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The 2018 course will remain unchanged from previous years.  Please see the images below for the USATF Course certification and the current map of the course.

COURSE MAP: Please click on the image below for a full-size version of the document

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USATF CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATE: Please click on the image below for a full-size version of the document

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RACE NARRATIVE:

Come out and join us for Delaware’s Premier Running Event!  This USATF Certified Half-Marathon Course along the newly opened (and PAVED) Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail starts and finishes at the Biddle Point trail head; strategically located only a short drive from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail head is a modern facility with restrooms, picnic tables and indescribable views of the historic C&D Canal.

You’ll begin the first 6 miles of your run on a flat and fast course that runs only a few feet from the river before quickly climbing from the canal base and passing through Summit North Marina. There, you will pass through a modern marina and restaurant (be sure to thank Grain H2O, our water stop sponsor) before proceeding about 1/2 mile to the turn-around point. A quick downhill descent, and you are back on the flat portion of the trail for what is virtually guaranteed to be a P.R. Finish! All participants will be professionally chip-timed using the MyLAPS BibTag system by Blue Cheetah Sports Timing, LLC.

Along the route, you will pass by historic bridges, working tugs and freighters from all around the world, an abundance of wildlife, and the sheer beauty of this man-made miracle.

The 5K will begin at 8:30 am and follow along the same route as the first 1.55 miles of the half marathon.  There will be a turnaround at the 1.55 mile waterstop and you get to enjoy the view in both directions.  This 5K course is FLAT with only 2 turns (at the S/F and at the turnaround, great for setting a NEW Personal Record!