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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 65°F (18°C)
Average High: 76°F (24°C)
Average Low: 54° F (12°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.76
Course Score: 99.38

Race Size

2018: No Results
2017: No Results
2016: 109 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: N/A
2016: 3.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

No course description available at this time.

Marathon Rankings

Rankings will be listed for 2018 at the end of the year.

In 2016, 3.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.

It ranks 425th in the U.S. in the percentage of finishers achieving Boston Marathon qualifying times in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.38 ranks it as the 122nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in North Carolina.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Carolina Beach Marathon a PR Score of 95.76. This PR Score ranks it as the 391st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 14th fastest in North Carolina.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 70 feet (21m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Recent Carolina Beach Marathon Reviews

1.5 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Carolina Beach Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


Cancelled the full marathon due to excessive heat and humidity because they don't have "adequate" medical staff??! This is NC in the beginning of October! Expected race temp isn't even that much higher than the seasonal average. Clearly they failed to plan adequately and decided to just screw us out of the event we payed for. No refunds, and not even a heads up email. Just a tiny disclaimer on the race website. Very shady. Never sign up for a race put on by these people

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review of 2017 Carolina Beach Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


I ran the CB half marathon yesterday in order to work in a training run as part of my marathon training. I chose to run a race in order to have course support which unfortunately was pretty slim.

I have a few issues with this race, the first of which being a severe lack of communication from the organizers. I received on email besides my registration confirmation. Once I got to the race, everything was fine, but it has more of a hometown 5k feel. The mileage signs were written on vinyl posterboard and affixed to handmade PVC pipes that served as signage. Ironically, half of them were on the ground.

They had water at every two miles, but ran out of Gatorade and only had it at one of the two stops. It was hot and humid, so I wound up getting water from the fountain at the park off Dow Road.

Course itself was fine, pretty run through the campground at Carolina Beach State Park (and shaded), but not nearly enough course support, volunteers, race presence.

After race was a bit of a joke- tepid water bottles, plenty of bagels and bananas, apples, no beer, no celebration.

Race Tips

Bring your own water. This was a hot race and humid. Don't expect course support or bystanders.

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review of 2017 Carolina Beach Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


This marathon is poorly organized and should not continue. There was little information available on their website about the course, course support or parking information . There was no communication at all from the race organizers during the days leading up to the race. The race director did not respond to email queries and their FB page also did not respond to many queries. Race day 10/8/2017 was very hot with humidity above 90%. But the first water stop they had a person filling water cups with a garden hose!! I knew we were in trouble. After that there was tepid water at all stations, and weak, watered down and tepid Gatorade at 2 stations only. No ice, no gels or food on the marathon course. Then after all this they shut down the course after a while because of high heat and humidity and many of us were not allowed to finish. Most of us were past mile 20/21 at the point and were forced to quit. If they had given good course support, there was no reason any of us would not have been able to finish. This race is horribly organized, do not sign up for this race.

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review of 2016 Carolina Beach Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Gatorade was horrible...too watered down. And water stations has warm, salty water.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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