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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, December 8, 2018
2017: Saturday, December 2, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 40°F (4°C)
Average High: 49°F (9°C)
Average Low: 30° F (-1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.39
Course Score: 99.39

Race Size

2017: 945 Finishers
2016: 876 Finishers
2015: 929 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 16.9%
2016: 15.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

Rehoboth Beach Marathon course is mostly flat with some small hills in Cape Henlopen State Park near miles 14 and 15.

Marathon Rankings

The Rehoboth Beach Marathon was the 87th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 96th largest in 2016.

Last year 16.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Rehoboth Beach Marathon the 84th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 86th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.39 ranks it as the 117th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Delaware.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Rehoboth Beach Marathon a PR Score of 99.39. This PR Score ranks it as the 80th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Delaware.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 49 feet (14m)
Min Elevation: 1 feet (0m)


Recent Rehoboth Beach Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Rehoboth Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The course is flat, the "hills" are not really hard. If you can't BQ on that course you were not up to it. Plenty of water and aid stations. (Even some ice cream at a DQ!) Awesome after party with tons of food and proper beer from Dogfish Head.

The signup fee is quite high, but considering the after party, you get what you pay for.

Would I do it again: Totally! If the weather is in your favor (manly risk strong wind at the coast) this is a perfect race to PR/BQ.

Race Tips

- Do not expect Hugh crowd support. People are very supportive but it is a small town.
- If you have stormy weather, that might be an issue as there is not much protection from buildings.
- Pacing: I paced even effort to compensate for the "hills".
- If it is around/below 32F be prepared that a raised walkway in the state park might be icy. Just don't slow down ;-)
- On the greenway at mile 20 and coming back at 24 are several sharp turns on gravel and some slower HM runners that you have to pass. Not ideal. Maybe plan for some impact on your pace.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

- There is plenty of parking close to the start line. You can easily get a hotel in Dewey Beach and drive. There was no traffic jam, and plenty of parking with in a quarter mile of the start.
- Not enough Port-o-Poties at the start! Be there early or go in your hotel! I waited 25min!
- Plenty of Hotels.

review of 2016 Rehoboth Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Nice flat, fast course. gGood scenery. Great after race events.

Race Tips

Can hit some windy spots.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Staying two miles away in Dewey avoids the Rehoboth Beach hotel two-night minimum requirements.

review of 2016 Rehoboth Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This race is so well organized and the course is beautiful! Organizers and the entire community are so welcoming and friendly.

Race Tips

The race is in December so it's a bit cold at the start.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Find the Rehoboth Marathon Facebook page which often posts venues that support the race. Also, other members are very helpful in giving suggestions for lodging.

review of 2012 Rehoboth Beach Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Real nice small town race. Some nice views. Very flat course except for some moderate hills in Cape Henlopen Park (miles 13-17). Get to run about 6 miles on a hard packed cinder trail which saves the legs. Have a big post race set-up w/ Beer and burgers. Unfortunatly I can't eat heavy food after a race and there was no light food (banannas, bagels, pretzels, etc) to be found anywhere.

Race Tips

Once you leave Cape Henlopen Park its all flat to the end. No real fan support at all but its to be expected on a smaller race like this. Race has plentiful aid stops and has some gel stops too.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I found an inexpensive motel (EconoLodge) which was only 5 minutes from start. I arrived 45 minutes early and had no problems w/ parking or using the port-a-potties.

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