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 some of the different subjects of the course. Most of this information is on the website but we want to be sure you are fully aware of event specifics.
The expo will be Friday, March 16th from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Please arrive in a timely manner. When you arrive on campus, the best road to come in on for parking will be HURST DR off South College Rd. You will park by the UNCW track or tennis courts and walk about 200-300 meters to the Burney Center. The Burney Center will have MARATHON MADNESS flags around it. Someone can also drop you off by the entrance and then go park.
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 you can do this at the expo. There will be a $20 transfer fee. ($10 from full marathon to half or 5K)
From the lobby you will walk into the expo and directly to your left you will receive your PJ PANTS – If you pre-ordered shuttle passes, t-shirts or socks before 2/1/18 those orders will be right on your bib and you will receive them with your pants. 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, t-shirts or socks and you would like to purchase them, you will visit the marathon madness store after you pick up your pants.
Friday’s Schedule is as follows:
11:00 am to 8:30 pm– Expo/Packet Pickup
12:00 pm Course and Weekend information session
5:00 pm Course and Weekend Information session – Meet your Pacer between 5pm and 6pm.
6:30 pm The Marathon Madness 5K Start
6:35 pm The Marathon Madness 1 Mile
7:30 pm Course and Weekend Information Session
Saturday, March 17th
4:45am: Shuttle service begins from UNCW $3.00 to take the shuttle to the start (buy tickets)
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 (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. (Beer will be inside the Burney center in a beer zone. Since we are on a college campus you cannot just carry your beer around, you must stay in the beer area. Thanks)
10:00am: Half Marathon Awards
11:00am: Full Marathon Awards
12:00pm to 6:00pm – Waterman’s Brewery St. Patrick’s Day Party
1:00pm: Course Cutoff
1:00pm: Free Shuttle service ends
THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT PARKING AND SHUTTLES
Expo parking – when you arrive on campus, you will be directed to park in LOT K or the GREEN TRACK lot. This is about a 200-300 meter walk to the Burney Center. You can drop off at the Burney Center for convenience. Anyone parking on campus please park in parking spaces, no grass parking or illegal parking. To avoid any ticketing, please print this pass and put on your dash board when parking on campus
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 450 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.
WEBSITE LINKS TO MAPS AND INFO ABOVE
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s email: COURSE PROFILE AND RULE, ETIQUETTE, BAG DROP