This was year two of running in the Coastal Delaware Running Festival and this year was double the fun! Last year I ran the half marathon and days after the race I signed up for the 2018 event- but this time opted for the Cape Challenge, which is the 5k on Saturday and the 9k on Sunday. If you follow along on Instragram you know the weather was amazing and I love this race weekend!
Lets start out with packet pick up and work the way through the weekend!
Friday: Friday afternoon I packed up the girls (Reagan + LC) and we ventured over to the packet pickup which was at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. We got there a few minutes after it opened and things were already busy! The lines were sort of confusing but after a short wait we picked up our bibs and swag (shirts, glass, and other goodies in a nice reusable bag) and headed on our way. To be honest I did not spend any time looking around the expo since I had the girls with me- we grabbed our stuff, talked to a few friends and left. It was nice that there was a smallish parking lot at the convention center so we did not have to worry about finding a parking spot. I will say that once we left the expo there was a long line to get in so I am glad we went early! The expo was also open Saturday but since I was running the challenge I wanted to have my bib ready for the next morning.
Saturday: Saturday morning was the 5k to kick off the challenge weekend! The 5k took place in Dewey and upon arrival it was packed! According to the race app there were over 800 runners that morning! Amy and I both had to bring part of our mini running crew which meant we had to pack both my strollers but the kids did great and seemed to enjoy themselves! We arrived in Dewey around 8:30 for the 9am start. We found parking across the street from the race start. There were people everywhere which made for an exciting morning. The race started at 9 and we started near the back since we would be pushing the strollers. The race was very crowded for the majority of the course but I was able to push out negative splits which is always exciting! We hung around for a little bit and enjoyed the starboard bloodymarys and some of the post race treats- soft pretzels, bananas, granola bars and other goodies! It was such a beautiful morning and great way to start the weekend! My 5k time was 31:24 which I was happy with due to the double strollers and large crowds!
Sunday: Sunday featured the full marathon, half and the 9k all at staggered start times. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning and perfect temps (for us 9kers anyway). This year the races all started and ended at the Rehoboth Boardwalk and I can say that it was logistically much easier than previous years starts at Tower Road in Dewey. There were multiple bathrooms to use which made things nice and loads of parking. We were able to snag a spot one block from the start without any problem!
The 9k course was perfect! We started and ran the boardwalk, through the neighborhoods in Rehoboth and then out to Gordon’s Pond Trail entrance to then turn around and head back! There were lots of runners on the course and we even started to see some half marathon runners that were speeding towards the finish!
Amy and I just took things easy and enjoyed our run. We chatted away and couldn’t believe how quickly the 5.6 mile race was ticking by. Once we returned to the boardwalk entrance I took off with everything I had in the tank and tried to pass as many people as possible! My goal was to finish in under 60 minutes and we ended up coming in at 58:06.
Lauren made out great during the race! She was a little fussy before we started but after a quick adjustment of her toys in the stroller she was good to go and stayed awake for about 5 of the 5.6 miles! She even had fun at the after party and made some new runner friends!
One highlight of this race is always the SWAG! You get so much and EVEN more when you sign up for a challenge! For the Cape Challenge we received two shirts (which are really soft) and three medals. The medals are magnetic and hook together! They are very pretty medals and a decent size! My kids had a fun time playing with them all Sunday afternoon. Along with the shirts and medals you also get a trucker hat as you cross the finish line! I am always a fan of a “finisher” item as you cross the finish line- always a nice touch! As I noted before you also get a pint glass at packet pickup with a magnet and other coupons. Overall you definitely get a lot for your money with this race!
Along with the swag the after party is fun! This year the title sponsor was Grotto’s and the party was hosted at their Rehoboth Avenue location. Since we ran the 9k, we got there early enough to enjoy it before things got really crowded. We opted to stay outside and enjoy the buffet and beverages but there was more inside that we did not check out.
The email for 2019 registration has already been emailed out. I am about 75% sure that I will be doing the Cape Challenge again next year (even the price went up $20 from last year for early registration???!!!)
Did you run in the Coastal Delaware Running Festival? What did you think? Will you be adding it to your 2019 race calendar??
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