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200-Mile Relay Race April 17-18, 2020 Team Registration

$1,000 Price increases after August 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.delmarvadashrelay.org.

Place
Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE to Delaware Seashore State Park, Bethany Beach, DE
Description

 

The Delmarva Dash is a two-day 200-mile team relay race organized by the Delmarva Dash Foundation to benefit the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health and the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.  A team adventure relay race with a breathtaking purpose, the Delmarva Dash will bring together runners and volunteers, sharing their time, their thoughts and themselves while racing down the Delmarva Peninsula on a spring weekend, all dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support kids with cancer…

On Friday morning, April 17, 2020, teams of twelve runners each will start at Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington and race from there, around upper New Castle County, Delaware, through the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the afternoon and evening, back across southern Delaware to Cape Henlopen overnight and into Saturday morning, and then down along the Atlantic Ocean, finishing on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2020, at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park in Bethany Beach, Delaware, with a big post-race barbeque and party at the Big Chill Beach Club for all of the runners, their families and friends, and the kids…

 

Race Contact Info
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The Delmarva Dash: How Does It Work?

 

The Delmarva Dash is a relay race of around 200 miles.  So you can't do it yourself-- you’ll need to put together a team of runners in order to come along.  Your team can have between 6 and 12 runners.  They can be friends, they can be lovers; they can be family members, they can be co-workers.  They can be hard-core or casual runners; they can beginners or experts;  they can be fast, and they can be not so fast.  It doesn’t really matter, as long as they are all excited to spend a fabulous spring weekend with each other and hundreds more, taking turns running along a truly beautiful course from the hills of upper New Castle County, Delaware, through Maryland's eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and down along Delaware's Atlantic Ocean beaches, and learning about themselves and raising awareness of and funds for the Nemours Fund for Children, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and kids with cancer...

 

The Delmarva Dash is comprised of 36 relay legs, each ranging from 3 to 8 miles in distance, of varying elevation and through all kinds of places.  On a standard team of 12 runners, each runner will run three legs.  Beginning after sunrise and continuing through Friday morning, the teams will start the race in staggered “waves” based on their estimated team “race paces” (the faster your team’s estimated race pace, the later in the morning your team will start).  Your team’s first runner will fly from the start with a group of runners from other teams.  You and your teammates will heartily cheer her on, and then all jump in your team vans--- we recommend two 12-passenger vans, with six runners and all their gear in each van--- and drive to the first “runner transition”.  At this runner transition, your team’s second runner leaves the tranquility (yeah, right) of the first team van (the “on” van), and awaits the arrival of his speeding teammate.  An exchange of the team’s race baton is made, and your team’s second runner takes off like a shot, flying through the next race leg.  Your team’s first runner exalts, high-fives and hugs are exchanged all around, and your team vans continue to the next runner transition...

   

Your team’s runners will take turns racing from each runner transition to the next, until all runners on your team have run a relay leg.  And then the first runner will run again, and this sequence will repeat.  For standard teams of 12 runners, at the conclusion of every sixth relay leg, the “on” van will make an “exchange” and the runners in the other van (the “off” van) will take over, so to speak.  Thus, the off van has now become the on van, and the on van is now off.  The runners in the off van can tag along and cheer on the runners in the on van, they can hang out, or they can drive to the next van exchange and “rest” up.  When night falls, your team will still be running--- the only difference is that your runner is now wearing a reflective vest and carrying a flashlight or wearing a headlamp.  Talk about setting the mood...

 

This sequence continues for your team, without stop, day into night and back into day again, until your team finishes the race sometime on Saturday, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the finish at the Indian River Inlet in Bethany Beach with a big post-race barbeque and party at the Big Chill Beach Club for all of the runners, their families and friends, and the kids.  There's no question that the Delmarva Dash will be a lot of fun.  It is also a challenging race, and we know that you and your team are up to the challenge.  And the experience will leave you absolutely breathless--- in more ways than you can imagine!  We hope that you’ll be a part of the Delmarva Dash...

 

The Delmarva Dash Race Route

 

Here's the Delmarva Dash race route and a summary of all the Delmarva Dash race legs: https://us.mapometer.com/running/route_4896842.html

 

 

 

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Running and Raising Funds for Kids with Cancer

 

 

The Delmarva Dash is an absolutely not-for-profit volunteer initiative--- we're not making any money on this race.  And a big part of the Delmarva Dash is raising awareness of and funds to support the Promise Fund at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.  The Promise Fund solely supports the research at Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which offers patient and family centered pediatric oncology and hematology care that includes the full range of clinical and support services alongside internationally recognized research programs.  So we're asking the teams of the Delmarva Dash to help us do this, and donors can make charitable contributions in your team's name right here on this website...

 

RUN FREE!

And if your team raises $3600 or more for the Delmarva Dash and kids with cancer-- that's just $300 per runner-- your team RUNS FREE, and we will fully refund 100% of your team’s Registration Fee!  It’s our way to thank you for working hard to raise funds for the Nemours Fund for Children, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and kids with cancer!

 

 

 

 

Directions

Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE to Delaware Seashore State Park, Bethany Beach, DE

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