Delaware > Caesar Rodney Half Marathon & 5K
Wilmington, DE • Sunday, March 17, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 50th annual running through the streets of Delaware's largest city on the first full weekend of spring on St. Patrick's Day in March 2013, the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon & 5K takes runners on an out-and-back tour of the city, with much of the course unfolding along the banks of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek.
More than 1,700 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in both races combined in 2012 -- including just over 1,400 finishers in the half marathon alone -- for an event that also serves as a fundraiser for the Delaware chapter of the American Lung Association, whose programs promote clean air, the prevention of lung disease and fight the environmental conditions and pollutants that cause lung disease in the Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas.
The race is often described as "the granddaddy of Delaware road races" thanks to its long history here, and often draws runners from as many as 20 countries around the world each year. Runners start and finish the out-and-back course for the race in downtown Wilmington near Rodney Square, and from there head out for stretches along Brandywine Creek and the river, including stretches that run past the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge, Brandywine Park and Rockford Park.
Runners finish the race just a few blocks from where they started, at Rodney Square on the corner of 10th and Market Streets. Those running in the half marathon must be able to complete the race within 3 hours, while those running the 5K must be able to finish their race within one hour.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the winding Christina River in the northern corner of the state, Wilmington typically sees March temperatures that average between 51°F and 34°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.5 inches for the month, making March the city's third-wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (March 17), the average high is 52°F and the average low is 34°F.
View the race route map for the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by January 31, 2013
$60 between February 1 - March 16
$80 on the day of the race (March 17)
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2013 running of Wilmington's Caesar Rodney Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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