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

NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Full Marathon 26.2

Saturday March 9th, 2019
Start time  6:40AM
Start: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Finish: University of North Carolina at Wilmington

With a peak elevation of only 32ft, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness is fast, flat and notorious for personal bests. Combined with the huge bonus of the race being a Boston Marathon qualifying event and an USATF certified qualifier, it’s no surprise why this marathon attracts a healthy variety of runners—from first timers to veterans—and sells out fast.

The Full Marathon will really give you a glimpse of what Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington offer.  The new course starts at the beach and runs through Landfall and finishes at the UNCW Campus. Your families and friends will have the opportunity to see you in action five to eight times as you run, with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway as your backdrop. The NCAA basketball tourney kicks off in March off as well, so we’ll have college-themed cheer stations with DJs, bands and spectator hot spots.

Picture yourself on the course running strong and relaxed. We’ll see you out there!

Prizes and Awards | Elite Entries Available

*All marathoners will receive a finisher medal
*Winners of each age group will receive a custom growler: 18 and under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

  • 1st Overall Male & Female: $400 each
  • 2nd Overall Male & Female: $200 each
  • 3rd Overall Male & Female: $150 each
  • 1st Overall Masters Male & Female: $125 each
  • 2nd Overall Masters Male & Female: $75 each
  • 3rd Overall Masters Male & Female $50 each

To receive a complimentary Entry and Hotel (Limited to 5), male athletes would need to have run the following (or under) in the past 12 months:

  • 1:12:00 (13.1)
  • 33:00 (10K)
  • 15:30 (5K)

To receive a complimentary Entry and Hotel (Limited to 5), female athletes would need to have run the following (or under) in the past 12 months:

  • 1:22:00 (13.1)
  • 38:00 (10K)
  • 18:20 (5K)

Event Day Information

Start Time
Official Start: 6:40AM

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. We do not give participants bags to 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.  You can have your bib mailed to you for $15.00 The cutoff for this options is February 1st.

Where: Burney Center, UNCW Campus
When: Friday, March 8th | 11:00am-8:00PM
Course information Session for Questions: 12:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:30pm
Click here to visit the EXPO page for more info

Important Information:

  • On-site registration will only be available at the expo if the race has open slots. Otherwise, no on-site registration will be available.
  • 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.
  • 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.  All marathoners must be past mile 19 by 11:00am.  13:45/mile pace.
  • 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 hand cycles, strollers, baby joggers, babies in carriers/backpacks, in-line skates, skateboards, bicycles or animals on leashes will be allowed on the course. This will be strictly enforced.
  • Running our marathon for the first time? Follow these running training tips to conquer our course!
  • Is this your first marathon? Find out why you need a marathon training program to succeed.

Still have a question?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more answers


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.