Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness: March 8th & 9th

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 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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 8th

11:00 am – Expo/Packet Pickup
5:00 pm Meet your Pacer
6:20 pm The Marathon Madness Glow 5K
6:25 pm The Marathon Madness Glow 1 mile
7:30 pm -5K and 1-mile Awards
8:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends

Saturday, March 9th

4:45 am: Shuttle service begins
6:35 am: National Anthem
6:40 am: Half and Full Marathon and Marathon Relay Start
9:00 am: Free Shuttle service begins to take runners back to the start area (remember that post-race shuttles can take a while due to race traffic around Wilmington)
8:00 am to 1:00 pm Post race party, beer, food, finish line celebration
10:00 am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00 am: Full Marathon Awards
1:00 pm: Course Cutoff
1:00 pm: Free Shuttle service ends


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.


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.


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 expenses 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.


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.


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.


For More Information and Registration Visit https://www.wrightsvillebeachmarathon.com/