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Step into March Madness Marathon Style

Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Half Marathon to be held Sunday, March 18th

The gun will go off for the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 a.m. in Wrightsville Beach starting on E. Salisbury Street just outside the Wrightsville Beach Museum.  The event will host 2,800 runners, 800 for the full marathon and 2000 for the half marathon, celebrating March Madness marathon style. Organizers encourage runners and spectators to come out and wear their favorite school colors to add to the spirit of the event.
“The marathon offers a great economic boost to the community,” says organizer Tom Clifford. “It’s a great way to raise money for a charity and helps runners set a fitness goal for the year.”
New this year will be 50 charity slots in the half marathon where runners can run and raise money for a charity. In addition, this event benefits the Landfall Foundation and The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The Landfall Foundation was formed to allow the Landfall community the opportunity to help supply grants to smaller organizations in the area that are often underfunded.
The race will also host a race expo at the Mayfaire Event Field in the Mayfaire Shopping complex off of Military Cutoff Rd on Friday, March 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Participants must pick up their race packet at the expo. Race packets will not be available the day of the race.
The pasta dinner will be Saturday, March 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mayfaire Event Field. Tickets are $12 each. Runners and spectators will have the opportunity to meet Bart Yasso. Bart Yasso is a world famous runner who joined Runner’s World Magazine in 1987 to develop Runner’s World Race Sponsorship Program, which has worked with over 7,000 races touching the lives of over 4 million runners per year. Yasso touts the experiences he has gained on the road running races on all seven continents through his book, “Life on the Run”.
To register for the marathon as an individual or as a team, or to register for the half marathon, visit the race website at There is a cap for participation, so runners are urged to register as soon as possible. All slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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