In 2014, the inaugural Emerald Isle Half-Marathon and 5K races were a rousing success, seeing some 1,300 runners participate and raising a whopping $42,000 for the town’s bicycle and pedestrian path improvements.
This year, Emerald Isle has organized even more motivation to get moving and get in shape with the introduction of its first full marathon. This year’s event is planned for Saturday, March 28, beginning and ending at the Western Ocean Regional 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 6:30am, the half-marathon begins at 7:45am; and the 5K is slated to begin at 8:15am. 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 American Heart Association.
The cost is enter is $90 for the marathon; $65 for the half-marathon; and $35 for the 5K. Those interested can register at: www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/running/distance-running-races/emerald-isle-marathon-half-marathon-and-5k-2015?int=.