Please see the important info below!
A second pre-race email with critical race day instructions (including race day arrival and parking information) will be sent on May 4; a final weather related email will be sent on May 7.
Congratulations: We sold out again !! We will have 750 marathon runners, 1200 Half Marathoners and 1300 relay team runners in our tenth annual May 12, 2013 Christiana Care Health System Delaware Marathon Running Festival presented by New Balance Brandywine & Christiana. All events take place at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park on the Wilmington Riverfront. Look for our large tents and banners in the park
Our event programs, customized bib files, PA announcer files, and text and email alert files have all gone to print and the Event Participant files have been turned over to the timing and scoring company. Participant Lists as of May 3 (when we lock the files) will be on the website this weekend at www.delawaremarathon.org under 2013 Participants. Please look up and write down your race number before race weekend!.
Packet Pickup will officially open Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 am and will officially continue until 6:00 pm. We very stronglysuggest you come on Saturday to pick up your race packet or send someone to get your packet as we simply cannot process all the runners on Sunday. If you have an late Friday, early Saturday, or late Saturday need, we will do our best to accommodate you.
Relay Teams: we release all 4 or all 8 race packets to the first member of your team that arrives at Packet Pickup. We donot release individual relay packets. Packet Pickup will re-open on Sunday at 5:30 am.
This year, your SWAG will include a technical shirt from New Balance, a runner’s hat from Anesthesia Services, P.A., a cinch bag from AT&T; a pint glass from Michelob Ultra, and a Marathoner’s Memo Pad and refrigerator magnet from Aztec Printers.
New Balance will be onsite Saturday and Sunday selling the officially cobranded Delaware Marathon New Balance running clothing line. They will have customized Class of 2013 Delaware Marathon and Delaware Half Marathon shirts (with participant names), plus other cobranded clothing at their tent. Also, National Running Center will be onsite Saturday and Sunday selling running clothing and race essentials.
Want to track your progress on the course? NOVA Timing will be setting up an Athlete Tracking system at the Delaware Marathon. Click Here.
Their system will show the Leader Board, and will have Search by Bib # and Search by Name functionality. Look for the NOVA tent at the race which will display scrolling results. NOVA Timing also has the ability to automatically send you results emails and texts, if we have your email address and/or cell number and cell carrier.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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. Your bib # is displayed on our website under 2013 Participant listings. Click here for Ken Shelton Photography’s website.
Other confirmed vendors on Saturday include Arbonne International, CCHS PT Plus; CCHS Imaging; From Our Kitchen; Team in Training; Hippie Runner; St Michael’s Running Festival; R U Seen Reflective Apparel; Foundation for Wellness; Energy by Lori J Designs; The Spartan Race; 5 Star Home Foods; Pike Creek Valley Running Club; Dane Rauschenberg sponsored by The Beef Checkoff; and Maui Wowi Smoothies!
On Sunday, please plan to visit the ReFuel with Chocolate Milk photo lounge and get a post race photo taken while enjoying cold fresh chocolate milk from Hy-Point Dairy Farms. Also, please plan to visit Frank’s Union Wine Mart’s Champagne Tent for a complementary post race glass of champagne or our Michelob Ultra Beer Garden for a complementary beer. Your post race meal will feature BBQ pork sliders and fruit from 2 Fat Guys Catering; Seasons Pizza; Bananas from Shop Rite; soft pretzels from the Pretzel Boys; Hy Point Dairy Farms ice cream sandwiches; Canada Dry beverages; Vitamin Water; and Pine Mountain Springs water.
New this year: AT&T will be providing a cell phone charging station at the race. Also, new this year: at 3PM on Saturday, the King & Queen of Sweden will be sailing by Tubman Park on Delaware’s tall ship Kalmar Nyckel as part of the 350th anniversary of the founding of Wilmington.
Our family friendly Run 1,4 Fun! is back, Saturday May 11 at Noon. Join 1000 elementary aged school kids who will be completing their own marathons by running their last mile from our START to our FINISH. 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 10:45 a.m. at Tubman Park.
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 Deep Blue; Orillas Tapas Bar; Ernest & Scott; Chelsea Tavern; Washington Street Ale House; Mikimotos. In Trolley Square, Piccolina Toscana; Kid Shelleens; Del Rose Café; Catherine Rooney’s; and in Little Italy: Attilio’s; Mrs. Robino’s; Walters Steak; Union City Grill; Eclipse. There are many more – sorry we couldn’t list them all!!
We still need volunteers. On Friday May 10 (after work from 5-7), we organize and pre-pull kits for our large running groups; On Saturday May 11, we run two shifts at packet pickup (10:30-1:30 and 2:00 – 5:00) and on Sunday morning , we really need help from 5am – 7am with last minute packet pickup. All at Tubman under our tents.