FAQ Overview

If you have questions not addressed here, contact us here and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

What is this processing fee? Can I have it waived?

The processing fee is set in place by our registration providers, it’s how they make a living. The registration providers maintain registrations, and help out with development of our system over time – they do great things for us and for you! We cannot waive processing fees.

We do not allow for paper, mailed or faxed registrations, and even if we did we would still be required to include the processing fee.

How do I update information on my registration?

You can log in to your registration to edit your personal registration information excluding name, birthday, and gender. If you need to edit one of those categories please email customer service.

The deadline to make changes to your personal registration information is Friday, April 19, 2019.

The deadline to update your shirt size is Friday, April 12, 2019.

To update your email address, phone number, or mailing address you will select ‘Participant Info’ in the white menu bar. To update your emergency contact you will select ‘Questions’ in the grey menu bar. To update your shirt size you will select ‘Add-Ons’ in the grey menu bar.

May I upgrade or downgrade?

Yes, you may upgrade or downgrade your race distance as long as the field is not filled. If the entry fee of your new race is less than originally paid, there will be no refund of the registration fee. Upgrades will incur a fee of the difference in cost originally paid versus cost to register for the new race level now.

To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Select the transfer registration option to switch your race level and process the upgrade fee if applicable.

The deadline to switch your race level online is Friday, April 12, 2019. (After this date, upgrades and downgrades can be processed at packet pick-up.)

May I get a refund?

There are no refunds under any circumstances. Please refer to our Race Policy page for all of the details. However, you may defer to next year’s event for a $25 admin fee.

To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Click the defer registration option in the middle of the grey menu bar and process your deferral payment. You will receive an email with a link to sign up for the 2019 race when registration reopens.

The deadline to defer is Friday, April 12, 2019.

I cannot run - May I defer?

Yes, we permit deferrals for any reason up until our deadline. After the deadline we cannot allow additional deferrals under any circumstances. Please note there is a $25 admin fee to defer.

To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Click the defer registration option in the middle of the grey menu bar and process your deferral payment. You will receive an email with a link to sign up for the 2019 race when registration reopens.

The deadline to defer is Friday, April 12, 2019.

Why do I have to pay a deferral fee?

There are several reasons for the deferral fee. First, we’ve already counted you in our orders for shirts, medals, bags, food, etc. – things we place orders for months in advance. It also covers costs of making the adjustments and retaining the records.

May I transfer my registration to another runner?

No, we do not currently allow for registration transfers. If another runner is caught running with your bib intentionally you and the other runner will be barred from joining in our events again.

RACE WEEKEND & PACKET PICK-UP QUESTIONS

Where is packet pick-up?

Packet pick-up will be held in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington – Legal District hotel.

  • Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Downtown Wilmington – Legal District
  • Address: 700 North King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

For all information, please visit out Expo/Packet Pick-Up page.

What's the parking situation for the expo/packet pick-up?

There is plenty of free/metered parking around downtown Wilmington. For the closest access to packet pick-up the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel has an attached parking garage.

The garage parking will offer runners a discounted rate of $5 for the entire day of parking on Saturday (and Sunday!) when runners present their bib upon exiting.

Please note this discounted offer ends at 8:00pm each day – if your car is left in the garage overnight you will not be offered the same discounted rate.

Can I pick-up my packet on race day?

Race Day packet pick-up is limited to the first 200 runners who register in advance for this convenience. This service will be available from 5:30 – 6:15am. If you are in need of Sunday Bib Pick-Up, please Register HERE now as space is limited.

Remember we have an indoor Expo this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Downtown Wilmington hotel on Saturday, April 27. Learn more on our Expo/Packet Pick-Up page.

Where should I stay?

Our official hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton – Downtown Wilmington located just 0.6 miles from the Start/Finish Line. This hotel is also the site of our Expo/Packet Pick-Up location on Saturday. More information is available on our Travel & Accommodations page.

What is there to do around Wilmington?

-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 Riverwalk 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!

Do you have any restaurant recommendations?

Banks Seafood Kitchen is our Official Restaurant and host of our press conference and media luncheon. This is a great and convenient option for all of race weekend.

Our partners at Visit Wilmington have a great tool on their website to help you find an area restaurant.

RACE DAY QUESTIONS: COURSE & RUNNERS

Where is the start line?

All races start and finish from Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park, located on Rosa Parks Drive on the Wilmington Riverfront adjacent to the Wilmington AMTRAK station. You can access the park via Exit 6 (MLK Boulevard) from I-95. The intersecting streets are South Market Street and South French Street. The Riverfront Market is across the street.

Street Address:
80 Rosa Parks Dr
Wilmington, DE 19801

Please note, on race morning there will be a lot of traffic. Please do not anticipate street parking to be readily available along Rosa Parks Dr. For more information on traffic and parking, please visit our Travel & Accommodations page.

When does the race start?

All races start and finish at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington, DE.

  • 5K Start: 7:00am
  • Marathon/Half Marathon Start: 8:30am
  • Relay Start: 8:40am
  • Kids Fun Run: 9:30am

What is the time limit?

Our agreement with the City of Wilmington requires a 6 hour time limit. That means all runners need to be finished by 2pm.

Pace:

  • Marathon/Relay: 13:44 min/mile
  • Half Marathon: 27:28 min/mile

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.

If we add pacers for 2019 we will update this information accordingly.

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.

Elevation Profile

Where are the water stations?

We have water stations roughly every 1.5 miles. Each water station has water and Gatorade and is staffed by volunteers. There are portable toilets at or near each water station. The 8, 14, and 18 Mile aid stations have snacks. Water stations will also have a basic first aid kit for self-service needs.

Our course map marks where each water station will be located for a visual representation.

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Relay Team - May we all run together?

2018 – 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.

*May be updated for 2019.

Relay Team - Do each of us receive a medal?

YES!! Each member of the relay team will receive their own finisher’s medal. Medals will be awards when you finish your leg of the race, either in the exchange zone or, if running leg 4, at the finish line.

What's the parking situation on race day?

We have partnered with LAZ Parking to offer runners a discounted rate of $5 for the full day of parking when runners present their race bib upon exiting the garage.

Street parking will be very limited and difficult to find, so we do not recommend planning on it being available.

Please visit our Travel & Accommodations page for information on specific partnered garages and more planning tools.

Are there awards?

We will hold an awards ceremony for the overall winners at 12pm on Sunday in Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.

Overall Winners:

  • Marathon/Half Marathon/5K: top three male and female finishers, as well as top male and female masters finishers
  • Team Relay: first place male, female, and coed teams
  • Dare Devil: first place male and female finisher, calculated by combined times from 5K and distance races

Age group awards will be mailed within a month after the event, after the timing results have been finalized. There are not age group awards for team relay or Dare Devil Challenge.

Check out your results at the NOVA Timing & Scoring tent, in Celebration Village. There will be no cash purse in 2017.

RACE DAY QUESTIONS: CELEBRATION VILLAGE & SPECTATORS

What will the security presence be?

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 in Tubman Park. Unattended bags or packages will be confiscated. Please report all suspicious activity to a race official or public safety personnel.

Event Safety

Where should I park?

Traffic delays and parking restrictions will occur beginning early Sunday morning.

Please visit our Travel & Accommodations page for more information and planning tools.

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 race route on your way out.

Where are the bathrooms near the start/finish line?

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 portable toilets at or near every water station.

May I set up a tent at the park?

Unfortunately, the small size of Tubman Park requires us, for the safety and comfort of all concerned, to restrict open tents or picnicking on the event footprint. Therefore, there are to be NO tents or outside food at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park without the express written permission of the event organizers.

A very small number of team tents will be available at no cost, 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/availability; and partly on the basis of your group’s connection to the event, with beneficiaries, volunteers, and participant groups receiving priority.

Will food be available for sale to the general public?

The food inside the Hospitality Tent is for the runners only! Food will be available to runners after they cross the Finish Line at the Runner’s Hospitality Tent. This area will be stocked with bottled water, Gatorade, fruit, granola bars, Herr’s snacks and the ever popular chocolate milk! Runners will also be treated to complimentary food from Season’s Pizza, soft pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.

In addition these items food and beer will be available to the general public for a small cost.

Where are the best viewing areas for spectators?

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!

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 South Market Street will be closed during the event. Parking will be a challenge due to all the Riverfront activities. Throughout the morning, traffic will be heavy in the Riverfront and other sections of the course. Expect traffic delays.

Please visit our Travel & Accommodations page for more information and planning tools.