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Delaware RunFest Updates

UPDATE: JUNE 29

Earlier in the spring Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) made the decision to postpone the Delaware Running Festival to August 2nd with the hopes local and national key health metrics for COVID-19 would trend in a positive direction. While Delaware and surrounding states are slowly reopening, the pace of recovery is not where authorities would like it to be in order to conduct a live Delaware Running Festival with our total number of projected participants. Combined with the fact our medical provider continues to need to keep their focus on the pandemic and thus will likely not be in a position to adequately staff our event, we have made the final decision to switch this year’s festival to a virtual event. This is not the outcome any of us wanted. However, we truly feel it is the best and safest decision for everyone under the current environment.

We’ve adjusted our plans accordingly, and offer you the options to participate virtually or defer your entry to next year without incurring any additional costs:

OPTION 1: Run the Virtual Delaware Running Festival (NO ACTION REQUIRED)

  • Participate virtually by running your distance and on your own “course” at your pace on your preferred date in accordance with your local or state social distancing guidelines.
    • We will focus our efforts on our rescheduled race date of August 2 to create a bigger sense of community.
  • We’ll ship virtual participants their Under Armour shirt and race medal prior to August 2nd (no additional charge; USPS tracking # to be provided)
  • Opportunity to upload race times & participate in an online virtual experience that only Corrigan Sports can deliver.
  • Engage in social media promotions such as photo contests and trivia
  • Additional random prizes will be included in mailings such as free or discounted 2021 DRF race entries and merchandise.
  • All entrants will be switched to VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT by default (unless you choose option 2 below to defer)
  • We will send follow up emails to virtual participants to make sure we have your correct premium size and mailing address prior to shipping your packet

OPTION 2: DEFER MY REGISTRATION (ACTION REQUIRED BY JULY 7)

  • If you choose not to run the Virtual Delaware Running Festival, you can defer your entry to the Delaware Running Festival in 2021 or 2022.
  • You must make your deferment decision by July 7. There is no charge to defer.
  • Deferred entries will not receive this year’s race premiums or medal
  • To complete your deferral, follow these steps:
  • Log into RunSignup and go to your profile: https://runsignup.com/Profile

Per our policy which every runner agrees to during the online registration & waiver process with a required check box check box, CSE does not offer registration refunds.

CSE appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding as we made difficult decisions that were in the best interest of our runners and for Wilmington as a whole. Stay safe everyone.

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UPDATE:  JUNE 1

We realize we have not provided any race updates for the 2020 Delaware Running Festival (DRF) in a while, so we want you to know what we’ve been doing since we last touched base.

Lee Corrigan was recently named a member of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Sports Advisory group to create new safety measures for large endurance events along with professional, amateur and youth athletics in our region.   It is a honor to be included on such a prestigious committee and the insight will certainly help us in creating a safe event where, with reasonable adjustments, most runners feel comfortable running in a public setting.

Our intentions are still to conduct the Delaware RunFest on our target date, August 2. Our philosophy is to be as patient as possible. First and foremost, our first responders and local health officials remain engaged with their respective roles addressing the pandemic.   Once we receive an official go ahead, we will publish the safety steps and precautions we will implement so you can make a personal decision about your participation. We know everyone has unique concerns.  AT NO TIME WILL WE EVER JEAPORDIZE RUNNER SAFETY.

We recently mailed about 150 race packets to runners who selected the virtual option.  Those of you who did not select to run the 2020 Delaware RunFest virtually still have two options:

Reminder of your current options:

  1. KEEP YOUR REGISTRATION (no action required): If you want to run on the rescheduled date in 2020 – there is nothing that you need to do on your end. Your registration will automatically be transferred to the new date.
  2. DEFER (action required): you still have the opportunity to defer to 2021 with no transaction fee. By choosing this option you will get to run in next year’s race for free, but forfeit receiving this year’s medal and premium.

UPDATE: MAY 8

 

New Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Delaware Running Festival has been RESCHEDULED to Sunday, August 2, 2020. Just like the rest of the world, the running community is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic as we receive new information daily. CSE appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters and do what is best for our runners and for the city as a whole.

Selecting a new date that works for all parties including the venue, police, medical and other city services is not an easy task.  However, CSE felt like it was worth the extra effort because we know how important racing is to our participants.  That said, you do have options should our new date not work for your schedule.

At this time, we are offering current Delaware Running Festival registrants 3 options:

  • OPTION 1: KEEP YOUR REGISTRATION (NO ACTION REQUIRED)
    • If you want to run on August 2, 2020 – there is nothing that you need to do on your end. Your registration will automatically be transferred to the new date!
  • OPTION 2: DEFER MY REGISTRATION (ACTION REQUIRED)
    • If you cannot run on Aug 2, you can defer your entry until next year’s event to be held on April 25, 2021.
    • From March 19 through May 15 we are waiving our normal deferral fees. After May 15, the regular deferment fee of $25 will be charged.
    • To complete your deferral, follow these steps:
  • OPTION 3:  GO VIRTUAL(ACTION REQUIRED)
    • Take on our Virtual Challenge and transfer your 2020 race entry into a Virtual Run.  You can run the distance you registered for on your own and we will ship your race shirt and medal.
      • Packages to be mailed after May 1 and may take 2-3 weeks to reach your home)
    • To choose the virtual option, follow these steps NO LATER THAN May 1
      • Log into RunSignup and go to your profile: https://runsignup.com/Profile
      • Under the Upcoming Events section, click MANAGE REGISTRATION next to your Delaware Running Festival Registration
      • Click ADD-ONS tab
      • Select the GO VIRTUAL add-on and provide the mailing address to have your gear shipped
      • Click Confirm Payment

Per our policy which every runner agrees to during the online registration process, CSE does not offer registration refunds. This article explains why:

https://humanpotentialrunning.com/from-the-rd/pandemics-mass-gatherings-and-the-challenges-of-rds/?fbclid=IwAR0MztmfbnA5v4BYF7cxrbl7e7IuQ5RJ2n5nwC51xa8V3DtrQfhweyIwdww

OTHER SCENARIOS:

  • If you are part of a CHARITY GROUP runner or member of a CORPORATE WELLNESS TEAM, contact your group’s captain.
  • If you signed up through a third party ( and not a charity group or corporate wellness team) or at an expo: go to this link https://runsignup.com/ClaimAccounts, enter 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. More help can be found here: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062874-claim-an-account
  • If you have previously deferred your entry, but now wish to participate in the VIRTUAL RUN or on August 2, you will receive an email with a link to a special online form. Your $25 deferment fee which you already paid will be refunded within 20 days.
  • If you have previously deferred your entry to April 25, 2021, and that remains your desire, no action is required on your part.
  • If you are part of the BFD Challenge, you will remain eligible for that award regardless of the option you select.

We know that our new date will not work for everyone and that the summer timeframe can be create additional challenges.  We have already begun talks to add things like additional water stops, cold towels, revised start times and other ideas.  Our staff has worked diligently with city services and key vendors to avoid canceling this year’s running festival. The day is too important to the Delaware community and we’ve done everything within our means to make it still happen.

Corrigan Sports  |  [email protected]

Published June 1, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

LEE CORRIGAN ADDED TO GOVERNOR HOGAN’S SPORTS ADVISORY GROUP

On April 24th Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, along with leading scientists, business leaders, and public health experts introduced a plan for a gradual, safe and effective reopening of the state. The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ transitioned the governor’s Coronavirus Response team of doctors and public health experts into a broader Coronavirus Recovery Team.

As a part of the roadmap Governor Hogan directed Secretary Schulz and the Maryland Department of Commerce to form advisory groups to develop recommendations and best practices for their industries to responsibly reopen and operate. These recommendations will also be carefully reviewed by the Coronavirus Recovery Team.

One of the 13 key industry sectors includes Sports to help guide professional, amateur and youth athletics return to their respective fields of competition. Subsequently, the Sports Advisory Group was amassed and includes the state’s top names in the industry.

Lee Corrigan, president of Corrigan Sports Enterprises was invited to join the prestigious advisory group which includes Dick Cass (president of the Baltimore Ravens), T.J. Brightman (senior vice president & chief financial officer of the Baltimore Orioles) Terry Hasseltine (executive director of Maryland’s Sports Commission) and Steve Stenerson (president and & CEO of US Lacrosse).

Corrigan said, “It’s an honor to serve Governor Hogan and our great state in this capacity. Maryland offers tremendous year-round athletic opportunities for its residents and visitors, and this group of consultants has been tasked to produce specific guidelines so all athletes can return to our pristine stadiums, fields and parks under the safest conditions at the appropriate time.”

Corrigan Sports Enterprises is a full service sports marketing and event management team based out of Elkridge, MD. CSE owns and operates events such as The Baltimore Running Festival, Under Armour All-America, CSE Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting Series, Oakland (CA) Running Festival, Baltimore Ten Miler, Rumble in Richmond and many more! Check us out: www.corrigansports.com

Published May 11, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Program Aims to Get Kids Moving

Corrigan Sports has been working hard to remain positive and active in the community during this time of uncertainty. One way is with out Get Active Challenge that encourages kids to get up & move during this time where they can’t attend their normal gym class and extracurricular activities!  This is a FREE program with rewards for those who participate

The Get Active Challenge encourages kids to log at least 30 minutes of physical activity 10 times within a 2 week period of May. All participants will get a finishers certificate that they can download, and also have the option to get a vintage Baltimore Run Fest medal to commemorate their accomplishment (shipping & handling charges incurred.) . Kids are provided with a Log Booklet to track their physical activity, as well as other activities they can complete like coloring pages and healthy snack recipes. If you want to learn more about the program or sign up, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Elkridge/GetActiveChallenge

We hope you are remaining safe and healthy during this time, and hope you’ll join us in getting active.

Published April 27, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Delaware RunFest Rescheduled to Aug. 2

New Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Delaware Running Festival has been RESCHEDULED to Sunday, August 2, 2020. Just like the rest of the world, the running community is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic as we receive new information daily. CSE appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters and do what is best for our runners and for the city as a whole.

Selecting a new date that works for all parties including the venue, police, medical and other city services is not an easy task.  However, CSE felt like it was worth the extra effort because we know how important racing is to our participants.  That said, you do have options should our new date not work for your schedule.

At this time, we are offering current Delaware Running Festival registrants 3 options:

  • OPTION 1: KEEP YOUR REGISTRATION (NO ACTION REQUIRED)
    • If you want to run on August 2, 2020 – there is nothing that you need to do on your end. Your registration will automatically be transferred to the new date!
  • OPTION 2: DEFER MY REGISTRATION (ACTION REQUIRED)
    • If you cannot run on Aug 2, you can defer your entry until next year’s event to be held on April 25, 2021.
    • From March 19 through May 15 we are waiving our normal deferral fees. After May 15, the regular deferment fee of $25 will be charged.
    • To complete your deferral, follow these steps:
  • OPTION 3:  GO VIRTUAL(ACTION REQUIRED)
    • Take on our Virtual Challenge and transfer your 2020 race entry into a Virtual Run.  You can run the distance you registered for on your own and we will ship your race shirt and medal.
      • Packages to be mailed after May 1 and may take 2-3 weeks to reach your home)
    • To choose the virtual option, follow these steps NO LATER THAN May 1
      • Log into RunSignup and go to your profile: https://runsignup.com/Profile
      • Under the Upcoming Events section, click MANAGE REGISTRATION next to your Delaware Running Festival Registration
      • Click ADD-ONS tab
      • Select the GO VIRTUAL add-on and provide the mailing address to have your gear shipped
      • Click Confirm Payment

Per our policy which every runner agrees to during the online registration process, CSE does not offer registration refunds. This article explains why:

https://humanpotentialrunning.com/from-the-rd/pandemics-mass-gatherings-and-the-challenges-of-rds/?fbclid=IwAR0MztmfbnA5v4BYF7cxrbl7e7IuQ5RJ2n5nwC51xa8V3DtrQfhweyIwdww

OTHER SCENARIOS:

  • If you are part of a CHARITY GROUP runner or member of a CORPORATE WELLNESS TEAM, contact your group’s captain.
  • If you signed up through a third party ( and not a charity group or corporate wellness team) or at an expo: go to this link https://runsignup.com/ClaimAccounts, enter 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. More help can be found here: https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062874-claim-an-account
  • If you have previously deferred your entry, but now wish to participate in the VIRTUAL RUN or on August 2, you will receive an email with a link to a special online form. Your $25 deferment fee which you already paid will be refunded within 20 days.
  • If you have previously deferred your entry to April 25, 2021, and that remains your desire, no action is required on your part.
  • If you are part of the BFD Challenge, you will remain eligible for that award regardless of the option you select.

We know that our new date will not work for everyone and that the summer timeframe can be create additional challenges.  We have already begun talks to add things like additional water stops, cold towels, revised start times and other ideas.  Our staff has worked diligently with city services and key vendors to avoid canceling this year’s running festival. The day is too important to the Delaware community and we’ve done everything within our means to make it still happen.

Corrigan Sports  |  [email protected]

Published March 19, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Delaware Marathon Running Festival Postponed

Delaware Marathon Running Festival Postponed

 

3/17/2020: As a precaution to combat the spread of COVID-19 the CDC recently issued national guidelines prohibiting events that consist of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. As a result, the 2020 Delaware Marathon Running Festival will be RESCHEDULED.

After the new date is secured, your options will include:

  • Running the rescheduled race date
  • Deferment to 2021 (with limited timeframe of waived fees)
  • A Virtual Run

We ask for your patience as our partnering local health officials must prioritize their time to deal with the immediacy of the pandemic. We are grateful for their heroic efforts to serve their communities.

We know many of you have trained and made sacrifices for months in anticipation of a great personal accomplishment. This is an unprecedented global public health issue and we must do our part to act responsibly and protect our runners, volunteers, fans, sponsors and staff.

 

Per our policy, which every runner agrees to during the registration process, we do not offer refunds.

 

CDC ANNOUNCEMENT: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Published March 17, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

COVID-19 UPDATE

As of 3/13/20, the race is still on as scheduled.

The safety of our participants, volunteers, fans and our staff remains our top priority as we monitor the spread of the Coronavirus while preparing for the April 26  Delaware Running Festival.  As of now, the race is still on as scheduled.  We must defer to the guidance of local, state and federal health experts as we continue to learn more about this pandemic on a daily basis. If plans for the event should change, we will update you with further information and details immediately.

CSE appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters to do what is best for the community as a whole.

Published March 13, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

April 17 is the Last Day to Make Changes to Your Registration

DEADLINE TO MAKE RACE CHANGES IS APRIL 17

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.

REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION

Please Click Here to lookup your registration. If you searched and cannot find your registration please email [email protected].

EDIT REGISTRATION

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-52

Here is where to update your information:

  • Email, Phone or Mailing Address- Click PARTICIPANT INFO in the white menu bar
  • Emergency contact- Click QUESTIONS in the grey menu bar
  • Shirt Size- Click ADD-ONS in the grey menu bar

DOWNGRADE

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.

UPGRADE
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.

DEFERMENT

If you become injured and cannot participate in the Delaware Running Festival in 2018 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 15. 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 2021 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.

Published March 5, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

HUMA Is The Official Race Gel in 2020

Published January 21, 2020   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

2020 Finisher Medal Includes a Unique & Inspirational Feature


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.


TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SID BUSCH AND HIS INSPIRATIONAL STORY CLICK HERE.


Published December 19, 2019   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

Marathon Course to Utilize the Jack A. Markell Trail

The New Route will Eliminate the Double Loop Marathon Course by Using the Jack A. Markell Trail

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 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.

 The new course will be USATF certified and satisfy requirements for those looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

 Stay tuned for more details, course maps and turn-by-turn directions that will be announced in the coming weeks.

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photo credits: Mike Morris/Delaware Greenways

Published January 17, 2019   [No Comments]   –   Categories: Uncategorized

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