck. The bags will be back at UNCW when you finish. There should be no keys, wallets, phones or anything important in this bag. We advise against putting anything of any value. We will take the clothing back to UNCW and hold it near the shuttle pickup location, adjacent to the UNCW Burney Center until 1:00pm. After 1pm, everything that is not picked up will be donated.
COURSE CUTOFF TIMES
Aid stations will be located at the following miles: 1.8, 2.8, 4.2, 6.8, 8.2, (10, and 12 for the half) remaining full location: 11.2, 12.2, 13.5, 14.8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25
At each aid station we will have Gatorade, 2-4 bathrooms, water, Clif Gels. At the later aid stations for the marathon there will be oranges, Coke and Twizzlers.
There will be medical teams all over the course, but specific medical stations at mile 10 for the half, 17 for the full, 20 and 23 for the full and at the finish. If you need to drop out of the race for any reason. Drop out at an aid station or the nearest medical station.
THE COURSE AND COURSE MAPS
The course is fast and flat. Go to our ALL MAPS page on the website where you have a couple of different options. You can print a map or use the GOOGLE MAPS app on your phone to view the map zooming in and out. You can see your current location relative to the maps. You also can use the RACE JOY application. If you use RACE JOY during the race, your spectators can track your progress live and send you messages. There will be a separate email regarding this.
NEXT EMAILS WILL BE:
MARATHON MADNESS NCAA BRACKETOLOGY
It’s Marathon Madness Week! We are excited, we hope you are too. This is the first of a few emails that will go out on some of the different subjects of the course. Most of this information is on the website but we want to be sure you are fully aware of event specifics.
The expo will be Friday, March 16th from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Please arrive in a timely manner. When you arrive on campus, the best road to come in on for parking will be HURST DR off South College Rd. You will park by the UNCW track or tennis courts and walk about 200-300 meters to the Burney Center. The Burney Center will have MARATHON MADNESS flags around it. Someone can also drop you off by the entrance and then go park.
When you arrive, you will pick up your bib in the lobby. A friend or family can pick up your packet for you with a copy of a picture ID for reference. If you would like to transfer to another event you can do this at the expo. There will be a $20 transfer fee. ($10 from full marathon to half or 5K)
From the lobby you will walk into the expo and directly to your left you will receive your PJ PANTS – If you pre-ordered shuttle passes, t-shirts or socks before 2/1/18 those orders will be right on your bib and you will receive them with your pants. Please double check your bib to be sure your pre-orders are correct and that you have everything before you leave. If an item is missing, we can double check your order at the Marathon Madness store and make any corrections.
If you did NOT pre-order shuttle passes, t-shirts or socks and you would like to purchase them, you will visit the marathon madness store after you pick up your pants.
Friday’s Schedule is as follows:
11:00 am to 8:30 pm– Expo/Packet Pickup
12:00 pm Course and Weekend information session
5:00 pm Course and Weekend Information session – Meet your Pacer between 5pm and 6pm.
6:30 pm The Marathon Madness 5K Start
6:35 pm The Marathon Madness 1 Mile
7:30 pm Course and Weekend Information Session
Saturday, March 17th
4:45am: Shuttle service begins from UNCW $3.00 to take the shuttle to the start (buy tickets)
6:35am: Make sure your RACEJOY tracking is ready to go!
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. (Beer will be inside the Burney center in a beer zone. Since we are on a college campus you cannot just carry your beer around, you must stay in the beer area. Thanks)
10:00am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00am: Full Marathon Awards
12:00pm to 6:00pm – Waterman’s Brewery St. Patrick’s Day Party
1:00pm: Course Cutoff
1:00pm: Free Shuttle service ends
THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT PARKING AND SHUTTLES
Expo parking – when you arrive on campus, you will be directed to park in LOT K or the GREEN TRACK lot. This is about a 200-300 meter walk to the Burney Center. You can drop off at the Burney Center for convenience. Anyone parking on campus please park in parking spaces, no grass parking or illegal parking. To avoid any ticketing, please print this pass and put on your dash board when parking on campus
RACE MORNING PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
OPTION #1: Buy a $5.00 shuttle pass and park at the finish (UNCW) and take a shuttle to the start. If you did not pre-order a shuttle pass, you can purchase one at the marathon store at the expo. There are 450 shuttle passes left. We will have security at the shuttle pickup to ensure you have bought a pass. Shuttles run from 4:45am to 6:20am. The last shuttle will leave UNCW at 6:20, so be sure you are there as early as possible so we can fill the shuttles to capacity. Again you must have your shuttle wrist band on that you will receive at the expo.
OPTION #2: Park at the start. Wrightsville Beach will have parking on site. Please see map below of highlighted areas where we will park people. If you use this option, you can take a FREE shuttle from the finish back to the start. There will be waiting times for this shuttle as shuttles will have to negotiate race traffic while going to and from the beach. Shuttles will pickup and drop off at the same locations throughout the day.
OPTION #3 Carpool or get dropped off at the start. If you are not taking the shuttle, this option is the best. Your friends or family can drop you off at the start line area anytime before 6:30am.
WEBSITE LINKS TO MAPS AND INFO ABOVE
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email: COURSE PROFILE AND RULE, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP
New Hanover Regional Medical Center Brings Mission into Motion as Title Sponsor of Wrightsville Beach MarathonPosted by
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2017
Wilmington, NC – As part of its new mission, Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) will be the official naming sponsor of the Wrightsville Beach Marathon, it was announced today. NHRMC will replace QuintilesIMS as title sponsor beginning in 2018.
“We are thankful for seven amazing years from QuintilesIMS and are thrilled to see them pass the baton to New Hanover Regional Medical Center,” said Tom Clifford, Event Director.
The 8th annual event weekend takes place March 25, 2017 and features a full marathon, half marathon, relay, Susan G. Komen Wilmington Race for the Cure ® 5K, and 1-mile fun run. With the full marathon sold out and less than 120 spots remaining in the half, NHRMC will announce its title sponsorship to a record number of runners and spectators.
“NHRMC is such a valuable partner in events of this scale,” continued Clifford. “Our staff, volunteers, and runners can expect many more great years ahead as the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wrightsville Beach Marathon!”
“NHRMC is proud to support this local marathon,” said John Gizdic, CEO and President of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “This event embodies the heart of our new mission. Engaging our community in physical activity helps promote well-being, and supporting this event also ensures we continue to focus on the economic development of this region.”
QuintilesIMS, the event’s title sponsor since its inception in 2010, will co-brand the 2017 race with NHRMC before passing the naming rights on for 2018 and beyond.
In addition to its new name, the Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness has found a new home, with the packet pickup and finish line moving from Mayfaire Town Center to UNCW’s campus. The pre-event expo and packet pickup will be held in the Burney Center on Friday, March 24th, and runners will experience a scenic finish along Chancellor’s Walk on Saturday, March 25th.
The event has raised nearly $300,000 for local charities in its seven-year history, and the 2016 Marathon Madness Weekend brought over 3,500 runners and their families to the Wilmington area.
About the Wrightsville Beach Marathon
The Wrightsville Beach Marathon is the largest running event in Wilmington, North Carolina and generates millions of dollars in economic impact each year. Net proceeds from the event benefit numerous local charities, including the Landfall Foundation. For more information, please visit www.WrightsvilleBeachMarathon.com.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center is an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.
Put that date on your calendar!