Rehoboth Beach Marathon

Rehoboth Beach Marathon

Rehoboth Beach Marathon

( 20 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Rehoboth Beach,
    Delaware,
    United States
  • December
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Vanessa Junkin

Salisbury, Maryland, United States
52 69
2021
"One of my favorite races - a great return for 2022!"
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Vanessa Junkin's thoughts:

This is one of my favorite races! I have run it every year it has been held in-person since 2013 (no in-person event in 2020). This was also my third year pacing the half marathon. This year, I paced the 2:45 half marathon.

The race is normally held the first Saturday of December, and the weather was particularly beautiful this year (50s). I drove up from my house, which is about an hour away, that morning. I arrived around 5:50 for the 7 a.m. start (I had to be there at 6 a.m. for pacing) and I got a parking spot extremely close to the start. There were plenty of parking spots available, and parking is free in the offseason. It was easy to pick up my bib and shirt on-site; a line formed as it got a little later. There is also packet pickup and a small expo the day before the race.

The swag this year was a tech shirt and the finisher medal. I always love the shirts from this race. I got a long-sleeve light teal shirt. In 2019, the women's shirts ran especially small, so I put a women's XL instead of a L on my registration. That worked well for me.

I've never won an overall or age group award at this race, but there are life preserver awards for the overall winners and nice awards made out of glass for the age group winners. I actually care more about food than swag, so I'm giving this a 5/5 for the swag in addition to the post-race food and beer.

The course changed from previous years. This year, it went a different way through town and took runners on the boardwalk before heading up to the Gordons Pond area and back, and then to the Junction & Breakwater Trail, which has another turnaround. I enjoy the course and like the views.

There were plenty of water stops with helpful volunteers. The race is very flat; a few bumps, but no significant hills (coming from someone who lives in a very flat area).

Race management is always great. It was so exciting to have this race come back after a year off because of the pandemic. The post-race party is always fun, and there is so much food at the end: waffles, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, mac and cheese, veggie burgers, coleslaw, potato salad and cookies. Each runner also gets three beer tickets for Dogfish Head beer (the beer is on-site, but the Dogfish Head brewpub is pretty much across the street). This year, there were also Truly seltzers offered. There is also a DJ and dancing.

I highly recommend this event and hope to be back pacing in 2022! Sign up early to avoid price increases. The price does get high in the few months leading up to race day.

Read my full recap here: https://sherunsbytheseashore.com/2021/12/10/after-two-years-i-had-a-successful-return-to-pacing-at-the-rehoboth-beach-seashore-half-marathon/

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