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NHRMC Wilmington NC Marathon Madness



The 2020 New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wilmington Marathon Madness is a MUST DO spring 2020 event!  We are well on our way to an amazing production for you to enjoy on the Cape Fear Coast from Ocean to Riverfront!

Our first price increase is coming up on July 20th.  It is never too early to commit and SAVE $$, after all, we have deferral options just in case.


Since the first of the year, our staff has worked many hours since the first of the year planning for a nationally recognized course.  This course is a journey for runners to run from two unique settings, Pristine Wrightsville Beach to Historic Downtown, in one destination, WILMINGOTN, NC!  Come explore North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination flowing with energy and creativity.


HALF TODAY: $65 | JULY 20th: $80
FULL TODAY: $80  | JULY 20th: $95
RELAY TODAY: $40 | JULY 20th: $45
5K and 1 mile prices do not change


The new 2020 course will start at Johnny Mercer Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise. The half, full and relay will take off and head west toward downtown Wilmington. The first 5 miles will be on flat main roads. Runners will have 1 entire lane and the shoulder. Spectators can watch along this portion and can head downtown for the finish. Roads will be open for traffic at all times with a few detours. Once the runners hit mile 6.5, they will turn onto US 74 and head downtown. This will be a quiet portion of the event, as spectators will not be allowed here, but we will have aid station, signage, and music. By mile 9, US 74 raises up over the marsh land of Wilmington and runners will be elevated over land for 1.5 miles until the half splits from the full. The half marathon runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington to the River Front finish.

The full marathon will continue over the Isabelle Holmes Bridge, and then have two climbs, one over the Battleship bridge and the biggest climb at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge between miles 13 and 13.5. From there, the rest of the course is mostly flat as the full marathon travels around Greenfield Lake trail as an out and back. The finish is on the River Front in beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington in front of the federal courthouse on Water Street.

*changes could occur between now and race day since we are always subject to our city’s permitting process. 


Need a fall event? Preview our 2nd half of the NHRMC Wilmington, NC Marathon On November 3rd, run the sister BATTLESHIP Half Marathon, 10K or 5K downtown Wilmington and SAVE 10% on both race if you register using our BUNDLE PACKAGE!

The Battleship Half Marathon is expected to have 2000 runners this fall, come join Wilmington’s oldest Half Marathon and run around the WWII Battleship, North Carolina



The Marathon Madness Weekend brings thousands of competitors along with their family and friends to the Cape Fear Region from Wilmington, the state of North Carolina, and around the country. Corporate involvement and sponsorships play key roles in the continued growth of the event weekend. Sponsorship is a great way to promote your business, support health and wellness, team build, and become involved in the community. Email for more information.


Looking for other races put on by the directors of the NHRMC WILMINGTON MARATHON?  Check out our other fun events below to have a participant first enjoyable experience!

NHRMC Wilmington NC Marathon Madness

Wrightsville Beach to Downtown Wilmington, NC

Friday March 20 – Saturday March 21, 2020


“Destination-to-Destination” Run Course and Event Brand Unveiled

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NHRMC Wilmington NC Marathon Madness celebrates its second decade with major course changes.

Wilmington, NC – Southeastern North Carolina’s largest running event is taking a new turn in 2020 with an all new course and updated nameThe 11th Annual NHRMC WILMINGTON NC MARATHON MADNESS” now highlights the city of Wilmington, North Carolina. The event is tentatively planning on hosting the runners’ expo and finish-line celebration in and around the Wilmington Convention Center.

“We are thrilled to host a race that tours the City of Wilmington,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “Wilmington is growing rapidly and large events like the NHRMC Wilmington Marathon Madness will help bring out of town guests to tour our city and have a great experience with an excellent first-class course.  We are excited as a City and look forward to great things in spring of 2020.”

The majority of the race course will take place on Wilmington roads. The biggest change participants will notice is a world class, point-to-point route that will take runners from the pristine coast of Wrightsville Beach, to the historic Cape Fear Riverfront for the finish-line and post-race celebration.

“This is a dream course for runners, very flat with only a few turns and highlighting the City of Wilmington along the way making it better than a point-to-point race. This will be a true ‘destination-to-destination race’ that runners from all over the country will appreciate, “said Race Director Tom Clifford. “The City of Wilmington and our partners like New Hanover Regional Medical Center have been incredibly supportive to help this vision and dream come to life.”

“New Hanover Regional Medical Center has supported this event for many years and is proud to be the title sponsor,” said Carolyn Fisher, NHRMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We hope the new course will generate excitement and encourage even more people to challenge themselves to train and run to improve their overall health and well-being.”

The race, which averages over 3,500 participants annually, will utilize the mantra “Span the Cape Fear Coast from Wrightsville Beach to Downtown Wilmington.”  Highlights of the race will include a larger expo Downtown Wilmington, a sunrise start at Wrightsville Beach, a picturesque run course spanning six bridges providing runners unparalleled views of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River and the serene vantage points around Greenfield Lake.

Clifford added that the course is tentative to the city’s permitting process and changes could occur based on traffic flow and construction and that the final course will lessen the traffic impact making it easier for motorists during the event.

Clifford stressed his appreciation for over ten years of community support, “As always, the event will give the runners the opportunity to race a fast course, see historic sites and enjoy many beautiful areas around our city. We have had an amazing 10 years on the east side of town and are very thankful for the Landfall Community, UNCW, and Mayfaire for their hospitality and support.”

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Proactive Lifestyle Events

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.

Without Limits

Without Limits produces the NHRMC Wilmington Marathon, Battleship NC Half Marathon, and the Southern Tour Ultra, also has an Apparel Division which provides race apparel to customers across the United States. They also operate a Coaching Division that has helped athletes to achieve US Olympic Trial honors while also supporting hundreds of adult and youth athletes reach their goals through coaching and training programs. In 2018 Without Limits also launched the Runners Daily Vitamin, a nutritional support formula to maintain health, optimize performance and promote recovery in runners and endurance athletes.

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center

New Hanover Regional Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals, outpatient centers and physician practices serve as the primary healthcare provider for Southeastern North Carolina. The healthcare system provides quality care in multiple specialties including cardiac, oncology, neurology, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, orthopedics, trauma, behavioral health and others. The NHRMC Physician Group encompasses more than 280 providers serving in 20 specialties. NHRMC is dedicated to providing patients with high quality care and an excellent experience. Our mission, Leading Our Community to Outstanding Health, reflects our belief that our commitment to you extends beyond the doors of our facilities as we work with you to build a healthier community. Visit for more information.


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Location: 26.2 | 13.1 | 26.2 RELAY | 5K glow run | 1 mile glow run
Start: Municipal Ln Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
FINISH/EXPO: uncw burney center
This is the 3rd email of a series going out this week.  If you did not receive the first or second email, click here

Half and Full Marathoners at the finish line you will be receiving a PUBLIX Bag with a banana, pretzels, trail mix, Nothing Bundt Cake Bundtinis, .  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!

5K and 1 mile runners will receive snacks and water and bite sized samples of Nothing Bundt Cakes.

We will have a food truck on site if you need something to eat in the morning, but campus is closed due to spring break.

All Participants will get a Publix Bag with Banana, Trail MIx, and Pretzels. Other items will be located in the Burney Center


Saturday March 9th,  Join us from 4:00pm to 8pm at Waterman’s Brewery.  You can buy tickets now online for $20.  Your ticket gets you a name on a list and you will go straight to Waterman’s and when you enter the brewery, go to the right to claim your meal and beer. Wednesday (Today is the final day to buy tickets online)

The After Party Includes:

A band

Boston Qualifier recognition

10 year runner recognition – IF YOU HAVE RUN ALL 10 RACES PLEASE FILL OUT THIS SURVEY SO WE CAN GET A RECORD OF YOUR RACES! These 10 can be participating in any race.

1 locally brewed beer


After Party Tickets
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All Participants will get a delicious Bundtini from Nothing Bundt Cakes. These will be located at the finish line and also in the Burney Center
From the first bite, sweet memories of your Mom’s cake, fresh from the oven, gently tug at your heart. At Nothing Bundt Cakes, two good friends have combined the warmth of nostalgia with a fresh, modern approach. Our luscious cakes are made with the finest, premium ingredients, including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. Each bite slowly melts in your mouth, calling you back to a day when life was a little sweeter and time passed more slowly.
Click here here for the Wilmington location.


The natural spring water of Icelandic Glacial™ is sourced from the legendary Ölfus Spring in Iceland. With a naturally occurring pH of 8.4 and an exceptionally low mineral content, our perfectly balanced still water is The Purest Tasting Water on Earth™.

Available in BPA-Free Recycled Plastic and Glass

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Our Official Finish Line Beer: Adams Beverages is new to the Coast, and is here with their best Dogfish Head lineup. Stop by the Dogfish tent & try their newest brews out of Delaware. While there, be the first in the area to sample Cerveza Patagonia: Originally from the Patagonia region in South America, they’re starting their next adventure on the Coast of North Carolina. Good Luck to all the Runners!


A proud sponsor of the Wrightsville Beach Marathon, OrthoWilmington is Now EmergeOrtho is part of a medical group combining five highly reputable practices with 51 offices, from the mountains to the coast, forming one of the largest physician-owned orthopedic practices in North Carolina.
OrthoWilmington is Now EmergeOrtho of Wilmington includes a medical team of 27 board-certified orthopedic and specialty physicians, many of whom are fellowship-trained, and 26 mid-level providers. The practice offers experienced experts in the following subspecialties: spine, sports medicine, joint replacement and reconstruction, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), orthopedic trauma and pain management. Additionally, EmergeOrtho operates physical and occupational therapy centers. Several locations also include MRI services and AccessOrtho, dedicated to urgent orthopedic care.
At EmergeOrtho, our goal is to help you emerge from treatment stronger, healthier and better. visit to learn more.


Parkway of Wilmington is located in the beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, we’re a one-stop dealership for drivers throughout New Hanover County. Check out our new Volvo inventory, new Subaru inventory, new Hyundai inventory, and new Genesis inventory to find your next vehicle today.
In addition to the newest model years, we also offer a large used inventory. No matter what vehicle you select, you’ll be treated with high-quality service – from the moment you arrive to the moment you get approved and drive off the lot in your new vehicle. Check out our inventory at


Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry -Dr. Skip & Dr. Stephanie are proud sponsors of the 2019 NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon. Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to helping your child have good dental health in a positive environment. We want your child to enjoy getting to know us and be comfortable at all times. Our top priority is helping your child achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
Visit us at


Alcami has been an employer in Wilmington for the past 40 years, and is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Wrightsville Beach Marathon!
We provide customizable and innovative services to small and mid-size pharmaceutical and biotech companies, to treat a variety of diseases and improve quality of life. Click here to learn more about Alcami:
Good luck to all of this weekend’s participants!


NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

Wilmington, NC
Fri March 8 – Sat March 9 2019

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EVENTS: 26.2 | 13.1 | 26.2 RELAY | 5K glow run | 1 mile glow run
START: municipal ln wrightsville beach, nc 28480
finish/expo: uncw burney center

This is the 2nd email of a series that go out this week. Click here if you missed Email #1.
The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon course is a fast and flat tour of Eastern New Hanover County. Knowing the course and the rules are essential for a great experience for you and for everyone else involved in the race.  There are some key spots in the race that are very important that you are familiar with.

We offer a complimentary bag drop at the start area. There will be box truck located near the starting line corals with a flag labeled “Gear Check”. You can use the clear bag you receive at packet pick up for your bag drop. Our bag drop is to allow you to dress warm at the start and throw your clothes on our truck prior to the start of the race. The bags will be delivered to the finish line at UNCW near the shuttle pick up adjacent to the UNCW Burney Center until 1:00pm. After 1pm, everything that is not picked up will be donated. There should be no keys, wallets, phones or anything important or of value in the gear bags.  We are not responsible for lost or unidentifiable gear bags.

It is a violation to throw your trash on the course outside of an aid station.  If you have gel packs, cups, or anything of this nature, please use our aid stations to dispose.  We have basketball hoop trash cans at each aid station. Do your best to score a nice shot!  This not only helps keep our city clean but helps give the runners behind you a positive experience by not having to run over trash.

Follow the instructions of our course volunteers. We strongly suggest not using headphones it is very important for you to be able to hear any directions of our course volunteers.

The marathon and half marathon split at mile 8.5. Be sure that you understand where you are going and not just following the runner in front of you. There are  repeated sections of our 26.2 marathon course. It is important you know your approximate mile you are on so you complete the entire race. Any signs of cutting the course via timing split verification will result in an immediate disqualification. The online “Marathon Investigator” will be watching!  Between 22-23 in the full marathon, runners will receive a sweat band to verify they completed the entire course.  We will address this in a separate email.

Walking in the race is fine, as long as you respect runners behind you by staying to the left and reach the course cutoff times (see below).

Please tell your friends and family they cannot bike pace you on the course. No bikes will be allowed in Landfall. Please respect this rule for yourself and for other runners.

All half marathoners must be at mile 10 by 9:20 am. That is holding a 15:00 per mile pace. After mile 10, you have until 1:00pm to finish the last 3.1 miles:)

All marathoners must be at mile 11.5 by 9:20 am, mile 19 by 11:00 am and to the finish by 1:00 pm. The 9:20 am and 11:00 am cutoffs are mandatory by our city and DOT officials. That is an average of 13:42 per mile pace. After mile 19, you have 7.2 miles to finish the remaining 2 hours of the race which is 16:40 per mile pace. So your goal is to get to that mile 19 and then you can relax a little more if needed, or keep pushing for a personal best.

If you are not going to make our cutoff times, our staff have the right to pull you or turn you short on the course which would result in a DQ. No exceptions. In order to have this race, we must hold true to our cutoff times.


Aid stations will be located at the following miles, (mileage is approximate): 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 on 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.  There will be a sag bus following the last runner and will be stopped at portions of the course.  Anyone who drops out can either find their own way to the finish, or jump on the sag bus.  The best place to wait for this would be at an aid station.

This course is fast and flat. Go to our ALL MAPS page on the website where you have a couple of different options to view. 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.

All Maps Page
Pace Groups
RACE JOY Runner Tracking



Make sure you swing by the Fleet Feet booth at the Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness Expo, or their store location at 1125 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405 to get all your last minute racing needs or any running essentials to get you across the finish line.


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Axis Fitness + Training is a results-driven gym specializing in GT3. A 60-minute workout with specifically programmed Strength, Conditioning, and Endurance modalities to ensure your optimal performance and results!
Walk into the doors of our Lumina Station location, and don’t be surprised if your hips immediately start moving and your head starts bumping! This location is where our GT3 program kicked off and where bodies continue to be transformed. With our blue lights, loud music, insane energy, and high-end equipment, you are guaranteed to get the sweat of a lifetime here.

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NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

Wilmington, NC
Fri March 8 – Sat March 9 2019

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Location: 26.2 | 13.1 | 26.2 RELAY | 5K glow run | 1 mile glow run
start: wrightsville beach park

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 information about the 2019 event.  Most of this information is on the website but we want to be sure you are fully aware of event specifics.  Wednesday at 8:15pm we will also do a LIVE webinar on Facebook if you would like to tune in to go over the course maps.


The expo will be Friday, March 8th from 11:00 am to 8:00 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.  Parking should be fairly easy due to students heading out for spring break.  The Burney Center will have MARATHON MADNESS flags around it.

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 or to another person, you can do this at the expo.  There will be a $20 transfer fee. 

From the lobby you will walk into the expo and directly to your left you will receive your race t-shirt and – If you pre-ordered shuttle passes or Marathon Madness gear before 2/1/18 those orders will be right on your bib and you will receive them with your shirt.  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 or gear, and you would like to purchase, you will visit the marathon madness store.

Friday’s March 8th
11:00 am to 8:00 pm– Expo/Packet Pickup

6:20 pm The Marathon Madness Glow 5K Start

6:25 pm The Marathon Madness Glow 1 Mile Start

7:30pm 5K awards

Saturday, March 9th
4:45am: Shuttle service begins from UNCW $5.00 to take the shuttle to the start

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 if you parked at the beach (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. (We will have a beer garden in the courtyard outside the Burney Center this year.)

10:00am: Half Marathon Awards

11:00am: Full Marathon Awards

4:00pm to 8:00pm – Waterman’s Brewery

1:00pm: Course Cutoff

1:00pm: Free Shuttle service ends


EXPO PARKING – Parking lots around the UNCW Burney Center are open for EXPO parking, however students are still on campus so you should still give yourself ample time to get your packet or be on time for the 5K.


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 550 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.

***Note that Wrightsville Beach Parking meters are in effect at 9am, so avoid parking at a meter.  Use the park and recreation lots, or the Bluewater Lot.***


Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email: COURSE PROFILE AND RULES, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP

NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

Wilmington, NC
Fri March 8 – Sat March 9 2019

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Publix announced as the Official Grocer

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January 21st, 2019

Publix announced as the Official Grocer for the 10th Annual Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Wilmington, NC – Publix, the largest employee owned grocery store in the United States, has been announced as the Official Grocer for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon, held on March 8th and 9th weekend.

“Having a grocery store support our runners is critical to the success of the race. We are thrilled to have Publix provide the nutrition for the athletes on course and at the finish line. Publix also went above and beyond during Hurricane Florence. They made every effort to open their doors as quickly as possible and help those in need. This shows how much they care for the community,” said Tom Clifford, Event Director.

The 10th annual event weekend takes place March 8-9, 2019 and features a full marathon, half marathon, relay marathon, SunTrust Glow Run 5K, 1-mile fun run, and a virtual run.

“Publix is pleased to support the Wrightsville Beach Marathon,” said Kim Reynolds, Publix media and community relations manager. “We are committed to supporting our customers’ health and wellness goals by providing healthy food options in our stores and through community partnerships such as this.”

The event has raised nearly $400,000 for local charities in its ten-year history, and the 2019 Marathon Madness Weekend will bring over 3,500 runners and their families to the Wilmington area.

About the Wrightsville Beach Marathon
The New Hanover Regional Medical Center 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 Health Possible, Inc. and the Landfall Foundation. For more information, please visit

About Publix
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,212 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 21 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website,

T-Shirt Cutoffs and Housekeeping Before February 1st, 2019!

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RACES: 26.2 | 13.1 | 26.2 RELAY | 5k | 1 MILE


9 weeks to go until race day and less than 30 days from our final price increase and t-shirt cutoff.  We are trending toward 4000 participants and look forward to an epic year 10!

If you HAVE NOT signed up yet, you have until 1/31/19 to register to receive the following on race day:

#1: Customized bib
#2: Correct T-shirt Size
#3: Lower Pricing

If you HAVE signed up remember the following items need to be completed by January 31st.

#1:Any corrections with your t-shirt size.  Your size can be updated by logging into your account and updating the “Giveaway Item”

#2: Add On Items: Any additional items you want to order need

#3: Bib Mailing: If you want your bib mailed, that selection needs to be completed.  Only bibs will be mailed, no additional items.

BIG NEWS ALL 5K and 1 MILE Participants will receive a SunTrust finisher medal that glows in the dark and of course an awesome t-shirt!



SunTrust Bank to Title Sponsor of the 5K Glow Run

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10th Annual NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Taps SunTrust Bank as
Title Sponsor of the 5K Glow Run

Wilmington, NC – SunTrust Bank, a leader in consumer and commercial banking throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, has been announced as the Title Sponsor of the 5K Glow Run, held on Friday evening before the half and full marathon Marathon Madness weekend of the 10th Annual New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

“SunTrust Bank is a welcome addition to our Marathon Madness weekend, and their support as a benefactor for the non-profit organization, Health Possible, Inc. for the 10th annual event is outstanding. We are grateful to have a partner that supports our mission,” said Tom Clifford, Event Director.

The 10th annual event weekend takes place March 8-9, 2019 and features a full marathon, half marathon, relay marathon, SunTrust Glow Run 5K, 1-mile fun run, and a virtual run.

“The SunTrust 5K Glow Run is a wonderful fun, family event to kick off the weekend,” continued Clifford. “The 5K course will be held on the beautiful University of North Carolina at Wilmington campus and will be the first ever Glow Run!”

“SunTrust is delighted to support the Glow Run and the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. SunTrust encourages people to move from financial stress to financial confidence via our On Up movement, and we know that physical well-being can have a tremendous impact on financial well-being.” said Sandy Spiers, SunTrust’s City President for Wilmington

The event has raised nearly $400,000 for local charities in its ten-year history, and the 2019 Marathon Madness Weekend will bring over 3,500 runners and their families to the Wilmington area.

About the Wrightsville Beach Marathon
The New Hanover Regional Medical Center 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 Health Possible, Inc. and the Landfall Foundation. For more information, please visit

About SunTrust Bank
SunTrust Bank is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. As one of the nation’s largest and strongest financial services companies, it offers a full suite of products and services designed to meet the needs of its consumer, business, corporate and institutional clients. For more information, please visit

5 Reasons to Start Training for your Marathon Early | Register for 2019

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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.
B. How much rest you need in between runs.
C. The flow of your week with your life stress.

#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.

Happy Running!

Coach Tom Clifford
USATF Level 2

Good luck, and we hope you consider the 2019 NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

Current 10 year anniversary Prices:
The next price increase is December 1st

26.2: $90
13.1: $75
Relay: $45
5K Glow Run: $25
1 mile Glow Run: $15

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.

Already registered? Click here to confirm your registration


Boston Marathon Adjusts Qualifying Times for 2020

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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.

Boston Marathon qualifying timesThe Boston Athletic Association announced it has changed the qualifying times runners must achieve to register for the 2020 Boston Marathon.
Age group 2019 men 2020 men 2019 women 2020 women
18-34 3:05 3:00 3:35 3:30
35-39 3:10 3:05 3:40 3:35
40-44 3:15 3:10 3:45 3:40
45-49 3:25 3:20 3:55 3:50
50-54 3:30 3:25 4:00 3:55
55-59 3:40 3:35 4:10 4:05
60-64 3:55 3:50 4:25 4:20
65-69 4:10 4:05 4:40 4:35
70-74 4:25 4:20 4:55 4:50
75-79 4:40 4:35 5:10 5:05
80+ 4:55 4:50 5:25 5:20

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.


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