What is the Delmarva Dash?

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 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.  Our goal is that every team in the Delmarva Dash raises $3600 (just $300 per runner) or more for the kids at Nemours!

On Saturday morning, teams of twelve runners will start at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington and race from there, around upper New Castle County, Delaware and into Chester County, Pennsylvania, down through the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the afternoon and evening, back across southern Delaware to Cape Henlopen overnight and into Sunday morning, and then along the Atlantic Ocean, finishing on Sunday afternoon at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park near 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…


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 be 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, down through Maryland's eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and along Delaware's Atlantic Ocean beaches-- and learning about themselves and raising awareness of and funds for the Nemours Promise Fund, 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 (sure) 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, 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.   Each 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...  

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.  We hope you’ll be a part of the Delmarva Dash!


It's all for the kids at Nemours!

The Delmarva Dash will raise funds to support the Promise Fund at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. The Promise Fund 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.       

Some of the most respected names in national and regional business communities will participate by committing to sponsorship roles, underwriting expenses, providing special services, and encouraging their employees to get involved as participants and volunteers.

I want to be in the Delmarva Dash!

For more information about the Delmarva Dash, including the race route, running, volunteering,  partnering and donating, click on the page links at the top of this home page!

Registration for team captains and runners to run in the Delmarva Dash is now open!  You can register by clicking the "RUN! VOLUNTEER! CONTRIBUTE!" button! 

RUN FREE!    If your team raises $3600 or more for the Delmarva Dash and kids with cancer-- that's just $300 per runner on a standard team-- we will fully refund your team’s Registration Fee!  It’s our way to thank you for working hard to raise funds for the Promise Fund and kids with cancer!

Volunteers and donors can also sign up for the Delmarva Dash Race Crew and make contributions by clicking the "RUN! VOLUNTEER! CONTRIBUTE!" button.  

The Delmarva Dash is 100% not-for-profit-- we're not making any money on this race. We're running and raising awareness and funds to support the Promise Fund at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.  Join us!  The experience will leave you absolutely breathless-- in more ways than you can imagine!

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