FAQ Overview

If you have questions not addressed here, contact us here and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.


If I initially registered for a virtual event, and now want to participate live, how do I switch?

No problem. Visit HERE to upgrade your registration.

Once you’ve gotten to your registration, select “Transfer Race” option from the gray menu and pick the live race. Your upgrade fee will reflect the difference in price from the live event price AT THE TIME OF YOUR VIRTUAL REGISTRATION.

The last day to make this change is March 21st, 2024 at 11:59PM.

I registered for the live event, but now I'd like to participate virtually.

No problem, you can switch your registration HERE. Please note, we will not be able to refund any fees.

The last day to make this change is March 21, 2025 at 11:59PM.

How does running virtually work?

You can run your virtual race ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! However, we do encourage you to do your virtual race before April 30th!

You may use whatever timing and distance tracking method/app that you chose. You are not required to submit your time, however, if you want your time posted online, you must submit your time on Run Sign Up by April 30th. Regardless of whether or not you submit your time, you will get your premium and medal.

We will send our more details regarding virtual run instructions leading up to the race!

I cannot run - May I defer?

If you are longer able to participate in the 2025 race, we are offering DEFERRALS until two weeks before the race.  There is a $25 processing fee to defer.

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 2025 race when registration reopens.

The last day to make this defer is March 21, 2025 at 11:59PM.

What is this processing fee? Can I have it waived?

The processing fee is set in place by our registration providers, it’s how they make a living. The registration providers maintain registrations, and help out with development of our system over time – they do great things for us and for you! We cannot waive processing fees.

We do not allow for paper, mailed or faxed registrations, and even if we did we would still be required to include the processing fee.

How do I update information on my registration?

You can log in to your registration to edit your personal registration information excluding name, birthday, and gender. If you need to edit one of those categories please email customer service.

The deadline to make changes to your personal registration information is Friday, March 21, 2025.

To update your email address, phone number, or mailing address you will select ‘Participant Info’ in the white menu bar. To update your emergency contact you will select ‘Questions’ in the grey menu bar. To update your shirt size you will select ‘Add-Ons’ in the grey menu bar.

May I upgrade or downgrade?

Yes, you may upgrade or downgrade your race distance as long as the field is not filled. If the entry fee for your new race is less than originally paid, there will be no refund of the registration fee. Upgrades will incur a fee of the difference in cost originally paid versus the cost to register for the new race level now.

To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Select the transfer registration option to switch your race level and process the upgrade fee if applicable.

The deadline to switch your race level online is Friday, March 21. (After this date, upgrades and downgrades can be processed at packet pick-up.)

May I get a refund?

The Delaware Marathon Running Festival does not allow for refunds or transfers of entry fee under any circumstances.

This event may be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond the control of Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc.  Inclement weather, or emergencies such as public safety, public health concerns or municipal directives, can impact the implementation of a race.  Public safety measures such as these may cause Corrigan Sports Enterprises to cancel or postpone this event. Race entry fee refunds or future race credits will not be issued under these public safety conditions.

We maintain the right to cancel or modify the race in the interest of public safety. Public safety officials and medical authorities will be consulted prior to any race cancellation or modification.  Alteration of the course or race length may be implemented as an option to ensure a safer race environment.

However, you may defer to next year’s event for a $25 admin fee.

To take advantage of this offer please log into RunSignUp and Click Here to manage your registration. Click the defer registration option in the middle of the grey menu bar and process your deferral payment. You will receive an email with a link to sign up for the 2024 race when registration reopens.

Why do I have to pay a deferral fee?

There are several reasons for the deferral fee. First, we’ve already counted you in our orders for shirts, medals, bags, food, etc. – things we place orders for months in advance. It also covers costs of making the adjustments and retaining the records.

May I transfer my registration to another runner?

No, we do not allow for registration transfers. If another runner is caught running with your bib intentionally you and the other runner will be barred from joining in our events again.

I already registered to run live, but did not select to get my packet mailed to me. How can I add that on?

Visit your Run Sign Up Profile HERE and select “Manage Add ons.” From there, you will be able to add on the packet mailing option for $25. Bibs & Shirts will be mailed by priority mail prior to the race with a trackable link. Medals will be distributed after the race.

The last day to make this change is March 21, 2025 at 11:59PM.


Where is packet pick-up?

When: Saturday, April 5, 2025
Where: Packet Pick Up will be held in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park located at 80 Rosa Parks Dr, Wilmington, DE 19801.  Here you can claim your race bib and premium for the distance that you have registered.  Look for the tent located near the water’s edge.  We will also have our official merchandise available for purchase.  Other vendors have been invited to join us for the day.
Time: 10a to 5p

What's the parking situation for the expo/packet pick-up?

Parking lots near Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park:

  • Amtrak Parking Garage (Enter on French St.)
  • Train Station Parking Garage (Enter on 2nd & King St.)



Can I pick-up my packet on race day?

We do not allow for race day Packet Pick Up.  We do allow a friend to pick up your packet for you with a copy of your bib number, a letter of permission and a copy/photo of your drivers license.  This policy protect our volunteers from being put in any uncomfortable situations and reduces any confusion or errors.

Where should I stay?

We recommend the following hotels in the Wilimgton area:

  • Hyatt Place Wilmington River Front
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wilmington
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington-Legal District


-The Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame – Discover the surprising richness of Delaware sports history. Located on the first base side of Frawley Stadium. Open during Blue Rocks home games. (302) 425-3263

-Delaware Children’s Museum – Located on the Riverwalk next to Joe’s Crab Shack. 550 Justison Street. Hours: 9:00 – 4:00 daily. (302) 654-2340

-Brandywine Zoo – Located at Mile 5 on the Course, (N. Park Drive at Van Buren Street) in Brandywine Park. Zoo hours are 10:00 until 4:00 daily, including race Sunday. (302) 571-7747

-Delaware Art Museum – Located just off the course at Mile 7, the Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway. The museum holds a renowned collection that focuses on American art as well as the British Pre-Raphaelites. Hours: Sat 10 – 4; Sun Noon – 4.

-Winterthur Museum & Gardens – Henry Francis du Pont put together the largest collection of American antiques and decorative arts anywhere. Don’t miss the indoor galleries plus acres of beautiful gardens, including the Enchanted Woods (for children of all ages). Rte 52 – between Greenville and Centreville – roughly 8 miles from downtown.

-Penn Cinema (IMAX) Multiplex Theater – Located at 401 S. Madison Street in the Riverfront. (302) 656-4314.

-Christiana Mall and Concord Mall – Delaware is the home of tax free shopping!

Do you have any restaurant recommendations?

Banks Seafood Kitchen is our Official Restaurant and host of our press conference and media luncheon. This is a great and convenient option for all of race weekend.

Our partners at Visit Wilmington have a great tool on their website to help you find an area restaurant.


Where is the start line?

All races start and finish from Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park, located on Rosa Parks Drive on the Wilmington Riverfront adjacent to the Wilmington AMTRAK station. You can access the park via Exit 6 (MLK Boulevard) from I-95. The intersecting streets are South Market Street and South French Street. The Riverfront Market is across the street.

Street Address:
80 Rosa Parks Dr
Wilmington, DE 19801

Please note, on race morning there will be a lot of traffic. Please do not anticipate street parking to be readily available along Rosa Parks Dr. For more information on traffic and parking, please visit our Travel & Accommodations page.

When does the race start?

All races start and finish at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington, DE.

  • Marathon/10K/Half Marathon Start: 7:00am
  • 5K Start: 7:20am

These start times are subject to change at any time.

What is the time limit?

Half Marathon Time Limit: 3.5 hours

Full Marathon Time Limit: 7 Hours

  • Marathon: 16 min/mile
  • Half Marathon: 27:28 min/mile

Are there pacers?

We currently do not actively support pacers but will not prohibit unofficial pacers from promoting their involvement. We take no responsibility for their actions. We do place Pace (starting) signs along the Start line to facilitate a smooth start and we encourage participants to line up according to their expected pace.

If we add pacers we will update this information accordingly.

How hilly is the course?

The course is mostly flat and fast. The hills are not severe; the most significant hill climbs 180 feet over a one-mile distance between Miles 6-7. There are some bridges and overpasses on the Jack Markell Trail but short and sweet in terms of hills.

Elevation Profile

Where are the water stations?

We have water stations roughly every 1.5 miles.

Please see each event’s course map to see where each water station will be located.

What's the parking situation on race day?

We have partnered with LAZ Parking to offer runners a discounted rate of $5 for the full day of parking when runners present their race bib upon exiting the garage.

Street parking will be very limited and difficult to find, so we do not recommend planning on it being available.

Please visit our Travel & Accommodations page for information on specific partnered garages and more planning tools.

Are there awards?

We will hold an awards ceremony for the overall winners at 12pm on Sunday in Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.

Overall Winners for all race distances: top three male and female finishers, as well as top male and female masters finishers

Age group awards will be mailed within a month after the event, after the timing results have been finalized.


What will the security presence be?

As a small marathon, we do not have a large security risk. There will be uniformed police and K-9 units at the event. We encourage you to use clear bags at the runner bag check-in located in Tubman Park. Unattended bags or packages will be confiscated. Please report all suspicious activity to a race official or public safety personnel.

Event Safety

Where should I park?

Traffic delays and parking restrictions will occur beginning early Sunday morning.

Please visit our Travel & Accommodations page for more information and planning tools.

What if I need to leave early?

You should not have a problem.

Exit the Riverfront via West or Justison Street to MLK Blvd and look for the signs directing you to I-95. You will not encounter the race route on your way out.

Where are the bathrooms near the start/finish line?

All portable toilets are located at the AMTRAK end of the park, at the back end of the S. French Street surface parking lot. There are restrooms in the AMTRAK station, at the Riverfront Market and in the Shipyard Shops.

On the course, there are portable toilets at or near every water station.

May I set up a tent at the park?

Unfortunately, the small size of Tubman Park requires us, for the safety and comfort of all concerned, to restrict open tents or picnicking on the event footprint. Therefore, there are to be NO tents or outside food at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park without the express written permission of the event organizers.

A very small number of team tents will be available at no cost, however, please be advised that demand for these locations far outweighs supply! To request consideration for a tailgating spot, please email us.

Decisions will be made partly on the size of the group; partly on when the request is received/availability; and partly on the basis of your group’s connection to the event, with beneficiaries, volunteers, and participant groups receiving priority.

Will food be available for sale to the general public?

The food inside the Hospitality Tent is for the runners only! Food will be available to runners after they cross the Finish Line at the Runner’s Hospitality Tent. This area will be stocked with bottled water, Gatorade, fruit, granola bars, chips and the ever popular chocolate milk!

In addition these items food and beer will be available to the general public for a small cost.

Where are the best viewing areas for spectators?

Brandywine Park is roughly two miles from the Start and the marathoners traverse this park twice during the race. Also, the Kentmere Parkway and Bancroft Parkway sections of the course (off Pennsylvania Avenue) are also quite nice.

Do expect traffic delays at Pennsylvania Avenue & Bancroft Parkway and at the 9th and Union Streets intersections. Pre-plan your route and have fun!

My family is coming to watch - What do they need to know?

Spectators are welcome! Traffic delays and parking restrictions will occur throughout the morning. The intersection of MLK Boulevard and South Market Street will be closed during the event. Parking will be a challenge due to all the Riverfront activities. Throughout the morning, traffic will be heavy in the Riverfront and other sections of the course. Expect traffic delays.

Please visit our Travel & Accommodations page for more information and planning tools.