The Trail Dawgs, Newark's Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church, and Gamma Sigma Sigma present the
Go Dawgs!!!
Saturday, April 25, 2015 (rain or shine!)
Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K
Carpenter Recreation Area, Rt. 896
White Clay Creek State Park
Newark, Delaware
Our 18th annual home-grown, half-baked, deep-fried and sanctified
one-day trail race series for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities!
All event proceeds are donated to four local homeless shelters. 
What other event gives you so many options? Run one race, or two!
Run the Delaware Trail Marathon, or run our patented Triple Crown endorphin-fest
--the Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K in sequence--all in one morning!
Online registration at (event #29499) until 4PM Wednesday 4/22/2015
race details | FAQ's | marathon info | schematic maps | course map | KML (Google Earth)
map to start | previous years | park info | the homeless shelters we're supporting
mail-in registration form (please use only if you can't register online)
  • The Triple Crown Half-Marathon starts at 7:30 AM. A scenic 13.1-mile nature frolic through WCCSP and White Clay Preserve. Course fords White Clay Creek at miles 3 and 10.  At least 6 water/aid points. Pre-registration includes parking, t-shirt, runnin' dawg mug to the first 100 finishers, morning snacks & BBQ lunch starting around 10AM. Half-marathon awards ~9:50 AM.
  • The The Delaware Trail Marathon starts at 7:40 AM (10 minutes after the half-marathon).  Two loops of the delightfully scenic half-marathon course, at least 13 water/aid points.  There is no cut-off time for finishing, but water/aid will switch to self-serve at noon.  Pre-registration includes parking, t-shirt, finisher medal and BBQ lunch until about 2PM for survivors. Marathon place awards ~1PM.  More marathon info--please read!.
  • The 10K starts at 10:00 AM This race is sanctioned by Mid-Atlantic USATF as part of their off-road race series.  A creekside communion with nature; 6.2 miles up the creek to the PA border and back with just a few hills. 4 water/aid points.  Pre-registration includes parking, t-shirt, snacks, BBQ lunch.   10K awards ~11:30 AM. 
  • The 5K Run/Walk starts at 11:15 AM.  A "wasn't my PR" 3.1-mile trail loop within WCCSP's Carpenter Recreation Area; "flat and fast" except for the rocks, roots, steep hills and muddy parts.  One water/aid point.  Pre-registration includes t-shirt and BBQ lunch. 5K award ceremony during lunch.

  • The Triple-Crown 3-race combo--individual or team. A half-marathon for distance, a 10K for some up-tempo, and a 5K just for laughs = 22.4 miles all in one morning!   The Triple Crown is scored by sum of finish places (not combined times) among TC runners only--low sum wins (tie-breaker rule: faster half-marathon finish wins).  Please note the time intervals between starts; if you finish one race after the next race has already started, no problem--just grab some refreshments and head out again!  The main objective is to finish
Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions:

All races start and finish at the pavilion at the W.S. Carpenter Rec. Area of White Clay Creek State Park.
Course distances are not USATF certified, but we guarantee they're at least the distance we advertise.
There is race-day registration for all races, but we will run out of shirts early.
This event happens rain or shine; 2003 and 2005 were mudbaths--be prepared for anything!
Pre-registration includes free parking; we include a parking fee in race-day registration.
Directions to the start: Take I-95 to Delaware Exit 1 (896N); stay on Rt. 896 north through downtown Newark.
About 2 miles north of town, past Wedgewood Road, the W.S. Carpenter Rec. Area entrance is the next right off Rt. 896.
The park has toilets, phone, covered pavilion, picnic tables, kids' playground, plenty of parking.... Bring lawn chairs to relax in after you're done running!
Extras: finisher medals for all marathon survivors; commemorative runnin' dawg coffee mug for Triple-Crown finishers and first 100 half-marathon finishers; Free t-shirts for pre-registered runners (you can pre-order additional shirts for $10 each); post-race refreshments, and Survivors' BBQ for all participants and volunteers starting around 10 AM.  
Awards are for first-in-category only: M&F overall and master (40+) winners plus 1st places in 10-year age-groups for each of five events (marathon, half, 10K, 5K and Triple Crown); 1st place open, women, master and corporate Triple Crown teams; 1st place 5K walkers ... 90+ medal categories in all. (If we awarded 2nd and 3rd places in categories it would take all morning!)

Results, photos, etc. from previous years:

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998

Event origin: It Wasn't Funny at the Time | Share the Road: intro training | TD program: marathon training

This event is a Mission Project of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church
Proceeds benefit local faith-based homeless shelter programs:
Deep Roots, Meeting Ground, Newark Empowerment Center, Newark Area Welfare Committee and Settlement House.
Sponsors include -- John W. Slack Insurance   Trail Dawgs Athletic Club

Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church, 1100 Church Rd., Newark, DE 19711     Phone: 302-731-4169
For more info contact the church (weekday mornings are best), or race director John Mackenzie at