Registration For 2020 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
March 20-21, 2020

The SunTrust Marathon Madness Mile

Remembering Eli Willis

Friday March 8th, 2019
Start time 6:35PM
Where: Chancellor’s Walk UNCW Campus.

The SunTrust Marathon Madness Mile (remembering Eli Willis) is our Friday evening event that kicks off Marathon Madness Weekend.  The event was designed to raise awareness of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) and honor the memory of Eli Willis a son of one of our committee members, born October 9, 2011. CDH is a rare disease that occurs when the diaphragm fails to form or close totally in the first trimester. Roughly 50% of children born with CDH do not survive and of the 50% that do, most endure long hospital stays and health complications. There is very little research being done and virtually no media coverage despite CDH occurring as frequently as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis.

The 1-mile starts and finishes at the Marathon and Half Marathon finish line (the same location as the EXPO/Packet Pickup).

Enjoy the company of friends and family, and the comfortable coastal NC weather in March while running for a great cause. We’ll see you out there!

Event Day Information

The 1Mile Run begins at 625PM on Friday March 8th at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Campus. On-site registration will be available.

Packet Pick Up

Runners are responsible for picking up their packet before the race. The dates and times below is your only opportunity to grab your packet. If you can’t make it within that window, you’re more than welcome to send a friend or family member.

Where: Burney Center, UNCW Campus – Click here for Map
When: Friday, March 8th | 11:00am-5:00PM

Important Information

  • We do not offer refunds for this event, but you are able to gift and transfer your entry to someone else who would like to race. Please log in to your profile before February 22, 2016 to make these changes.
  • Please note it is unsafe to wear headphones while running. Event organizers will not restrict headphone use and leave it up to the athlete on his/ her ability to follow direction while wearing headphone devices. If you do choose to wear headphones please keep the volume level down so you are able to hear and follow the direction of course volunteers.


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.