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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
3.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.3
This renowned and historic Delaware race stands as the oldest half marathon in the country. The Caesar Rodney Half Marathon and 5K attracts thousands of runners and features a hilly course that winds through the most beautiful and scenic areas in Wilmington. And for those not quite ready for a … MORE
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    johnmallonee FIRST-TIMER '19

    I’m glad that I included the Caesar Rodney Half in my quest to get to as many states as I can. Course: The first 6 miles of the course are … MORE

    I’m glad that I included the Caesar Rodney Half in my quest to get to as many states as I can.

    Course: The first 6 miles of the course are flat and the route through town was scenic and enjoyable. The tough part was miles 7 to 9 which was a gradual incline for about 250 feet of elevation. However, there is a payoff at mile 9 as the course works back downhill. There is an interesting park and tower at the top and overall there is plenty of room to run in the size of the field of runners. Do be prepared for the final .2 miles which is a fairly steep hill to the finish. There was an out and back between miles 2 and 4 that got tight with two-way running traffic as the elite runners came back. This is my only gripe about the overall course.

    Experience: I liked the fact that the race didn’t start until 9:30am which gave the temperatures time to rise from a low of 32 to around 40 at race time. Caesar Rodney Square was a nice location for the event start and finish. The challenge with the time is completing the race and getting checked out of a local hotel as a traveler. I stayed at the Doubletree downtown and although they had no availability for late checkout, they did allow me an extra half hour from 12 noon to 12:30 to cleanup and depart.

    The race shirt and medal are both nice, although nothing special. However, they are a good balance to keep race costs reasonable. They had extra perks for drinks and food afterward, but I wasn’t staying long enough to partake.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3
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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '15

    I was looking for a race in March when I came across the Caesar Rodney half in Delaware. It’s been called the oldest continuously running half marathon in the nation. … MORE

    I was looking for a race in March when I came across the Caesar Rodney half in Delaware. It’s been called the oldest continuously running half marathon in the nation. I picked it because it was a short drive from New York and perfect for a short weekend trip.

    The first mile was a nice downhill which provide some momentum and excitement for me. After the downhill the first couple of miles were fairly flat. These first miles were through the streets of Wilmington. There were many people outside cheering the runners on.

    While the first couple of miles were quite enjoyable, that was shortly lived when I hit mile 6. From mile 6 to 9 there was a steady incline that was not fun. The only benefit was that from mile 9 to 12 was the downhill portion of that.

    The last part of the course finished with another uphill. At the end of the race they had pizza and drinks for the participants.

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    3

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    amy.manaresi REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was the third time I have ran this race. Each year, I am hoping that race conditions improve, and each year I am proven wrong! This year, it was … MORE

    This was the third time I have ran this race. Each year, I am hoping that race conditions improve, and each year I am proven wrong! This year, it was unseasonably windy and chilly, for an April race date (this is usually a mid-March race). This made the already challenging and hilly course even more difficult. I managed to finish, but probably will need a lot of convincing to do this race again–I want to love this race, as it is local and relatively affordable, but I have never had a great race here due to the course and weather. The race shirt was nice and so was the medal. Post-race food is decent as well.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    4

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