Overall Rating
Overall Rating (33 Reviews)
4.3
(33 Ratings)  (33 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.9
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.5
The Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon is a certified Boston qualifier with a course that’s mostly flat with some small hills in Cape Henlopen State Park. The after party features unlimited food and 3 beer tickets for those over 21. (For all finishers and friends and family who buy wristbands). We … MORE
Local Weather (Dec 03):
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018
 
H (° F ) 60 59 53 47 64
L (° F ) 49 44 33 35 46
Powered by Dark Sky
Find Nearby Lodging (hotel, rental, etc.):

Recent reviews

    demman1024 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Beautiful race, wonderful volunteers, awesome medal! It was no one's fault that it rained the whole race! Everything was pretty easy logistics wise. Such a cute little town. Many places … MORE

    Beautiful race, wonderful volunteers, awesome medal! It was no one’s fault that it rained the whole race! Everything was pretty easy logistics wise. Such a cute little town. Many places to eat close by. We stayed in a hotel a couple miles from the start and saved a lot of $$.
    Course is very flat and fast–if there’s not mud puddles!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '22

    I know this is a wonderful, flat, scenic course! The start was beautiful! I saw many running friends and enjoyed my time there. The after party I also know was … MORE

    I know this is a wonderful, flat, scenic course! The start was beautiful! I saw many running friends and enjoyed my time there. The after party I also know was fun, but did not get to experience it as I was too wet to stay and already checked out if my hotel. I loved there was plenty of food for us slower runners. The cinder trail probably would have been excellent if it wasn’t a mud bath. And slow runners went even slower fighting against dodging puddles, not slipping in the mud and sideways rain. My sister and her husband both BQ’d!!! Rehoboth is a cute town that really embraces this race!!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    mjsutton FIRST-TIMER '22

    Since Delaware is a state I needed to complete and the weekend of the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon worked well for my schedule, I signed up for this race … MORE

    Since Delaware is a state I needed to complete and the weekend of the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon worked well for my schedule, I signed up for this race in early-September. I had never been to Delaware before and was very unfamiliar with this part of the country, and I wasn’t sure how easy hotel reservations would be to come by, either (at least for those at a convenient distance from the start and end). So – in addition to registering for the race, I also made a reservation in September at the Bellmoor Inn and Spa. This turned out to be a great decision on my part…it is in a great location and such a charming inn! I planned to fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) as well and rented a car to drive the 2.5 hours to Rehoboth Beach.

    Even though I believe I made some good choices and planned well for this trip, we all know that you cannot predict the weather, and unfortunately, the weather played a pretty considerable role on the morning of the race. The forecast had been a little all over the place in the week leading up to the race, but rain was predicted on race day…and it went from light misting to a considerable downpour by the time I finished. As you’ll see, this led to some less-than-ideal conditions and resulted in me ruining my iPhone (which is a whole other story), but there is no sales tax in Delaware and I needed a new phone anyway, so that kind of worked out! 🙂

    As far as the race itself – I must say that this is a well-organized and well-executed race. I feel like I received plenty of communication in advance of race day and knew what to expect. The Rehoboth Beach Running Company also hosted a very nice after-race party, although I have to admit I did not take advantage of this. (At least, the buffet line looked pretty expansive!) I was soaking wet at that point and just wanted to get out of my wet clothes. And, there were plenty of volunteers and helpful on-course support…there was a water and gatorade stop approximately every two miles. I do wish there had been more photographers on the course; I got the impression from the communication around the race that there would be a number of photographers but I only saw a couple along the entire half marathon course.

    The course itself is fairly flat. It winds through the town a bit before ending up on the boardwalk. To me, this was definitely the highlight of the race. It’s really beautiful to run along the beach at sunrise! You also run through some neighborhoods with amazing beach homes and end up on the Junction & Breakwater Trailhead, which is most of the second half of the half marathon. The trailhead is not paved and mostly gravel, so it got a little messy at times given the rainy weather. But, it was really lovely scenery otherwise.

    Because I arrived in Delaware on Friday and left on Sunday morning, I didn’t have a lot of time to explore and I really wish I could have spent another day checking out the beaches and shopping. Rehoboth Beach is a really cute, beachy town with lots of dining and shopping options, including outlets. (Don’t forget – no sales tax in Delaware!) I guess this just means I’ll have to come back!

    One final word – I found all the people I met to be so friendly and nice! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but everyone (shopkeepers, race volunteers, fellow runners, etc.) was so pleasant and helpful. If it weren’t so far away from my home (and not exactly the easiest to get to), I would definitely want to do this race again. An overall delightful experience!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    alyxpearce19 FIRST-TIMER '21

    When it comes to scenery this race covers almost all the bases! You get the ocean, the woods, some farm fields, main roads, downtown and a park! It was very … MORE

    When it comes to scenery this race covers almost all the bases! You get the ocean, the woods, some farm fields, main roads, downtown and a park! It was very hard to get bored while on this run. The energy of this race is amazing! All the volunteers and participants were energetic and enthusiastic!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Matt Ryan
    MattyIce FIRST-TIMER '21

    Loved running this-- has been on my radar for years. Was very hopeful it would go on this year. As others have commented the RD kept people updated on FB. … MORE

    Loved running this– has been on my radar for years. Was very hopeful it would go on this year. As others have commented the RD kept people updated on FB. For many months there was not much to give updates on which I imagine was frustrating for some…I just checked once a month and put it out of mind.

    Expo was modest, one complaint is they were all out of men’s medium and large shirts by the time I got there. Seemed a little absurd since those are probably most common shirt sizes. Coming in the mail– oh well. Wanted to wear it home like I usually do. $15 full lobster at Chesapeake and Maine across the street made it easier.

    Race itself was really neat: race start at the bandstand/ beachhead and first 5 miles in & around the town, then up the boardwalk. Tremendous to see the sun come up over the ocean horizon. Very nice, easy trail run for much of it after that. My one complaint is the last ~4 miles were quite dull…you do a little forest/ farm out & back. Rural DE is pretty but I needed something more to keep me going. I did not stay for the party as I had a flight to catch, but the medal is great. High marks all around.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1
    My Media

    3 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Packet pickup easy in the tent that will become the after party. Your choice of two different color race shirts and short vs long sleeves. Great support on the course … MORE

    Packet pickup easy in the tent that will become the after party. Your choice of two different color race shirts and short vs long sleeves.
    Great support on the course with fuel including gels at two spots. Felt safe the entire race with traffic control. Be prepared for the crushed limestone if you’re not used to that.
    Nice finisher medal and post race party! Be prepared for your non-runner friends/support to pay for after party.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Erin Gale
    erin.johnstone FIRST-TIMER '21

    All in all, I thought this was a good race. I deferred my registration from 2020 when it was canceled. There was not a whole lot of communication from the … MORE

    All in all, I thought this was a good race. I deferred my registration from 2020 when it was canceled. There was not a whole lot of communication from the race director prior to the race. I found myself checking the facebook page and the website constantly just to make sure it was still on. I liked that they gave you options for what color shirt/ size you wanted when you signed up, however the women’s shirts were very small and they did not have enough of the women’s long sleeves to exchange. Packet pickup went smooth and they had quality race apparel to purchase. I would advise getting there 45 min-an hour early to find parking on Rehoboth Ave. It was fairly chilly before the race, but I just kept my layers on until 10 minutes before the start and I was fine. It was a perfect race temperature (45-50). I was surprised at how narrow the start area was for the amount of people racing. I think if they had started the half and full 5 minutes apart, it would have helped this issue. I did enjoy the course. It is very flat and I was pleasantly surprised with the crowd support. There is about 4-5 miles worth of gravel/ dirt trail between miles 7-12. I didn’t care for it, but that’s mostly because I don’t train a lot on trails. It was still flat and tolerable. I really liked the medal at the finish and I like that the ribbon is different for the half and full. The food was excellent at the end and there were plenty of options. You get 3 free beers after the race as well. All in all, I think this was a good race and I would run it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Hamsco FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a excellent race. The course is very good, off the road for 80% of it, with plenty of water stops and friendly people. The after race party was … MORE

    This is a excellent race. The course is very good, off the road for 80% of it, with plenty of water stops and friendly people. The after race party was outstanding with plenty of food and drinks. The only negative comment would be they start the half and the full at the same time so it gets a bit congested for the first mile or so.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    runningthekeystone REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This was my 4th time running Rehoboth, 3rd in person after doing the 2020 marathon virtually. The previous times before that I ran the full marathon. This year I did … MORE

    This was my 4th time running Rehoboth, 3rd in person after doing the 2020 marathon virtually. The previous times before that I ran the full marathon. This year I did the half. They updated the beginning of the course where the marathon and half overlap for about 4 miles. I loved the change…added some lovely scenery and had us running the entire length of the boardwalk. Early on in the race I saw a bald eagle and around mile 7.5 where you begin the Breakwater/Junction Trail section there was a cornfield filled with snowgeese seemingly cheering us on.

    Mary Beth does a great job each year as director. The medals are awesome every time, the shirts are nice (they do run small for women so order a size up), and there’s a post-race party. The weather has also been fantastic for the 3 times I’ve run the race in person. The courses for both races are flat, fast and scenic. The aid stations are organized with experienced helpers.

    Highly recommend!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Omg I don’t know how or why but I majorly PR’d! Ok so the race: amazing communication from the race director for the past 2 years (had to defer last … MORE

    Omg I don’t know how or why but I majorly PR’d! Ok so the race: amazing communication from the race director for the past 2 years (had to defer last year to this year). She’s been accommodating, easily reached, and efficient. Packet pickup was easy and fast, expo was no frills but I thought the vendors were unique. Race shirt is super cute, as is the medal.

    Course was fast, flat, and had everything- road, trail, and boardwalk. Lots of support on the course and the flag alley was super cool. After party was awesome, tons of food and booze.

    DO THIS RACE!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Prefontaine REPEAT RUNNER '20

    FROM:Mary Beth Hanna Hutton Admin I’ve tried to keep most of my sarcasm to myself this year. Tried to be calmer, more patient, etc. That time is over. The answer … MORE

    FROM:Mary Beth Hanna Hutton
    Admin
    I’ve tried to keep most of my sarcasm to myself this year. Tried to be calmer, more patient, etc. That time is over. The answer to most questions is no. See Chuck Engle’s post. I might not even answer all the emails from this point on. If I do respond and the answer is no, emailing me 6 more times telling I’m not compassionate or not nice or not understanding, is not going to change the answer. Emailing to the different contact forms or changing to messenger or other contacts forms, will not change the answer. Asking to speak to someone else who has a different perspective, will not change the answer. There is no one over my head, except the alligators or possibly crocodiles. I know they are fighting for control. See them. For everyone else- can’t wait to see you. 🙏🏻🏃🤪

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Amazing views of marsh, dunes, ocean, wildlife and Air Force aircraft landing in Dover! Course is a mix of paved road and gravel trail almost completely flat. I ran virtually, … MORE

    Amazing views of marsh, dunes, ocean, wildlife and Air Force aircraft landing in Dover! Course is a mix of paved road and gravel trail almost completely flat.
    I ran virtually, but great hotels and restaurants all within walking distance. Easy 2 hour drive from Philadelphia. Running store is right in town too!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Robert Machlus
    rmachlus FIRST-TIMER '19

    first time in rehoboth beach for the half marathon and it's a fun, fast and flat race. i had a great time running and especially enjoyed the extra nice after … MORE

    first time in rehoboth beach for the half marathon and it’s a fun, fast and flat race. i had a great time running and especially enjoyed the extra nice after party. two things you should be aware of…half the race is on a gravel trial which i id not know ahead of time and second, the race director is lacking in people skills so if you have to deal with her it could be a problem.
    in general a very fun day!!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    1

    3 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    sohobrad FIRST-TIMER '19

    I’m am urban runner, but this was nature just about as beautiful as it gets in a road race. Uniquely, almost half the course is on easy trails, soft enough … MORE

    I’m am urban runner, but this was nature just about as beautiful as it gets in a road race. Uniquely, almost half the course is on easy trails, soft enough to ease the jar of running, hard enough to minimize any slowdown from the dirt and gravel surfaces. Much of the first half goes through a coastal marshland nature preserve. Much of last 8 miles swings through farmland and a nature trail. Course is almost pancake flat with some small rises and falls to ease the hamstrings

    Volunteers were exceptional. Ample water/Gatorade stations. Good guidance re turns/turnarounds. Great spirit at Finish Line and at fun after party with LOTS of food and up to 3 beers per runner! Very convenient t-shirt and award pickup. (I got an award!) In fact, races do not get more convenient. I stayed a three min walk from the start line, arrived three mins before the race and found my pace group right away. There’s some congestion at the beginning, but nothing that affected my race after the first ¼ mile.

    I liked the size of the race. Half Marathoners kept things lively the first five miles, then we settled in with our 600 Marathon peers. Looking at past years, weather has been consistently good. No guarantees, but RB runners have been fortunate. This year’s forecast looked cold and windy, but starting temps of 39’ made the day close to optimal. There were some winds from the north and west, but these were broken up in part by trees and bushes along a good part of the course.

    Award plaque and medals were great and t-shirt design lovely. Drawback on shirts, Half and Full Marathoners got same model. Otherwise, the Expo was dull and there was no additional swag – gloves, scarf, gel, etc. Free photos, however, were cool.

    In short, if you’re not keen on running a major, this is a race I think you are sure to enjoy. Oh, did I mention that Rehoboth Beach in December is a very cool seaside town?!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    runningthekeystone REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is top-notch from the pre-race expo to post-race. This was my second time running it and I plan to come back in 2020 for a 3rd running. I … MORE

    This race is top-notch from the pre-race expo to post-race. This was my second time running it and I plan to come back in 2020 for a 3rd running. I love the course with its gorgeous scenery. It is mainly flat, but that is a challenge in a different way versus a hilly course. The volunteers are some of the best I’ve encountered. I highly recommend this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '19

    Things I loved: * Morning packet pickup * 6AM start time * Beautiful scenery, running weather * Free race photors * Nice sized race * The course on the gravel … MORE

    Things I loved:
    * Morning packet pickup
    * 6AM start time
    * Beautiful scenery, running weather
    * Free race photors
    * Nice sized race
    * The course on the gravel path through the state park–easy on the joints
    * The medal is attractive, and race-specific
    * The half and the full separate around mile 4, which I prefer.

    My only, very minor, nit to pick is that the shirt, which I ordered in my usual size (Ladies’ medium) is literally skin tight. And I am sad because it is attractive!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '19

    There are several great reasons why RaceRaves named Rehoboth Beach as Delaware's Best Marathon in 2018. This hidden gem delivers on all counts. The course begins shoreside at dawn, right … MORE

    There are several great reasons why RaceRaves named Rehoboth Beach as Delaware’s Best Marathon in 2018. This hidden gem delivers on all counts. The course begins shoreside at dawn, right on the Rehoboth Boardwalk. At Mile 3, the course enters Cape Henlopen State Park. For the next 13 miles, runners are treated to beautiful vistas of coastal wetlands, salt cedars, sea grass, pine trees and ocean views. Watch for hundreds of “V”s of migrating waterfowl at sunrise. The run on Gordon’s Pond Trail is both scenic and serene, including a 1/2 mile elevated walkway over the dunes and fens beginning at M5. Have your camera ready at M7 for a scenic ocean overlook. An aid station at M10 was dispensing DQ ice cream …… which wasn’t melting in the chilly December morning. Between M12 and M13, note the abandoned, overgrown munitions bunkers and artillery siting towers left behind from a bygone era. M19 to the Finish is on the secluded and scenic Breakwater Trail; smooth, level, shaded and very forgiving to late-race fatigued legs.
    Rehoboth promises a post-race party and it was still rocking by the time I finally staggered in. Best race food ever: Bacon, biscuits & gravy, hamburgers, bacon, mac & cheese, pulled pork and bacon. (Did I mention bacon?!? I LIKE bacon.) Runners are armed with 3 beer tickets, courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewery. Fueled by the disc jockey and beer tickets, the party tent was jumping. I apparently left everything I had out on the course somewhere, as I was way too weary to shake my groove thang. Still …… might as well jump!
    I would be remiss if I didn’t offer some post-race microbrew suggestions and Rehoboth, being a resort town, is a target-rich environment. Check out Big Oyster, Crooked Hammock, Thompson Island or Iron Hill for great brewpub options. You might just have to schedule a return run-cation to experience everything Rehoboth has to offer.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

    3 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    llindstrom Dec 09, 2019 at 3:00pm

    Well done my friend!

    Well done my friend!

    Please login to reply to this review.

    cgingerich FIRST-TIMER '19

    Check-in was super easy, not much interns of an expo/swag, but nice to just get in and out. Was a cold morning at the start, but sunny, so can’t complain. … MORE

    Check-in was super easy, not much interns of an expo/swag, but nice to just get in and out. Was a cold morning at the start, but sunny, so can’t complain. Two out-and-back stretches with little view of the beach/ocean, which was disappointing, but overall a fun run and the food/drink offering at the end made it worth it.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Todd Rose
    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I just read SlowJuan's magnificent review from 2019, so the best I can do is refer you to his Review! My quick summary: Gorgeous, fast course with ideal running temps. … MORE

    I just read SlowJuan’s magnificent review from 2019, so the best I can do is refer you to his Review! My quick summary: Gorgeous, fast course with ideal running temps. Top notch after Race party as well. If not going after the 50 states, this is one I’d repeat!

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Joann FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a charming little town that is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Much of the race is done in a nature habitat. There is an abundance of reasonably priced hotels … MORE

    This is a charming little town that is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Much of the race is done in a nature habitat. There is an abundance of reasonably priced hotels within the start and finish line.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

  1. Races
  2. Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon