Race Date:
December 5th 2020 @ 7:00am
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand


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If I can't do the race, can I get a refund? 

201-365 days before race day: 80% refund
101-200 days before race day 60% refund.
61-100 days before race day 50 % refund
16-60 days before race day 25% refund.
After that no refund. Please do not send email requests for refunds for special circumstances. No doctor's notes or any special circumstances will result in a refund. You put in for the refund yourself by logging into your runsignup account. 
This policy also applies if the race gets cancelled due to Covid 19 or other circumstances.

Is race day entry available? 

No. Registration will be closed when the marathon reaches 1000 and the half marathon reaches 2000. There is no registration at packet pick up. There is no race day registration. Once each race is full you may not switch into that race. 

Is race day packet pick up available? 

Yes. For race day pick up-packets and chips will be at the race start. (Rehoboth Avenue & the bandstand) Packet pick up will start at 5:30 am. You must pick up your packet by 6:30.

Is there a time limit for the half marathon

The 7-hour time limit for the full marathon would also apply to the half-marathon.

Are there awards?

Yes. Overall male and female, overall masters male and female, 5 year age group awards. Each person can only win one award. The overall winner will not also win his/her age group. We will not have an awards ceremony this year. Once results are finalized, you can pick up your award outside of the party. You will not need to enter the party to get your award. We will make a presentation for the overall and masters for both races. This will happen near the finish line, outside of the party. Time TBD. No awards will be mailed. If you think you might have won an award check the results before leaving.

What kind of shirts will be given?

2020 shirts are long sleeve tech shirts. Men's and women's specific shirts. Expert brand. The women's shirts run small. Size up 1 or 2 sizes. Women's shirts will be Teal. The unisex shirts will come in Teal and orangish/red.

Can I wear a race number from a runner who is not able to do the race? 

No. There is no transfer of numbers. If you do this, you will be disqualified and ineligible for any awards. It is a safety concern. If you wear someone else’s number and have a medical problem, we have the wrong contact information and medical history for you. If you are caught giving your bib number to another runner. you will be banned for running this race in the future. If you are caught wearing someone else's bib, you will also be banned.

Can I switch from the marathon to the half or vice versa? 

Yes. You can do it yourself until that race is full. Once the half marathon fills, you can’t switch into it. Log into your account on www.runsignup.com.  You can make the switch yourself. There is a fee to switch.  Once the half is full, you can sign up for the waiting list if you want to switch races. if you are signed up for the full and only run the half, you will be listed as DNF. You will not be switched into the half. Do no do this! If you don't finish the race you are signed up for, do not cross the finish line and do not take a medal.

In 2019 the half marathon filled up, with a waiting list, 4 weeks before the race.

What time should I get to the race? 

6:15 at the latest in my opinion. Most people get there before 6:00.

What are the pace groups for 2020

These are the approximate times for pacing groups. These are subject to last minute changes.

Marathon Pace Times
We always try to get a 3 hour pacer, but this spot is tough to fill. If we are able to get one, we will post it here.
  • 3:25
  • 3:35
  • 3:50
  • 4:05
  • 4:20
  • 4:35
  • 5:00
  • 5:30

Half Marathon Pace Times:

  • 1:40
  • 1:50
  • 2:00
  • 2:15
  • 2:30
  • 2:45
  • 3:00

Can I transfer my entry to someone else?

No. No. No!

Can I defer until next year?

For 2020 we have a deferral program. you process the request by logging into your account on www.runsignup.com. The deferral option fee is $30.  In January you will get an email with a signup link for the 2020 race. You must complete this process to participate in the 2020 race.

The $30 deferral fee applies if you defer due to race cancellation.

What is included in the after party?

We're not sure if we will be allowed to have an after party for 2020. TBD.

Is the race a Boston qualifier?

Yes. It is a certified Boston qualifier.

Is there a bag check? 

There is an unofficial bag check. There are numbered tubs at the start. They will be brought to the finish. They are not secure. Do not put valuables in them.

What drinks are served on the course? 

Water and Gatorade (every 2 miles)
Gatorade flavor: lemon-lime

How can I buy an extra wristband for the after party? 

You can purchase them with your registration at runsignup.com.  Starting in October you can buy them online at www.runrb.com. Either way they will be held for you to be picked up at packet pick up.

What is the half marathon course? 

The half marathon will start at the bandstand, just like the full marathon. It heads down Rehoboth Avenue to 4th street and winds back to Surf. It heads out to Gordon’s pond, loops the parking lot, and turns around. It picks up Columbia out to Rehoboth Avenue, and turns right at the light on Church st. It follows the Junction-Breakwater traail and turns around at the first turnaround in Hawkseye. It heads back to The Circle, takes Columbia to 4th and finished behind Rehoboth Beach Running Co at 301 Rehoboth Avenue. See map on home page.

When will we pick up our timing chips? 

Timing chips are on the back of the race numbers. You will get them at packet pick up.

How much does the after party cost? 

All racers will receive a wrist band with their packet. You must be wearing the wristband to enter the after party. (No exceptions) You can purchase extra wristbands for your friends and family with registration. Advance wristbands are $40.00. After 11/10 $50.00. Wristbands purchased at packet pick up or race day are $50.00. Kids under 12 are free. There will be a limit of 400 wristbands sold. Once they have been sold out, you cannot buy them. Last year we sold out before race day. There were none available at packet pick up or race day.

Are there bathrooms on the course? 

There will be Port-o-Potties about every 2 miles. At the start, there are public bathrooms (Rehoboth Avenue) and Port-o-Potties from Clean Delaware.

Is there a time limit for the marathon? 

Yes. 7 hours. The Half marathon has the same limit.

For the 2020 race, we will strictly enforce the 7 hour chip time cut off. We have been lenient in the past and the finish times have extended longer. If you are not maintaining a 16 minute pace by mile 18, you will not be allowed to continue. If you disregard race officials, you will be disqualified and not allowed to register for this race again.

What are the closest airports? 

Philadelphia and Baltimore are both about a 2 hour drive from Rehoboth.
Salisbury, Maryland is about an hour away, but has limited flights.

Will there be gels on the course? 

GU brand gels on course. Vanilla and Triberry gels. Water stops at the entrance to the state park (full marathon course miles 9 and 12) and Grove Park (full marathon mile 19 & half marathon mile 5).
Why aren’t there more stops with gels? Mary Beth doesn’t want wrappers near the trail. People drop them there anyway, but we want to limit that as much as possible.

Where should I park? 

There is plenty of free street parking close to the start of the race. I would park on Rehoboth Avenue. I would park halfway between the start and the finish. The start and the finish are a half mile apart.

Will there be finisher medals? 

Yes. All finishers will receive a medal.

Virtual finishers also get a medal.

Is the course flat? 

The course is mostly flat with some small hills in Cape Henlopen State Park.

Can I switch races in the middle of the race? 

No. You will not receive a finishing time, if you change races in the middle you will be listed as DNF. If you do this, do not take a finisher medal. They are allotted for the number of people signed up for each race.

Is there any space left in the race? 

No. As of September 17th, we are being told that our numbers will probably be cut in half, if we are allowed to have the race. We are halfway full already. Registration has been suspended. It may or not reopen. There is a waiting list in case openings happen due to deferrals, partial refunds, people switching to the virtual race, or if we are allowed to add more participants.

What is the normal temperature? 

Usually, the temperature is in the mid 40’s at this time of year.

Will there be mile markers? 

There will be mile markers at every mile.

What day of the week is the race? 


What are the best spectator spots?

Grove Park (Rehoboth) Mile 19 and 26 on the full, mile 5 and 13 on the half)
Wolf neck state park lot. You walk one-tenth of a mile down to the trail. See course map:
We hope to have a good spectator map within the next few months.

Will there be a relay this year? 

No relay this year.

Can I run outside of the cones and outside of the marked course? 

No. You must stay within the marked, coned off areas. You must follow the directions of Police, race directors, and emergency personnel. If you do not, you are subject to being disqualified from the race.

Can someone pick up my packet?

Yes. Someone should bring a copy of your ID and a note saying it’s ok for them to pick up your packet. The note can be an email. We prefer that the note is on paper so we can keep it in case of questions later.

Are there enough seats for everyone at the party?

It would be impossible for us to have seats for 300 runners plus guests at our after party. Seats are limited. Please do not save seats or take up a seat for 2 hours. Seats are limited, so plan on standing.

Does this race have an elite entry program?

No. We do not offer free entries to this race for elite athletes.

Can I get my packet mailed to me?

No. We get the bibs and labels on the Tuesday before the race. We put everything together Wednesday night. We're not going to overnight your packet, even if you paid the cost of that. We don't have the time and there is no need for this. We have race day pick up until right before the race. If you can make it to the race, you an get your packet that day.

What is the latest Covid update and what are the cancellation policies

As of September 15th, we are being told that if we are allowed to have the race, the numbers will likely be cut in half. We have already reached that point. Registration will be suspended as of September 16th at midnight. It may or may not reopen.
In the event of forced cancellation, the policy is as follows:
1. $30 fee to defer until next year
2. Partial refund, depending on how close to race date the cancellation occurs. 
3, There will be a virtual option with results, medals, awards, and prizes.

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Race Date:
December 5th 2020 @ 7:00am
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand