Destination Marathons is proud to be the official provider of the 2021 Wilmington Marathon VIP packages. 

VIP Stay + Play Package

Accommodations at the Hotel Ballast + VIP package

VIP Play Only Package

VIP package only

Wilmington, NC
February 27th, 2021

Wilmington Marathon

| OFFICIAL VIP PACKAGES 

2/27/2021

vip Stay + play Package $375/person

based on double occupancy

Upgrade to private king room for $525 total (includes 1 non-running guest)

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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.

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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! 

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As part of our VIP package, we take care of your spectators by creating a detailed cheer plan, offering them transportation to see you on the course, and much more!

Our Stay + Play Package is the ideal race weekend wrapped up with a bow. Runners will enjoy 2 nights at the lush Hotel Ballast, located just 2 blocks from the finish line. Enjoy a pre-race dinner catered directly to your hotel,  a grab-and-go breakfast for you and your spectators on race day, and so much more. Keep scrolling to discover all the perks this package offers.

vip play only Package $115/person

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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! 

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As part of our VIP package, we take care of your spectators by creating a detailed cheer plan, offering them transportation to see you on the course, and much more!

Our VIP Play Only Package is perfect for runners who are staying with friends or family, but still want the VIP experience. As a VIP runner, you will enjoy express bib pick up, an exclusive VIP-only marathon tee shirt hoodie, a grab and go breakfast for you and your spectators on race day, and so much more. Keep scrolling to discover all the perks this package offers.

What's included

VIP Stay + Play Package

VIP Play Only Package

Two Nights at the Hotel Ballast

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

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

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)

Destination Marathon hosts available throughout the weekend

​Express packet pick-up at the race expo

​VIP goodie bag

​Grab-and-go breakfast the morning of the race 

Access to the “last minute bag” with supplies you may have forgotten

​Private heated VIP pre-race location with toilets, drinks and light food

Separate gear check in VIP pre-race location 

Private post-race tent with food, drinks, and access to massages

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 (4:00-6:00pm)

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Schedule

Friday

February 26th

  • 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

Saturday

February 27th

  • 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

Sunday

February 28th

  • Hotel Checkout*

*Denotes Stay and Play package only

our 2018 trip

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Jennifer Bodnar, Boston 2019

They care about every detail to make your trip so easy and enjoyable... all you have to worry about is your race.

Jay Seago, Wrightsvile 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.

Robert McBee, Boston 2019

Last year I froze while sitting in Athletes Village in the rain for over two hours. This year I stayed warm and dry thanks to Destination Marathons. My bags were waiting for me for easy pick up after the race.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Tatiana, Atlanta 2020

Cannot wait to use these folks again! They thought of everything for the weekend of spectating the Olympic marathon trials + racing the next day. The little extras and welcoming personalities were the icing on top of not having to worry about logistics at ALL.

Jay, Wrightsville 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.

Robert, Boston 2019

Last year I froze while sitting in Athletes Village in the rain for over two hours. This year I stayed warm and dry thanks to Destination Marathons. My bags were waiting for me for easy pick up after the race.

Meet Your Trip Hosts

Mark Janik

Mark started Destination Marathons to give runners the best race experience possible. He has been a runner since high school and has run many races including the Boston Marathon.

954.234.5586

Paul Martino

 Lifelong runner, physical therapist, and former Executive Director of Let Me Run. Paul has run over 70 marathons in over 40 states. As a runner, volunteer and race director, he knows what goes into a great race weekend.

704.562.4770

Berkley Benton

Berkley loves the beach and is looking forward to partnering with the Wilmington Marathon for the 2nd year in a row!

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FAQ

Do you offer transportation to Wilmington?

At this time, we are not providing transportation to or from Wilmington.

What is your payment and cancellation policy?

Great question! View it here.

Do my spectators get a water taxi pass?

Each runner gets 1 pass for themselves and 1 spectator pass. Additional passes can be purchased at the Destination Marathons booth at the Wilmington Marathon Expo.

Can I bring a guest?

Our package for this race is designed for 1 runner and 1 non-runner guest. Our base rate rooms are based on double occupancy, but can be upgraded to a private king suite for $525 total. Additional spectators can be added on to the VIP Play Only package for $25/person. 

If I'm traveling alone and don't have a roommate, will you assign me one?

Yes! We think of this as a great opportunity for you to meet like-minded people and make new friends. If you don't have a roommate, we'll pair you with someone who's your same gender and roughly your same age. Who knows? Maybe you'll find your next BFF.

Can I add an extra night to this package?

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

Is parking included?

No. If you are a guest at the hotel, you will need to pay for overnight parking. If you are not staying at the hotel, you will need to find parking in a nearby garage downtown.

Will your pre-race pasta dinner have gluten and dairy free options?

We strive to accommodate all of our customers' needs - including food allergies. If you have an allergy or sensitivity, please contact Berkley Benton and we will arrange your meals accordingly.

 

Payment Policy

Refund timeline:
Refunds must be received by Destination Marathons in writing. The Wilmington Marathon VIP Play only package is non-refundable. Only the accommodations portion of the Wilmington Marathon VIP Stay + Play package is refundable. Refunds are scaled based on the time the refund request is received.

 

Trip start for Wilmington is February 26th, 2021.

Now - 60 days before trip start |
Receive $255 back (accommodations portion of Stay + Play package)
59 - 30 days before trip start | Receive $125 back
29 - 0 days before trip start | Refunds cannot be given

Please contact us with any questions you may have. We would love to create a package that is tailored to you!

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