Registration For 2021 Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach, NC
February 27, 2021

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wilmington Marathon Madness Races

Finish: Downtown Wilmington on Water St./River Front Park
Expo/Packet Pickup 11am to 8:30pm Friday: Wilmington Convention Center

ABOUT THE COURSE: The new 2020 course will start at Johnny Mercer Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise. The half, full and relay will take off and head west toward downtown Wilmington. The 5K and 1 mile will start and finish downtown Wilmington.

The first 5 miles will be on flat main roads. Spectators can watch along this portion and can head downtown for the finish. Roads will be open for traffic at all times with a few detours. Once the runners hit mile 6.5, they will turn onto US 74 and head downtown. This will be a quiet portion of the event, as spectators will not be allowed here, but we will have aid station, signage, and music. By mile 9, US 74 raises up over the marsh land of Wilmington and runners will be elevated over land for 1.5 miles until the half splits from the full. The half marathon runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington to the River Front finish. The full marathon will continue over the Isabelle Holmes Bridge, and then have two climbs, one over the Battleship bridge and the biggest climb at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge between miles 13 and 13.5. From there, the rest of the course is mostly flat as the full marathon travels around Greenfield Lake trail as an out and back. The finish is on the River Front in beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington in front of the federal courthouse on Water Street.


Distance: 26.2 miles
Start: Saturday March 21st, 7:15am
Course: Point to Point
Elevation: 40 ft.
Average Number of Runners: 800
Boston Qualification Percentage: 21%


Distance: 13.1 miles
Start: Saturday March 21st, 7:15am
Course: Point to Point
Elevation: 40 ft.
Average Number of Runners: 2200

26.2 RELAY

Distance: 26.2 miles
Number of Team Members: 2,3 or 4 on a team
Start: Saturday March 21st, 7:15am
Course: Point to Point
Elevation: 40 ft.
Average Number of Runners: 500
Teams can split their runners up however they choose.


Distance: 3.1 miles
Start: Saturday March 21st, 7:15am
Course: Start Finish Downtown Wilmington
Elevation: 35 ft.
Average Number of Runners: 400
Great race for family and friends who do not want to do the entire race

1 mile

Distance:1 mile
Start: Saturday March 21st, 7:15am
Course: Start Finish Downtown Wilmington
Elevation: 10 ft.
Average Number of Runners: 100
Great race for kids who want the Marathon Madness Experience


Downtown Pickup Location: Princess St. Between Front and 2nd
Pre-Race Times: 4:30am-7:00am
Post Race Shuttles: 9:00am to 1:30pm
Drop off Location: Johnny Mercers Pier
Cost: Included in race fee, participants only (no spectators)

Course Nutrition

GATORADE, WATER, CLIF GELS – Vanilla and Rasberry, FRUIT and COKE
13.1 Aid Locations at Miles: 2, 4, 5.5,  6.4,  9,  11.5
26.2 Aid Locations at Miles: 2, 4, 5.5, 6.4,  9,  11.5, 13.1, 13.4, 15, 17, 19.5, 20, 22.5, 24.5
(aid miles are not exact garmin measurements, your garmin may read different)


Look in individual race columns above for individual interactive maps

Race Day Bag Check: 

We cannot take responsibility for lost items, but we will have a van to take bags or leftover clothing to the finish line. Participants can use there packet pickup bags for their bag check, participants are responsible for checking their own homemade bags and we will transport them to the finish.

Packet Pick Up Marathoners are responsible for picking up their packet before the race. Please note that these are the only times you can get your packet. If you are unable to make it, a friend or family member may pick it up for you or for $20 you can pick your BIB ONLY up at the start at Johnny Mercers Pier on race morning.

Other Race Rules

  • On-site registration will only be available at the expo if the race has open slots. Bib only pickup will be available for runners at Johnny Mercers Pier if you cannot attend the expo.
  • We cannot offer refunds for this event, but you may gift or transfer your entry to another runner before February 1st.  Click here for transfers or deferrals.
  • USATF Rule #144 states that you cannot pace a runner in any way.  This will results in a disqualification of the runner if caught.  All pacers must start the race and be registered participant.
  • The course will be closed 6:20:00 hours after the start of the event. Event organizers reserve the right to pull athletes from the course, at any time, should it appear they will not reach the finish within 6:20:00.
  • Walking in the race is fine, as long as you reach the course cutoff.
  • Please note it is unsafe to wear headphones while running. Event organizers will not restrict headphone use and leave it up to the athlete on his/ her ability to follow direction while wearing headphone devices. If you do choose to wear headphones please keep the volume level down so you are able to hear and follow the direction of course volunteers.
  • In consideration of the safety of all participants no in-line skates, skateboards, bicycles or animals on leashes will be allowed on the course. This will be strictly enforced.
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Prizes and Awards for all events | Elite Entries Available

All finishers in all events will receive a finisher medal and race t-shirt *Winners of each age group will receive a custom award: 14 and under, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80+

Half and Full:

Overall Male and Female $300 each
2nd Overall Male & Female: $150 each
3rd Overall: $100 each 1st

Overall Masters Male & Female: $100 each
2nd Overall Masters Male & Female: $75 each
3rd Overall Masters Male & Female: $50 each

5K and 1 mile winners: will receive OMEGA sports gift cards.

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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.