Following cancellation in 2020, Wilmington Marathon held in downtown

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 11th annual Wilmington Marathon was held Saturday, but it looked a bit different this year than year’s past.

The course began and ended in downtown, with half marathon runners completing the loop once and full marathon runners following the path twice.

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After the 2020 race was cancelled due to the pandemic, the 2021 marathon featured waves of 50 runners every 8 minutes to ensure social distancing.

Despite the changes, many runners say it was still a great experience.

“It was almost freeing today,” one runner said. “It was a beautiful run, a beautiful day. The volunteers here were just awesome. That was really nice, because every time you got a little tired there was somebody with a smile around the corner.”

Organizers plan to hold a normal marathon again next year, with the race beginning at Johnny Mercer Pier and ending in downtown Wilmington.