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2018 EMAIL #3 FINISH LINE FOOD AND AFTER PARTY

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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.

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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

Korobi Cabbage

Carrots

Red Potatoes

1 free locally brewed beer

IMPORTANT LINKS

Fisher Student Union
After Party Tickets
Look up your bib number

 

EMAIL #1 : SCHEDULE | EXPO | PARKING | SHUTTLES 
EMAIL #2 : COURSE PROFILE AND RULES, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP

 

2018 EMAIL # 2: COURSE PROFILE AND RULE, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP

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NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness


Fri March 16 – Sat March 17 2018

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This is the 2nd email of a series that go out this week.  Please email us if you missed email #1.
Knowing the course and the rules are essential for a great experience for you and for everyone else in the race.  The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon course is literally a tour of Eastern New Hanover County.  It bends and winds, but is fast.  However, there are some spots that repeat and it is important that you are familiar with everything.

BAG DROP

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 ETIQUETE

  • Follow instructions of our volunteers.  We strongly suggest not using headphones for the sole purpose that if there is an emergency or a volunteer is trying to get your attention and you cannot hear them, it becomes a big problem.
  • Know the course.  The marathon and half marathon split just before mile 9.  Be sure that you understand where you are going and not just following the runner in front of you.  There are also repeated sections of the course.  Know which mile you are on so you complete the entire distance.  Any signs of cutting the course via timing split verification will result in an immediate disqualification.  Also the online Marathon Investigator will be watching!
  • Walking in the race is fine, as long as you respect runners behind you by staying to the left and reach the course cutoff.
  • No bike pacing.  Please tell your friends and family they cannot bike pace you on the course.  No bike will be allowed in Landfall.  Please respect this rule for yourself and for other runners.
  • Trash – please throw your trash at an aid station.  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.

COURSE CUTOFF TIMES

  • All half marathoners must be at mile 10 by 9:20 am.  That is 2:20:00 or 14:00 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 at 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.  That would be 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.  Please do not argue with our staff.  In order to have this race, we must hold true to our cutoff times.  The city and DOT need to re-open the roads.

AID STATIONS

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
Medical tent stations: mile 10(half) mile 17, 20, and 23.

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.

IMPORTANT LINKS

All Maps Page
Pace Groups
RACE JOY Runner Tracking

NEXT EMAILS WILL BE:

MARATHON MADNESS NCAA BRACKETOLOGY
FINISH LINE | FOOD | AFTER PARTY
VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT BAG
WEATHER BRIEFING

 

2018 EMAIL #1 SCHEDULE | EXPO | PARKING | SHUTTLES

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NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness


Fri March 16 – Sat March 17 2018
Location: Wilmington, NC US 28403 Directions

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.

EXPO

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

Transportation and Parking Maps

Expo Maps and logistics

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email: COURSE PROFILE AND RULE, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP
And Wednesday’s email: FINISH LINE FOOD AND AFTER PARTY

NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

Wilmington, NC
Fri March 16 – Sat March 17 2018

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center Brings Mission into Motion as Title Sponsor of Wrightsville Beach Marathon

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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.

About NHRMC

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.

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2015 Boston Qualifiers

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Name Age CITY/STATE TagTime Pace GunTime Pace

FEMALE: 18 – 34

KAREN ECKBERG 30 WILMINGTON NC 2:58:59 6:50 2:59:08 6:51
KEELY ECKBERG 23 SILVER SPRING MD 3:03:43 7:01 3:03:52 7:02
ERIN HOGSTON 34 WILMINGTON NC 3:07:58 7:11 3:08:07 7:11
BRITTANY COPELAND 25 WILMINGTON NC 3:13:32 7:24 3:14:30 7:26
FLAVIA ASAR 33 CHARLOTTE NC 3:16:41 7:31 3:16:55 7:31
BERGEN WATTERSON 34 DURHAM NC 3:24:16 7:48 3:25:07 7:50
SHANNON O’NEIL 22 WILMINGTON NC 3:25:21 7:51 3:26:21 7:53
KRISTEN BAKER 33 SOUTHERN PINES NC 3:26:24 7:53 3:27:26 7:56
LAUREN ECKBERG 32 PHILADELPHIA PA 3:27:14 7:55 3:27:24 7:55
MELANIE WORLEY 21 SYLVANIA OH 3:27:18 7:55 3:28:19 7:58
LAURA LINTNER 30 WINSTON SALEM NC 3:27:21 7:55 3:28:22 7:58
ANNA MOOREFIELD 26 RALEIGH NC 3:27:51 7:56 3:28:33 7:58
TARYN WORST 29 CALEDONIA MI 3:28:21 7:58 3:29:24 8:00
ANNA RUDICEL 25 FORT WAYNE IN 3:29:02 7:59 3:30:06 8:02
GERALDINE WALKER 33 LOUISBURG NC 3:29:13 8:00 3:30:08 8:02
ANGELA SEKELY 22 WILMINGTON NC 3:31:30 8:05 3:32:34 8:07
NICOLE KUHN 33 CAPE CARTERET NC 3:32:12 8:06 3:32:40 8:07
HADYN GAUSE 34 LEXINGTON SC 3:32:43 8:08 3:33:48 8:10
JANALYN BYRNE 27 NORTH CHARLESTON SC 3:33:28 8:09 3:33:49 8:10
NATALIE BYRD 34 CHILLICOTHE OH 3:34:48 8:12 3:35:51 8:15
MERYL SWITZER 34 STANLEY NC 3:34:56 8:13 3:37:05 8:18

FEMALE: 35 – 39

CATHERINE PHILLIPS 39 LYNCHBURG VA 3:08:13 7:12 3:08:55 7:13
BRIDGET PHILLIPS 38 WILMINGTON NC 3:12:04 7:20 3:12:08 7:20
MILA HARRIS 35 SOUTHERN PINES NC 3:24:37 7:49 3:24:46 7:49
ALLISON VANTASSEL 39 ROLESVILLE NC 3:29:14 8:00 3:30:08 8:02
DANA EDWARDS 36 WEDDINGTON NC 3:31:54 8:06 3:32:54 8:08
JENNY WILSON 37 WINTERVILLE NC 3:32:59 8:08 3:34:07 8:11
AMANDA JACOBS 38 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH NC 3:33:49 8:10 3:34:57 8:13
MICHELLE LUKASCHEWSKI 35 ROCHESTER HILLS MI 3:35:05 8:13 3:35:29 8:14
MCKENZIE HALL 36 NEW BERN NC 3:37:05 8:18 3:37:13 8:18

FEMALE: 40 – 44

BETSY ARMENTROUT 42 WINSTON-SALEM NC 3:09:45 7:15 3:09:55 7:15
ALICE KASSENS 40 FINCASTLE VA 3:16:09 7:30 3:16:19 7:30
JENNIFER BRUCE 41 STANLEY NC 3:34:55 8:13 3:37:05 8:18
JENIFER FEASTER 40 FRAMINGHAM MA 3:43:13 8:32 3:44:31 8:35
KARA SWIERZ 40 LONDONDERRY NH 3:44:06 8:34 3:45:22 8:37
FEMALE: 45 – 49
LINDA HATFIELD 46 APEX NC 3:21:56 7:43 3:22:28 7:44
SARAH GUTTERY 49 TITUSVILLE FL 3:36:22 8:16 3:36:41 8:17
HEIDI STAUB 45 CARY NC 3:44:09 8:34 3:45:23 8:37
CHRISTINE ROCKEY 45 MYRTLE BEACH SC 3:44:11 8:34 3:45:24 8:37
KRISTINE MCCALLUM 45 CHILLICOTHE OH 3:45:11 8:36 3:46:26 8:39
HILARY BOUTWELL 45 MATTHEWS NC 3:51:47 8:51 3:53:14 8:55
CRYSTAL MOORE 48 WILMINGTON NC 3:54:32 8:58 3:57:16 9:04

FEMALE: 50 – 54

ANDREA JOHNSON 52 MUKILTEO WA 3:30:43 8:03 3:31:13 8:04
RUTH CRONIN 50 ST. ALBANS VT 3:42:21 8:30 3:43:10 8:32
BARBARA WAGNER 53 MOUNT PLEASANT SC 3:45:34 8:37 3:46:20 8:39
KAREN TYLER 51 WILMINGTON NC 3:57:19 9:04 3:57:24 9:04

FEMALE: 60 – 64

VIRGINIA PERSONS 60 ATLANTA GA 4:11:38 9:37 4:14:44 9:44
JOANNE GARDNER 60 CHAPEL HILL NC 4:21:46 10:00 4:24:32 10:06
PENNY WILLIAMS 63 TRAPPE MD 4:24:04 10:05 4:26:17 10:10
Name Age CITY/STATE TagTime Pace GunTime Pace

MALE: 18 – 34

BRANDON DIBIANCA 28 PINEHURST NC 2:53:21 6:37 2:53:24 6:38

MALE: 35 – 39

WALT GUYER 35 CHARLOTTE NC 2:43:46 6:16 2:43:50 6:16
MATTHEW REEP 38 NEWTON NC 2:58:55 6:50 2:58:59 6:50
GARY WILHELM 39 MORRISVILLE NC 3:04:31 7:03 3:04:45 7:04
DAVID HILL 37 HAMPSTEAD NC 3:04:50 7:04 3:04:59 7:04
DEREK GOMEZ 39 LEXINGTON SC 3:06:22 7:07 3:06:25 7:07
GREG MILLS 38 BONAIRE GA 3:07:53 7:11 3:08:19 7:12
TORY WAGONER 39 PFAFFTOWN NC 3:08:34 7:12 3:08:41 7:13
JOHN DOHERTY 37 ATLANTA GA 3:08:40 7:13 3:08:48 7:13
RASMUS PEDERSEN 39 CHARLOTTE NC 3:08:44 7:13 3:08:54 7:13
FRANK PEPP 35 MYRTLE BEACH SC 3:09:40 7:15 3:09:49 7:15

MALE: 40 – 44

MICHAEL ENZ 40 SALEM VA 2:55:56 6:43 2:56:01 6:44
NOLAN FOLTZ 43 CENTENNIAL CO 3:08:30 7:12 3:08:36 7:12
MICHAEL MARIANI 40 GREER SC 3:11:42 7:19 3:11:51 7:20
MICHAEL WELKER 42 HOLLY SPRINGS NC 3:13:56 7:25 3:14:50 7:27
STEVE MCCLURE 40 LINCOLNTON NC 3:14:32 7:26 3:14:39 7:26
RYAN BABCOCK 40 RALEIGH NC 3:14:40 7:26 3:14:45 7:26
TONY GRECCO 44 CARY NC 3:14:49 7:27 3:15:19 7:28

MALE: 45 – 49

MICHAEL STEVENSON 47 GREENSBORO NC 3:02:36 6:59 3:02:44 6:59
KEVIN DOYLE 49 CARY NC 3:05:03 7:04 3:05:13 7:05
JASON GREENGRASS 46 CARY NC 3:08:45 7:13 3:08:57 7:13
PHILIP VAN TUBBERGH 45 HILLSBOROUGH NC 3:18:34 7:35 3:18:49 7:36
WAYNE DEESE 45 ABERDEEN NC 3:23:32 7:47 3:23:40 7:47
RICK POPLASKI 48 WILMINGTON NC 3:23:56 7:47 3:24:24 7:49

MALE: 50 – 54

MARK COLLINS 54 BOULDER CO 3:27:25 7:55 3:27:38 7:56
MARK BASQUILL 54 WILMINGTON NC 3:27:31 7:56 3:28:32 7:58
GARY LEONARD 51 APEX NC 3:28:41 7:58 3:28:53 7:59
DAVID PAIT 50 ROANOKE VA 3:29:14 8:00 3:30:08 8:02

MALE: 55 – 59

STUART ROSS 55 WILMINGTON NC 3:19:25 7:37 3:19:52 7:38
WILLIAM BLOCK 59 WILMINGTON NC 3:31:07 8:04 3:31:58 8:06
DARREL WELLS 57 GREENSBORO NC 3:32:53 8:08 3:33:55 8:10
REX MORGAN 56 SIMPSONVILLE SC 3:37:57 8:20 3:38:58 8:22

MALE: 60 – 64

RANDY RICHARDSON 63 WILMINGTON NC 3:43:56 8:33 3:44:12 8:34
MICHAEL WILLETS 61 NEW CARLISLE OH 3:45:46 8:37 3:47:02 8:40

MALE: 65 – 69

JIM HUFF 66 FORT MILLS SC 4:07:58 9:28 4:12:08 9:38

Qualities of a Top Notch Race | How to Choose the Best

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Wow have road races grown.  I think you can pick from a handful of 5Ks every weekend, a half marathon within driving distance every month or in some cases every weekend, and even a marathon, Spartan race, mud run or color run every month.  It is a booming era of endurance events and race directors are doing everything they can to lure people to their events through marketing, medals, free beer and scenic courses.

But are you getting the most bang for your buck?  Are races thinking of YOU first or are they thinking how can they save money in every corner?  From what I have seen, race participant fees have gone way up.  The average price of a 5K now seems to be $35.00, Half Marathons are around $80 to $100 and Marathons are $100 to $130.  I think I saw a Spartan race was $200 to register.  So if prices are increasing, are you getting more?

As a race director, here are the following things we look for in races to succeed.

Safety First!  Pick a race that is safe.  You know you have road closures and lane closures to keep cars and runners separate.  They have visible police and medical on site for any accidents.  The course has volunteers visible in all directions at all times, you are never too far from help.  In 2011 we had a gentleman that suffered Cardiac Arrest at the 13 mile marker.  There were several people around him and one happened to call 911 and begin CPR.  The man lived, and having all of those people around was the key to saving him.

How about the Quality of your timer.  Timing needs to be on point.  I think seeing my results later that day with my splits is a realistic expectation.  Of course timers have glitches in technology and want to make sure they have all of the correct results posted before making them live.  So I will give a race a timeline that by dinner time, the results should be posted.  The race website should display a clear link to results, whether that is a link to the race timers website or not.  A participant should not have to google search the results for the race and have to find them through the race timers website.  The other perks like LIVE TIMING AND RESULTS TEXTING are a great bonus.  Live timing is definitely expensive and is getting better each year, but I do realize as a race director that it is costly and is not crucial to every race.

How about Race SWAG and T-shirts.  So race fees have gone up, but race directors are still spending $3 to $5 on your t-shirt.  I don’t care who you are, a $5 T-shirt is not a quality t-shirt.  You get what you pay for.  When you go to a race, why are you not getting the best?  Why is your race director not spending your rising participant fees on a good quality shirt with killer art?  The T-shirt and the medal are the 2 things you actually take home from the race.  After the event is done, you finished, the banners come down, the course is taken apart, and the memories, T-shirt and medal are it.  So when you get a piece of junk that fits all weird and has a print on the front that is unflattering….to me that is laziness.

Spectators and Spectator friendliness.  I have been a runner 20 year and I like to see my support team.  Spectators and people cheering you on are the most motivating part of the race and I think that is what is fun about racing.  I can go out any day and run 13 miles with a group of people, but when I pay for a race I want to run through crowds that help me a long with their energy.  One of the reasons I made the Quinitles Wrightsville Beach Marathon course 2 loops was so that spectators could watch and the community could get more involved.  Let’s be realistic, unless you are a big marathon like Boston, NY, Chicago or any other big city marathon, it is hard to get smaller city races to get the big crowds over 13.1 or 26.2 miles.  If the race directors rally enough and get the community involved in many ways….the fans will come and also support teams can see their runners more than once.

The little things.  I think paying attention to the little things makes the big picture look smooth.  Of course you want to check list the big things and make sure those are covered, but then spend your energy on the details of the race that participants notice when they are not there.  A few examples of this:

Our 2015 medals have all the metrics on them – something fun and different
Packet pickup should be seamless and easy to park, without lines.  We don’t want to make you wait forever.
Finish line food tent should be accessible and fun for the athletes
Have enough bathrooms for gosh sake.  People need to go, we know that, so we provide 80 bathrooms at the start, there is never a line
Pre-race meetings. We hold 3 of them for participants to come ask questions and go over the race with the race director.  This is fun and puts a lot of clarity into the event.  Many people do not read all of the details online.  Even though the details are there, explaining it in person is much better

Thank You Participants, Volunteers and Sponsors! Results, Race Photos, Apparel and More….

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THANK YOU PARTICIPANTS!
 

On behalf of our Staff, the City of Wilmington, the town of Wrightsville Beach, New Hanover County, and the community of Landfall, THANK YOU for choosing the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness presented by Landfall Realty as your spring race!  Each year we look forward to you having the best experience when you race with us!

Thank you to our sponsors!  We could not do this event without their help.  Please check out their links at the end of this email – they give us the opportunities to make QWB what it is!

Thank you to our Volunteers who spent their weekend helping!  Over $30,000.00 will be donated again to Charities, Churches and Local Volunteer Groups.

Early Bird Registration opens May 1st, 2014

SAVE THE DATES: March 20-22, 2015!

Results, Pictures, Apparel
The 2015 Half Marathon will be the USATF North Carolina State Championship for the 2nd Year! 

  • 2014 Results Listed Here.  All age group and overall awards are based on Gun Time.  
    • In 2015, Overall and Masters overall will still be Gun time, however, Age Group results will be changed to chip time per USA Track and Field.
  • Thank You Land Rover Cape Fear for providing all participants with FREE PICTURES.  Your pictures should have been personally emailed to you.  Of course not all bibs could be captured and you can search for your picture by clicking here.  There are some FUNNY PICS!  Nice job everyone!
 
  • LAST CHANCE TO GET A 2014 QWBM Tee.  We know you loved your orange t-shirt so why not have 2 for an extremely great deal?!?  Just $10 per shirt including shipping costs!  Unbeatable for a Without Limits shirt that is the first of its kind in the marketplace!
   
While buying your QWBM Shirt check out the other apparel items for sale.  
Live your life Without Limits!
 
 
Thank You Staff and Volunteers

Tom Clifford – Race Director
Jason Adams – Co-Race Director
Sami Winter – Volunteer Coordinator
Matt Willis – Aid Stations
Annette Clifford – Apparel, Expo, Finish Line
Kristen Smith – Finish Line, Entertainment
Jen Peterken – Transportation, 5K Volunteers
Tom Crichton – Marketing, Sponsorships
Kathryn Nixon – Volunteer and Pasta Dinner
Avery Wilmeth – Landfall Coodinator
Brian Bohrer – Relay Exchange and Pacer Set Up
Kyle Shepard – Course Engineering and Logistics
Colin Hackman -5K Director, Elite Coordinator
Annie Sullivan -Coodinator Wrightsville Beach Area
Steve Burdt – Landfall Foundation Liason
Sandy Slocum – Landfall COA
Jeremy Davis – Timing
Joy Sessoms – MEDICAL
Hans Edwards – MEDICAL Emergency Unit
Jimmy Sessoms – Head Traffic Control
Russel James – Landfall Security
Scott Johnson – ANNOUNCER
Chris Schwartz – WB POLICE
Frank Smith- WB Fire
Bob Kiehlmeier – Communications
 Paige Kon – MAYFAIRE

Katie Ryan – Wrightsville Beach
Matt Burns – 2nd Accessories Cone Crew
Scott Goodyear- EMS
Morgan Osborne- Communications and planning

 

Other Upcoming Events 

Mountain to Sea Challenge
 






 

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR MARCH 20-22, 2015

 

 

Athlete Event Information: IMPORTANT (email send Monday 3/10)

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Pre-Event Email Information
 

Dear Athletes

 

Get ready for the Marathon Madness weekend!  We hope you are excited, ready to have a blast and looking forward to enjoying a full weekend of running events!  Please read the following information carefully as all information is very important and critical toward your experience here in Wrightsville Beach, NC

Event Rules
PARTICIPANT BIBS: Every competitor shall be provided with number bibs, which must be worn conspicuously on the FRONT when competing. The number bibs are to be worn as issued, cutting or folding numbers is not permitted. No athlete shall be permitted to participate in any competition without the appropriate number bib. Half marathon runners will wear BLUE bibs; Marathon Runners will wear YELLOW bibs.  Runners are responsible for checking their bib for accuracy. Runners may not switch races without authorization and without obtaining the appropriate bib.
 
HEADPHONES – While it is not illegal to use headphones – YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LISTENING TO VOLUNTEERS.  Keep your headphones at an appropriate level so you can hear instructions from any course volunteer or race committee member.    It is your responsibility to know the course and adhere to any instructions given.
 
RUNNER INTEGRITY – Please be courteous of other participating runners and this includes letting faster runners pass.  Also remember this is a double loop course and you may pass slower runners.  Encourage them and pass with care
 
NO BIKE PACING – No bikes are allowed in Landfall, you may not pace a runner on a bike.  If you get caught, your runner will be disqualified. 

 

COURSE SAFETY – In consideration of the safety of all participants, NO HAND CYCLES, STROLLERS, BABY JOGGERS, BABIES IN CARRIERS/BACKPACKS, IN-LINE SKATES, SKATEBOARDS, BICYCLES OR ANIMALS ON LEASHES will be allowed on the course. This will be strictly enforced.
Race Weekend Important Information
  • BIB PICKUP – NO RACE MORNING PACKET PICKUP
    You must pick up your bib at the expo Friday from 4PM to 8PM or Saturday from 11AM to 6PM.  There is no race morning packet pickup.  The expo is in Mayfaire shopping center behind World Market and HHGREGG.  Click below for locations and to look up your bib number.  You will need your number for packet pickup.
  • TRANSFERS and REGISTRATION – If you missed the online transfer on Feb. 24th, you can transfer at the expo for $10.00.  We will issue you a new bib with your name, age, and information.  Also Registration for ALL events will be open at the expo if you have friends or family wanting to register.
  • ATHLETE MEETINGS – Please attend one of our 3 pre-event athlete Information Sessions to ask any questions and go over the course.  All session will be at the expo tent.
    • Friday at 6:30PM
    • Saturday at 12:00PM
    • Saturday at 3:00PM – meet your pacer here
  • RACE MORNING TRANSPORTATION – The best option will be to park at the finish line and take our buses to the start. ARRIVE AT THE BUS PICKUP EARLY.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.  Buses begin at 4:45am and End at 6:15am.  ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AT THE START BY 6:15AM.  Bus Pickup is in the Mayfaire Shopping Center next to Trysports.
  • POST RACE TRANSPORTATION and ICE BATH – If you decided to park at the beach for the start, you can take a trolley back to the beach from the finish line.  You can also take a van to Accent Physical Therapy to get an ice bath for $10.00.  For questions about the ice bath call John at (910) 256-6999.  This is the same pickup location as race morning.
  • EARLY BIRD START – 6:15AM.  This is ONLY for people who cannot make the 4 mile check point (14:30pace) or mile 15 mile check point (13:00 pace).  If you are one of these athletes it is your choice to start early, you must check in at the timing table at the expo.  We will mark your bib and put you in the computer starting early.  ONLY USE THIS START IF NECESSARY – this is a chip time only start.  If you do not check in at the expo with our timers, you CAN NOT start at 6:15AM or you will be disqualified with no time or finish.
  • OFFICIAL GUN TIME START – 6:45AM  There will be 2 corrals split up by time.  Corrals will start right after each other.
  • WRIST BAND -FULL MARATHON – You must get a  yellow/orange wrist band at mile 19. You need this to get your official finish time.
  • NUTRITION – Gatorade and Hammer Gels will be at aid stations for nutrition.  For the Marathon you will have oranges and bananas at the mile 19 aid station on your 2nd loop.
  • ELI’s 1 MILE RUN – will be at 8:45AM at the Mayfaire Event Field
  • WB 5K will be at 5:00PM at the Mayfaire Event Field
  • PASTA DINNER: with FRANK SHORTER – There are still tickets left for the 2014 Quintiles Pasta Dinner.  This will be our biggest one yet with over 250 people.  You can still buy tickets for the pasta dinner at the expo in Mayfaire Shopping Center.
  • FREE PARTICIPANT PHOTOS – Smile near mile 5, 12, 17.5 and 25 courtesy of Land Rover Cape Fear!  Photos will be emailed to you as soon as they are uploaded
 
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