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The Best Road Races in Delaware!

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In the small state of Delaware, we have some running races and marathons that are big in excitement. These races come in many shapes and forms. Some are for sport, others for charity. Some cater to the kiddies. Others are designed for top-notch athletes. Here's a look at our favorite running races in Delaware.

The Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Teal Ribbon 5K, Wilmington, DE

Proceeds from this popular race benefit ovarian cancer funding in the way of research, awareness and knowledge. This is an early morning flat run or walk design for dedicated runners and novice strutters alike. Attendees can look forward to a myriad of prices, t-shirts and post-race refreshments, all of which are available while supplies last. One of the most impressive features of this race is the fact that it features awards for ovarian cancer survivors and gifts the people who placed the highest pledges. The Teal Ribbon has been a tried Wilmington tradition for several years and the organization behind it is affiliated with several other cancer-oriented events like the Survivor’s Tea and the Teal Ribbon Silent Auction.

Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Described as “Delaware’s Coolest Marathon,” this running event is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The course is described as flat and scenic, and offers special rewards for half and full marathon finishers as well as 9K finishers. Expect a finish line beach party at the end of the race, along with a complimentary post-race beer!  

Race Against Domestic Violence 5K, Newark, DE

This race takes place in Newark, Delaware, where participants can challenge their bodies on a fast and flat riverfront course. Pre-registrants are gifted with t-shirts and winners can look forward to stocking up on even more prizes. This is a family-oriented race welcoming folks of all ages. It accommodates runners and walkers alike. Pre-registration fees are $25 with variable discounts made available to students and officers. College ID's are a must for discount rates. Children in strollers are welcome on walking teams but prohibited in the runner's section.

Bunny Palooza, Bethany Beach Boardwalk, DE

Step into spring via a 5 or 10K maritime romp at the expansive Bethany Beach boardwalk. Bunny Palooza takes place in mid-April, when the sandy beaches are perfectly set for the season. Participants can enjoy fun and festivities alongside the fitness activity with highlights being music, crafts and family-oriented games. All finishers who cross the line at the bandstand are awarded medals for their efforts.

The Delaware Marathon Running Festival, Wilmington, DE

This race really is a walk in the park for fitness enthusiasts. Situated on one of the most underrated historical sites in the nation (the home base for the Underground Railroad) the Delaware Marathon isn’t merely a sprint to the finish line. It’s a full fledge race event that takes place over the course of a weekend. Here you can run a marathon, dash through a relay or stroll through the 5K. Need a little incentive to push you through? How about $8,000 in cash prizes? Participants at this competition aren’t just given the quintessential t-shirts either. Instead, runners are given Under Armour updated UA Tech fabric long sleeve, lightweight shirts fully equipped with anti-microbial technology to bring the fitness to the closet at home.

As you can see, Delaware is always up and running winter, summer, spring and fall with racing events. These events run the gamut from full-fledged marathons, to sprints, and leisurely power walks. Stick around for other fitness-oriented, state-wide fun.

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