Your 2019 Runners Handbook can be viewed HERE.
ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS TO MAKE REGISTRATION CHANGES- We all know that injuries often arise during training after one registers for a race. The Delaware Marathon Running Festival has some of the most generous policies around should this happen to you. We ask that you make your decision as early as you can to avoid issues and possible loss of fees.
Need to make a change to your registration? You can edit everything except your name, gender, and date of birth by logging into your registration HERE: https://runsignup.com/Race/DELAWARERUNNINGFESTIVAL/Page-7
Here is where to update your information:
Having trouble accessing your registration? you may need to follow this step before making changes. Click HERE to claim your registration and account on RunSignUp. The easiest way to claim your account is to type in your email address and click “Claim”. If there are any unclaimed accounts associated with that email address, you will receive the “Claim Instructions” email within a few minutes (the email will be sent to the email address on your registration). If you are still having trouble, view this tutorial for more information.
If you cannot complete the distance you registered for but would still like to participate in the Delaware Running Festival, you may downgrade to a lesser distance. You will not be given a refund for the difference in entry fee. To do so please visit this link and click on TRANSFER EVENT in the white menu bar.
If your training is going better than expected and you would like to run a longer distance than you originally registered for you may upgrade to a different race by paying the price difference. To do so please visit this link and click on TRANSFER EVENT in the white menu bar. Please note the 5K takes place Saturday night. The Half Marathon and Team Relay take place Sunday morning.
If you become injured and cannot participate in the Delaware Running Festival in 2019 you may defer your entry until 2019. There is a $25 processing fee to do so. ALL DEFERMENT REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT by April 21. NO EXCEPTIONS!
To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Click the DEFER REGISTRATION option in the menu and process your deferral payment. You will receive an email with a link to sign up for the 2020 race when registration reopens.
For relay teams that wish to defer their team, they will see an option in the relay team portal. Once they have deferred, all team members will automatically be deferred.
WITHDRAWAL: If you choose not to participate in any race this year we ask that you contact our offices by email at [email protected] so that we will make the change in the system and open your spot up for another runner. NOTE: If you do this you will waive your rights to your race premium as well.
The Delaware Marathon Running Festival does not allow refunds or transfers of entry fees to other runners.
The course maps for the new Delaware Running Festival courses are here! As announced earlier, the marathon and half-marathon courses will follow much of the past route for the first 13.1 miles, visiting all the same scenic parts of Downtown Wilmington. However, the second half of the marathon will now traverse the newly completed Jack Markell Trail from the Riverfront area to New Castle Elementary School and back. This change eliminates the double loop course of previous years giving the marathon runners some new scenery to scope out during their foot tour.
We are pretty sure marathoners are going to really enjoy the new route but we are 100% sure that there will be a new course record set at this year’s Delaware Marathon so train hard!!
The biggest change comes for the relay runners who will now run the entire marathon course and meet their teammates at 3 different exchange points along the route. Details on the distances of each leg and the locations of the exchange points are posted on the Team Relay page of the website.
The 5K will use the same Riverfront course from last year but in 2019 will be run on Sunday, the same day as the full, half and team relay, adding to the excitement of race day.
We are thrilled to bring this new feature of Wilmington’s Riverfront as a highlight of our new marathon course. The Jack A. Markell Trail makes a long-awaited connection between the Wilmington Riverfront and New Castle along an off-road pathway consisting of elevated boardwalk and paved pathways. It will allow an entirely different perspective of the riverfront for our participants.
The 2019 Delaware Marathon will include a significant route update! We are finalizing some course changes that will affect the full marathon and team relay courses. Based on runner feedback from last year we’ve eliminated the old two-loop marathon course. The marathon course will continue to run through some of the most scenic parts of downtown Wilmington but the changes will unify the full, half and team relay courses so everyone uses the same routes for the first 13 miles. There will be no significant changes to the half marathon course.
The marathon course will continue to run through some of the most scenic parts of downtown Wilmington but the changes will unify the full, half and team relay courses so everyone uses the same routes for the first 13 miles. There will be no significant changes to the half marathon course.
The second half of the marathon course will utilize much of the newly opened Jack Markell Trail. The trail connects the Wilmington Riverfront and New Castle Battery Park along an off-road pathway consisting of elevated boardwalk, and paved pathways. The trail winds past many popular destinations, including the Wilmington Riverfront, the DuPont Environmental Education Center, the Christina River and the historic sites of New Castle.
Stay tuned for more details, course maps and turn-by-turn directions that will be announced in the coming weeks.
Strava is a social fitness network that is used to track running, and other activities using GPS data. Strava is a great platform to connect with other runners and stay motivated regardless of your training plan. Our Frederick Running Festival club allows you access the race routes, specific training segments, and stay in the loop on upcoming training events, as well as to connect with others who will be participating in the Frederick Running Festival.
Highlights from our club participants are automatically posted to the website training tab and you may find your self leading the pack!
Stay motivated and join the Frederick Running Festival Strava Team here!
Corrigan Sports Announces the Big Freakin' Deal, a Spring race challenge for those who complete any race of any distance at the Baltimore 10-Miler ("B"), the Frederick Running Festival ("F") and the Delaware Running Festival ("D"). Finishers of all 3 BFD events will receive an extra medal that will show off the fact that you are a Big Freakin' Deal.
The BFD is a Spring Race Challenge for those who want to prove that they are a Big Freakin' Deal. Runners must complete any race distance at the Delaware Running Festival (April 28, 2019), Frederick Running Festival (May 4-5, 2019) and the Baltimore 10-Miler (June 1, 2019).
Runners who complete all 3 races get an extra Big Freakin' Medal to add to their collection. In addition, those who register for the BFD Challenge as a bundle save up to $5 per race. That's $15 off when you sign up as a bundle. Other surprise offers will come throughout the Spring.
Select the bundle with your preferred race distances from any of the 3 race registration sites. The discount will be built into the cost. All questions including premium sizing will be asked during the one transaction, making it super easy to get signed up. REGISTER HERE.
Following the Baltimore Ten Miler, you will receive your BFD medal for completing the 3 races. The medal is one you will definitely want to feature in your display case... Or around your neck for a few weeks following the race. It features two spinners and is extra BLINGY! It is 8" long and weighs more than a pound!
Let's dream a little... First, you run the Half in Delaware, you earn 1 medal. Then you run the Nut Job in Frederick and earn 3 more medals. Finally, you run the Baltimore 10-Miler and get your finisher medal plus your BFD medal, too. That is 6 glorious medals earned over three race weekends in 3 different months. That's on top of the 4 awesome race premiums you will also earn! Not a bad haul!
And DON'T FORGET, if you sign up at the same time using the Bundle Option on the website, you will save up to $15 Off compared to registering for the races separately. (Note: If you decide later that you really are a BFD but have already registered for one or more of the required races without using the bundle option, no problem. Simply register for your required races separately and use THIS FORM to link your entries. The deadline to link your entries is May 1.)
Nut Job Challenge
Twilight 5K (Sat.)
You can purchase a gift certificate using our registration site to pay for a race entry. The purchased gift certificate will work the same as cash. Gift Certificates are race specific and cover the entry fee and SignUp fees* at for that distance at time of purchase. (Note: If rates increase prior to your guest registering, they will be responsible for the difference in price plus the service fee on that difference. You are able to change the amount of the gift certificate if you choose.)
Here is how to purchase:
*SignUp fees will be added to your gift certificate purchase transaction once you make the payment.
Invite your friends to join you at the Delaware Running Festival. If you get 5 friends to sign up using your special referral link that is contained in your confirmation email , you will receive a refund of up to $25.00 as our Thank You!
PLUS if you refer 10 or more friends you will earn an exclusive gifts like an Under Armour backpack, Native Eyewear Sunglasses or an Garmin Watch! These gift items are ONLY available through our referral program so don’t miss out on the opportunity! Rewards are cumulative so you can earn ALL the prizes if you keep recruiting!
Referred registrants MUST use the unique URL that is contained in your confirmation email in order to receive credit for their entry. The system will keep track of your referrals through this link and cannot be added retroactively. Cash refund will go back to the credit card you used when you registered. Refund amount is limited to the amount paid (so if your entry fee was less than $25, you will only receive what you paid back). Referral Rewards program is not valid for Kids Fun Run or Charity Team registrations. If you are signing with a Charity Team, you are not eligible for cash refunds or any prizes.
The Delaware Running Festival was started in 2004 to provide those runners who were seeking to complete a marathon in every state a way to check Delaware off their list. Over those 15 years, the event has added other distances, tweaked the course and changed the benefits. But the one thing that has always stayed constant is the strong and loyal support of the community and the runners who participate.
In 2019, we look forward to continue to grow the Delaware Running Festival to include runners of all levels and age groups while remaining the best option for future members of the 50-State Marathon Club to check “The First State” off their bucket list. Here is how we plan to do it:
THE COURSE– Most runners rave about the beauty of the course and how it takes them through some of the most scenic parts of Wilmington. We will continue to highlight these landmarks but plan to tweak the course to remove some of the sharp turns and unclear course features that sometimes cause confusion amongst the runners. While doing so, we will unify the full, half and relay courses so everyone uses the same routes. We will use buses to shuttle relay runners of legs 2 & 4 to an exchange point on the course. The full marathon will likely remain a double-loop course as the infrastructure of Wilmington and its city services are not conducive to a 26.2-mile layout.
ONE RACE DAY– As a way to better celebrate all the participants’ accomplishments and increase the excitement that a larger crowd brings, we will hold the 5K and Kids Fun Run on the same day as the full marathon, half-marathon and 4-person relay. We are exploring our options so we can continue to offer the Dare Devil Challenge as a race option. We hope that bringing everyone together will fill the park and add to the buzz on race day.
EXPO– We received some very positive feedback on the indoor expo that was added in 2018. Next year we have secured a larger room in the same hotel that will allow us to include more vendors and provide more space for the race logistics.
BENEFITS– We will continue to offer some of the best premiums in the business with the high quality, name brand race shirts, free race photos for all finishers, finisher medals for every race and other amenities. We willl also make adjustment to the pricing schedule to keep costs down. Runners who commit early can take advantage of our preferred early bird rates and register at a discount.
DATE– We know the Spring race calendar in the Mid-Atlantic is a busy one. With races in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Maryland and the coastline all competing for participants, there is really no “perfect” time. We did feel it was important for the long-term success of the event to move off of Mother’s Day. We have decided to remain the last weekend in April and run on Sunday, April 28.
We appreciate all those who took the time to complete the survey. Your feedback is instrumental in the continued success of the Delaware Running Festival. We know that runners have lots of options these days and we hope we remain your race of choice.
Registration will open soon for the 16th Annual Delaware Running Festival. We will send an email once it available. Stay tuned!