Welcome to the 13th Annual Delaware Marathon™ Running Festival
Thank You to Discover Bank, Patterson Schwartz, Christiana Care Health System, Horizon Services, NKS Distributors, Novo Nordisk, Highmark Delaware, Delaware Running Company, FranksWine, and the City of Wilmington who have agreed to sponsor our 2016 event.
It will be our thirteenth anniversary in 2016. We have some very exciting things planned for Mother’s Day 2016, so please bookmark this website as we promote our new partnerships and announce our plans for Delaware’s largest, oldest, biggest, and best running festival.
The Delaware Marathon™ and Delaware Half Marathon™ will start together at 7:00 a.m. SHARP from Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park on the historic Wilmington, Delaware Riverfront; the relay marathons shortly thereafter. This small waterfront park is located just off Martin Luther King Boulevard in downtown Wilmington at the intersection of South Market Street (Rte 13) and Rosa Parks Drive (Water Street). The park is located between the AMTRAK Station and the Riverfront Market. There is plenty of free parking nearby and easy access to and from Interstate I-95 (Exit 6).
We believe this is your best chance to run a certified 26.2 mile road marathon in Delaware! We are a USATF certified Boston Marathon Qualifier and historically 10%-12% of our marathon runners have qualified for the Boston Marathon. 2010 Marathon Certification DE 08017LMB. We offer a discount to members of these groups. If your national marathon organization is not listed here, please Contact Us
We believe this is the most beautiful half marathon in Delaware! 2009 Half Marathon Certification DE 08016LMB. We offer a discount to members of these groups. If your national marathon organization is not listed here, please Contact Us
You asked for a scenic race course and you got it!! The Delaware Marathon™ course consists of two half marathon distance loops. Both loops take you from the Wilmington Riverfront on the Christina River, across town to beautiful Brandywine Park on the Brandywine River, along Kentmere and Bancroft Parkways, through the 40 Acres, Wawaset Park, and Little Italy neighborhoods of Wilmington before returning via the Wilmington park system and past Rodney Square to the Riverfront.
Runners may register for the full 26.2 mile marathon, the 13.1 mile half marathon, a four person relay marathon or an eight person relay marathon. The four person relay marathon course consists of four loops of 6.55 miles each starting and finishing on the Riverfront. The eight person relay marathon course consists of eight loops of 3.275 miles each starting and finishing on the Riverfront. Both relay races run on the marathon / half marathon course. The 4P Relay Marathon turns around just past Bancroft and Kentmere Parkway. The 8P Relay Marathon turns around at the intersection of North Market Street and North Park Drive (far end of N. Market Street bridge) at the entrance to Brandywine Park.
The race course will be open for six hours (1:00 pm) – after which our agreement with the City of Wilmington requires the roads be reopened to traffic. All back of the pack marathon runners (and walkers) will be asked to finish the race on the sidewalks and abide by the traffic signals. There is also an early start – 45 minutes early (at 6:15 am) for the marathoners to allow them to finish the event close to 1:00 pm. We will leave the timing systems open to all finishers to receive their official finishing time, medal, and amenities.
This is a non-profit event. In 2016, our primary beneficiary will be the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care. Without the expert medical support of the Christiana Care Health System, this event would not exist. Other race beneficiaries include the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, Team in Training Delaware, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, and Girls on the Run Delaware.
In addition, we support the fundraising efforts of the B+ Foundation, Camp Abilities, Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy, First Tee of Delaware, and the IFOPA program at the University of Pennsylvania among others. Please feel free to donate to one or all of these worthwhile charities when you send in your application form. Please feel free to donate to one or all of these worthwhile charities when you register. You’ll find more information about our beneficiaries on our Beneficiaries and Fundraising web pages.
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