The Ellerbe Marathon (formerly Ellerbe Springs Marathon) first ran in 1992. Its origin dates
to the fall of 1991 as Mark Long and Doug Dawkins were returning from the Greensboro
Marathon. At that time there were but a few marathons in North Carolina. By the time the
pair had reached Richmond County on Highway 220 they had mostly agreed on the idea of
working together to create a local marathon. At the very moment Doug asked where to
have the race they were driving past the entrance of the Ellerbe Springs Inn and Mark said
"How about right there?" A meeting the next week with Neal Cadieu and Beth Cadieu who
were the owner/operators of the inn resulted in an agreement and the first Ellerbe Springs
Marathon ran in April 1992 with 40 athletes finishing. Now, with the 2018 edition, the
Ellerbe Marathon has the distinction of being the second oldest, continuously held,
marathon in North Carolina. And the Ellerbe Half Marathon one of the newest!
The race start and finish has moved to uptown Ellerbe. Our host is the Ellerbe
Rescue Squad and the finish line will be on Sunset Avenue near their
headquarters. The start is on Page Street near BB&T. Both the marathon and half
marathon are now certified. Individual mile markers are approximate and not
certified. Most of the course will use roads that have been part of the marathon in
years past but a new addition will be Bruton Rd.
Early packet pick-up will be available Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until
8:00 p.m.at the Spring House located on the grounds of the Ellerbe Springs Inn just
north of Ellerbe on Highway 220 Business. The Spring House is a family-friendly
pub, serving BBQ, Chicken Wings, Soups, Salads, Subs & Sandwiches, Pizza and
Hot Dogs. Beer and wine are also available. Race day packet pick-up will be at the
Ellerbe Rescue Squad headquarters in downtown Ellerbe at 106 Sunset Avenue.
Packets will contain your race number, pins and your event t-shirt.
Those who have finished 10 Ellerbe Marathons have earned a permanent number
and will run with their permanent number on race day. Participants finishing their
10th Ellerbe Marathon this year will be assigned a permanent number for all future
events. The list of permanent numbers is sequential with the number 1 assigned to
the first person to complete 10 events, the number 2 to the second person to
complete 10 events and so on.
We have a large grass parking area at the intersection of Parsons Ave. and 2nd
Street. It is behind Community One Bank and very close to Race Headquarters.
Please use the parking area and do not park in any business parking lots or along
the street. Access parking by Parsons Avenue. Stay on Main Street aka Business
220 turn between Dixie Burger and Food King. Parking will be on your right at the
Registration--Race day registration will be from 7 until 7:30.
Registration will open in September 2017. Use the links below to register either
online or to print a mailable paper form. Registration is limited to 200 runners and
will close if that limit is reached. Online registration will close no later than February
23 at 11:59pm. Paper mail-in entry must be postmarked by February 10. There is a
cut off for my shirt order. Please read the information above about shirts. If the
registration limit is not reached by online and mail-in entry, on site race day
registrations will be accepted. Check this website for updates. There will be no
refunds, no wait list, and no transfer of your entry to someone else if you decide to
$10 of each entry goes to the Ellerbe Rescue Squad
fees the same for marathon or half marathon
Fees are $50 register before January 1, 2017 (postmark by Dec. 31st if mailed)
$65 register after January 1, 2017. Read more about registration below.
!!! If you want to be assured a shirt and a finisher's medallion make
sure and register by February 13. Those registering after February
13 get shirts and medallions only if they are available.
Online registration will continue after February 13 for $65 but no shirt
included. Online registration closes February 23. Race day registration
will also be available for $65. No shirt included in race day registration.
Possibly an unclaimed shirt will be available after the race