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.


Many of your Race Week questions can be answered by reviewing your RUNNER HANDBOOK.

Our agreement with the City of Wilmington requires a 6 hour time limit. That means all runners need to be finished by 1PM. Marathoners who expect to finish in longer than six hours may take our early start at 6:15 am. More info on the early start below.

There are no refunds under any circumstances. However, you may defer  to next year’s event for a small 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 IS APRIL 20.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Yes, you may switch race distances as long as the fields are not filled. However, if the entry fee of your new race is less than originally paid, there will be no refund of the registration fee. You may upgrade  paying the fee differential using the EDIT MY REGISTRATION link. and select TRANSFER EVENT from the upper right hand corner of the menu.  THE DEADLINE IS APRIL 20.

There are no refunds. However, you may defer to next year’s event for a small admin fee.

There are no refunds under any circumstances. However, you may defer  to next year’s event for a small 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 IS APRIL 20.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Several reasons: we’ve counted you in our orders for shirts, medals, bags, etc – things that are ordered well in advance. And it covers our costs of making the adjustments and retaining the records.

We do not allow transfers of your bib.

Our agreement with the City of Wilmington requires a 6 hour time limit. Marathoners who expect to finish in longer than six hours may take our early start at 6:15 am. There is no limit for the half marathon – the same 6 hour deadline would apply. The early start is not for runners who merely wish to finish early – as you will be required to proceed at no faster than a 15 min pace for the first three miles. Email us for details.

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. (LOOK FOR OFFICIAL PACERS IN 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.

YES!! Relay team members will receive finisher medal.  Medals will be awarded when you finish your leg of the race, either in the exchange zone or, if running leg 4, at the finish line.

With the addition of the 5k to this year’s event, we were able to provide participants a short distance race to satisfy runners of all abilities.  As you can imagine, the 8-person relay involved a lot of logistics to organize and coordinate.  We hope those who have traditionally done the 8-person relay will chose to do the 4-person relay and/or the 5k this year.

The marathon and half marathon start together at 7:00 am SHARP. The relay marathons start immediately after these fields clear the starting line. 

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 Hotel.  Learn More on our packet pick up page.

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

You cannot park at Tubman Park as the lots are reserved for official use. There is plenty of free parking within walking distance to the park. There are also several pay garages within walking distance to the park.  More information is available on the Travel & Accommodations page

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 is to be NO tents or outside food at Tubman 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; and partly on the basis of your group’s connection to the event with beneficiaries, volunteer, and participant groups receiving priority.

Our Official Hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton located just 0.6 miles from the Start/Finish Line  It is also the site of our new Indoor Expo on Saturday.  More Info is available on our Travel & Accommodations Page

No. We tried a pasta party for several years with mixed success.

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.

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.  VISIT THIS LINK

The food inside the Hospitality Tent is for the Runner’s 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 will be available to the general public for a small cost.

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.

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 port o pots at or near every water station. 

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.

-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 River Walk 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!

Spectators are welcome. Traffic delays and parking restrictions will occur throughout the morning. The intersection of MLK Boulevard and S. Market Street will be closed during the event. Parking will be a challenge due to all the Riverfront activities. And throughout the morning, traffic will be heavy in the Riverfront and other sections of the course. Expect traffic delays.

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!

There is NO Awards Ceremony other than for the overall winners. We will hold a brief ceremony for the overall winners beginning at 6:30pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday in Tubman Park.  All other awards will be handed out beginning at 9:00am Check out your results at the NOVA Timing & Scoring tent, in Celebration Village. There will be no purse in 2017. We will distribute more than 100 awards in each of the full, half & 5K, so come claim your prize.  All relay finishers will receive a finishers medal in 2017.

National Running Center will be setup on Saturday during the expo and will sell all essential items needed for your race.  There will also be official Delaware Running Festival merchandise on sale both Saturday and Sunday.

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 route on your way out.