April 30, 2015

We currently stand at 523 Marathon; 1325 Half Marathon; 150 4P Relay Teams; and 80 8P Relay Teams or 3100 runners. Registration for all events closes Sunday at Noon. We accept no registrations the week of the race or on race weekend.

Want to track your progress on the course? NOVA Timing Systems will be providing live results messaging & online tracking for the race. Marathon and Half Marathon participants, along with their family & friends, will be able to sign up to receive email and text message updates as well as automatic posts to their Twitter accounts with split and finish line results. Tracking sign up will open on May 6th. http://www.delawaremarathon.org/event-information/timing-scoring.

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 # and Ken will email you a link to your race photos when they are ready. This year all your photos are FREE! Your bib # is displayed on our website under 2015 Participant listings. Click here for Ken Shelton Photography’s website.

Finisher Certificates: Here is your link to create your free Finisher Certificate: http://www.racecertificates.com/racelogin/bibLookup/index/33. Data files will be uploaded and this link will be activated after the race, so that you can produce your custom finishers certificate.

All runner emails are going out May 1, May 5, and May 7.

April 15, 2015

We currently stand at 466 Marathon; 1196 Half Marathon; 141 4P Relay Teams; and 79 8P Relay Teams or 2858 runners. We still have room in the field for more runners in all events. We have also decided to waive the late registration fee for marathon only registrations. So, please tell your friends that that can still register and can still register for the marathon at its regular $100 price.

Data files for the Class of 2015 shirts and the Event Program will be submitted to the vendors on or about April 21. Data files for Athlete Tracking; the Event Photographers, and Timing & Scoring will be sent to the vendors on or about April 30. Data files for the Finisher Certificates will be sent immediately after the race results are certified.

Finisher Certificates: Here is your link to create your free Finisher Certificate: http://www.racecertificates.com/racelogin/bibLookup/index/33. Data files will be uploaded and this link will be activated after the race, so that you can produce your custom finishers certificate.

Athlete Tracking: signup will be available the week of the race.  We will send out a notification when it is ready.

Check out the Course Map Flyover Video!

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April 10, 2015

The Discover Bank Delaware Marathon Running Festival presented by Patterson Schwartz Real Estate is only 30 days away!

This year, 600 marathon runners will compete along with 1500 half marathoners, 800 four person relay team runners, and 600 eight person relay team runners. It’s our biggest field ever, with 3500 participants.

A couple of early announcements:

The City of Wilmington has reopened the “swinging bridge” over the Brandywine River. This means we will revert to our preferred 2013 marathon course which adds a mile in beautiful Brandywine Park and eliminates a mile on the Riverfront. The 2013 course has that U-Turn dogleg on Beech Street at Mile 1 and enters the Riverwalk by making a left at the large smokestack between buildings 2 & 3 of the Shipyard Shops. All runners (except the 8P Relay – who have already turned around on the Market Street Bridge before entering Brandywine Park) will pass the Zoo, cross the Van Buren Street bridge, and proceed up N. Park Drive to the swinging bridge before returning to S. Park Drive via the Brandywine Park jogging path. This year the 4P Relay turnaround is just beyond the Lovering Avenue bridge on the lower end of Kentmere Parkway. This year the Lap 2 marathon turnaround is just beyond the Shipyard Shops on the Riverwalk.

There is road construction on Kentmere Parkway this year which we thought would require the marathoners and half marathoners to cross over to the westbound (Pennsylvania Avenue) side of Kentmere Parkway at the Union Street intersection. We have just received permission to cross through this construction zone, so NO minor adjustment to the course will be required. This minor change will necessitate a minor adjustment to the START line. New this year: the marathon and half marathon will start together at 7AM SHARP, with the Relays starting as soon as the Start line clears. And while there will be no corrals, there will be pace flags to help you line up according to your expected pace.

The City of Wilmington 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. It is not for runners who merely wish to start early. All early start runners MUST stay behind the 6hr 15min pace vehicle for the first two 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. Note: All runners will be allowed to finish the marathon, even after the course is re-opened at 1pm. We will leave the timing equipment on.

We very strongly suggest you plan to pick up your race packet on Saturday or send someone to do so for you. This year packet pickup will open at 10AM on Saturday and close at 6PM Saturday. We will not be prepared to hand out packets on Friday. 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. Again: please arrange to have someone get your packet, if you cannot do so on Saturday!

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 we must do) there will be a $25 charge for processing relay team runner replacements; event changes; and other changes after April 19. Please check the accuracy and completeness of your information on our 2015 Participant pages now. Remember: if you want your name or nickname on your marathon/half marathon race bib, you must tell us! Please note our event program; timing and scoring files; digital photo files, and customize race bibs files will be sent to our third party vendors on April 21, so send us your corrections and updates now.

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. Our tailgate area is already sold out, but if you contact us, we can help you find a spot down along the Riverwalk.

This year’s SWAG will include your gender specific tech shirt; a runner’s hat; a pint glass; a memo pad; a cinch sack, free digital photos, a wonderful post-race meal, a beer garden and champagne tent; a chocolate milk photo zone with PR Bell, an event program, and for marathoners and half marathoners, upgraded finisher medals; customized race bibs; and the ability to print your own finisher certificates!

There is still some room in the field, if you know someone who wants to run with us! While we have suspended late fees for marathon registrations, late fees do go into effect on April 11 for the half marathon and relay marathon registrations.

Three important instructional emails for race weekend will be sent beginning May 1.

Best of luck with the rest of your training.

April 5, 2015

We currently stand at 453 Marathon; 1129 Half Marathon; 133 4P Relay Teams; and 76 8P Relay Teams or 2722 runners. We still have room in the field for a few more 8P teams. If interested, please email joelschiller@races2run.com. We have also decided to waive the April 10th late registration fee for marathon only registrations. So, please tell your marathon friends that they can still register for the regular $100 price.

New this year: We’ve decided to provide all runners with FREE unlimited digital photos. We’ll also have a traditional photo booth at the event (free photo strips), a selfie stand, and a winner’s podium and back drop banner for you to take even more digital photos. Ring our PR bell and/or charge your phone: all at our Refuel with Chocolate Milk photo zone and AT&T charging station.

This year our beer’s will be Shock Top and Michelob Ultra, so we’ll be having a party at the NKS Distributors beer garden and our FranksWine champagne tent.

March 31, 2015

We currently stand at 423 Marathon; 1014 Half Marathon; 118 4P Relay Teams; and 49 8P Relay Teams or 2301 runners. We will sell out in April, so please sign up now for Delaware’s largest running event! Also, now is the time to finalize your relay teams. Our event data goes to the event and bib printers just after April 15, so please be sure your participant info is correct and that we have your name or nickname for your race bib. Email us with your corrections and updates.

Our volunteer sign-up software is now open. Please go to www.dmrf.ivolunteer.com to sign up. A variety of Saturday and Sunday options and shifts are available: from packet-pickup; to course marshals; to water stations! We will use over 500 volunteers on race weekend, so we definitely need your help!

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March 15, 2015

We currently stand at 388 Marathon; 895 Half Marathon; 96 4P Relay Teams; and 38 8P Relay Teams. All of these numbers are ahead of last year and our Half and 8P Relay numbers remain our best numbers ever!! Heading for another early April sell out. Remember prices go up April 10, so please sign up now!

Here are the Top Reasons Why You Should Run Delaware!

-Small field means easy access, free parking, and plenty of room to run.
-NEW- Free unlimited course and finish line Digital Photos for all Runners.
-Free digital Finisher Certificates in all events.
-NEW – Gender specific, two-tone, tech shirts (with a clean back) for all Runners.
-Over 300 bobble head awards will be issued (that’s 10% of all Runners)
-NEW – Title Sponsor – Discover Bank – with event day giveaways and fun!
-NEW -Take a selfie or other photos in our Chocolate Milk “winners circle” photo lounge.
-NEW – 6 bands on the course (which you’ll enjoy multiple times)
-Diverse urban course traverses the Wilmington Riverfront, Downtown, beautiful Brandywine Park & Zoo, Little Italy, and residential city neighborhoods
-Large multi colored spinner medals/ribbons for marathon and NEW – the half marathon runners
-Set a Home State record in marathon and half marathon and receive a $25 award!
-Great SWAG: ATT Cinch Bag; Discover RaceTrackers Hat; NKS Pint Glass; Aztec Memo Pad; & More!
-Free FranksWine Champagne Tent & Shock Top/ Michelob Ultra Beer Garden
-An unrivaled Post Race Party featuring 2 Fat Guys BBQ; Seasons Pizza; Canada Dry Drinks; Herrs Snacks; Soft Pretzels; and HyPoint Dairy Ice Cream Sandwiches
-Buy a Class of 2015 t-shirt with your name, or a co-branded item, at our Delaware Running Company Expo!
-NEW – Watch our 2014 and our 2013 marathon winners compete for a new course record
-NEW – A strong elite field in both the marathon and half marathon
-Celebrate Mothers Day with your family by running our Relay!

March 1, 2015

We currently stand at 334 Marathon; 707 Half Marathon; 79 4P Relay Teams; and 21 8P Relay Teams. All of these numbers are ahead of last year and our Half and 8P Relay are our best numbers ever. Heading for another early April sell out. Remember prices go up April 10, so sign up now!

This is our first call for Runner Expo vendors. Our Runner’s expo, to be anchored by Delaware Running Company and National Running Center will be 11:00 until 5:00 on Saturday May 9 at our event site: Tubman Garret Riverfront Park. Retail and Non-Profit exhibitors wanted. Email us for information.

This is also out first call for volunteers. Volunteer groups and individuals are needed for Friday, Saturday, and especially on race day Sunday. Packet-pickup; hospitality; water stations; course marshals, and other tasks are needed. Email us for information and options.

Thank you to AT&T for the cool cinch bags. Maybe your spokesperson, Lily, can attend the race?

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February 15, 2015

We currently stand at 301 Marathon; 643 Half Marathon; 65 4P Relay Teams; and 17 8P Relay Teams. Our next community outreach will be Wed Feb 25 from 5-7 pm at the Delaware Running Company store on Main Street in Newark, Delaware.  Come out and register for a special price, even more of a discount if you show your University of Delaware ID.

We have come to terms with our defending champion, Titus Rotich of Kenya, who will return to defend his title and hopefully break 2:20 in the marathon!

February 1, 2015

Welcome ATI Physical Therapy as our new Elite Runner Sponsor. ATI is helping us bring our defending champion, Titus Rotich, from Kenya to defend his title and hopefully break 2 hours 20 minutes. Please choose one of their 28 locations in Delaware when you need PT services!

We hope you like our 2015 medals! Both Marathon and Half Marathon runners will receive a version of these Spinners – yes , the Kalmar Nyckel spins!

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January 15, 2015

We currently stand at 195 Marathon; 300 Half Marathon; 39 4P Relay Teams; and 4 8P Relay Teams. Register now for a boutique marathon that’s as unique as our state! And here it is!! The 2015 Delaware Marathon running hat by Headsweats provided to all DMRF runners thanks to our title sponsor, Discover Bank! Sign up for a Discover card today at mydiscoverbank.com.

Novo Nordisk and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware have agreed to return to sponsor of our family friendly Run 1, 4 Fun! fun run on the Saturday before the Delaware Marathon. Last year’s Run 1,4 Fun! hosted nearly 1000 elementary aged children who completed a 1.2 mile fun run on the Delaware Marathon course as the successful conclusion to their own 50 day, physical activity marathon. We currently serve a dozen local schools who offer our Get Our Youth Moving Marathon curriculum. The entire program is completely FREE!, thanks to Novo Nordisk and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. Contact us if interested.

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