The Ellerbe Marathon and Half Marathon
29th Annual Marathon     4th Annual Half Marathon
February 29, 2020                  8 a.m. start


The Ellerbe Rescue Squad building at 106 Sunset Avenue is race day
headquarters and the finish line will be on Sunset Avenue nearby.  The start is
just a short walk away on Page Street near BB&T.  The course is a 13.1 mile
loop.  Marathoners do the loop twice.  Both the marathon and half marathon are
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. Links to marathon and half marathon race maps and
the certification details are below.  
Written turn by turn description is here.

Marathon map                        Half marathon map

Packet Pick-up
Early packet pick-up will be available Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until
7:30 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 and cheese quesadillas at the Ellerbe Rescue Squad building
beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Runners' meal is included with entry and your race
number will be your ticket.  Non-participants may purchase lunch.

Shirts, Medallions, and Awards, etc.
Shirts will be presented to all who register by February 16.  Shirts will be
presented at packet pick-up.  No shirts will be mailed.  Any extra shirts from no
shows will be presented first come/first served after the event to finishers who
registered after the February 16 shirt deadline.  Runners not receiving a shirt at
packet pick-up should ask about shirts at the awards station after the event.

Ellerbe Marathon and Ellerbe Half Marathon commemorative medallions will be
presented to all finishers who registered by the February 16 deadline.

Awards are all handmade pottery created by McNeill Pottery of Seagrove, N.C.  
There will be special awards recognizing the top three overall male and female
finishers.  The first male and first female from Richmond County, N.C. will also
receive a special award.  All finishers who registered by the February 16
deadline will receive a pottery wine cup with the event name, date, and
"Finisher"  on the bottom.       
Awards photo  

All runners who register after February 16 and finish the event they registered
for are eligible for any surplus medallions and awards.  If there are surplus
medallions and awards they will be awarded as you finish at the awards table.
There are no age group awards.  Awards, medallions, and shirts will not be
mailed.  Please make sure you get yours at the event..  

Special bibs  
Those people who have finished 10 or more Ellerbe Marathons or Half
Marathons will wear unique
custom bibs that have their name printed on the
number.  Anyone who finishes their 10th Ellerbe in 2020 will be added to the list
and have their name printed on their number in 2021.

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 (bananas, cookies, and potato chips).

We have a large grass parking area at the intersection of Parsons Ave. and
2nd Street. It is behind Food King 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, 2019.  Use the link below to register.  
Registration is limited to 200 runners and will close if that limit is reached.  
Online registration will close February 26 at 11:59pm.  There are deadlines for
my shirt and awards orders.  Please register early to be sure you get a shirt,
award, and medallion.  If the registration limit is not reached by online, on site
race day registrations will be accepted. Check this website for updates.  There
will be no refunds, no wait list, no deferrals, 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
$60 September 1 thru December 31
$75 January 1 until closing
$85 race day at the event
Read more about registration below.

!!!   If you want to be assured a shirt, finisher's cup, and a finisher's
medallion make sure and register by February 16. I will order a few extra
of each but cannot guarantee you will get one if your registration is after
February 16.

                           Registration is online with

                            Click Here
              to print a paper copy to mail in
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 2020 edition, the Ellerbe
Marathon has the distinction of being
the second oldest, continuously held,
marathon in North Carolina.  
Schedule of events

6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. packet
pick-up at the Spring House
Ellerbe Springs Inn
2537 North Hwy 220

6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. registration
and packet pick-up at the
Ellerbe Rescue Squad
106 Sunset Avenue
Ellerbe, N.C.

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

8:00 a.m. Race begins

10:00 Hot Vegetarian Soup
and cheese quesadillas
at the Ellerbe Rescue Squad

For information contact
Doug Dawkins, event director
910-206-2095 text or call

Erin Dawkins Suwattana
assistant director


Ellerbe N.C. location

Parking /Event Map


Ellerbe Springs Inn Spring House

Mangum Track Club
Photo by Duke Smith
Photo by David Solomon