December 19, 2019

Running a race is not something that everyone chooses or is able to do.  But as a Delaware Running Festival finisher, you will be able to earn a special Inspiration Coin to present to the person who has motivated and encouraged you to run.  Sid Busch, a decorated military veteran and longtime participant in Corrigan Sports events, inspired CSE to develop this idea.  With each event, Sid selects a fallen solider and presents his finisher medal to the surviving family after the race.  Having witnessed the moving exchange, we felt that everyone should have the opportunity to show those who have inspired their effort how much they mean to them.

Similar to the tradition of American military Challenge Coins issued by members of the US armed forces, law enforcement, and firefighters, these coins symbolize unit identity and unity. Coins have been made for small units, the offices of top leaders and for special events and anniversaries.  It has also become customary to present coins to dignitaries and special guests as a sign of welcoming and respect.

Many service members and veterans proudly display coins they have been given, showing off the many missions they’ve been on, the top leaders they’ve met and the units for which they’ve worked.

With that tradition in mind, the Delaware Running Festival will mint its own Inspiration Coin and embed it as part of your finisher medal.  The medal design will allow the finishers to remove the magnetic coin to share with a special someone who inspired their participation, while still having their own medal to keep.

So, here is YOUR Challenge.  Register for the race.  Train and prepare.  And on race day, after completing whatever distance you run, take the Inspiration Coin you have earned and present it to that special someone.  Hopefully they will proudly display that Inspiration Coin much like members of the military have for decades and pay it forward with your efforts in mind when they do.

We all have someone who inspires us to achieve greatness, or maybe even reach the finish line.  Who will you share your Inspiration Coin with?

  • Family Member
  • Teacher
  • Military Veteran
  • Co-Worker
  • Friend
  • Stranger

The choice is yours.  You just have to finish to earn it.