Registration For 2021 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
February 27, 2021
Your Marathon Training Starts Now

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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.

Learn more about why Wilmington, NC is a RACECATION and why you should make it your next destination!


Schedule of Events

March 21st, 2020-February 27th, 2021
11th Annual Virtual Race Submission

Friday, February 26th 2021

11:00AM – Expo/Packet Pickup at Wilmington Convention Center
8:30pm Packet Pickup Ends

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

4:00am: Shuttle service begins from Downtown to Wrightsville Beach
6:55am: National Anthem
7:00am: Half and Full Marathon and Marathon Relay Start in Wrightsville Beach
7:15am: 5K and 1 mile start downtown
9:00am: Shuttle service begins to take runners back to the start area
8:00am to 1:00pm Post race party, beer, food, finish line celebration
9:30am: 5K and 1 mile awards
10:00am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00am: Full Marathon Awards
1:20pm: Course Cutoff
2:00pm: Shuttle service ends


  NHRMC Wilmington NC Marathon March 21st, 2020 – Sat February 27, 2021 Thank you for your patience during this time.  We want to thank many of you for your comments in support of the decisions we made in the last week.  We want you to know we are in this...

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  NHRMC Wilmington NC Marathon Madness CANCELLATION UPDATES Runners, As we move forward, we want to thank you again for choosing the NHRMC Wilmington NC Marathon.  On behalf of our staff, volunteers, and non-profit board, we are heartbroken over the cancellation...

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13.1 | Half Marathon

Who wants to run from Wrightsville Beach to Downtown Wilmington?  Designed to test your limits, the Half-Marathon guides runners on a fast-paced trip around Wrightsville Beach’s waterfront straight to the Cape Fear River. 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

Want to watch your friends and family at the Battleship NC?  Take a Water Taxi from the finish line to the Battleship across the Cape Fear River for just $10.00.  The $10 will give you a day pass on the water to tour Wilmington’s Historic River Front. See Beautiful Wilmington from the water! 

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Make sure you read the FAQ Section to find out answers to our most frequently asked questions



From Wilmington’s vibrant riverfront and scenic Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, there’s something about the water here that surrounds, transforms, and enthralls visitors. One destination with four unique settings creates a bounty of vibrant vacation experiences. Come explore North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination flowing with energy and creativity.


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.

Course Maps

Whether you are a runner looking to win your age group or a first time marathoner, you need to know the course.  Check out our detailed maps page.

All Maps and logistics here

Marathon Madness 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 and finishes Saturday morning on the half marathon route. 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

Marathon Madness 1MILE | Run Walk

Enjoy the company of friends, family, and fellow runners on this gentle course in comfortable coastal weather on Wilmington’s downtown Historic Waterfront. 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.

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.