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Wrightsville Beach Marathon

Wrightsville Beach, NC

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

2017: 10.7%
2016: 21.2%
2015: 14%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2017*

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 132nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 137th largest in 2015.

This 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 36th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 41st highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 99.31 ranks it as the 126th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 88th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

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.

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