Coastal Delaware Running Festival set for April 22-24

Race Directors Rick Hundley and Ernie Felici of Focus Multi-Sports will present the 2nd Annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival on April 22-24. Dubbed “Delaware’s Coolest Marathon”; and designated by VacationRentalHomes.com, a Trip Advisor Company, as the “Best Marathon in Delaware,” the Coastal Delaware Running Festival is designated a State of Delaware Championship event by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and a Boston Marathon qualifying race.

Race-related activities will begin on Friday, April 22, with the full and half-marathons and 9K on Sunday, April 24. On Friday, April 22, 6-9 p.m., early packet pick-up and an athlete and family welcome party will take place at the Starboard at 2009 Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach. On Saturday, April 23, from 2 to 8 p.m., packet pick-up, a sports expo and on-site registration (if not sold out) will be held at the Starboard.

On Sunday morning at 7, 7:30 and 7:45, the marathon, half-marathon and 9K, respectively, will start at Tower Road at the Delaware State Park off Coastal Highway. The finish line and post-race celebration party will be at Lighthouse Cove. The post-race party will feature free food and beer and live entertainment.

The Coastal Delaware Running Festival is also a fundraiser for many local charities, including the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation (DSPF), a Friends Group supporting Delaware State Parks. The DSPF is a non-profit organization that was created to preserve, protect and enhance the Indian River Life Saving Station, and the parks within the Delaware Seashore State Park region, including the Indian River Marina, Delaware Seashore, Fenwick Island and Holts Landing State Parks, whose most recent undertaking is the restoration of World War II Fire Control Tower #3 with the Fort Miles Historical Association.

The races will explore many of those very venues — the salt marshes, oceanside, bayside and pond-front parks of south coastal Delaware, with views of the Rehoboth boardwalk and Fire Control Tower #3, the DSPF’s main fundraising priority.

Other charities supported by this festival are: Preston’s March for Energy, the Delaware KIDS Fund, the Get Well Gabby Foundation, Seashore Striders Delaware, Baycenter for the Performing Arts, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Autism Speaks National Capital Area Chapter and Autism Delaware.

“Our course is flat and fast, which runners love, not to mention incredibly scenic. We are known for our awesome party-like events and great swag, especially gender-specific tech shirts and unique, creative and highly sought-after finisher medals, so we fully expect to sell out the races again this year.” said Hundley.”

“Our cutting-edge reputation made us step up our game for the second annual, so we added a VIP registration package, limited to 100 athletes. The VIP packages includes express packet pick-up, VIP parking before 7 a.m., private restrooms at the starting line, champagne and mimosas, and 10-minute massages at the finish line on the beach. Plus, all kinds of extra limited-edition race goodies, like drawstring backpacks and singlets, all for $49.95,” said Hundley.

Focus Multi-Sports is also known for the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquabike, Boo-B-Que 5K walk/run, Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler, the upcoming Justin’s Beach House 5K/10K on May 28 and Athletes to End Alzheimer’s on Aug. 7,

“If you have done any of our other races, you know we always have something extra special to surprise our athletes and manage a very well-run event. If you have never raced with us, register and we promise to wow you.”

The registration cost increases as the event approaches, but those who register between March 14 and March 20 will receive 10 percent off with the code of “LUCKY.” For more information or to register, visit: www.CoDelRun.com.