April 1, 2014

30 Day Email to all runners was sent to all runners on April 6, 2014. If you did not receive it, please check your SPAM and ensure we have your email on file.

The City of Wilmington has announced the closing of the “swinging bridge” over the Brandywine River. While remaining open (for the time being) for pedestrians, it is no longer open for community events. This closure has necessitated a minor course change (does not affect the 8P Relay) which we will announce soon. Essentially, we will be adding a mile on the Riverfront to the start of the marathon and half marathon to make up for the distance lost between N. Van Buren Street and the swinging bridge. All runners (including the 4P Relay) will pass the zoo, cross the Van Buren Street bridge, and proceed up S. Park Drive. The 4P turnaround will now be further up Kentmere Parkway or maybe up on Bancroft Parkway. Details (when finalized) will be posted on the Latest Update page and the Course Maps page of the website.  Note: the new courses will be USATF certified and are Boston qualifiers.

The City of Wilmington has also informed us that they will enforce the 1:00 PM re-opening of the course. All marathon runners who expect to run slower than 6:15 hours should utilize our 45 minute (6:15 am) early marathon start. This early start is ONLY for runners who expect to finish in over 6:15 hours. All early start runners MUST stay behind the 6hr 15min pace vehicle for the first three miles of the course. Instructions on the early start will be sent to those who have provided us with an estimated finishing of greater than 6 hours. All runners will be allowed to finish, even after the course is re-opened at 1pm.

We very strongly suggest you plan to pick up your race packet on Saturday or send someone to do so for you. As we have done in past years, we will have “day of” early morning packet pickup starting at 5:30 am but we simply cannot process large numbers of runners on Sunday. FYI: We hand out all 4 or all 8 relay packets to the first member of your relay team who claims them. We do NOT hand out individual relay packets.

A number of relay team rosters are still not complete. Due to the large number of late changes; runner replacements; and missing information that require extra time to process, (frankly when we have other things to do) there is a $25 charge for processing relay team runner replacements; event changes; and other changes after April 20. Please check the accuracy and completeness of your information on our 2014 Participant pages. Our event program; timing and scoring files; and customize race bibs files will be sent to our third party vendors on April 21.

Due to small size of Tubman Park and the overwhelming demand to use the Delaware Marathon Running Festival event footprint as an opportunity to picnic, there will be no placement of pop-up tents in Tubman Park without the express written permission of the race organizers. Groups wishing to tailgate should contact us, and if there is room, you may be allowed to do so for a fee.

This year’s SWAG is coming in and will include a gender specific tech shirt; a runner’s hat; a pint glass; a memo pad; a cinch sack, a wonderful post-race meal, an event program, and for marathoners and half marathoners, upgraded finisher medals; customized race bibs; and the ability to print your own finisher certificates!

March 1, 2014

Please tell your friends to sign up now. Prices for all events go up April 1. Our runner swag is beginning to arrive. The pint glasses are in and we’ve seen proofs of the running hats and cinch bags – they look great. Go to our FB page for photos. Race Programs and memo pads will also be provided to all runners.

The Refuel with Chocolate Milk photo lounge will return in 2014! Come take your chocolate milk mustache photo while enjoying cold, fresh chocolate milk. The AT&T cell phone charging station will also be back in 2014.

Our 50 day Get Our Youth Moving Marathon is off to a great start with over 5,000 elementary aged children participating from 13 local schools. Curriculum books and the weekly incentives have been delivered and the kids are looking forward to participating in our Run 1.4. Fun! on the day before the Delaware Marathon, where they will run the final mile of their marathon from our START line and through our FINISH line. .

We are also gearing up for our Saturday, May 10 Runners Expo at Tubman Park. Hosted by Delaware Running Company and Saucony and featuring National Running Company, you’ll be able by race essentials, co-branded clothing and interact with a variety of for-profit and non-profit vendors. Don’t forget to bring your used but not abused sneakers and t-shirts. We’ll be gathering them for charity at the expo and on Sunday. There is still time to register as a vendor: email us for info.

Dr. Robert Laskowski, CEO of Christiana Care Health System has announced his retirement at the end of the year. We wish Dr. Bob all the best in his future endeavors and look forward to seeing him on May 11.

February 1, 2014

We are pleased to announce the Freibott Law Firm has signed on as a supporting sponsor.  Delaware’s leading fatal accident and auto accident attorney.  Proud to be a sponsor of the Delaware Marathon Running Festival, the Freibott Law Firm welcomes the opportunity to serve our community.  The Freibott Law Firm P.A. 1711 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE 19804. (302-633-9000)

Saucony has announced the 2014 race shirt colors: Hi-res orange for ladies and Carolina blue for men.  While the shirts are gender specific, both styles will have a crew neck.  We have a call out for artwork for the event shirts.  Contact us if you’d like to submit a design.  We also have a call out for local vendors who would like to participate in our runner’s expo.  Finally, 2 Fat Guys Catering has confirmed they will be back in 2014 with their post-race all-American barbeque, featuring Apple Bourbon pulled pork sliders, burger sliders, pasta salad and fresh fruit. We’re also planning a race week kick-off party at their Greenville location! More on that with April’s update. To round out the hospitality menu, Seasons Pizza will also be back with hot fresh pizza and will be joined by Shop Rite Bananas, Pretzel Boys soft pretzels, Herrs snacks, Canada Dry sodas, Vitamin Water, and Hy Point Dairy Farm ice cream sandwiches.

January 1, 2014

Dick’s Sporting Goods is an authentic full-line sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment. Dick’s has three locations in the state of Delaware (Wilmington, Newark & Dover).  Dick’s is extremely proud to team up with the Delaware Marathon in 2014.  As part of their appreciation, please click this link to take advantage of exclusive special running offers.

The Delaware Running Company store in Greenville is planning Tuesday, January 28th in store kickoff for the 2014 Delaware Marathon. 5:00PM until 7:00PM. Anyone who signs up in person will receive a $10 discount off their marathon or relay marathon registration fee ($5 off the half marathon) and a $25 gift card from the Delaware Running Company. DRC is also planning a series of training runs (leading up to the Delaware Marathon) beginning February 1 at 8AM from their Wilmington store.

December 1, 2013

Novo Nordisk has agreed to return as sponsor of our family friendly Run 1, 4 Fun! fun run on the Saturday before the race.   Last year’s Run 1,4 Fun! hosted nearly 1,000 elementary aged children who completed a one mile fun run on the Delaware Marathon course the day before the Delaware Marathon as the successful conclusion to their 50 day, Get our Youth Moving Marathon.  We are looking to expand the number of schools and youth groups offering our Get Our Youth Moving Marathon curriculum and the entire program is completely FREE!, thanks to Novo Nordisk and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware.   Contact us if you want to get your school or youth group involved.

November 1, 2013

Global running shoe and apparel company Saucony has agreed to come aboard as our official clothing provider in 2014.  All runners will receive a gender specific technical shirt from Saucony and look for a new logo on the shirts this year!  Also, local running store icon, the Delaware Running Company has agreed to host our runner’s expo and provide co-branded running clothing at our pre-race expo. We are very excited to partner with these new companies.   Thank you to AT&T who will again provide cinch bags for all runners; Anesthesia Services PA, who will provide an embroidered running hat for all runners; and Michelob Ultra who will prove the 2014 pint glass for all runners!   More swag is in the works, so check back to see the latest news.

Also, a special thank you to Frank’s Wine who will again host our post race champagne garden at our event!

October 1, 2013

Registration for the May 11, 2014 Delaware Marathon Running Festival is now open.  You may print and mail our PDF Entry Form or register online.   Thank you to all our sponsors:

Christiana Care Health System – Title Sponsor – Returning for their 9th Year

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association – Relay Marathon Sponsor – Returning for their 5th Year

Anesthesia Services, P.A. – Half Marathon Sponsor – Returning for their 4rd Year

Discover Bank – Eight Person Relay Marathon Sponsor  – Returning for their 3rd Year.

AT&T – Supporting Sponsor  – Returning for their 2nd Year.

ServiceMark – Supporting Sponsor  – Returning for their 2nd Year.