Independence Series Day 1 Marathon & Half Marathon

Wednesday, June 5, 2024  Bear, DE

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Welcome to the Independence Series Day 1 Marathon & Half Marathon, taking place in June in Bear, DE! This race has been a beloved event for many years, drawing in participants from all over the country. It’s the first race in a series of races held by Mainly Marathons, with the other legs of the series taking place in Elkton, MD, Birdsboro, PA, Sussex, NJ, and Montgomery, NY. 

The half marathon course is the first in a series of thrilling challenges – you can run just this one or use it as an introduction to the entire Independence Series. It’s a unique and picturesque 8-lap loop that covers a mix of hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel, and pavement with lots of shade. Each lap has an elevation gain of approximately 39 feet, making it a relatively flat and fast track. 

The trail will take runners on a winding journey through the park, passing by the stunning Lums Pond and the lush greenery of the area. The course is well-marked and since it is a loop course, has a single – but giant – aid station with everything from jelly beans to hot coffee. It’s even catered by its own mobile kitchen, the Loony Lunchbox. 

One of the unique features of this race is that there is no time limit. The race organizers have a “no runner left behind” policy, and they will stay until the final finisher crosses the line. Walkers are always welcome in this race, making it a great option for anyone looking to complete their first half marathon.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first-time half marathoner, this race is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Race Weather & Climate

Situated in New Castle County, Bear, Delaware, lies in the northern region of the state, providing residents with a suburban atmosphere that’s close to Wilmington, offering convenience and access to urban amenities.

In Bear, on June 5, you can expect an average high temperature of around 80°F and an average low temperature of approximately 60°F. This time marks the early summer season, with warm and pleasant weather. June typically sees about 3.7 inches of rainfall in this region.

Independence Series Half Marathon Race Results

Independence Series Half Marathon Race Results

Independence Series Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Independence Series Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 6:00 AM (ET).

There’s no time limit.


To reserve your spot in the 2024 Independence Series Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

  • There is a $105.00 fee for the half marathon.
  • There is a $120.00 fee for the marathon.
  • There is a $45.00 fee for the 5k.
  • There is a $55.00 fee for the 10k.
  • There is a $130.00 fee for the 50k.

Independence Series Half Marathon Race Website

Independence Series Half Marathon Website

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