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Parking During Race Weekend 2024

There are a few changes to the parking lot availability for 2024 compared to previous years.  You can learn where you are able to park and what fees will be charged by visiting THIS LINK.

Published April 15, 2024   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Meet Our 20- Timer

Meet our 20-Timer: Christopher James

  1. Where you are from? Wilmington DE
  2. Why did you decide to run in the Delaware Running Festival in 2004? I decided to run Delaware back in 2004. At that time, it had been many years since Delaware had a marathon. I was just getting into running marathons and with a few friends, we thought the chance to run one in our home state was too good to pass up.
  3. What is the most memorable year for you and why? The most memorable year for me was 2011 because it’s literally when I met my wife. We still talk about it and it’s crazy to think we’ve now been married for 11 years and have an 8 and 10-year-old.
  4. Why do you keep coming back to run in Delaware? At first, I came back to run Delaware every year because of the camaraderie that I had with a running club- Rebel Runners. We would all participate in the distance solo or as team relays and then have this awesome tailgate party afterward. It was one of these tailgates where I met my wife in 2011.
  5. What has changed since the first year? The biggest thing that’s changed is the course. It started out as the same loop around the riverfront 4 times, then expanded out to the city for a 2 loop course and now it’s one continuous 26.2 mile course.
  6. What are you looking forward to most about this year?

    Over the years, I ran the full marathon multiple times, half marathon many more times and participated in 4 and 8 person team relays. One year there was a 10 mile option and I’ve run the 5K which was recently added. The only distance I haven’t run is the 10K, which I’m looking forward to this year and celebrating the 20 years of Delaware.
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Published April 10, 2024   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Your 2024 Runner Handbook is Here

YOUR 2024 RUNNER HANDBOOK IS HERE!  The Runner Handbook includes all of the WHO, WHAT, WHEN & WHERE answers related to the upcoming race.  Before you reach out to customer service with a question, try to find it yourself here.  Nine times out of 10, you can find it quicker in your Runner Handbook.

Published April 9, 2024   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Are you a Big Freakin’ Deal?

Alternate textNEW FOR 2024! We are taking the Big Freakin’ Deal Challenge to the next level!  At each race, you will earn a special medal slider to add to your already awesome BFD medal!

  

Each glittery medal slider will be distributed from the exclusive VIP Tent after each race where those in the challenge will earn some added treats and comradery with their fellow competitors. 

 

Remember you can run any distance live or virtual at Delaware, Frederick, and the Baltimore 10-Miler and earn your HUGE BFD medal as well as the B, F & D sliders that will go on the medal’s ribbon.

Published March 14, 2024   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Your Anniversary Medal

 

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Delaware Running Festival and we have a special medal in store for our finishers!

The center of the medal is designed to spin, allowing you to showcase two distinctive sides. One side features the distance you conquered, while the other displays a special 20th Anniversary logo. Turn the medal around, and you’ll discover a tribute to all the Wilmington streets our runners cover from the 5k to the Marathon!

Come celebrate 20 years with us on April 21! REGISTER NOW!

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Wilmington Police Officer will run the Delaware Half Marathon to Raise Funds for Charity

 

March 28, 2023- Baltimore, MD- Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) announced today that Wilmington Police Master Corporal Sarah Bozeman will participate in the Delaware Half Marathon as the official Charity Chaser for the event. Corporal Bozeman will start the event dead last and for every runner she passes, Corrigan Sports and the Delaware Running Festival will donate $2 to a charity supporting public safety professionals and initiatives.

“This is our way of demonstrating our appreciation for the job that the men and women of the Wilmington Police Department do every day in our community.  We are excited to add this exciting charity element to the Delaware Running Festival” Lee Corrigan, President of Corrigan Sports Enterprises.

“I couldn’t be more excited to represent the officers of WPD while doing something that I love.” Said Officer Bozeman. “I plan to raise a lot of money and I thank the Delaware Running Festival for this opportunity.  Let’s Race!”

“We appreciate the invitation for one of our officers to participate in this wonderful program, and to join runners from around the region and across the country in this beloved race,” said Wilmington Police Chief Wilfredo Campos. “We are also grateful for the support of our community’s first responders.”

The Delaware Running Festival will be held on April 23rd and will include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K- all starting and finishing at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park. To learn more about the Delaware Running Festival, visit here.

About Corrigan Sports Enterprises

Corrigan Sports Enterprises has earned its national reputation by owning and operating some of the largest events in the endurance industry. Founded in 2001, CSE owns and/or operates marquee events such as the Annapolis Running Festival, Baltimore Running Festival, Frederick Running Festival, Baltimore 10-Miler, Ocean City Running Festival, The Bay Bridge Run, and the All-America Lacrosse Classic. For more information visit: www.corrigansports.com.

Published March 28, 2023   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Closing the Books on 2022- Post Race Survey Results

Thank you so much for participating in the 2022 Delaware Running Festival.  We have reviewed the surveys and received some valuable feedback to help us improve some things in the future.  Here is our plan:

 

STAGGERED START:  With the addition of the 10K for the first time in 2022, we learned that we need to stagger the start of the Full/Half and the 10K.  We understand that the narrowness of some of the route in the first mile or so created some challenges for runners trying to get up to pace.  We plan to start the 10K a few minutes later and explore utilizing waves to further spread the crowd.

 

MORE COURSE MARSHALS:  Overall, the updates to the 2022 course were well received.  That said, we learned that some areas of the course were confusing to participants.  We plan to position additional course marshal volunteers at turns to help runners navigate the route.  We will also explore adjustments the course to reduce the number of turns and tricky locations.  Most of these are mandated by city police in an attempt to lessen the burden on traffic and to help with police staffing challenges that day.  

 

IMPROVED TRAIL LOGISTICS:  Those who ran the full marathon reported that non-participant traffic on the back 13.1 miles of the course caused some challenges during that portion of their run.  The Jack Markell Trail is a public path with many access points.  That said, we will endeavor to post signs along the route and work with city officials to find way to lessen this traffic on race day.  

 

BETTER PLAN AT START/FINISH:  Using the same start and finish line has some great advantages but creates some logistical challenges for set up and traffic flow.  We learned that in the morning, we need to open the bike rack to allow additional access points to the start line.  Post-race, we need to do a better job of securing the finish shoots to make sure runners can locate the post-race snacks intended for their finish.  For reference, the granola bars, fruit, chips and other snacks are separated from the water and Gatorade in part due to the morning line up in the same area.  While many runners were able to find the snacks, some runners eager to reunite with family and friends, entered the park earlier than anticipated and missed this location (SEE MAP HERE.)

 

We certainly appreciate the honest feedback and hope you know that we take your comments to heart.  We are always looking to improve our events and getting back to live racing has only invigorated us to continue to create the best and most runner friendly events we can.   THANK YOU!

Published May 27, 2022   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

View Your Race Photos

CONGRATULATIONS on a great race.  To view your photos from MarathonFoto VISIT HERE.

Published April 25, 2022   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Race Day Schedule of Events

On behalf of the entire Corrigan Sports staff, we thank you for your continued support. After two years of uncertainty, we are thrilled to be bringing the event back to its intended format for its 19th running. We are thrilled that you will be part of this monumental year and can’t wait to host you and your cheering section on race day.  Here is our race day schedule:

Saturday, April 23, 2022 (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Longwood Room)
Health & Fitness Expo/Packet Pick-Up 10am – 5pm

Sunday, April 24, 2022 (Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park)
Bag Check  Opens at 6am-1pm
Opening Remarks & Final Instructions will occur at  6:45am
National Anthem will be sung at  6:55am
Full, Half-Marathon & 10K Start together at  7:00am
5k Starts at  7:20am (NOTE NEW TIME)
5k Awards Ceremony will be held at  8:30am
Full, Half-Marathon/Relay Awards Ceremonywill be held at  11:00am
Celebration Village Activities will take place from 8am-2pm

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