This is the first of three pre-race emails you will receive. Please read the important info below!
A second pre-race email with race arrival and parking information will be sent on May 3; a final weather related email will be sent on May 5.
We will have 450 marathon runners, 1050 Half Marathoners and 950 relay team runners in our thirteenth annual May 8, 2016 Discover Bank Delaware Marathon Running Festival. All events take place at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park on the Wilmington Riverfront. Look for our large tents and banners in the park
The Participant Lists as of April 30 will be on the website at www.delawaremarathon.org under 2016 Participants. Please look up and write down your race number before race weekend!.
This year the event program is going digital. Go to http://cdn.races2run.com/delawaremarathon/2016/2016-program.pdf to find our course maps, Schedule of Events, and the answers to many of your questions! Click here for detailed turn by turn course descriptions
Packet Pickup officially opens Saturday, May 7 at 9:30 am and continues until 6:00 pm. We very strongly suggest you come on Saturday to pick up your race packet or send someone else to get your packet. We simply cannot process a large number of runners on Sunday, although we will reopen packet pickup on race day at 5:30 a.m. .
Relay Teams: we release ALL 4 or ALL 8 race packets to the first member of your team that arrives at Packet Pickup. We do not release individual relay packets.
All Runner SWAG includes a gender specific tech shirt from Expert Brand; a cinch bag from Horizon Services, and a pint glass from NKS Distributors. Marathoners and Half Marathoners will also receive a card which will allow them to obtain a Head Sweats runner’s hat from Discover Bank at their tent. Also, if you show your Discover card anytime on race weekend at the Discover tent, you will receive a special cobranded premium (magnet or door hanger). Your will also be asked to wear a wristband, which will be your entry to the hospitality tent and beer garden.
NOVA Timing Systems will be providing athlete tracking for the Full and Half Marathon. Athletes and spectators can sign up to receive email and text message updates as well as Facebook and Twitter posts every time a runner passes a timing point. Sign-up will open on Wednesday, May 4th on the Timing & Scoring page on the Delaware Marathon website. During the race live results will also be streamed to the website so you can follow any participant in real time. Results kiosks will also be immediately available after you finish the event, so that you may look up your time. The NOVA Tent will be located just outside the Main tent.
If you think you might win an Age Group or Overall award, please come into the Main Tent after the race to collect your award beginning at :8:45 am. We will give out a total of 275 awards between our three races! Note that there is no official awards presentation
Please plan to bring your “used but not abused” athletic shoes to our Vendor Tent. The More Foundation helps to adopt African families by providing them with ¼ acre of farm land, 100 trees, livestock, wells and irrigation systems AND every 150 shoes saves 12 acres of rainforest, due to sustainable farming! Save acres of rainforest, irrigate 100s of village farms in Africa and help a family gain financial stability by donating your old running shoes! For more information click More Foundation
Got 2 Many T’s? Of course you do! The Delaware Ministry of Caring would love to relieve you of your surplus. They give them to homeless Delawareans who visit their Samaritan Outreach Center for a shower and a change of clothes. Your extra tee shirt will go to someone truly in need. So bring your extra tee shirts to the Delaware Marathon and deposit them in the “2 Many T’s” boxes. Visit www.ministryofcaring.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please plan to visit the FranksWine Champagne Tent for a complementary post race glass of champagne! Also, your hospitality wristband will entitle you to 4 beers from our Michelob Ultra / Shock Top Beer Garden. Your post race meal will feature BBQ bourbon pulled pork, chicken, or burger sliders, pasta salad and fresh fruit from 2 Fat Guys Catering; Seasons Pizza; Bananas from Shop Rite; soft pretzels from the Pretzel Boys; Herrs Snacks, Hy Point Dairy Farms chocolate milk; Canada Dry beverages; Vitamin Water and Smart Water.
Mowi Wowi will be selling their smoothies at the race and providing us with early morning coffee service.
Ken Shelton Photography will be on site to take the official runner photos at the Delaware Marathon. Please take a moment to pre-register your bib # at 2016 Race Day Photos and Ken will email you a link to your race photos when they are ready. Your bib # is displayed on our website under 2015 Participant listings.
NEW: The inaugural DMRF 5K will be held Saturday May 7 at 8:30 am at the park. You may sign up that morning, or take advantage of a registration discount coming your way via a separate email. Come shake things out before the race at the new DMRF 5K. Benefits the Arthur J Turner, Jr. Scholarship Foundation. Sponsored by the City of Wilmington Parks & Recreation Department!
Come hang on Sunday and listen to live music by Blue Cat Blues at the new NKS Stage from 10:30 to 12:30 on race day.
Our family friendly Run 1, 4 Fun! is back, Saturday May 7 at 10:30am. Join 800 elementary aged school kids who will be completing their own marathons by running their last mile from our START to our FINISH. All FREE, thanks to our sponsors, NOVO NORDISK and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, there is NO cost to participate. Pre-event activities (Zumba, Tug of War, etc) begin at 9:00 a.m. at Tubman Park. To participate, just come on down to the park and sign in.
|2016 Runner Expo Lineup:|
|The Stick||National Running Center|
|Delaware Back Pain||Bath Fitter|
|Go Fit Bandz||Biondi Band|
|Honeygrow||Words to the Wise|
|Operation Warm||Viking Eyeware|
|Hockessin Montessori||More Foundation (Sneaker Recycling)|
|PCVRC||2 Many T’s (T-Shirt Recycling)|
Need a restaurant recommendation. There are so many to choose from. Use Google to search some of our favorites: On the Riverfront: Harry’s Seafood Grill; Big Fish Grill; Iron Hill Restaurant; Joes Crab Shack; Timothy’s; Firestones Roasting House. Downtown, you will find Tonic; Cucina Lolo; La Fia; Ernest & Scott; Chelsea Tavern; Washington Street Ale House; & Mikimotos among others. In Trolley Square, Piccolina Toscana; Kid Shelleen’s; Catherine Rooney’s and Café Napoli; and in Little Italy: Attilio’s; Mrs. Robino’s; Walters Steak; Rocco’s Italian Sports Bar; 8th & Union; and Eclipse. There are many, many more – sorry we couldn’t list them all!!
We still need volunteers for our hardest to fill volunteer tasks: Late Sat Packet pickup May 7: 2pm – 6pm; Early Sunday morning packet pickup: (5am – 7am) – Awards tent (8:30 to Noon); and selected Course Marshal locations. Email us if you can help!
See you race weekend!