Registration For 2023 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
February 25th, 2023
Your Marathon Training Starts Now

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ONE OF THE FASTEST COURSES ON THE EAST COAST!

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.  The back half of the marathon is in beautiful Greenfield Lake and will finish at Live Oak Bank Pavilion.  Runners will explore the best Wilmington, NC has to offer.  Come span the Cape Fear Coast and run from destination to destination.

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. This run is a popular one with veterans, first-time half marathoners, and experienced runners 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. 

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.

The Fleet Feet Downtown 5K
3.1 miles

If you’re not into the long distance, the Fleet Feet Downtown 5K is a great place to participate and enjoy the weekend experience. The 5K provides a manageable course that makes it easy to mark your progress along the way and finishes Saturday morning in the same location as the half and full marathon route. Show off all your hard work and use this mostly flat, maintained course to improve your skills as a runner.

Lidl
1 Mile Glow Run
Presented by Truist

Calling all Kids!  The NOVANT HEALTH Wilmington Marathon features a free kids 1 mile Glow race.  Thank you to both Lidl and  Truist bank for coming on board and helping support our healthy kids initiative.  We want to inspire kids to run without the cost and get kids from all backgrounds to participate.  Kids will get a race t-shirt, bib, and free burgers from Waffle House at the finish!

OUR PASSIONATE TEAM IS READY TO PUT ON AN AMAZING RACE FOR YOU!

“THIS RACE IS HIGH ON MY LIST OF EVENTS PEOPLE SHOULD COME TO” ~Dave McGillivray

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO.  CHECK OUT WHAT THE RACE IS ALL ABOUT AND JOIN US IN WILMINGTON

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.  Full, Half and Relay race begins at Wrightsville Beach and the 5K and 1 mile are both downtown.  Explore Wilmington, NC from our Beaches to Historic Riverfront!

All Maps and logistics here

Schedule of Events

 

Thursday February 23rd, 2023

4:00pm to 7:00pm – Expo/Packet Pickup at Wilmington Convention Center

 

Friday February 24th, 2023

11:00AM – Expo/Packet Pickup at Wilmington Convention Center
6:15pm – 1 mile Kids Glow Run presented by Truist
7:00pm Packet Pickup Ends

 

Saturday, February 25th, 2023

4:30am Shuttle Service Begins
7:05am:
National Anthem

7:10 am: Half and Full Marathon and Marathon Relay Start
7:10am: 5K start downtown Wilmington at Live Oak Bank Pavilion
10:00am Half Marathon Award
11:00am Full Marathon Award
1:20pm Course Cutoff

 

 

Detailed Schedule Here

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“This is a beautiful, scenic race. The volunteers were cheerful and plentiful. There was always some encouragement along the way! Lots of food at the finish line, Gatorade, water and a few GU stations along the course. Perfect running weather! Logistics were made simple–I stayed at the Embassy Suites in Wilmington and it was steps away from the Expo and a short walk to the shuttle pickup.  They also provided a grab and go breakfast. Kudos to the race organizer!!!”  

D.D. from Las Vegas, NV

This is a first class event!! Very well organized, great expo and vendor support! The course was great starting at the beach, into downtown, then out around greenfield lake and back through downtown to the finish. It is mostly flat, with some gradual inclines, mostly in the first half on the way towards downtown. The Greenfield lake portion is flat as a pancake. The course was well marked, plenty of aid stations, and had incredible community support. Wilmington is a perfect place for a long weekend getaway and race! 

Greg from Asheboro, NC

We get to enjoy the sunrise on the pier over the water.  It was the most picturesque Marathon starting areas I’ve seen.  On the practical side, there are tons of clean port-a-johns and for the first time ever, I didn’t have to wait in line to use one.  There were pacers with bright green bibs announcing their target finishing time. 
 
There are aid stations every two miles and a few spectators in between.  The half marathon and full marathon start at the same time and cover the first 12.5 miles together.

 

Reggie from New York

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.

Sponsors

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.