Registration For 2020 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
March 20-21, 2020
Your Marathon Training Starts Now

Without Limits can help you reach your goals in your next race. Whether it is through our online coaching program or wearing our apparel, we want you to Embrace the Challenge in your next event!  Do work, Embrace the Challenge, say I AM WITHOUT LIMITS!

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 starts in Wrightsville Beach and makes a straight shot to downtown Wilmington.  Runners will span 6 bridges (4 flat) and run the best Wilmington, NC has to offer.  Come span the Cape Fear Coast and run from destination to destination.

Schedule of Events


Friday, March 20th

11:00AM – Expo/Packet Pickup
6:900pm The Game Day 5K
6:10pm The Game Day 1 mile
7:30pm -5K and 1 mile Awards
8:30pm Packet Pickup Ends


Saturday, March 21st

4:45am: Shuttle service begins from Downtown to Wrightsville Beach
6:55am: National Anthem
7:00am: Half and Full Marathon and Marathon Relay Start
9:00am: 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
10:00am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00am: Full Marathon Awards
1:00pm: Course Cutoff
1:00pm: Shuttle service ends
4:00pm: After Party

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

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 name. “The 11th Annual NHRMC WILMINGTON...


  Sign Up Donate 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...

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 half marathoners alike. Known for the flat terrain and running 1 straight line from the Beach to Downtown Wilmington, this is a fun, fast destination to destination race.  Span the Cape Fear Coast from Wrightsville Beach to downtown Wilmington, NC

“Greetings from Colorado…
I don’t normally do this, but I wanted to take a minute to tell you what a great race you put on Saturday. In the last six years, I have run quite a few marathons, trying to run one in every state. Normally I can find at least one complaint with a marathon, but honestly, I couldn’t find anything wrong with Wrightsville Beach.

Your level of communication was just right… a happy cheerful tone to each email, instructions and directions for parking and expo were perfect, shuttle service was perfect, the weather was perfect, hotel information and reservations were easy, the gated community we ran thru was so lovely and I LOVED North Carolina!!!”

Thank You

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 expanses 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.

Zoom into our detailed maps of the course

Whether you are a runner looking to win your age group or a first time marathoner, you need to know the course.  Zoom into our interactive maps to be sure you are familiar with course logistics.

All Maps and logistics here

Game Day 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.

“Just a quick note to thank you for the outstanding race you put on every year.  WB Half Marathon is my favorite event.  Well done!  I do a lot of half marathons and when I take their surveys, I can never in good conscience check (x) “the best” under their questions because your race is simply the best. Don’t let it get to you about the medals!  That stuff happens in business.  I run a business and we get curve balls every day.  You handled it with class.  I saw you and your friends running Sunday morning (I was about to go back over the bridge) and I noticed you picking up trash along the route.  That just shows the amount of class in which you operate.  Thank You”

Thank You, Matt

Game Day 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.

  • 25 Apr, 2019
    According to @wwaynews @wilmingtoncoast is one of the cleanest cities in the country. "Having zero unhealthy air days, Wilmington ranked on all three cleanest cities lists that include ozone, short-term, and year-round particle pollution in the 20th annual report." Good pick for a running race:) #marathonmaniacs #marathon #marathonic #marathoner #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat
  • 24 Apr, 2019
    Water on both sides for a great race start. March 21st, 2020.....set a long term goal and register with the code "ilmmarathon" to get that early bird discount. #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #racecation #runner #marathonmaniacs #marathon #marathonmadness #marathonic #halfmarathonmadness #halfmarathon #twentysixpointtwo #thirteenpointone #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc
  • 22 Apr, 2019
    It's always a little harder to get back to the grind after a long weekend, so here's some #MondayMotivation! 💯😃💪
  • 19 Apr, 2019
    #repost @visitwilmingtonc #WheninWilmington locals and visitors alike enjoy our thriving brewery scene! From hopheads to lager lovers and every beer drinker in between, the 15 breweries that make up the Wilmington Ale Trail won’t disappoint! The marathon finish is now downtown where you will be able to explore! #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #racecation #wilmingtonnc #marathons #marathoner
  • 12 Apr, 2019
    Pretty sweet. Nothing like it! #ilmmarathonmadness #wilmingtonnc #wilmingtonnc #runnersofinstagram #running #runchat #racecation #runningmotivation #marathon #marathonmadness #marathons #marathonrunner #marathoner #marathonic #marathonfinisher #marathonrunning #marathonmaniacs
  • 11 Apr, 2019
    In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, check out these runners crushing our half-marathon last month! You guys are awesome! 👊 #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runner #runningmotivation
  • 10 Apr, 2019
    Wow what a deal. Go to @runnersdailyvitamin to learn more on how to win this. Like Share Win. #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runner #runners #runningmotivation
  • 9 Apr, 2019
    We've got an Early Bird Discount for everyone who signs up this month!! 🙌 Use promo code ILMMARATHON when you register 👉 #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #racecation #runner #runners #runningmotivation #marathon #marathonmadness #marathons #marathonrunner #marathontraining #instarunner #instarunners
  • 6 Apr, 2019
    @wilmingtoncoast has one of the states biggest festivals @ncazaleafest. What a fun weekend and fun city we have along with a supportive mayor of running events Bill Saffo. "We are thrilled to host a race that tours the City of Wilmington.  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" - Mayor Bill Saffo #lovethiscity #wilmingtonnc #northcarolina @runnersworldmag @wilmingtonlife @whatsupwilmington @cityofwilm
  • 5 Apr, 2019
    In honor of #FlashbackFriday, here's another inspiring photo from our finish line. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your accomplishment! 👏 "Another 13.1 in the books! Congrats #wbmarathon for another awesome race! Proud of this hometown fast course!" -@jomorgan_runfree #running #runnersofinstagram #racecation #runchat
  • 4 Apr, 2019
    Interested in a fun combo and need a goal? Do the @battleshiphalfmarathon + @ilmmarathonmadness half or @battleshiphalfmarathon + @ilmmarathonmadness full and get a discount. You can sign up for both races using our bundle package on either site. #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #combo #deals #wearerunners #capefear #capefearcoast @whatsupwilmington @wilmingtoncoast
  • 2 Apr, 2019
    If you didn't know already, REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Get signed up using the code "ILMMARATHON" for the month of April as an early bird discount! MARCH 21st, 2020! Wrightsville Beach to Downtown Wilmington - Sunrise Start at the beach - Wilmington's historic sights including 6 bridge crossings over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River - Greenfield Park - Downtown Finish Line #marathonmadness #ilmmarathonmadness #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc #runchat #running #marathon #halfmarathon #ilmmarathon #marathon #halfmarathonmadness #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runningmotivation #runners #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc
  • 1 Apr, 2019
    Here's some motivation for the start of a new week and a new month! 💪 #running #runnersofinstagram #racecation #runner #runchat #marathons #marathon #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc #mondaymotivation Registration open at Use code "ilmmarathon" for early bird discount
  • 31 Mar, 2019
    What do you think? Pretty awesome! Best of both worlds #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc #marathon #marathons #marathontraining #marathonrunner #halfmarathon #running #runnersofinstagram #runchat #runner #twentysixpointtwo #thirteenpointone #racecation
  • 29 Mar, 2019
    Here it is folks. The big news is here. Span the Cape Fear Coast from Wrightsville Beach to Downtown Wilmington. This is big city big time. 17 miles of lane closures and 6 bridges crossing the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River. #ilmmarathon #wilmingtonnc #wrightsvillebeachnc #marathon #halfmarathon #runchat #runner #runnersofinstagram #bigcitymarathon #instarunner #marathontraining #marathons
  • 22 Mar, 2019
    The finish line of a marathon is a pretty inspiring place to be, don't you think? Happy #FlashbackFriday! 😀💪
  • 21 Mar, 2019
    Who is ready for the big news? Stay tuned and in the meantime, pencil in March 21 (today next year) for now, that is our most likely date for 2020. We will officially announce and open registration next week along with the "BIG NEWS" that you are going to love!
  • 15 Mar, 2019
    Killer marathon madness apparel online now with limited quantities left. Grab it while it lasts.
  • 12 Mar, 2019
    Today we celebrate our Marathon female champion Without Limits athlete Ann Marie L. Pierce-Arseneau. Ann Marie is a local teacher at Williston Middle and coaches the Williston Trailblazers Running Team. She is an inspiration to many kids and many of her students participated in the 1 mile event. Ann Marie ran 2:48:55 which was 5 seconds chip time from Christa Iammarino's course record of 2:48:50 back in 2016. Very close and that is in good company. Congrats Ann Marie Pierce on your first Marathon win!
  • 11 Mar, 2019
    Guess what, another course record took place in our Half Marathon from local @iamwithoutlimits athlete Peyton Thomas. Peyton ran 1:15:24 clipping along 5:44 per mile pace. Congrats Peyton! #wbmarathon #thirteenpointone #champion #running #runchat

Just want to tell you how much i enjoyed the race. I've run in several marathons and consider this the best organized from start to finish. I did set a new personal best and my son-in-law qualified for The Boston Marathon. A Big Thank You to all the volunteers and of coarse to you for all the hard work it takes to make this a success. I live in Sugar Land Texas just to let you know this was no small trip. Again THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL.

Sincerely, James
P.S. The after race celebrations were excellent.


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.