Official partner of the Wilmington Marathon

Wilmington marathon Vip packages


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Play Only starting at



Stay + Play starting at


/person (based on double occupancy) 


Feb. 26th, 2022


Wilmington, NC

Official provider of the Wilmington Marathon VIP packages.

As a Wilmington VIP, you’ll get perks such as express packet pick up, an exclusive Wilmington Marathon tee shirt hoodie, access to our welcome reception and after party, and so much more! 

       Boston Qualifier 

Choose the package that fits your needs
Stay + Play Package

Get the full benefits of our Wilmington VIP package including a 2-night stay at the Embassy Suites Riverfront (based on double occupancy)

Play Only Package

Enjoy the VIP experience without the accommodations. Perfect for Wilmington locals!

See all package differences
Bus to start

Exclusive VIP bus from hotel to the starting line. 

VIP race perks

VIP indoor waiting area pre-race, Post-race VIP tent at finish line with massages, and VIP post-race party

Pre-race Dinner

We’ve got you covered for the pre-race dinner. Enjoy local Italian fare without having to leave the hotel.

Exclusive Gear

Exclusive Wilmington Marathon/Destination Marathon Logo Gear.


Sit back, relax, and let us handle the logistics. You have the ability to add on days to the front or back of this trip. 

11:00am  – Expo opens

  • Pick up packet and shirt at Destination Marathons VIP booth

4:00pm  – Hotel Check In

  • Destination Marathons Welcome Reception
  • Sign making station for spectators

5:30pm  – Pasta Buffet starts

7:30pm  – Expo closes

8:00pm  – Pasta Buffet closes

  • Grab & Go Breakfasts available to take after dinner


4:30am  – Grab & Go breakfasts available in hotel lobby

  • VIP Gear Check available in hospitality suite

5:30am  – VIP Bus departs from hotel

7:10am  – Full Marathon start time

7:10am  – Half Marathon start time

8:00am  – Spectators follow spectator plan to see their favorite runner

9:00am  – Post Race Party begins at VIP tent

  • Pick up race gear
  • Massages available exclusively to VIP guests
  • Drinks, snacks, and pizza

1:00pm  – Post Race Party closes

  • End of massages

4:00pm  – Guided brewery tour starting from hotel lobby

11:00am  – Check out of hotel

5:00pm  – Think of all the good times you had this past weekend!

Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront

The Embassy Suites Riverfront overlooks the Cape Fear River and Battleship North Carolina, with direct access to Wilmington Convention Center. The Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk passes by their door. 

Equipped kitchen
Complimentqary breakfasts
Fitness area
Next-door to Expo
Hotel map and surroundings
Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina
What's included?

*Note: because of the recent course change, a few package features have had to be updated. Please contact us with any questions regarding this change.

Optional add ons

Our base package is based on double occupancy. Upgrade to a private suite for only +$250 total.

$550 + $250 = $800 (inc. taxes)

Stay & Play:

$90 (total) / guest. 

Play Only:

Additional spectators can be added on to your package for $25/person. 

Kids 15 and under are free.

Not included

Choose to pay in full or put down a fully refundable deposit to reserve your trip.

Base Price (Play Only)

Our Play only package includes several VIP perks, but no accommodations.

Add Ons
See below for add on details

Play Only:

Additional spectators can be added on to your package for $25/person.

Kids 15 and under are free.

Base Price (Stay + Play)

Our base price includes 2 nights in a shared suite at the Embassy Suites.

Add Ons
See below for add on details

Our base package is based on double occupancy. Upgrade to a private suite for only +$250 total.

$550 + $250 = $800 (inc. taxes)

Stay & Play:

$90 (total) / guest. 


Play Only:

Additional spectators can be added on to your package for $25/person. Kids 15 and under are free.

$250 + taxes and fees

Pay a $250 fully refundable deposit to reserve your trip, then pay your remaining balance later.

Add Ons
Pay for add ons when paying your remaining balance.
Meet your hosts

Mark started Destination Marathons to give runners the best race experience possible. He has been a runner since high school and still enjoys the sport.

Mark Janik

Founder / CEO

Paul has completed over 70 marathons and is well on his way to completing his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.

Paul Martino

Chief Running Officer

Trip Reviews

5.0  (8)

Adam Bernot

Wilmington 2021

Great staff that made my experience at the Wilmington Marathon stress free. They know what runners need and are ready to provide for logistics that make traveling for a marathon less complicated and more fun.

Neely Tamar

Wilmington 2021

Absolutely wonderful!! Amazed at the effort and communication put into this event. So pleased and will definitely use Destination Marathons again! 

Jay Seago

Wilmington 2019

Great times! Very well organized, and I got to make many new friends along the way. Mark and his team go above and beyond to provide all that is needed for an awesome running vacation.

Jeremy Barron

Wilmington 2019

Mark and his team did a great job for our Wrightsville Beach Marathon trip! It was great to just enjoy the race without worrying about any of the transportation and meal logistics. It was a fun relaxing weekend all around, I highly recommend them!

Allen Jacobs

Wilmington 2019

Great customer focused team that makes everything easy on race day! Mark is a highly knowledgeable runner & organizer and his trips are going to be tremendous!

Is there parking available at the hotel?

Yes, parking is $16/day or $22/day for valet. 

What kind of transportation is being provided?

A coach passenger bus with bathroom will pick you up from behind the hotel and drop you off at the start line.

Can spectators take the bus to the start with their runner?

No, the bus is for runners only.

How do I get back to the hotel after the race?

Our hotel is conveniently located 300 yards from the finish! Totally walkable.

How will spectators find their runners at the end of the race?

After the race, spectators will meet runners at our Destination Marathons VIP tent at the finish.

What if I have food allergies?

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions you have so we can do our best to accommodate you.