Emerald Isle Marathon
Half Marathon and 5K

Saturday October 31, 2020

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From the Race Director - March 13, 2020

Dear athletes,

It is with great sadness that we must POSTPONE the 7th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the instructions of Governor Roy Cooper and the Centers for Disease Control(CDC). The NC Governor has announced that no one should hold events with more than 100 people in attendance. As race director, I am deeply saddened as this is one of my favorite days of the year but I must protect our participants, volunteers, spectators and community. Therefore, I will comply with our state and local officials.

As a runner, I completely understand your disappointment and share that sentiment with you. We want to make the most of a very unfortunate situation and will host the race on Saturday, October 31, 2020...let’s have a HALLOWEEN party!!! Our volunteers will be dressed in costumes and we encourage you to do the same! October is absolutely beautiful in Emerald Isle and daylight savings time ends that night so you will get an extra hour of sleep after your hard work!!!

We understand that this date may not work for everyone so we will offer the following three options:

  1. Automatic deferment to October 31, 2020
  2. Deferment to March 27, 2021
  3. Full refund

I know that you have trained hard, made travel arrangements, dreamt of the finish line and put blood, sweat and tears into your preparation for race day, your hard work and dedication is admirable. You’re amazing for what you have accomplished, this is just part of the journey. Please plan to join us in October 2020 or March 2021 to make your dream a reality.

All current registrations will automatically be deferred to October 31, 2020. If you would like to be deferred to March 27, 2021 or receive a refund, please email emeraldislerun@gmail.com. Due to the high volume of emails, please allow 7-10 days to receive a response.

Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Happy Running,

Candace Dooley, Race Director

About the Marathon

Welcome to the official website for the Emerald Isle Marathon. Registration is now open!

Answers to common questions about the event can be

Early Bird Packet pick up: Emerald Isle Board meeting room from 4-7pm on March 25
Packet Pick up and Expo: Emerald Isle Gym from 3-9pm on March 27.

Participant Information


We look forward to another fantastic response! This race will be even better than last year's and we can't wait to see you there.

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We have tried to answer some of the more common questions. However, if we have not addressed your question, please feel free to contact us on Facebook or through e-mail.

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There are several hotels in the area which will make you very comfortable for the race. As race day approaches so please make sure to check back and watch our Facebook page for updates. If you are an area hotel and would like to be listed here, please e-mail us

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Event Parking

There will be ample parking at multiple locations for the event. In addition, everything will be clearly marked so please follow the directions of the attendants. We look forward to seeing you!

Parking Info

The Sponsors

To become a sponsor, your information must be submitted by February 20, 2019! This year we have created sponsorship levels.

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