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Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
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(11 Ratings)(11 Reviews)
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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
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    MomRuns FIRST-TIMER '16

    Loved the quaint little town of Rehoboth..very artsy and lots of cute shops. The course was beautiful, scenic views along the shore. I did make a wrong turn at one … MORE

    Loved the quaint little town of Rehoboth..very artsy and lots of cute shops. The course was beautiful, scenic views along the shore. I did make a wrong turn at one point and had to stop and wait to ask which way to go. There was not enough support along the course and it was not well marked. The after party made up for it, though! Great music, dancing, and all the beer you can drink! I would do this one again!

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:45pm

    Melissa — from what you and Randy (below) say, Rehoboth sounds worth it just for the after-party! Though sorry you had to take a wrong turn to get there... as someone with a decidedly subpar sense of direction, I can definitely relate. Thanks for the thoughtful review, and congrats on coloring in state #12 on your map! 🙌

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    rcturk262 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Ran the 2018 Rehoboth Beach half marathon for my 100th lifetime half. Cold and clear morning with a slight breeze. Nice course that was mostly flat and included some city … MORE

    Ran the 2018 Rehoboth Beach half marathon for my 100th lifetime half. Cold and clear morning with a slight breeze. Nice course that was mostly flat and included some city streets and ~5-6 miles through a park before heading back to the race finish. The post race party was amazing… the best I’ve experienced in all my races.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 19, 2019 at 8:44pm

    Wow, best post-race party is saying a lot when you've seen 100 of 'em! Sounds like a great option for December, when racing season is winding down... congrats on #100 👏 and thanks for your review Randy, I'm loving your blazing orange 50 States map!

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    docdandadio FIRST-TIMER '18

    It was a cold day 29 degrees starting out, but sunny and great scenery starting with a colorful beach sunrise before the race. The course went through streets and into … MORE

    It was a cold day 29 degrees starting out, but sunny and great scenery starting with a colorful beach sunrise before the race. The course went through streets and into parks along the beach, along a boardwalk. My 3rd bald eagle seen in a marathon happened there. Further along, the path was lined with flags of all the countries and states represented by runners and as we ran by our names/where we were from were announced. Great after party with lots of great food – waffles, hot dogs, hamburgers, mac and cheese and 3 beer tickets each. Will definitely return

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    splintergirl REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race, while having a 3,000 runner limit between the half and full, has such a small town feel and lots of camaraderie. The FB page is both entertaining and … MORE

    This race, while having a 3,000 runner limit between the half and full, has such a small town feel and lots of camaraderie. The FB page is both entertaining and informative. The race starts at the bandstand in Rehoboth and winds through town to Cape Henelopen where the marathoners peel off to Gordon’s Pond and continue to Lewes. At the 10 mile mark, the course winds back through the park and into Rehoboth to rejoin the half marathon course. It is a mix of road and rail trail packed cinder. Very scenic and very well run! The aid stations are about every 2 miles and well stocked. The last out and back even offers a DJ to get you amped up for your finish and the after party has more food than any other race I’ve done. The only issue I struggled with as a slower marathoner is being able to even get to the beer stand – by the time I finished, dancing was in full swing and the DJ and beer are located very close together. There is an inside, quieter option but I didn’t think my legs could take the stairs. PR for the course and I certainly will be back! The full is definitely much more beautiful and worth it. Both courses offer a 7 hour time limit for those that need the extra time and still want to be involved, which is awesome! The RD and crew always go out to run in the last runner. The finish line is also well organized and well stocked with volunteers to keep things moving.

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    MissPatRuns FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my 3rd half marathon and the final event of my 2018 season. I had looked forward to it since registering early this year. I love being near the … MORE

    This was my 3rd half marathon and the final event of my 2018 season. I had looked forward to it since registering early this year. I love being near the ocean and this race started at the board walk. Although it did not run on the boardwalk itself, it went through the beachy area of shops and homes, through areas with exclusive enclaves of large beach homes, and through a dirt trail area with a marshy type feel. So basically, you get to run through different environments in a small town, beach area with changing scenery, which I loved because it is nice to get away from city runs and just enjoy the sun rise at the ocean for a 7 a.m. start and although I don’t think it got over 40 degrees, it was a beautiful day.

    The expo was in a large tent and I did have a little struggle trying to make sure I was in the correct line for my bib, then the wristband you need for the after party, then there are areas for vendors, then you eventually get to the shirt pickup. It was bustling and crowded when I got there on Friday at about 3 pm. The race shirt itself was a beautiful orange, which I love bright colors in winter, and had a pretty logo on it but it fit on the smaller side, so I should have done a shirt exchange. I usually get a medium and I could have used a large. There were 3/4 zip long sleeves and hoodies for sale, among other things. I purchased the 3/4 zip, which ran big and long so I ended up with a small, a 13.1 tree ornament, a cute little bag with a runner silhouette, a car magnet with the event logo, and a shoe bag with a sea shell theme. Although it was busy, the retailers were friendly and parking was free, but I did have to go around twice before I found a spot. They must not charge for parking in Rehoboth in the off season. I have been there a few times off season, but parked in the hotel, so it did not matter then.

    I stayed in a hotel that was not on the race website. I had an ocean view room and it was lovely hearing the waves crashing while I was settling down for the night before the race. Did I mention I love the ocean? Lol! I also loved being a hot 2 minutes from the race start and about a 10 minute walk from the finish. The finish and after party were in the same location as the expo. Many of the stores and restaurants are closed for the season on and near the boardwalk, but there are still nice choices that are still open and you can drive about 10-15 minutes back down to route 1 and hit other restaurants and the Tanger Outlet. My intention was to shop, as I now have more running clothes than regular clothing, but I did not feel like it. I think next year I will go a day earlier, Thursday, because I think that once I get into expo and run mode, I have no interest in being in and out of stores and trying on clothes, something to consider. The race started on time and the start line was lively. I don’t recall any particular problems or bottle necks. I am a turtle runner, so I knew to stay toward the back. They had pacers and my goal was to keep the 3 hour pacer in my site even though they ran and I do run-walk Intervals. I was good until the potty break I took at mile 5, which I am learning is my weak spot. There were spectators cheering you on at various points more than others and it was a good mix for me, quiet running at points and cheering and encouragement at others. The volunteers were awesome and I thought there were enough water/Gatorade and porta potty stops. The good thing about this race is that the marathoners and halfers start together, then split, and then they join back up somewhere during the last 6 or 7 miles I think it was. So if you are a turtle like me, you might be toward the end of the half marathoners, but you don’t feel alone because the full marathoners balance it out. Volunteers did a great job making sure you knew when to turn off and there’s were a couple of funny signs after the turnoff telling you that if you are running the full, oops, you missed your turn and need to go back. I thought that was great. The course is flat. As mentioned, the scenery and terrain change. You can hear the ocean at points, you see small cute beach houses, large beach houses, run over a short steel bridge and a wooden bridge/walkway. The course goes out and back one way, then out and back another way, which I did not mind because you see people in both directions and that is how I train on my long runs at home so I don’t have to run so far out. The only issue was on the dirt trail. It was narrow and ofeten those coming back spread out across the path and did not want to give way and share the road, especially people running with someone. There were , of course, costumes and even a lady who walked with her dog in her bag. The course is walker friendly because it is open for 7 hours, one of the benefits of the half and full finishing together.

    Now, the after party…I was so glad that I got to experience it without being in the middle of people clearing up. I crossed the finish and my name was called, which makes you feel so good!! There were tons of people there cheering and the person who gave me my medal was awesome, he greeted me and said “let me give you this medal great job”, he was so positive and I really felt like he was genuinely interested and not just there to pop the medal around your neck and move on. The tent was there with tables and buffet line and a d.j, but you could also experience the same inside in the restaurant sponsoring the event if you wanted to be indoors, so though it was crowded, it was great that they had 2 locations. I ventured inside but it was too close for me in there, so I went back out to the tent and stood in line. I was worried at first, but the line moved along and they had someone coming around with coffee, and someone else came with bags of chips, water, bananas, and chocolate milk while you waited. Now the food…waffles, pork BBQ, biscuits, sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, bacon, sausage gravy, Mac and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw and other salads, and vegan veggie burgers. Three, yes 3, free beers were included, but I don’t drink beer so I had soda. There were tables inside, people dancing, the music was awesome, and there were a few picnic tables outside, where I ended up. This was the best finish festival ever (I have been running for a year, so I may run into another excellent one, but this was awesome!). It was well organized and there were plenty of volunteers. My hotel gave an hour extended checkout to all runners and we could park as long as we wanted, so that was great. I was able to enjoy the festival, walk back to my hotel, freshen up, then hit the road for my 3 hour drive home. I will definitely be doing this one next year. Many people were celebrating their 50th state or 100th half, so I am going to keep that in mind. It’s a great party for celebrating one of these milestones and close enough to my home for family to travel to celebrate with me. Also, you can purchase bracelets for non-runners, but you have to do it early because they sell out and they are not available race day.

    Forgot, updating on 12/12/18- free pics available online today. So yet another reason to do this race.

    I highly recommend this event! Thank you to everyone who made it happen!

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    amarchet FIRST-TIMER '18

    What's not to like when you're at the beach, especially Rehoboth Beach, DE!! Fun flat race with ocean views. Pit stops every two miles. This time of year there is … MORE

    What’s not to like when you’re at the beach, especially Rehoboth Beach, DE!! Fun flat race with ocean views. Pit stops every two miles. This time of year there is not much crowd support especially when it’s in the 30’s but if you are looking for a PR you should be able to do it here. Although I did not stay for the after party it was a rockin!! Great live band, plenty of beer, and great food provided by local restaurants and Dog Fish Brewery (they were born here)!! If you are looking for a quiet smaller race then this is it. Only 1651 runners. Very friendly crowd, plenty to do even at this time of year.

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    Great course, flat and fast. Tremendous organization. Easy logistics. Very nice medal and shirt. Beautiful views. Good place for a weekend vacation. MORE

    Great course, flat and fast. Tremendous organization. Easy logistics. Very nice medal and shirt. Beautiful views. Good place for a weekend vacation.

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '15

    I ran this back in December as my Delaware marathon. I'll be brief because this was a whirlwind trip that involved driving a rental to Rehoboth, running the marathon the … MORE

    I ran this back in December as my Delaware marathon. I’ll be brief because this was a whirlwind trip that involved driving a rental to Rehoboth, running the marathon the next morning, showering quickly and driving to Philly, returning the rental and flying to a wedding in Utah. So I didn’t get to enjoy the whole festive marathon atmosphere to the fullest extent. That said, it was a nice event and I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good December marathon.

    My understanding is Rehoboth Beach is a madhouse in the summer months, but during December it was blessedly quiet but still very pretty and pleasant. My husband and I stayed in a little B&B walking distance to the start and finish but off the main drag. We arrived the day before, picked up my bib and shirt (which as I recall was bright pink so I immediately threw it into my ‘make into a marathon t-shirt quilt’ pile and haven’t looked at since). That was a pretty painless process as it’s not a giant event.

    The start is at the bandstand by the beach which is a nice setting. There were a lot of bathrooms but never enough 10 minutes before the gun goes off! It was a cold, crisp, clear morning, perfect for a marathon. The start was a little crowded but as always we thinned out within a couple of miles. I don’t remember a ton about the course itself other than it’s very flat and there was a nice mix of scenery. Some of it was beautiful marsh and parkland crossing bridges and running on packed trails. There were other parts run in residential areas, and also a little bit that was along a highway or other busy road. There was never any point where I thought “well this sucks,” as it’s pretty nicely laid out and adequately marked. There were some crowds and some quiet spots due to where we were running (parts were a little remote for spectators) but that never bothers me. There were times I wished I had my camera so I could have taken a few photos of the marshlands. Aid stations were plentiful and everyone was very friendly.

    The medal was a nice and quite large circular life preserver, which is fitting for the setting! I heard that the afterparty at the finish was pretty awesome too, but unfortunately for us we had to split right after I crossed the line, so I’ll never know what I missed!

    Bottom line: very nicely done marathon. Good organization, good communication leading up to the race, and a lovely setting to run. It wasn’t a PR for me, but it wasn’t far off either so it’s a pretty fast course. I’d recommend this race for sure.

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    fchaogay FIRST-TIMER '15

    Perfect course, technically: it's as flat as you can get and during off season at the beach. We left our rental cottage about 20 min before race start and just … MORE

    Perfect course, technically: it’s as flat as you can get and during off season at the beach. We left our rental cottage about 20 min before race start and just walked over to start line!

    Beautiful run through the nature reserve and a bit by the ocean – but beware that the last 8 miles or so are through a forest trail that is gravelly and has little stones. Very little crowd support throughout the race and it was tough those last 8 miles.

    After party is good, but gets too crowded and is more about people drinking as much “free beer” as they can.

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    Peter FIRST-TIMER '16

    Nicely organized small town marathon. Course went through town and the local state park. It was cold and windy, but the afterparty was very nice. MORE

    Nicely organized small town marathon. Course went through town and the local state park. It was cold and windy, but the afterparty was very nice.

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    The Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon is held in conjunction with a full marathon which share the same start and finish but split on the course. Held in December in the … MORE

    The Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon is held in conjunction with a full marathon which share the same start and finish but split on the course. Held in December in the off-season, the race gives you a chance to see the scenic area without the tourist traffic, with plenty of options for nearby hotels and race-day parking. The course is almost entirely flat, and has an out and back section that goes in a trail area- think small rocks/stones and dirt roads. The race has a nice after-party, which unfortunately can be quite packed after the half ends.

    The weather can change from year to year, but most participants find that they are comfortable in shorts and a short sleeve or long sleeve tech shirt.
    To save money on this race- go to their website and join the Facebook group. Look for a special announcement on a 12/31 registration sale for the following year’s race. Also, if you are traveling in the area, there are plenty of things for non-runners (aka family members) to do while you are at the race. There is tax-free retail outlet shopping within five minutes of the race site.

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