The Trail Dawgs and Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church present the 12th Annual
Go Dawgs!!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009 (rain or shine!)
Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K

Carpenter Rec. Area, Rt. 896
White Clay Creek State Park
Newark, Delaware
A "whole enchilada" trail-running event for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities benefiting local homeless shelters.
Run one race, or two!  Run the Delaware Trail Marathon, or run the Triple Crown--the Half-Marathon and 10K and 5K
--all in one morning! 

2009 TRIPLE CROWN RESULTS: Marathon (Marathon Finisher Certificates)
Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and Triple Crown Individuals & Teams

Thanks for a great 12th year event!
Next year's Triple Crown will be Saturday, April 24th, 2010--hope to see you there!

2009 race details | marathon info | previous years | map to start | airphoto map (old)
course schematics | park info | the homeless shelters we're supporting
  • The The Delaware Trail Marathon starts at 7:35 AM(5 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.  Registration: $55, includes parking pass, finisher medal and BBQ for survivors, t-shirts for pre-registered runners.  Marathon place awards ~1PM after the BBQ.  More marathon info--please read!.
  • 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. Registration: $40, includes runnin' dawg mug to the first 100 finishers, t-shirts for pre-registered runners.  Half-marathon awards ~9:50 AM.
  • The 10K for Shelter 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.  Registration: $30, includes t-shirt for pre-registered runners, free BBQ at noon.   10K awards ~11:30 AM. 
  • The Human Race 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.  Registration: $20, includes t-shirt for pre-registered runners and BBQ for survivors. 5K award ceremony at 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!   Registration: $60/individual (run 'em all yourself!); $75/team (2 or 3 runners, one runner/race), includes t-shirts, finisher's mug. 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!
Parking: free if you pre-register, $6/out-of-state or $3/DE vehicle if you don't.
Directions: 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 at noon.  
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:

Share the Road article and training program for new runners

This event is a Mission Project of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church
Proceeds benefit four local faith-based homeless shelter programs:
Meeting Ground, Friendship House, Elkton Men's Shelter and Newark Area Welfare Committee.
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