- 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
The Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon/Half Marathon is one of my favorite races, and this was my fifth year running the race. As a disclaimer, I did get a free entry this year as a pacer (and I also received a free entry and 2016 and 2017 hoodies because I made selfie signs for the race; I gave away the extra free entry on my blog).
If you are looking for a fun post-race party, you need to come to this race. There is a DJ and dancing, plenty of food and Dogfish Head beer (this year, each person got three beer tickets). Food includes different breakfast foods, mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw and more. There was also chocolate milk at the finish — and of course, there was water.
The course has beautiful scenery. Runners start right by the Atlantic Ocean and boardwalk and see the ocean again on the course. Several miles are also on the Junction & Breakwater trail (this is not a technical trail).
I'm going out of order with the categories listed above, but I also want to say the race management is top-notch. There is a Facebook group for this event and the race director, Mary Beth Evans, is constantly answering people's questions and providing important information. She is so responsive, and from my view, she really wants to ensure that everyone has a great race at Rehoboth. The course was also easy to follow.
As far as swag, this year's race shirt was a lavender short-sleeved shirt for women. The men's shirt was a short-sleeved black shirt. It's my first lavender race shirt, and I love the color! The medal is also really nice.
There were plenty of water stops on the course and the volunteers at each were great.
Packet pickup is held the day before the race as well as on race morning. I'm not really sure if I would consider the packet pickup much of an expo, although there were a few booths there.
This race is flat! I don't remember one hill. Over 13.1 miles, my total elevation gain was 66 feet.
I stayed at a hotel and was able to walk to the start, but parking in the offseason in Rehoboth is free and generally not too hard to find.
I would definitely recommend this race and I plan to return as a pacer in 2018!
Read my full blog recap here: https://sherunsbytheseashore.com/2017/12/06/a-perfect-day-to-pace-the-rehoboth-seashore-half-marathon/