Delaware Marathon FAQs

What is your time limit?
May I get a refund?
May I switch races?
I’m Hurt and Cannot Run / My Schedule Changed and I Cannot Run – May I get a Refund?
Why do I have to pay a deferral fee?
May I transfer my registration to someone else?
I’m a slow runner – do you have a time limit/do you have an early start?
Are there Pacers?
I’m on a Relay Team – May we Run together?
I’m on a Relay Team – Do I get a medal?
Why is there a 4 Person Relay Marathon and an 8 Person Relay Marathon?
What is a Create Your Own Relay Team?
What is a Corporate Relay Team?
When does the race start?
Can I get my race packet on race day?
Where is Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park
Where can I park?
May I Tailgate at Tubman Park?
Where should I stay?
Is there a pasta party?
How Hilly is the Course?
Do you have any restaurant recommendations?
What about Portable toilets?
What about Security?
How about something to do while I’m here in town?
My family is coming to watch – what do they need to know?
Where on the Course May I Watch?
What about Awards?
What If I forgot to pack something?
What If I need to leave early?


What is your time limit? Our agreement with the City of Wilmington requires a 6 hour time limit. That means all runners need to be finished by 1PM. Marathoners who expect to finish in longer than six hours may take our early start at 6:15 am.


May I get a refund? There are no refunds under any circumstances. However, you may defer  to next year’s event for a small admin fee using the MANAGE MY REGISTRATION link


May I switch races? Yes, you may switch from the marathon to the half marathon as long as the fields are not filled. However, there will be no refund of the registration fee. You may upgrade to the marathon from the half by paying the fee differential using the MANAGE MY REGISTRATION link.


I’m Hurt and Cannot Run / My Schedule Changed and I Cannot Run – May I get a refund? There are no refunds. However, you may defer to next year’s event for a small admin fee using the MANAGE MY REGISTRATION link


Why do I have to pay a deferral fee? I’ve never understood why it ends up costing to defer. Could you explain the rationale for the extra $25 charge? Several reasons: we’ve counted you in our orders for shirts, medals, bags, etc – things that are ordered well in advance. And it covers our costs of making the adjustments and retaining the records.


May I transfer my registration to someone else? We do not allow transfers of your bib.


I’m a slow runner – do you have a time limit/do you have an early start? Our agreement with the City of Wilmington requires a 6 hour time limit. Marathoners who expect to finish in longer than six hours may take our early start at 6:15 am. There is no limit for the half marathon – the same 6 hour deadline would apply. The early start is not for runners who merely wish to finish early – as you will be required to proceed at no faster than a 15 min pace for the first three miles. Email us for details.


Are there Pacers? We currently do not actively support pacers but will not prohibit unofficial pacers from promoting their involvement. We take no responsibility for their actions. We do place Pace (starting) signs along the Start line to facilitate a smooth start and we encourage participants to line up according to their expected pace.


I’m on a Relay Team – May we Run together? Relay team members are welcome to run together in pairs or all together all at once. Each team member running together will be scored according to the team member wearing the timing chip. These teams are not eligible for awards. Please do let us know, so that we may adjust the scoring and results.   Email us for details.


I’m on a Relay Team – Do I get a medal? Relay team members do not receive finisher medals or finisher certificates; marathon and half marathon runners do. Relay teams compete for individual awards within multiple relay categories and each member of each winning relay team gets a bobble head award. In 2014, we awarded 88 such awards.


Why is there a 4 Person Relay Marathon and an 8 Person Relay Marathon? So that more people can participate. Each person on a 4 Person team runs 6.55 miles, so it is sort of like a 10K. Each person on an 8 Person team runs 3.275 miles, so it is sort of like a 5K. Each relay leg starts and finishes at Tubman Park, and together, the team runs 26.2 miles. A timing chip is shared; so each person gets their own finishing time as well as the total team time.   4 Person teams and 8 Person teams compete together for awards. See the Award pages for details.


What is a Create Your Own Relay Team? Groups who enter five or more relay teams (in either relay marathon) may create their own scoring category and structure their relay teams any way they wish. Be creative; groups need not be closely related- just willing to work together. Each member of the winning team within each scoring category will win an award. You may also name the category with any name you wish. Come join the Rebel Runners, CHOFE, Barclay’s Bank, Montessori, QPS, LLC and many others who have created their own category. See 4 Person Relay Marathon or 8 Person Relay Marathon for details.


What is a Corporate Relay Team? Corporate four person relay marathon registrations are $250, regardless of when received. Corporate eight person relay marathon registrations are $500, regardless of when received. To be fair to those companies who choose to use the Delaware Marathon to promote their businesses or products, only Corporate Teams may include their business name, organization’s name, or a product name in their team name. Corporate teams receive special race program recognition and also compete for a special corporate trophy which is awarded to the winning business or organization (in addition to the individual relay awards which are provided to the members of the winning corporate team).


When does the race start? The marathon and half marathon start together at 7:00 am SHARP. The relay marathons start 5 minutes after these fields clear the starting line.  See Start/Finish page for details.


Can I get my race packet on race day? Yes. Packet Pickup is Saturday from 11 – 6 and Sunday beginning at 5:30 am. We strongly advise you to come on Saturday to get your packet as we simply cannot process 3000 runners on Sunday. Yes, you may send someone else to get your packet, and yes, you may pick up race packets for others. Relay teams: we hand out all relay packets to the first person to arrive at packet pickup. We do not hand out individual relay packets. See Start/Finish page for details.


Where is Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park Tubman Park is located on Rosa Parks Drive on the Wilmington Riverfront adjacent to the Wilmington AMTRAK station. You may access the park via Exit 6 (MLK Boulevard) from I-95.   The intersecting streets are S. Market Street and S. French Street. The Riverfront Market is across the street. See our Directions page for details.


Where can I park? You cannot park at Tubman Park as the lots are reserved for official use. There is plenty of free parking within walking distance to the park. There are also several pay garages within walking distance to the park. See our Parking page for details.


May I Tailgate at Tubman Park? Unfortunately, the small size of Tubman Park requires us, for the safety and comfort of all concerned, to restrict open tailgating or picnicking on the event footprint. Therefore, there is to be NO tailgating or picnicking at Tubman Park without the express written permission of the event organizers. A very small number of tailgating tents will be available for rent , however, please be advised that demand for these locations far outweighs supply! To request consideration for a tailgating spot, please email us. Decisions will be made partly on the size of the group; partly on when the request is received; and partly on the basis of your group’s connection to the event with beneficiaries, volunteer, and participant groups receiving priority.


Where should I stay? We have made arrangements with several local hotels. See our Travel page for details. Or you can Google hotels in New Castle County.


Is there a pasta party? No. We tried a pasta party for several years with mixed success.


How Hilly is the Course? The course is mostly flat and fast. The hills are not severe; the most significant hill climbs 180 feet over a one-mile distance between Miles 6-7.   Of course, you get to come down the same hills four miles later on the way back. Yes, the marathoners do these hills twice. See our Course Maps page for details.


Do you have any restaurant recommendations? Use Google to search some of our local favorites: On the Riverfront: River Rock Kitchen; Harry’s Seafood Grill; Big Fish Grill; Iron Hill Restaurant; Firestones; Joe’s Crab Shack; Extreme Pizza. Downtown: Ernest & Scott Tavern; DiMeo’s Pizza; Deep Blue; Mikimotos; Washington Street Ale House; Domaine Hudson. Trolley Square/Little Italy: Piccolina Toscana; Eclipse; Attilio’s; Mrs. Robino’s; Rocco’s Sports Bar; Cantina di Napoli; Catherine Rooney’s; Trolley Tap Room. Also, don’t forget to visit our official caterer: Two Fat Guys in Greenville and Hockessin and their Concord Pike take-out shop.


Will food be available for sale to the general public on marathon Sunday? The food inside the Hospitality Tent is for the Runner’s Only!   We will open the Hospitality Tent for the runners at 8:30. Before the race, there will be coffee, rolls, spreads, bananas, water and Gatorade for the runners. 2 Fat Guys Catering and Mowi Wowi smoothies will be selling food to the public. They will be located adjacent to the Runner Hospitality Tent on the Train station side of the park. Several of the Riverfront restaurants listed above will also open on Sunday for Mother’s Day lunch/brunch.


Where are the Water Stations? We have water stations roughly every 1.5 miles. Each water station has water and orange Gatorade and is staffed by volunteers. There are 2 portable toilets at or near each water station. The 8, 14, and 18 Mile aid stations have snacks and over the counter medical supplies. See the Course Map or Water Stations page for details.


What about Portable toilets? All portable toilets are located at the AMTRAK end of the park, at the back end of the S. French Street surface parking lot.  There are restrooms in the AMTRAK station, at the Riverfront Market and in the Shipyard Shops. On the course, there are 2 POPs at or near every water station. The event program has full details.


What about Security? As a small marathon, we do not have a large security risk. There will be uniformed police and K-9 units at the event. We encourage you to use clear bags at the runner bag check-in located behind the main tent. Unattended bags or packages will be confiscated. Please report all suspicious activity to a race official or public safety personnel.


How about something to do while I’m here in town?

-The Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City A team) – are home this weekend with games at 7:05 on Friday and Saturday and 1:35 on Sunday!

-The Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame – Discover the surprising richness of Delaware sports history. Located on the first base side of Frawley Stadium. Open during Blue Rocks home games. 302-425-3263

-Delaware Children’s Museum – Located on the River Walk next to Joe’s Crab Shack. 550 Justison Street. Hours: 9:00 – 4:00 daily. 302-654-2340

-Brandywine Zoo – Located at Mile 5 on the Course, (N. Park Drive at Van Buren Street) in Brandywine Park. Zoo hours are 10:00 until 4:00 daily, including race Sunday. 302-571-7747

-Delaware Art Museum – Located just off the course at Mile 7, the Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway. The museum holds a renowned collection that focuses on American art as well as the British Pre-Raphaelites. Hours: Sat 10 – 4; Sun Noon – 4.

-Winterthur Museum & Gardens – Henry Francis du Pont put together the largest collection of American antiques and decorative arts anywhere. Don’t miss the indoor galleries plus acres of beautiful gardens, including the Enchanted Woods (for children of all ages). Rte 52 – between Greenville and Centreville – roughly 8 miles from downtown.

-Penn Cinema (IMAX) Multiplex Theater – Located at 401 S. Madison Street in the Riverfront. 302-656-4314.

-Christiana Mall and Concord Mall – Delaware is the home of tax free shopping!


My family is coming to watch – what do they need to know? Spectators are welcome. Traffic delays and parking restrictions will occur throughout the morning. The intersection of MLK Boulevard and S. Market Street will be closed during the event. Parking will be a challenge due to all the Riverfront activities. And throughout the morning, traffic will be heavy in the Riverfront and other sections of the course. Expect traffic delays. See Race Day Traffic for details


Where on the Course May I Watch? Brandywine Park is roughly two miles from the Start and the marathoners traverse this park twice during the race. Also, the Kentmere Parkway and Bancroft Parkway sections of the course (off Pennsylvania Avenue) are also quite nice. Do expect traffic delays at Pennsylvania Avenue & Bancroft Parkway and at the 9th and Union Streets intersections. Pre-plan your route and have fun!


What about Awards? There is NO Awards Ceremony other than for the overall winners. All other awards will be handed out inside the main tent beginning at 9:00! Check out your results at the NOVA Timing & Scoring tent, just out front of the main tent. No cash awards will be paid on race day; although we will pay out over $8000 in cash awards. We also give out over 100 of our beloved bobble head awards in the marathon / 100 bobble head awards in the half marathon / and 80 bobble head awards in the relay marathons, so come claim your prize. See Awards Pages for details


What If I forgot to pack something? Delaware Running Company and National Running Center will sell race essentials on Saturday and Sunday. Also, the More Foundation is collecting used sneakers and 2 Many T’s is collecting your unneeded t-shirts.  


What If I need to leave early? You should not have a problem. Exit the Riverfront via West or Justison Street to MlK Blvd and look for the signs directing you to I-95. You will not encounter the route on your way out.