Delaware > Fortitude for First Descents Marathon & Half Marathon
Lewes, DE • Saturday, December 1, 2012 • Course Map
Set for its second annual running as fall is giving way to winter here on the Delaware coast, the Fortitude for First Descents takes up to 250 runners in both races combined on a tour of southeastern Delaware's Cape Henlopen State Park, and also serves as a way to raise both funds and awareness of the mission of First Descents, a nationwide nonprofit organization devoted to supporting young adults fighting and recovering from cancer.
The organization got its start in 2011, when a group of young cancer survivors decided to take a trip to kayak several of the rivers in their native Colorado. Over the course of their week-long outing, they learned the basics of whitewater kayaking, becoming proficient enough to tackle a river with Class 3 rapids -- and learning a great deal about themselves in the process.
Ever since then, that first trip has been used as the basis for what today has become First Descents, which is now based in Denver and organizes outdoor adventure trips just like it for young adults (ages 18 to 39) both currently fighting cancer as well as young cancer survivors, to give them a chance to regain the confidence and zest for life that so many lose in dealing with cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
At the Fortitude for First Descents race, both a 13.1-mile half marathon and the 26.2-mile full marathon distances will be offered -- the starting time for both races is 7:30 AM -- and both races will start at the 5,193-acre park's parade field, which lies near the intersection of Post Lane and Middle Road inside Cape Henloven. From there, runners will head out on a tour of this historic park whose Henlopen Lighthouse once served as a guide for ships coming in from the Atlantic into Delaware Bay, and which has played a role in the nation's military history over the centuries, most recently as a military base in World War II.
Today, of course, the park is purely a venue for outdoor recreation and a nature preserve, famous more for its "walking dunes" that move along the seashore near its pine forests than for the bunkers and observation towers that now serve as overlooks for tourists onto the rest of the park.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of Breakwater Harbor in southeastern Delaware, right next door to Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes typically sees December temperatures that average between 50°F and 33°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month -- making December among the city's drier months of the year. On the day of the race (Dec. 1), the average high is 54°F and the average low is 37°F.
View the race route map for the Fortitude for First Descents Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the late fall 2012 running of Lewes's Fortitude for First Descents Marathon or Half Marathonrace, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
www.fortitude4fd.com • First Descents
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