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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, March 17, 2018
2017: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.31
Course Score: 99.31

Race Size

2017: 629 Finishers
2016: 553 Finishers
2015: 541 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 10.7%
2016: 21.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Wrightsville Beach Marathon course starts on the island of Wrightsville Beach, travels through the Landfall subdivision before returning for a loop back on the island. The course then leaves the island again and finishes at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The course is extremely flat with the only noticeable rise being a very small drawbridge when leaving the island. The course goes over this bridge three times - around miles 2.75, 10.75, and 17.

Marathon Rankings

The Wrightsville Beach Marathon was the 116th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 132nd largest in 2016.

Last year 10.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 21.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Wrightsville Beach Marathon the 190th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 35th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.31 ranks it as the 134th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in North Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Wrightsville Beach Marathon a PR Score of 99.31. This PR Score ranks it as the 93rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in North Carolina.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 40 feet (12m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Recent Wrightsville Beach Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Wrightsville Beach Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Small expo, Great pacers and amazing volunteers. New course 2017 is not flat at all, some elevation and some of the areas are lonely with no crowd support. Carry your own water.

After party ran out of Pizza and had to wait too long to eat.

Race Tips

Plan for weather ahead of time. Save energy towards the end, the 2017 course has you going by the bridge 3x, gets a little boring. Make sure you grab the bracelet that determines you have gone through the loop once (or they will send you back ). It is the beach so it will be humid and hot. Plan accordingly.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are plenty places to stay outside the city. Great shuttle services too.

review of 2010 Wrightsville Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I ran the first running of this marathon. It was well-organized for a first year race. You could tell it was organized by runners.

Race Tips

Really flat course. The only "hill" is going over the drawbridge leaving the beach in the first mile. Basically a double loop course with the majority through neighborhoods. I found the course boring for a "beach" marathon. All but the first mile is run off the island.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

It is a point to point course that starts close to Wrightsville Beach and ends at Mayfaire Shopping Center off the island. Runners are bused out to the starting line. There is limited parking at the start line and I think they bus back there after the race. If you are riding the bus from finish to start then you need to get there pretty early. Shell Island Resorts is the host hotel has shuttle to the start and back from the finish. I recommend staying there.

Finish Time Equivalent

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