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Friday, May 17, 2024

Wilmington marathon to shut down parts of Market Street, Eastwood Saturday

Runners coming over the Heide Trask drawbridge from Wrightsville Beach over to Wilmington. (Courtesy Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon).

WILMINGTON — Several Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach streets will be closed to drivers Saturday morning to accommodate runners in a local marathon.

Portions of Market Street, Eastwood Road/Causeway Drive will be blocked of between 6 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 for the Wilmington Marathon. Law enforcement will be present to direct traffic, though the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking drivers to avoid the areas.

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Presented by Wicked Weed Brewing and sponsored by Novant Health, the event will include a full marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, the Fleet Feet 5K and 1 mile run.

Tom Clifford, founder of Without Limits and race organizer, said the 4,000 participants marks a record number for the 13-year event.

The event benefits numerous area nonprofits, including NourishNC, the Boys and Girls Club, Good Shepherd, Health Possible, CHERUBS, Hurricane Relief Fund, and more. Thus far it has donated more than $500,000 and makes “millions of dollars” in economic impact in the Cape Fear, according to its website.

Full marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay runners begin in Wrightsville Beach at Johnnie Mercer Pier at sunrise, with the course moving downtown. The full marathon runners take on the loop at Greenfield Lake.

The Fleet Feet 5K and 1-mile will start and finish downtown at Live Oak Bank Pavilion, where all races end.

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