4 Interesting Facts About the Rehoboth Seashore Marathon

Dr. Bryan Deptula
Dr. Bryan Deptula

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The Rehoboth Seashore Marathon has grown every year since it began in 2008. It may not be as well-known as others around the U.S. (not yet, anyway), but people from all over the country come to this beautiful town to be a part of it.

You may be interested because you plan to run the full- or half-marathon on December 4th – or maybe your job is to act as a cheerleader for somebody participating. Here are some fun tidbits about this race, whatever your role in it might be.

1. It Starts at a Nearly 150-Year-Old Boardwalk

It’s difficult to think of a marathon setting more picturesque than this. The starting line for the Rehoboth Seashore Marathon is at the boardwalk at beautiful Rehoboth Beach. It was built in 1873, making it one of the oldest boardwalks in America.

The boardwalk is a mile long and packed full of shops and restaurants, and it’s also home to Funland, an amusement park that has been operating since 1962. You will also find the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, which has offered open-air concerts for almost 60 years.

2. It Provides Outstanding Photo Opportunities

Those running in the race should be sure to follow markers to stay on the course – otherwise, the scenery may cause you to stray and get lost. A large portion of the marathon winds its way through gorgeous Cape Henlopen State Park. This park contains forests, wetlands, and coastal habitats, and you will see all of them while you run.  You’ll eventually pass the point of Cape Henlopen, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay.

You might also see what appears to be a military fort; if so, know that you’re not hallucinating due to exertion. The park contains Fort Miles, which served as a defense site and training and testing ground during World War II. 

a stop at cape henlopen while at the rehoboth marathon

3. There’s a Fantastic After-Party

Most people who have been running all day want to unwind when it’s over. Gatorade and one of those foil baked-potato blankets they tend to drape you in after the race are nice, sure, but you deserve more than that for the work you put in.

This is why you’ll be happy to know there’s a tremendous post-race shindig that includes all the food and (non-alcoholic) drinks you can throw down. There will also be a DJ playing tunes, so you’ll be able – if you have any energy left – to boogie the night away and celebrate an impressive achievement.

4. Great Accommodations Are Available for Race Weekend

Being at your best on race day is much easier when you’ve got a relaxing place to stay that can provide a good night’s sleep. One exceptionally comfortable place to lay your head before and after the marathon is the Canalside Inn.

Our pet-friendly boutique hotel is less than 2 miles from the starting line. We also offer a package that includes a certified massage therapist who will help soothe any aches and pains you may be feeling after your run. Contact our team to book your stay.

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