5th Annual C&D Canal Half Marathon & 5K

Cox Neck Road
New Castle, DE 19720

Running > 5k, Half Marathon

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5th Annual Event! - Run Delaware's Most Scenic Certified Half-Marathon!

** Registration update!  The C&D Canal 5K is BACK!  Run a 5K along the beautiful, fast and flat C & D Canal Trail - the fall colors should be at their peak.  Join your half-marathon buddy or grab your 5K friends and hit the (paved) trail!  5K is $25/per person and includes our custom event shirt.


Half Marathon start: 8:00 am

5K start: 8:20 am

Come out and join us on Delaware’s MOST SCENIC USATF Certified Half-Marathon Course along the fully-paved Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail. Point your GPS to Gunning-Bedford Middle School for parking. This event starts and finishes at the Biddle Point trailhead; strategically located only a short drive from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The trailhead is a modern facility with restrooms, picnic tables, and indescribable views of the historic C&D Canal. All runner parking will be across the street at the Gunning-Bedford Middle School, and free shuttle buses and bag check will be provided.

You'll begin the first 6 miles of your run on a flat and fast course that runs only a few feet from the river before quickly climbing from the canal base and passing through Summit North Marina. There, you will pass through a modern marina and restaurant before proceeding about 1/2 mile to the turn-around point. A quick downhill descent and you are back on the flat portion of the trail for what is guaranteed to be a P.R. Finish! All participants will be professionally chip-timed using the RaceResult Timing System by Blue Cheetah Sports Timing, LLC.

Along the route, you will pass by historic bridges, working tugs and freighters from all around the world, an abundance of wildlife, and the sheer beauty of this man-made miracle.
Each half-marathon finisher will earn a CUSTOM FINISHER'S MEDAL, a technical-blend commemorative t shirt, and other great swag from our sponsors. Food and light refreshments will be provided at the start and finish, and ample water stops will be provided along the course for your comfort. In addition to the Start/Finish areas, portable restrooms are also located just prior to the half-way point turn-around.

*All half marathon finishers will receive a medal. Those wishing to purchase an additional medal for a friend or family member can do so during the registration process by selecting “Additional Medal - $15”.

All net proceeds go to benefit the National PTSD Foundation; an IRS certified 501c3 public charity non-profit organization that serves to raise awareness and assist America's first responders and first responder families suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.



For any questions regarding this race, please contact Andrea at Blue Cheetah Sports.  Her email is andrea@bluecheetahtiming.com

This event is rain or shine and no refunds will be offered for any reason.

Event details and schedule


When: Sunday November 17, 2019

Time: 0800 HRS Start (8 AM) Half Marathon

         0830 HRS Start (8:20 am) 5K

Where: Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail – Biddle Point Trail Head

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Wrcsy

Packet Pick-up:

Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to utilize the pre-race packet pick-up option on Thursday evening. Race day pick-up is very busy, and the race must start promptly at 8AM due to road closures, permitting, police/EMS resources, etc.


OPTION #1 – Thursday Nov 14, 2019 4:00pm-7:30pm – STRONGLY RECOMMENDED


Center Pointe Plaza
1271 Churchmans Rd.
Newark, DE 19713

or,  Onsite, the morning of the race


Parking will be at the Gunning-Bedford Middle School near the Biddle Point Trail Head and the race start.  It is a short 3/4 mile walk to the start, or you will have the option of taking a shuttle bus. Buses will run every 10-15 minutes CONTINUOUSLY throughout the duration of the event.  Buses are available for participants and spectators.

Gunning Bedford Middle School
801 Cox Neck Road
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Google Maps Link Here

THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ALLOWED AT THE TRAILHEAD! *except those displaying a valid handicapped placard

Swag: 4 inch custom finisher's medal, (see it at: www.RuntheCanal.com), commemorative t-shirt, and other great items from our sponsors.

Other Stuff: Free fruit, water, snacks, music, and sponsor swag.

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