The Ellerbe Marathon and Half Marathon
27th Annual Marathon                   2nd Annual Half Marathon
February 24, 2018                           8 a.m. start
2018 Course                     
The race start and finish moved to uptown Ellerbe in 2017.  Our host is the Ellerbe
Rescue Squad and the finish line will be on Sunset Avenue near their headquarters.  
The start is on Page Street near BB&T.  Both the marathon and half marathon are now
certified.  Timing will be RFID chip timing with live results and managed by Wilson
Timing.  Most of the course will use roads that have been part of the marathon in years
past.  A link to each race and the certification details is below.  
Written turn by turn
decription is here.

Marathon map                            Half marathon map

Packet Pick-up
Early packet pick-up will be available Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until
8:00 the Spring House located on the grounds of the
Ellerbe Springs Inn just
north of Ellerbe on Highway 220 Business.  The Spring House is a family-friendly pub,
serving BBQ, Chicken Wings, Soups, Salads, Subs & Sandwiches, Pizza and Hot
Dogs.  Beer and wine are also available. Race day packet pick-up will be at the Ellerbe
Rescue Squad headquarters in downtown Ellerbe at 106 Sunset Avenue.

Packets will contain your race number, pins and your event t-shirt.

The Ellerbe Springs Inn is a nice bed and breakfast operated by Mark and Donna
Buckeridge.  Seven rooms are available.  Camping is also available  Information can
be found at their link above or by calling them at 910-652-5600.

Post-race Lunch
Mark and Donna Buckeridge of the Ellerbe Springs Inn will be serving a hot vegetarian
soup at the Ellerbe Rescue Squad building beginning at 10:00 a.m.
and serving until the marathonis done.  Runners' meal is included with entry and your
race number will be your ticket.  Non-participants may purchase lunch.

Shirts, Medallions, and Awards, etc. (Photo)
Shirts will be presented to all who pre-register online by February 12.  Those who
register by US mail and want a shirt should do so early enough that their entry is in my
hand February 12.  Shirts will be presented at packet pick-up.  No shirts will be mailed.  
Leftover shirts from no shows will be presented first come/first served after the event to
finishers who registered after the February 12 shirt deadline.

Ellerbe Marathon and Ellerbe Half Marathon commemorative medallions and wine cups
will be presented to all finishers of both races. The newly designed wine cup created
by McNeill Pottery of Seagrove, N.C. will have the name of the event completed and
the word "Finisher" on the bottom.  Event volunteers will present the medallion and cup
to each finisher immediately after the finish line.  Make sure and pick up yours right
after the finish chute.  They will not be mailed.

Mcneill Pottery is also creating special awards recognizing the top three overall male
and female finishers in both events.  Additionally, the first place male and female
residing in Richmond County will be recognized with a special pottery award.

This award structure is a change from previous years.  Each finisher is now receiving a
pottery wine cup instead of limiting the pottery award to age group winners only.  

Marathon only
Those who have finished 10 Ellerbe Marathons have earned a permanent number and
will run with their permanent number on race day. Participants finishing their 10th
Ellerbe Marathon this year will be assigned a permanent number for all future events.
The list of permanent numbers is sequential with the number 1 assigned to the first
person to complete 10 events, the number 2 to the second person to complete 10
events and so on.
Go here to see the permanent number design used in 2017. The
2018 special numbers will be similiar.

Aid Stations
Aid stations will be approximately 2 to 2 1/2 miles apart.  Half marathon runners will
pass an aid station 5 times on the course and marathon runners will pass an aid
station 11 times.   All aid stations will have water, an electrolyte drink, and light food.

We have a large grass parking area at the intersection of Parsons Ave. and 2nd
Street. It is behind Community One Bank and very close to Race Headquarters. Please
use the parking area and do not park in any business parking lots or along the street.  
Access parking by Parsons Avenue.  Stay on Main Street aka Business 220 turn
between Dixie Burger and Food King.  Parking will be on your right at the stop sign.  
Map is here.

Registration will open September 1, 2017.  Use the links below to register either online
or to print a mailable paper form.  Registration is limited to 300 runners and will close if
that limit is reached.  Online registration will close no later than February 22 at
11:59pm.  Paper mail-in entry must be postmarked by February 10.  There is a cut off
for my shirt order.  Please read the information above about shirts.  If the registration
limit is not reached by online and mail-in entry, on site race day registrations will be
accepted. Check this website for updates.  There will be no refunds, no wait list, and
no transfer of your entry to someone else if you decide to not come.

$10 of each entry goes to the Ellerbe Rescue Squad
fees are the same for marathon or half marathon

Fees are $50 September 1 thru October 31
         $60 November 1 thru December 31
         $65 January 1 and after
         Read more about registration below.

!!!   If you want to be assured a shirt and a finisher's medallion make
sure and register by February 12. Those registering after February
12 get shirts and medallions only if they are available.

         Register online with Ultra Signup

       Go here for the mailable paper entry


The Ellerbe Marathon (formerly Ellerbe Springs Marathon) first ran in 1992.  Its origin dates
to the fall of 1991 as Mark Long and Doug Dawkins were returning from the Greensboro
Marathon.  At that time there were but a few marathons in North Carolina.  By the time the
pair had reached Richmond County on Highway 220 they had mostly agreed on the idea of
working together to create a local marathon.  At the very moment Doug asked where to
have the race they were driving past the entrance of the Ellerbe Springs Inn and Mark said
"How about right there?"  A meeting the next week with Neal Cadieu and Beth Cadieu who
were the owner/operators of the inn resulted in an agreement and the first Ellerbe Springs
Marathon ran in April 1992 with 40 athletes finishing.  Now, with the 2018 edition, the
Ellerbe Marathon has the distinction of being the second oldest, continuously held,
marathon in North Carolina.   And the Ellerbe Half Marathon one of the newest!
Schedule of events

5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. packet
pick-up at the Spring House

6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.
registration and packet pick-up
at the
Ellerbe Rescue Squad

7:50 a.m. pre-race briefing at
the start line

8:00 a.m. Race begins

10:00 Hot Vegetarian Soup
at the Ellerbe Rescue Squad

Contacts for race information
Doug Dawkins, event director
Text or call  910-206-2095

Duke Smith, assistant director


Ellerbe N.C. location

Parking /Event Map


Ellerbe Springs Inn Spring House

Local weather

Mangum Track Club
Photo by Duke Smith
2017 Results

2017 pictures by    
Duke Smith