Marathon Spectator Information and Runner Tracking
Point to point courses are always a challenge for spectators, but we have a great plan for you to watch the race. While the start is always amazing to see at the beach, it is not the best place to spectate. There is not a lot of parking and there is only one way on and off the beach so you risk traffic issues getting off the island.
Spectators are encouraged to park along Eastwood Rd on the North Side (Heading West). The runners will be heading west in the counterflow lane of traffic in the outermost eastbound lane. So you can park across the street and safely walk across to see your runner. The best locations are between St. Marks Church and the Wrightsville Beach DrawBridge.
Once your runner has passed you have a free lane West all the way downtown and you will actually drive next to the racers! HONK AND CHEER THEM ON, but be advised that normal traffic will be in flow around town, so drive legally.
Note: If you park on the south side of Eastwood (going east toward the beach) you will be trapped by the racers, so avoid parking on that side of the street.
Once you are downtown, you can drive over to Greenfield Lake via 5th street and watch. Or, park anywhere downtown and go toward the finish. Water Street between Brunswick and Princess is a great place to watch. This is between Mellow Mushroom, Hotel Ballast, Embassy Suites and the Convention Center.
Bringing a bike and riding downtown is another great way to see your runner. Please do not bike or pace your runner, that is illegal.