NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, March 9, 2019 • Wrightsville Beach, NC • Course Map

runsignup-newSet for its 10th annual running this year, the NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners along a route that winds through a number of coastal communities here on Wrightsville Beach, one of North Carolina’s coastal resort areas that features ample opportunities for golf, tennis, shopping and dining, and lies just a few miles from nearby Wilmington, N.C.

Both the full and the half marathons share the same starting line on Wrightsville Beach’s Salisbury Street, overlooking the calm waters of the intracoastal waterway that lies between the North Carolina mainland and the Atlantic Ocean.

From there, runners follow a point-to-point course that takes them through some of the area’s most sought-after neighborhoods, most notably the community known as Landfall, all the way to the finish line at the University of North Carolina’s Wilmington campus.

From the start on Salisbury Street, runners follow the route westward toward the mainland and merges onto Causeway Drive, where runners cross the bridge over the causeway and make their way onto the mainland. From there, they follow Eastwood Road as the route turns onto Verrazzano Drive and Pembroke Jones Drive before turning left onto Arboretum Drive.

The course then continues northward all the way around as Arboretum Drive turns north, and runners make their way to another left turn onto South Mooring Drive, where they follow a winding route through several turns through the residential areas in the neighborhood.

Runners then head south along Military Cutoff Road, which take them south past the Mayfaire Town Center. Much of the last few miles of the race is run along the Cross City Trail before crossing the finish line at the UNC Wilmington campus.

More than 2,300 runners crossed the finish line in the full marathon and half marathon combined in 2016, including just over 1,800 finishers in the half marathon.

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., photographed in 2007. (Photo by Brian Leon/flickr)

Wrightsville Beach, N.C., photographed in 2007. (Photo by Brian Leon/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the coast of southern North Carolina, roughly 10 miles from Wilmington further inland, Wrightsville Beach typically experiences mild to moderately cool and sometimes cold weather in early spring, with generally drier weather than in the summer. In March, temperatures average between 44°F and 66°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 4.2 inches for the month.

On race day (March 9), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 68°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:40 AM – full marathon, half marathon


  • $65 – $95 for the half marathon
  • $75 – $110 for the full marathon
  • $25 – $35 for the 5K
  • $15 – $20 for the 1 mile run


To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2019 running of the NHRMC Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.


Official Race Website


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  • Jennifer January 31, 2018, 8:54 pm

    Is my dog allowed to run with me in this?


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