The Ellerbe Marathon and Half Marathon
                            30th Annual Marathon     5th Annual Half Marathon
                                              February 27, 2021
Registration is closed.  No race day registration               
                   This page was updated January 31 to reflect some changes.

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 USATF certified.  Timing will be RFID chip timing with live results and
managed by Wilson Timing.  The course is all paved country roads.  Some
people call it rolling.  Some call it hilly.  Links to marathon and half marathon
race maps and the certification details are below.  

The course closes in 9 hours.  If we do a wave start, that means the course
closes 9 hours after the last marathon wave start.  Anyone unable to finish the
marathon in 9 hours is encouraged to sign up for the half marathon.

Written turn by turn description is here.

Marathon map                        Half marathon map

Packet Pick-up...Masks required at packet pick-up
Early packet pick-up will be available Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until
8:00 p.m. at the Ellerbe Rescue Squad headquarters building.
Ellerbe Rescue Squad building is at 106 Sunset Avenue in Ellerbe.  Race day
packet pick-up will also be at the Ellerbe Rescue Squad building.  To keep
crowd size down,
marathon packet pick-up will begin at 7:00 a.m.  Half
Marathon participants are requested to wait until 8:00 a.m.
to pick up their
packets.  Packets will contain your race number, pins and your event t-shirt.

After picking up packets, runners are requested to disperse and either hang out
in small groups of 10 or less or return to their vehicle until just prior to the start of
their event.  There will be no indoor gathering allowed.

Due to Covid, the Ellerbe Springs Inn will have only 5 rooms available this year.
They also have camping available  Call them for information at 910-652-5600.  
Motels are also available in Rockingham, Pinehurst, Southern Pines,
Aberdeen, and Biscoe.

Post-race Lunch...This is a maybe.  Depends on the virus situation and
guidelines presented.  You might be smart to bring some post-race
food.  I'll announce the final decision about the post-race meal by
February 24.
We plan to serve a vegetarian soup and hot cheese quesadillas after your
finish.  Food will be available in or near the Ellerbe Rescue Squad building
beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Runners' meal is included with entry and your race
number will be your ticket.

Shirts, Medallions, and Awards, etc.
Shirts will be presented to all who register by February 14.  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 14 shirt deadline.  Runners not receiving a shirt at
packet pick-up should ask about shirts at the awards station after the event.  
Here's a preview of the 2021 shirt.  
(Front)  (Back). There is a half marathon
version of this shirt too.

Ellerbe Marathon and Ellerbe Half Marathon
commemorative medallions will be
presented to all finishers.

Awards are all handmade pottery created by McNeill Pottery of Seagrove,
N.C.  Overall awards will be presented to each of the top three overall male and
female finishers in both events (3 sizes with largest going to first overall).  The
first male and first female from Richmond County, N.C. will also receive a
special pottery award.  All finishers will receive a
pottery wine cup (variety of
colors) with the event name, date, and "Finisher"  on the bottom         

There is no awards ceremony.  All pottery awards and medals will be presented
at the finish line.  Make sure and get yours as you finish.  Awards, medallions,
and shirts will not be mailed.  There are no age group awards.

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 2021 will be added to the list
and have their name printed on their number in 2022.

Aid Stations...aid stations will be "no contact".  Items will be on the table
and available for runners to pick up as desired.  
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 bottled water and light food
(bananas, packaged cookies and chips).  Because of the handling and mixing
of electrolyte drinks we will not supply them at the aid station. Plan to bring your
electrolytes with you in tablet, gel or whatever form you like.  There are plenty of
choices on the market.

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 November 1, 2020.  Use the link below to register.  
There are deadlines for my shirt and awards orders.  Please register
early to be sure you get a shirt, award, and medallion. There will be no
no wait list, no deferrals, and no transfer of your entry to someone else
if you decide to not come.  Refunds of 75% of entry fee if government
regulations prevent the race from  happening.  No refunds for any other

$10 of each entry goes to the Ellerbe Rescue Squad.  

Entry fee for both events are the same
$65 postmarked by December 31, 2020
$75 January 1 and after

Register online with UltraSignup

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

No registration Friday or

5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. packet
pick-up at
Ellerbe Rescue Squad
106 Sunset Avenue
Ellerbe, N.C.

Marathon packet pick-up begins
at 7:00 a.m.
Half Marathon packet pick-up
begins at 8:00 a.m.
both at
Ellerbe Rescue Squad
106 Sunset Avenue
Ellerbe, N.C.

7:50 a.m. Marathon pre-race
briefing at the start line
8:00 a.m. Marathon begins

8:50 Half Marathon pre-race
briefing at the start line
9:00 a.m.  Half Marathon begins

10:30 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


Mangum Track Club
Photo by David Solomon
The year 2020 has shown us that lots of things can and do happen that take us out
of that place we've always called normal.  I am hoping our 2021 Ellerbe can happen
in a good way.  I do expect some changes though from past events.  Some of the
changes are listed immediately after this paragraph but there could be more
depending on conditions on February 27, 2021.  The Ellerbe Marathon and Half
Marathon will comply with CDC guidlines and government regulations in effect on
race day.   Expect these things at the 2021 Ellerbe event:
-There will be no virtual option.  It will be a real race.
-Marathon start at 8:00 a.m.  
-Half Marathon start at 9:00 a.m.
-Refunds of 75% of entry fee if government regulations prevent the race from
happening.  No refunds for any other reason.
-Be prepared for aid station offerings to change, as in, bottled water only and
packaged food instead of loose chips and cookies.
-The post race meal may or may not happen.  Depends on the virus situation.

General race information is below.   
Registration May Close Early-read details below
2021 is continuing to be a challenging year for race directors. I have this feeling that some people are standing by
until the last minute to register. You need to know that the Ellerbe events have no sponsors. It's funded solely with
your entry fees. That being said, on February 15, I have to make my shirt order and the final pottery order. I will
base the order on the entries I have on file and order just a few more. Entry after February 15 will be very limited. I
am not going to allow entries beyond my supply of medals, shirts, and awards. It's your choice. Enter by February
15 and be safe or take your chances. Shortly after February 15, I will call the race full and close registration.
There will be no race day registration.