Official partner of the Wilmington Marathon

Wilmington marathon Vip packages


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Starting at


/person+ tax


Feb 27th, 2021


Wilmington, SC

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 Hotel Ballast.

Play Only Package

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

See all package differences

We create a detailed cheer plan and invite your spectators to all of our exclusive events.

Ideal Location

The Hotel Ballast overlooks the heart of downtown Wilmington. Located just 2 blocks from the finish, this hotel offers runners a lush and convenient stay.

Pre-race Dinner

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

2 Night Stay

With our Stay + Play package, enjoy 2 nights at the Hotel Ballast.


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.

  • Meet Destination Marathons hosts in the lobby who can answer any questions during check-in and help you with any needs*

  • Exclusive Wilmington Marathon hoodie tee shirt (VIP runners only)

  • Pick up VIP goodie bag*

  • Welcome reception for VIP runners and guests in VIP Hospitality Suite (3:00pm-5:30pm)*

  • Catered pre-race pasta buffet in VIP Hospitality Suite (5:30pm-8:00pm)*

  • Grab-and-go breakfast available (pick up at dinner or race morning)*

  • Express packet pick-up at race Expo


*Denotes Stay and Play package only

  • Grab-and-go breakfast available (4:30-5:15 in Hotel Ballast lobby)

  • Hassle-free transportation directly from hotel to start (5:15 am)

  • VIP private, heated pre-race location with toilets, drinks, and light foods

  • Separate gear check in VIP pre-race location

  • VIP treatment for your spectators

  • Premium cheer station at the halfway point at the Battleship and finish line

  • All-day water taxi pass for spectators across to the halfway point at the Battleship (or tour it later in the day)

  • Private post-race tent with your gear bag, food, drink, and access to massages

  • Post-race gathering at VIP Hospitality Suite in Ballast Hotel

  • Hotel Checkout*

*Denotes Stay and Play package only

Hotel Ballast by Hilton

The Hotel Ballast overlooks the heart of downtown Wilmington. Just 2 blocks from the finish, this hotel offers runners a lush and convenient stay. Package is based on double occupancy with the option to upgrade to a private room for an added cost. 

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Equipped kitchen
Grab-and-go breakfast on race morning
Fitness area
Rooms based on double occupancy
Hotel map and surroundings
Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina
What's included?
  • Denotes VIP Stay + Play Package only
  • 2 nights in a shared suite at the Hotel Ballast
  • Catered pre-race pasta buffet Friday night in VIP Hospitality Suite
  • Welcome reception for VIP runners and their guests Friday
  • Hassle free transportation directly from Hotel Ballast to VIP location at the start
  • (1) included spectator
  • Exclusive Wilmington Marathon hoodie tee shirt for VIP runners only (not guaranteed past Jan. 25, 2021)
  • Express packet pick-up at the race expo ​VIP goodie bag ​
  • Destination Marathons Hosts to assist all weekend
  • DM goodie bag
  • Access to last-minute emergency race items bag
  • Grab-and-go breakfast the morning of the race
  • Private heated VIP pre-race location with toilets, drinks and light food
  • Separate gear check in VIP pre-race location
  • All-day water taxi pass across to the Battleship to tour later in the day
  • Saturday post-race party at VIP Hospitality Suite in Hotel Ballast
  • Private post-race tent with food, drinks, and access to massages
Optional add ons

Our base rate rooms are based on double occupancy, but can be upgraded to a private king suite for +$150.

$375 + $150 = $525 + taxes and fees

Our package for this race is designed for 1 runner and 1 non-runner guest. Additional spectators can be added on to your package for $25/person. Kids 15 and under are free.

Not included
  • Transportation to Wilmington
  • Meals outside of those listed
  • Race Registration

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

Base Price (Play Only)
$115 + taxes and fees

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

Add Ons
See below for add on details

One spectator is included in our VIP Play Only package. Additional spectators can be added on for $25/person.

Base Price (Stay + Play)
$375 + taxes and fees

Our base price includes 2 nights in a shared suite at the Hotel Ballast.

Add Ons
See below for add on details

Extra nights can be added on. Contact Berkley Benton after purchasing your package to add on nights.

Our base VIP Stay + Play package includes (1)  spectator. Additional spectators can be added on to the VIP Stay + Play package for $25/person.

Our base package is based on double occupancy. Upgrade to a private suite for only +$150 total.

$375 + $150 = $525 + taxes and fees

$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.

$250 refundable deposit will hold your spot, or pay in full.

February 17th, 2021 

|60 days prior to trip|

Package must be paid in full. Last day to request a full refund

March 17th, 2021 

|30 days prior to trip|

Last day to request a partial refund (50% of amount paid) back

Refund requests made after March 17th, 2021 will not be refunded and are at the discretion of Destination Marathons. Please contact us with any questions you may have. We would love to create a package that is tailored to you!

These are the terms and conditions under which Destination-Marathons, LLC. (herein after

“DM”) offers and operates its running trips/tours. By registering and paying your deposit for a

trip, you confirm that you have read, understand and agree to these Terms & Conditions, which

you acknowledge constitute a legally binding obligation. Accordingly, please read these terms

carefully before making a deposit or payment for a trip.

Participants acknowledge they must be in good health and able to endure the physical

demands commensurate the activity they are registering for. Please consult your physician if

there is any question of physical fitness. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and

requirements of each aspect of the trip based on your own circumstances, limitations, fitness

level and medical requirements.

If you participate in activities during your itinerary, including road racing and pre and post runs,

certain risks and dangers may arise, including, but not limited to, personal injury and death. BY

AGREEING TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU hereby expressly assume all of these risks

and dangers, and you hereby expressly agree to forever release, discharge and hold DM and our

agents, employees, officers and directors, harmless against any and all liability, actions, causes

of actions, suits, claims and demands of any and every kind and nature whatsoever which you

now have or which may hereafter arise out of or in connection with your booking or

participation in any activities in which you participate.

You consent and grant full permission and royalty-free license to DM to use your likeness in all

media including photographs, pictures, recordings, or other record of this event for any

legitimate purpose.

While we will endeavor to operate all trips as advertised or quoted, reasonable changes in your

itinerary may be made by DM where it is deemed necessary or advisable by us. If DM is

prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under this agreement

by reason of force majeure (which shall include, an Act of God, strikes, trade disputes, fire,

breakdowns, weather conditions, acts of omissions of a third party, or any other cause

whatsoever outside DM’s reasonable control), then DM may, in its sole and absolute discretion,

cancel all or part of any trip. In any situation of force majeure, DM shall not be deemed to be in

breach of their duties or otherwise liable to you, whether for reason of delay in performance or

non-performance. I understand that if a case of force majeure arises that no refund of my

travel expenses, including, but not limited to non-refundable airfare, or entry fees will be

reimbursed. Based on the above, DM strongly recommends trip cancellation, baggage, health

and accident insurance for all participants. Residents from outside the U.S. must check within

your country for insurance coverage.

DM contracts with a network of companies and individuals to assist in the running of our trips,

including, but not limited to hotel and transportation services. Because DM does not maintain

any control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these suppliers, we assume no

responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage, or

other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of

(1) any wrongful, negligent, willful, or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the

tour suppliers, or other employees or agents, (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle,

equipment, instrument owned, operated or otherwise by any of these suppliers, or (3) any

wrongful, willful, or negligent act or omissions on any part of any other party not under the

supervision or control of DM.

The right is reserved to cancel the tour for any reason anytime. If we cancel a tour, our liability

is limited to a full refund of your payments to us and we will not be liable for any other costs,

damages or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment or expense

whatsoever in such circumstances. 

If Boston is cancelled for any reason, runners have two options*:

  • Transfer payments made to a future Destination Marathons race package
  • Request a full refund in writing

If Boston is postponed to a later date, runners have two options*:

  • Transfer your reservation (at the same package rate) to the new race date
  • Request a full refund in writing

If the B.A.A turns their race into a virtual run, our package will be considered null and void.  Runners then have two options*:

  • Transfer payments made to a future Destination Marathons race package
  • Request a full refund in writing

*We kindly ask that you notify Destination of your decision within 10 days of the B.A.A.’s announcement.

If the B.A.A. proceeds with the marathon amidst the threat of coronavirus, but you decide not to run, you may request a full refund in writing by March 17th, 2021.  After March 17th, 2021 all payments received will be transferred to a future Destination Marathons package of your choosing.

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

Berkley is a "run for fun" kind of girl. he loves traveling and is looking forward to visiting Minnesota for the first time.

Berkley Benton

Customer Experience Designer

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  (5)

Katy Posithai

Wilmington 2019

Mark and his team did a great job for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon trip! Great pampered experience for a "first time ever," half marathon (for me). It was a great experience without having to worry about the logistics of travel, stay, and food. I highly recommend them!

John Irmen

Wilmington 2019

Destination Marathons did an amazing job of planning the trip. They couldn’t be more thoughtful and kind. Every step of the trip was perfect from the bus ride, to the meals, to the race itself. I wish all my vacations were as smooth as this one. If they are heading to a race you are running I would highly recommend going with them so you can sit back, relax, and then run fast.

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!