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©2018 Destination Marathons LLC

Destination Marathons is proud to be the official provider of the 2020 Wilmington Marathon VIP package. 

VIP Stay + Play Package

Accommodations at the Hotel Ballast + VIP package

VIP Play Only Package

VIP Package only

Wilmington, NC
March 21st, 2020

Wilmington Marathon

| OFFICIAL VIP PACKAGE 

purchase on wilmington website

vip Stay + play Package $365/person

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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 Hoodie, welcome reception, 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 $110/person

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As a Wilmington VIP, you'll get perks such as express packet pick up, an exclusive Wilmington Marathon Hoodie, welcome reception, 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 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 in Hotel Ballast (Friday and Saturday night)​

Destination Marathon concierge available throughout the weekend

VIP goodie bag

Exclusive Wilmington Marathon hoodie T-shirt for VIP runners only

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

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

Grab and go breakfast available to take with you at dinner and in the morning of the race 

Express packet pick-up at the race expo

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

Hassle free transportation directly from hotel to start 5:15am

VIP private and warm pre-race location with toilets, drinks and light food

Separate gear check in VIP pre-race location 

VIP treatment for your spectators

Sign making station at pre-race dinner

Light breakfast for your spectators 5-8am in VIP hospitality suite

Premium cheer station at the halfway point (battleship) and finish line

All-day water taxi pass across to the halfway point at battleship for spectators or tour it later in the day.

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

Post race gathering at VIP Hospitality suite in Ballast Hotel

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3.20.2020 - 3.22.2020

Schedule

Friday

March 20th

Welcome to Wilmington, North Carolina! Breath in fresh air on the beautiful coast line or historical downtown area. 


3:00-5:00pm    *Welcome reception for VIP runners and guests in VIP Hospitality Suite
5:30-8:00pm     *Catered pre-race pasta buffet in VIP Hospitality Suite. Come meet the DM team, chow down on local Italian, and pick up your Grab-and-go breakfast available (pick up at dinner or race morning)


Expo open from 11:00am-8:30pm Friday at the Wilmington Convention Center. VIP runners will get their express packet pick up and an exclusive Marathon hoodie here.

*Denotes Stay and Play Package only

Saturday

March 21st

Saturday is race day! We'll have a light, grab-and-go breakfast available before departing from our hotel to the start.

4:30am    Meet in lobby for grab-and-go breakfast

5:00-8:00am    Light breakfast for VIP spectators in VIP Hospitality Suite
5:15am    Shuttle promptly leaves from Hotel Ballast directly to start 
5:45am    Shuttle arrives at VIP private, warm pre-race location with toilets, drinks, and light foods. Private VIP gear check will be available here

7:00am    Official full/half Marathon start time. Spectator plan begins (see spectator perks here)
   -            Premium cheer station at the halfway point at Battleship and finish line

   -            All-day water taxi pass for spectators across to the halfway point at Battleship 
5:30-7:30pm    Private post-race tent with food, drink, and access to massages 

2:00-5:00pm   Post-race gathering at VIP Hospitality Suite in Ballast Hotel 

*Denotes Stay and Play Package only

Sunday

March 22nd

Sunday is our last day in the beautiful city of Wilmington. 

12:00pm    Hotel check out

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.

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 un 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 base 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.

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 customer's 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 March 20th, 2020.

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!