Sunday, April 7th, 2024 at 7:30a.m.
Waterfront Park

Beginning at the Museum of the Albemarle, this race will start downtown, run along the Pasquotank riverfront, loop through the U.S. Coast Guard Base and Air Station including on the runway. The course will then take you, past beautiful riverfront homes with the mid point of the route around one of the last standing WWII airship hangers, a 20-story tall dome-shaped waterfront structure where you will head back towards and through base, and finally return to the historic downtown district running past Elizabeth City State University, a historically black college and the only four-year collegiate aviation education program in North Carolina.

We’re thrilled to introduce this new USATF (USA Track & Field) sanction, certified, and Boston Qualifying race in collaboration with Base Elizabeth City to both military and civilian participants! The Coast Guard Marathon course is the fastest course in North Carolina and the 40th fastest in the nation. It’s going to be a weekend of fun and celebration and we hope you’ll join us.

Check out our 2024 Coast Guard Marathon Route

Full Marathon Details

  • Race Day: April 7th, 2024
  • Race Start: 7:30am
  • Race Finish: TBD
  • Course Limit: 7 hours (16 minutes/mile)
  • Start Area: 508 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC
  • 3.1 mile on the HALF/FULL
  • 20k split for Full
  • 13.1 mile on the Full
  • 15ish on the full – T/A (cheater split)
  • 23 mile on the Full (shared w/Half @ approx 10 mile point)

Water & Aid Stations

  • 12 aid stations approximately every 2 miles along route offering water and replacement drink
  • Restrooms will be at each of the 12 aid stations
  • 4 medical tents located along the race route
  • 2 food stops at approximately 8-10 mile point and the 20 mile point

Athlete Amenities

All registered marathon athletes will receive a race shirt, virtual goodie bag, and a complimentary commemorative patch.
All marathon finishers will receive a finisher medal (made in the USA), Heatsheet, and finish line refreshments.

Rules & Regulations

Age Restrictions
Athletes must be 15 years old or older on race day in order to register for the marathon.

Time Limit
The marathon course will be open for 7 hours (based on gun time). Athletes must maintain at least 16 minute/mile pace.

Safety on the Course
No animals, no strollers, no baby joggers, no bicycles, no scooters, no inline skates, no roller skates, and no wheeled vehicles (other than registered wheelchair and official Bike EMS and Patrol Teams) will be allowed on the course. Strollers and baby joggers are allowed for the 5K event only.

Bib Pick-Up

Bib pick-up will be held at the Race Expo located at the Museum of the Albemarle.

What You Need:
You must present a photo ID and know your bib number in order to pick up your bib. Bib numbers will be issued in late August, and you may either look them up ahead of time, or look them up at the designated Bib Number Look-Up station at the Expo.
If you are unable to attend the Expo yourself, you must make arrangements for a representative to pick up your bib for you. You must fill out and sign the Bib Pick-Up Authorization Form (found here), and your representative must present the completed form, a copy of your photo ID, and their own photo ID. Representatives who do not have these three things will not be able to pick up your bib, no exceptions.


Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in the following categories:

Overall | Active Duty Military | Wheeled Divisions | Mobility Impaired

Additionally, awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group.
15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

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