Time to dust off those old running shoes and kick that training into high gear – the 2016 Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K race is planned for Saturday, April 9, beginning and ending at the Western Ocean Regional Beach Access. The event includes the full 26.2-mile marathon course; a 13.1-mile half-marathon run; as well as a 5K. The marathon and half-marathon are both limited to 1,000 participants and the 5K is limited to the first 500 who sign up.
The start time for the marathon is 6:15am, the half-marathon begins at 8:15am; and the 5K is slated to begin at 8:30am. Courses will wind through various neighborhoods in the scenic western end of Carteret County before looping back to the beach access.
Proceeds raised from this year’s event will be shared between the town’s multi-use path improvement program and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The town’s multi-use path, which is used by both residents and visitors alike, continue to be lengthened and upgraded by funds raised through the raise. In its first event in 2014, the race raised $42,000. In 2015, $50,000 was raised. This year, said town manager, Frank Rush, the hope is to surpass the 2015 totals.
The cost is enter is $95 for the marathon; $65 for the half-marathon; and $35 for the 5K. Those interested can register by following the link at www.emeraldislerun.com.