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Knowing the course and the rules are essential for a great experience for you and for everyone else in the race. The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon course is literally a tour of Eastern New Hanover County. It bends and winds, but is fast. However, there are some spots that repeat and it is important that you are familiar with everything.
We offer a complimentary bag drop at the start area. You can use the bag you receive at the expo for your gear bag. Our bag drop is to simply allow you to dress warm at the start and throw your clothes in our truck. The bags will be back at UNCW when you finish. There should be no keys, wallets, phones or anything important in this bag. We advise against putting anything of any value. We will take the clothing back to UNCW and hold it near the shuttle pickup location, adjacent to the UNCW Burney Center until 1:00pm. After 1pm, everything that is not picked up will be donated.
- Follow instructions of our volunteers. We strongly suggest not using headphones for the sole purpose that if there is an emergency or a volunteer is trying to get your attention and you cannot hear them, it becomes a big problem.
- Know the course. The marathon and half marathon split just before mile 9. Be sure that you understand where you are going and not just following the runner in front of you. There are also repeated sections of the course. Know which mile you are on so you complete the entire distance. Any signs of cutting the course via timing split verification will result in an immediate disqualification. Also the online Marathon Investigator will be watching!
- Walking in the race is fine, as long as you respect runners behind you by staying to the left and reach the course cutoff.
- No bike pacing. Please tell your friends and family they cannot bike pace you on the course. No bike will be allowed in Landfall. Please respect this rule for yourself and for other runners.
- Trash – please throw your trash at an aid station. This not only helps keep our city clean but helps give the runners behind you a positive experience by not having to run over trash.
COURSE CUTOFF TIMES
- All half marathoners must be at mile 10 by 9:20 am. That is 2:20:00 or 14:00 per mile pace. After mile 10, you have until 1:00pm to finish the last 3.1 miles:)
- All marathoners must be at mile 11.5 at 9:20 am, mile 19 by 11:00 am and to the finish by 1:00 pm. The 9:20 am and 11:00 am cutoffs are mandatory by our city and DOT. That would be an average of 13:42 per mile pace. After mile 19, you have 7.2 miles to finish the remaining 2 hours of the race which is 16:40 per mile pace. So your goal is to get to that mile 19 and then you can relax a little more if needed, or keep pushing for a personal best.
- If you are not going to make our cutoff times, our staff have the right to pull you or turn you short on the course which would result in a DQ. Please do not argue with our staff. In order to have this race, we must hold true to our cutoff times. The city and DOT need to re-open the roads.
Aid stations will be located at the following miles: 1.8, 2.8, 4.2, 6.8, 8.2, (10, and 12 for the half) remaining full location: 11.2, 12.2, 13.5, 14.8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25
Medical tent stations: mile 10(half) mile 17, 20, and 23.
At each aid station we will have Gatorade, 2-4 bathrooms, water, Clif Gels. At the later aid stations for the marathon there will be oranges, Coke and Twizzlers.
There will be medical teams all over the course, but specific medical stations at mile 10 for the half, 17 for the full, 20 and 23 for the full and at the finish. If you need to drop out of the race for any reason. Drop out at an aid station or the nearest medical station.
THE COURSE AND COURSE MAPS
The course is fast and flat. Go to our ALL MAPS page on the website where you have a couple of different options. You can print a map or use the GOOGLE MAPS app on your phone to view the map zooming in and out. You can see your current location relative to the maps. You also can use the RACE JOY application. If you use RACE JOY during the race, your spectators can track your progress live and send you messages. There will be a separate email regarding this.
All Maps Page
RACE JOY Runner Tracking
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