Delaware Marathon

Delaware Marathon

Delaware Marathon

( 19 reviews )
94% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Wilmington,
    United States
  • May
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
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Experience a scenic race course that takes you throughout historic downtown Wilmington. The race travels across beautiful Brandywine Park on the Brandywine River, along prestigious parkways, through historic neighborhoods of Wilmington and past downtown’s Rodney Square.
Choose from a full marathon, half-marathon, 4-person marathon relay, 5k or kids fun run on Sunday. After you cross the finish line, celebrate your accomplishment at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park for a great party with live music, vendors, and activities for the whole family.

William Brent

EMMAUS, Pennsylvania, United States
35 51
"Do the half."
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
William Brent's thoughts:

The good: The finisher party is truly a celebration.
The bad: the 2nd half of the marathon lacks diverse scenery the aid stations are far and few between.

Registration: really simple
Race communication: thorough and not overwhelming. Emailed at good intervals

Accuracy of race information:... I think the communication was as accurate as they though. It was rather difficult to get a read on whether or not I needed to bring my own fuel and hydration. I generally bring gels but I was excited because Huma was supposed to be on course.
Sadly, I didn't see any gels at Aid stations. There were chips and bananas.
As it turns our mile 19.5 had gu energy chews on the table if I wanted to stop and ask for them.

The course:
I think the half marathon is a fantastic experience. It's scenic and gives you an opportunity to explore Wilmington. I felt that I was running Gettysburg, PA and Roanoke, VA all at the same time.
There were hills and woods and a cemetery and a park... If I only did the half, I would have probably rated the race 5 stars.

The back half of the marathon was just a long stretch of nothing. The last 2 miles along the water was nice. It made me enjoy the race. But 13 to 25 was just painful from a scenery and (lack of) elevation change perspective.
The start line was super congested. They had 3 races go off at the same time (full, half and 10k) and that was too much on the path. If they would have had the individual events go off rolling that could have thinned out the crowd a bit.
Logistically it made sense, but as a runner it was rough.

Parking was fantastic. They worked with a local parking authority and we were able to park in the city lots at a discount.

The volunteers were swell.

The beer tables were great, the snacks at the end were great.

Do the half.

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