- 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other
- Road Race
I had fun in my second year as a pacer at the Coastal Delaware Running Festival in Rehoboth Beach! I paced the 3:00 group for the half marathon with Beast Pacing.
This race has a beautiful course, taking runners out and back on the Gordon's Pond Trail. It's a crushed stone trail and the whole course is very flat. It's not a technical trail. There are a few small inclines that a runner from a flat area might notice. The only problem for someone at the back of the pack was that there was a crossover in the course, where there were runners coming back from a loop. We had to turn left while people were coming toward us, so I felt like I was cutting across traffic. There was also another little out-and-back that could have been better marked.
There were plenty of aid stations that had water and Gatorade. After the race, there was a full buffet at Grotto Pizza, which had pizza, baked ziti, chicken tenders and salad. There was also beer. The full lunch afterward was a really nice perk! There were also free race photos.
I stayed at a nearby hotel, but parking is generally pretty easy in Rehoboth Beach in the off-season, and it's free during this time of year. I would still recommend getting there early just to ensure you get a good spot.
There wasn't much of an expo, but the expo isn't something I really care about. There was not race-day packet pickup, so my friend and I picked up our packets the day before at a local church, and I picked one up for another friend, too (I needed a form from her and copy of her ID). TriCycle and Run was set up with running gear/nutrition/clothes, and the race also had race-branded clothes for sale.
Race swag was awesome and included a shirt (not really a running shirt but more of a casual shirt), a pint glass, a magnet, and, upon finishing, a BOCO Gear visor. The medal was also nice.
I enjoy this race and hope to be back as a pacer next year!
Check out my blog review here: https://sherunsbytheseashore.com/2019/04/22/coastal-delaware-running-festival-a-nice-day-to-pace-the-300-group/