Wrightsville Beach Marathon could affect traffic this weekend

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WILMINGTON – The eighth running of the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon is set for Saturday. Upwards of 4,000 participants are expected to compete in one of the most popular distance-running events in the region.

Organizer Tom Clifford and his team have been hard at work since last year’s race setting the foundation for what they hope will be another smooth run. Because of ongoing construction and development inside Mayfair Town Center, the marathon’s race map features a new look.  

Beginning at Wrightsville Beach and continuing through Landfall, runners will wind their through the neighborhoods surrounding UNC-Wilmington, heading toward a finish line on campus.

A map of potential traffic hot spots for this weekend's marathon. Photo courtesy- Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon.
A map of potential traffic hot spots for this weekend’s marathon. (Photo courtesy of Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon)

The map shows lists traffic hot spots from most impactful to least impactful. If you need to be somewhere Saturday morning between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., expect some tie ups in the area’s listed.

It is advised, if possible,  or take an alternate route. 

The heaviest delays where runners are crossing will be between 7:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

  • Military Cutoff and Destiny – expect significant delays between 7:15 and 9:30 a.m.
  • Eastwood and Rogersville – expect significant delays between 7:15 and 9:45 a.m.
  • Oleander and Airlie/Wrightsville Ave – expect significant delays between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Salisbury Street on Wrightsville Beach – closed from 6:40 to 11 a.m.
  • Airlie Rd Eastbound (sound side) – you will not be able to travel from Oleander to Eastwood Via Airlie – only from Eastwood to Oleander (west)
  • One lane of Eastwood and Military Cutoff will be shut down in Both directions leading into the intersection.  Expect slower traffic
  • Rose Ave/Mallard and Rill to Clear Run will be slower traffic
  • Autumn Hall residents are asked to be mindful of marathoners between miles 20-23 in the neighborhood through 12 p.m.

The Quintiles Wrightsville Beach marathon has continued to grow in numbers and offerings with the addition of the marathon relay, half-marathon, 5K and-one mile fun run. The event is an official Boston Marathon qualifying race.