5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Run the Goat Again 5k
    Runners will be challenged as they run through city parks and the Riverwalk of Milford.  Terrain is a mix of paved paths and gravel road. All participants will receive  a shirt, post race food and 1 beer (for runners over 21).  This is an evening race and begins at 6:45pm.
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    Milford 18 August 2017 Run the Goat Again 5k
    Run/Walk for Kids 5k
    Join runners for the 6th annual Run/Walk for Kids 5k! There will also be a free kids run with Ronald McDonald! Post race food includes burgers, hot dogs and fruit. Participants over 21 will receive a beer or Bloody Mary.  There will also be family friendly games and activities after the race. Proceeds of the event benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.
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    Lewes 16 September 2017 6th Annual Run/Walk for Kids 5k
    Run, White and Blue 5k
    Delaware Technical Community College will host the Run, White and Blue 5k to benefit the college's Scholarships for Veterans and First Responders.  Make sure to stick around for the post race cook out and family friendly activities. Race begins at 6pm and is walker friendly.  All participants will receive a shirt. Participants will meet at the Jack F. Owens Campus.
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    Georgetown 17 September 2017 Run, White and Blue 5k
    Faithful Friends 5k
    Join Faithful Friends Animal Society for this dog-friendly 5k race!  This cross country race will be held at the scenic Bellevue State Park. First 400 registrants will receive a shirt and first 500 registrants will receive a swag bag. There will be post race food and drink for participants.  Race begins at 10am.
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    Wilmington 17 September 2017 Faithful Friends 5k Run/Walk
    Run for Betty Dolphin Dash 5k
    The Seashore Striders will host the 10th annual Run for Betty Dolphin Dash race.  Runners will begin and finish at Shields Elementary School.  The course is flat and fast and will loop around highland acres and blockhouse pond.  Proceeds benefit the Betty Gooch Scholarship. Race begins at 5:30pm.
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    Lewes 29 September 2017 Run for Betty Dolphin Dash 5k
    Believe in Tomorrow 5k
    Runners will be treated to beautiful ocean views at the finish line of the Believe in Tomorrow 5k! Participants will run through the town of Bethany and finish at the Bandstand on the Bethany beach boardwalk. There will be a post race party with food and family friendly activities.  Registered participants will receive a shirt. Race starts at 8:30am.
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    Bethany 30 September 2017 Believe in Tomorrow 5k
    Mac & Cheesteak 5k
    Be rewarded for all your hard work in this 5k race with a post race sandwich from I Don't Give a Fork food truck!  Runners have their choice 5 different delicious sandwiches. Race begins at 9am at Rockford Park. First 125 registered runners will receive a shirt and swag bag.
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    Wilmington 8 October 2017 Mac & Cheesteak 5k
    Boooo-B-Que 5k Run
    Participants will run over the iconic Indian River Bridge twice and through Delaware Seashore State Park in the Boooo-B-Que 5k.  Participant are encouraged to wear a costume and there will  be a best costume contest! Runners will finish at the Indian River Inlet where there will be post race food, drink, music and Trick or Treating.  Race begins at 10am.
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    Bethany Beach 21 October 2017 Boooo-B-Que 5k Run/Walk
    Harvest Hustle 5k
    Get in the fall spirit at the Harvest Hustle 5k! This flat and fast course features views of apple and peach orchards, farmland and beautiful fall scenery.   No pets allowed at this event. Participants will receive a Harvest Hustle race shirt.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society of Delaware. Race begins at 8am.
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    Camden-Wyoming 21 October 2017 Harvest Hustle 5k

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Delaware? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks on the coast of Delaware?

    There are many to choose from here as Delaware is host to many 5k races throughout it's many beach communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Boooo-B-Que 5k Run, the Run for Betty Dolphin Dash 5k and the Believe in Tomorrow 5k. These are just a few of the many 5K events on the coast.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Great Wyoming Buffalo Stampede 10k
    Run on country roads and through orchards in the Great Wyoming Buffalo Stampede! Runners begin and finish at Wyoming Park.  At the finish line, participants will receive a cold towel and get to visit the spray tent to cool down from this summer 5k.  Fruit and water will be available to all participants. Race begins at 8am.
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    Wyoming 15 July 2017 Great Wyoming Buffalo Stampede
    Dewey Beach Patrol 10k
    Runners begin and finish at The Ivy at Dewey Beach and will be treated to post race food and beer for runners over 21. All finishers will receive a medal. Registered runners will also receive a shirt. A part of the proceeds go to the Dewey Beach Patrol Competition Team.  Race begins at 8am.
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    Dewey Beach 22 July 2017 Dewey Beach Patrol 10k
    Half Way to St. Patrick's Day 10k
    If you love St. Patrick's Day, celebrate by running the Half Way to St. Patrick's Day 10k! There will be post race Irish food, drink and music at Deer Park Tavern. Participants will receive a custom bib and a long sleeve tech shirt. Race begins at Amstel Avenue at 9:00am.
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    Newark 10 September 2017 Half Way to St. Patrick's Day 5k and 10k
    Run for the Buds
    Join runners for this 9th annual race at Rockford Park in Wilmington.  All runners will receive a tech shirt and medal. Post race festivities include live music and a free beer garden for runners overs 21. Race begins at 10:30am.  There is also a 5k run/walk and a 1k.
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    Wilmington 14 October 2017 Run for the Buds
    Herring Point 10k
    Run the trails at the beautiful Cape Henlopen State Park in this 10k race! Course features views of the Atlantic Ocean, Gordons Pond, grassy marshes, sand dunes and more.  There will be water stations on course and post race refreshments.  All runners will receive a tech shirt. Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Lewes 15 October 2017 Herring Point 5k & 10k
    Run Inspired 10k
    Enchanted woods, rolling hills, streams and beautiful gardens are just some of the course highlights of this 10k race.  Runners will begin and finish at the Winterthur Museum.  Post race festivities include a beer garden, live music, food and family friendly games and activities. Runners will receive a tech shirt and finishers medal. A portion of the proceeds go to Operation Warm.
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    Winterthur 15 October 2017 Run Inspired 10k
    Fordham & Dominion 10k
    Run the foothills of Dover and stick around for the awesome post race at the Fordham & Dominion Brewery featuring live music and food trucks. Runners will receive a beer stein and coasters as a finishers gift. Race benefits the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity. Race starts at 10:00am.
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    Dover 28 October 2017 Fordham & Dominion 5 & 10k

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Delaware? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in the Wilmington area?

    There are many 10K  races to choose from in the Wilmington area as the many communities and neighborhoods of the city host race events. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Half Way to St. Patrick's Day 10k, the Run for the Buds and the Run Inspired 10k. These are just a few of the many available events.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Triple Crown Trail Festival Half Marathon
    Runners are sure to be challenged in this hilly half marathon in White Clay Creek State Park.  Course is mostly single track with 8 aid stations. Runners will run through White Clay Creek twice! Race begins at 7:30am. First 100 half marathon finishers will receive a "Runnin' Dawg" mug.  Pre-registered runners will receive a shirt. Post race food including the "Surviviors' BBQ" begins at 10:00am.
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    Newark 29 April 2017 Triple Crown Trail Festival
    Heritage Half Marathon
    The  very flat course of this half marathon is entirely on the Dover Air Force Base.  Runners will begin and end at the AMC museum.  Registered runners will receive a tech shirt and all finishers will receive a custom medal.  Post race food and drink will be available to all participants.  Course will have 8 aid stations with water and sports drink. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Dover 30 April 2017 Heritage Half Marathon
    Independence Series Day 1 Half Marahton
    This walker-friendly half marathon takes place at Lums Pond State Park. Races begin at 6:00am but there is an early start option. There is no time limit. There will be a free pasta dinner at packet pickup. Runners will receive a shirt and finishers medal.
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    Bear 8 May 2017 Mainly Marathons
    Monster Mash Half Marathon
    Put on your Halloween costume and join runners in the 7th annual Monster Mash Half Marathon!  All participants will receive free food, beer and post race massage. Showers and changing rooms will be available at the Dover YMCA. Race begins at 7:00am and there is a 4 hour time limit. Finishers will receive a medal. Race benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
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    Dover 21 October 2017 Monster Mash Marathon
    C&O Canal Half Marathon
    This race starts and finishes at the Biddle Point trail head and is run on the newly paved  Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail.  This course highlights include historic bridges, working tugs and freighters from around the world.  Participants will receive a shirt and finishers medal. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    New Castle 5 November 2017 C&O Canal Half Marathon
    Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon
    Runners will begin at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and run a flat, scenic 13.1 miles. Runners will receive a tech shirt and finishers will receive a medal. Post race food and drink will be available to all participants. Water and Gatorade will be every 2 miles on course and GU energy gel at mile 5.  Race begins at 7:00am and has a 7 hour time limit.
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    Rehoboth Beach 2 December 2017 Rehoboth Beach Marathon
    Trap Pond Half Marathon
    If you are looking for a half marathon on the trails, check out the Trap Pond Half! This half marathon course will be on Loblolly Trail at Trap Pond State Park. Runners will make 3 clockwise loops. All finishers will receive a medal.  Registered runners will receive a short sleeve shirt. There will be three aid stations on course with a variety of food and drink . Race starts at 7:45am.
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    Laurel 28 April 2018 Trap Pond 50k
    Delaware Half Marathon
    Participants will run Downtown Wilmington and through the Brandywine Park on the Brandywine River. Runners will begin and finish at the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.  There will be a post race party with live music, vendors and family friendly activities.  All participants will receive free race photos, a race shirt and finishers will receive a medal.  Race begins at 7:00am.
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    Wilmington 29 April 2018 Delaware Marathon
    Coastal Delaware Half Marathon
    This race begins at Tower Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, Dewey Beach.  The course will Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area and back through Rehoboth and Dewy Beach. Water and Gatorade will be available about every 2 miles and Boom Nutrition Carb boom Gels will be available at mile 8.5. All runners will receive a shirt and finishers will receive a medal. Course has a 4 hour time limit and begins at 7:30am.
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    Rehoboth Beach 22 April 2018 Coastal Delaware Running Festival

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Delaware? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in the Wilmington area?

    Runners are sure to find a great Half Marathon in the Wilmington Area. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the  Delaware Half Marathon, C&O Canal Half Marathon and the Triple Crown Trail Festival Half Marathon.  There are many other Delaware Halfs, so these are just a sampling of the races available.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Costal Delaware Marathon
    The name gives it away - this flat and fast course has beautiful ocean views! Runners will begin at Tower Road Delaware Seashore State Park then make their way through Rehoboth Beach, then Gordons Pond Wild Life Area into Cape Henlopen State Park and back. Music, beer and food will be at the post race party at the finish line.  This race is a Boston Qualifier.   All finishers receive a medal.  Participants will receive a tech shirt. Aid stations will be about every 2 miles and feature Water and Gatorade. Boom Nutrition Carb boom Gels will be available at 13.1 and 21.5 miles. Race begins at 7:00am.
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    Rehoboth Beach 22 August 2017 Costal Delaware Running Festival
    Delaware Marathon
    Register early for the Delaware Marathon before the race sells out! Runners will receive a super comfortable tech shirt and finishers medal to all finishers.  Race begins and finishes at the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park along the Christina River.  Race begins at 7:00am and has a 6 hour time limit. Stick around for the after party featuring live music, vendors and family friendly activities!
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    Wilmington 29 April 2018 Delaware Marathon
    Independence Series Day 1 Marahton
    Join runners at Lums Pond State Park for Day 1 of the Independence Series.  This course has a "no runner left behind policy" and does not have a course time limit.  There is an early start option at 5:00am.  Race begins at 6:00am.  There will be a free pre race pasta dinner at packet pickup. Runners will receive a shirt and finishers medal.  Special medals will be given to runners who participate in all the Independence Series races.
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    Bear 8 May 2017 Mainly Marathons
    Monster Mash Marathon
    Runners will begin at Dover International Speedway Hotel & Casino race track before heading out to the city of Dover and returning to the track to have an epic finish in front of "Miles the Monster".  Participants will receive free food, beer and a post race massage, as well as a shirt and finishers medal. Race benefits the Wounded Warriors Project.  Marathon has a 7 hour time limit and begins at 7:00am.
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    Dover 21 October 2017 Monster Mash Marathon
    Rehoboth Beach Marathon
    This beach marathon features a beautiful scenic course that goes through Rehoboth Beach, Gordon's Pond and Cape Henlopen State Park. Course has a 7 hour time limit and race begins at 7:00am. Make sure to stick around for the post race party featuring unlimited food for all participants including burgers, mac and cheese, breakfast fare, fruit and more.  Runners over 21 will receive 3 free beers.  Participants will receive a shirt and all finishers will receive a medal.
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    Rehoboth Beach 2 December 2017 Rehoboth Beach Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2107 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Delaware? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathons on the coast of Delaware?

    Runners who are looking for beautiful coastal views should check out some of the beach front marathons. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Rehoboth Beach Marathon and the Costal Delaware Marathon.

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