Official partner of the Wilmington Marathon

Wilmington marathon Vip packages


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Starting at


/person+ tax


April 17th, 2021


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 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 2 blocks from the start/finish, this hotel offers 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 and free parking for our guests.


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. 

*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.

  • 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

*Expo runs from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Friday

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

  • Access to DM private suite before the race with bathroom, drinks, and light snacks

  • Separate gear check in VIP pre-race location

  • VIP treatment for your spectators

  • Premium cheer station for your spectators

  • Private post-race party with food, drink, and access to massages

  • 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 start/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
Note: The finish area is now also the starting area after recent course changes
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 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

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.
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. She loves traveling and is looking forward to visiting Wilmington for the 2nd 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!

How many guest can I bring with me?

1 non-running guest is included for free in all of our Wilmington Marathon packages. You can add a running guest to your package for $115 total (the price of our Play Only Package) and they will receive all the runner perks. Up to (1) guest is allowed per shared room (base price) and up to (2) guests are allowed per private room (upgraded package).

What if I want to add on nights to my trip?

Please contact us to inquire about additional nights. We’re happy to help!

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

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