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 information about the 2019 event. Most of this information is on the website but we want to be sure you are fully aware of event specifics. Wednesday at 8:15pm we will also do a LIVE webinar on Facebook if you would like to tune in to go over the course maps.
EMAIL #2 (Tuesday) COURSE PROFILE AND RULES, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP
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 or to another person, you can do this at the expo. There will be a $20 transfer fee.
From the lobby you will walk into the expo and directly to your left you will receive your race t-shirt and – If you pre-ordered shuttle passes or Marathon Madness gear before 2/1/18 those orders will be right on your bib and you will receive them with your shirt. 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 or gear, and you would like to purchase, you will visit the marathon madness store.
Friday’s March 8th
6:20 pm The Marathon Madness Glow 5K Start
6:25 pm The Marathon Madness Glow 1 Mile Start
7:30pm 5K awards
Saturday, March 9th
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 if you parked at the beach (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. (We will have a beer garden in the courtyard outside the Burney Center this year.)
10:00am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00am: Full Marathon Awards
4:00pm to 8:00pm – Waterman’s Brewery
1:00pm: Course Cutoff
1:00pm: Free Shuttle service ends
THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT PARKING AND SHUTTLES
EXPO PARKING – Parking lots around the UNCW Burney Center are open for EXPO parking, however students are still on campus so you should still give yourself ample time to get your packet or be on time for the 5K.
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 550 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.
***Note that Wrightsville Beach Parking meters are in effect at 9am, so avoid parking at a meter. Use the park and recreation lots, or the Bluewater Lot.***
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email: COURSE PROFILE AND RULES, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP