Runners Flock to Wrightsville Beach in February

People who love the outdoors have always loved Wrightsville Beach. But people who love to run, well, they really love Wrightsville Beach.

Wrightsville Beach has some of the best beach running opportunities in the southeast. It’s not just the four miles of sand that’s so wonderful. No, runners enjoy taking in the whole of what Wrightsville Beach has to offer on the John Nesbitt Loop, better known as The Loop. This 2.45-mile loop around the heart of Wrightsville beach is a sidewalk trail that offers scenic views. It also has restrooms, water fountains, pet water fountains and pet waste bags (and disposal), in case you have a running buddy.

But if you are taking a winter holiday at the beach, you have even more to choose from. February has two big, organized running events in which you can participate.

Wrightsville Beach Valentine Run

If you’ve been thinking about getting a beach vacation rental, the Valentine’s Day weekend is a great time to go. For runners, you can start your Valentines’ Day celebration off with a heart-themed race on Saturday, February 12th, 2022. Runners often wear red or pink as they enjoy the flat and fast course.

A 5K starts at 8am, leaving from Wrightsville Beach Town Hall, and runs an extended version of The Loop. The 10K starts at 9:15am, also starting at Town Hall but running a different course that takes you to the ICW and then almost to the south end of the beach before heading back.

Up for a challenge? Run both! It’s called the Double Trouble, and that could be apt for the start of a Valentine’s weekend.

Because it’s a flat surface, it’s stroller friendly. Dogs, however, should stay home from this one.

If you’re interested in the run, you can register here .

Run Wilmington Marathon

If you are a serious runner, you might consider the Novant Run Wilmington Marathon . The half and full marathon courses are both certified and sanctioned by USATF . In fact, the Wilmington Marathon has become one of the top races in the country used to qualify for the Boston Marathon .

  • Like teamwork? Try the 26.2 relay. It starts at Johnny Mercer Pier , along with the marathoners.

  • Prefer a 5K? With this option, your run will take you through Historic Downtown Wilmington .

  • Kids ready for a fun run? There’s a 1-mile Glow Run – a timed race where every child running gets a race t-shirt and free waffles from Waffle House when they finish.

About the 2022 race course: From the race’s website :

The 2022 course will start at Johnny Mercer Pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise. The half, full and relay will take off and head west toward downtown Wilmington. The 5K and 1 mile will start and finish downtown Wilmington at the Live Oak Bank Pavilion.

The first 5 miles will be on flat main roads. Spectators can watch along this portion and can head downtown for the finish. Roads will be open for traffic at all times with a few detours. Once the runners hit mile 6.5, they will turn onto US 74 and head downtown. This will be a quiet portion of the event, as spectators will not be allowed here, but we will have aid stations, signage, and music. By mile 9, US 74 raises up over the marsh land of Wilmington and runners will be elevated over land for 1.5 miles until the half splits from the full. The half marathon runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington to the River Front finish. The full marathon will continue to beautiful Greenfield Lake and back to the finish. From there, the rest of the course is mostly flat as the full marathon travels around Greenfield Lake trail as an out and back. The finish is located at Live Oak Bank Pavilion in beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington.

The race is fun to watch, too! You’ll find that Wilmingtonians often sit on their front porches and cheer on the runners. With so many elite runners competing from all over the world, people enjoy doing what they can to help support these amazing athletes.

Stay with Sea Scape

We still have vacation homes available to rent during the 2022 marathon weekend dates. Give yourself all the comforts and privacy of home when you come to run. And bring your family and friends along with you! It’s so much more fun to celebrate your race accomplishment with those you love.

Visit our website to see what is available during your preferred dates. And don’t hesitate to call us at 910-332-7284 or email if you find you still have questions.

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