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The NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon course is a fast and flat tour of Eastern New Hanover County. Knowing the course and the rules are essential for a great experience for you and for everyone else involved in the race. There are some key spots in the race that are very important that you are familiar with.
We offer a complimentary bag drop at the start area. There will be box truck located near the starting line corals with a flag labeled “Gear Check”. You can use the clear bag you receive at packet pick up for your bag drop. Our bag drop is to allow you to dress warm at the start and throw your clothes on our truck prior to the start of the race. The bags will be delivered to the finish line at UNCW near the shuttle pick up adjacent to the UNCW Burney Center until 1:00pm. After 1pm, everything that is not picked up will be donated. There should be no keys, wallets, phones or anything important or of value in the gear bags. We are not responsible for lost or unidentifiable gear bags.
It is a violation to throw your trash on the course outside of an aid station. If you have gel packs, cups, or anything of this nature, please use our aid stations to dispose. We have basketball hoop trash cans at each aid station. Do your best to score a nice shot! This not only helps keep our city clean but helps give the runners behind you a positive experience by not having to run over trash.
Follow the instructions of our course volunteers. We strongly suggest not using headphones it is very important for you to be able to hear any directions of our course volunteers.
KNOW THE COURSE.
The marathon and half marathon split at mile 8.5. Be sure that you understand where you are going and not just following the runner in front of you. There are repeated sections of our 26.2 marathon course. It is important you know your approximate mile you are on so you complete the entire race. Any signs of cutting the course via timing split verification will result in an immediate disqualification. The online “Marathon Investigator” will be watching! Between 22-23 in the full marathon, runners will receive a sweat band to verify they completed the entire course. We will address this in a separate email.
Walking in the race is fine, as long as you respect runners behind you by staying to the left and reach the course cutoff times (see below).
NO BIKE PACING
Please tell your friends and family they cannot bike pace you on the course. No bikes will be allowed in Landfall. Please respect this rule for yourself and for other runners.
COURSE CUTOFF TIMES
All half marathoners must be at mile 10 by 9:20 am. That is holding a 15:00 per mile pace. After mile 10, you have until 1:00pm to finish the last 3.1 miles:)
All marathoners must be at mile 11.5 by 9:20 am, mile 19 by 11:00 am and to the finish by 1:00 pm. The 9:20 am and 11:00 am cutoffs are mandatory by our city and DOT officials. That is an average of 13:42 per mile pace. After mile 19, you have 7.2 miles to finish the remaining 2 hours of the race which is 16:40 per mile pace. So your goal is to get to that mile 19 and then you can relax a little more if needed, or keep pushing for a personal best.
If you are not going to make our cutoff times, our staff have the right to pull you or turn you short on the course which would result in a DQ. No exceptions. In order to have this race, we must hold true to our cutoff times.
Aid stations will be located at the following miles, (mileage is approximate): 1.8, 2.8, 4.2, 6.8, 8.2, (10, and 12 for the half) remaining full location: 11.2, 12.2, 13.5, 14.8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25
At each aid station we will have Gatorade, 2-4 bathrooms, water, Clif Gels. At the later aid stations for the marathon there will be oranges, Coke and Twizzlers.
There will be medical teams on the course, but specific medical stations at mile 10 for the half, 17 for the full, 20 and 23 for the full and at the finish. If you need to drop out of the race for any reason. Drop out at an aid station or the nearest medical station. There will be a sag bus following the last runner and will be stopped at portions of the course. Anyone who drops out can either find their own way to the finish, or jump on the sag bus. The best place to wait for this would be at an aid station.
THE COURSE AND COURSE MAPS
This course is fast and flat. Go to our ALL MAPS page on the website where you have a couple of different options to view. You can print a map or use the GOOGLE MAPS app on your phone to view the map zooming in and out. You can see your current location relative to the maps. You also can use the RACE JOY application. If you use RACE JOY during the race, your spectators can track your progress live and send you messages. There will be a separate email regarding this.
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