Coastal Delaware Running Festival Highlights This Weekend's Selection of Autumn Events

November 10, 2021

With Thanksgiving now just two weeks away (how the heck did that happen?), there will be many more holiday themed events and activities coming up in the days and weeks ahead.

Just a few days ago, we received word of a number of Christmas parades that are happening in local towns and cities during the first couple weeks of December. Stay tuned here to The Weekender, of course, for information on all of these upcoming events in November and December.

For this week, the main event is a three-day, running themed festival right here in Rehoboth Beach. Read below for much more on the Coastal Delaware Running Festival, as well as other happenings in Delaware, and three in eastern Pennsylvania, for the upcoming weekend.

In all, we're previewing nine events this week that you may want to check out. We hope you have a great upcoming weekend here in the region and a fantastic holiday season ahead.

Here are the Oldfather Group's top choices for the weekend of November 12-14 in the coastal region and beyond:

Coastal Delaware Running Festival (November 12-14)

"Delaware's Coolest Marathon" is the highlight of this late autumn festival in the "Nation's Summer Capital of Rehoboth Beach, to be held this Friday through Sunday.

The Sunday race begins and ends on the scenic Boardwalk and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Highlights of the weekend include challenge runs, a 5K in Dewey Beach on Saturday, special gifts for all runners, free race photos and much more.

And don't forget the complimentary post race beer on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Sunday finish line party at Grotto Pizza with D.J. Rupe and plenty of great food.

Kick off for the marathon is Sunday morning, November 14, at 7 a.m.

Learn more about the 2021 Coastal Delaware Running Festival at

Sling N' Squash Competition (November 13)

Formerly known as the Big Chill's Pumpkin Chuckin', this fun annual event is being held for the fourth year at the Bill Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach.

Scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m., on Saturday, November 13, the competition features participants who will use nothing but pure strength and technique to see how far they can throw their pumpkins.

Harkening back to the early days of Punkin' Chunkin', this is one of those fun autumn events that gets us all into the holiday mood.

To register for the competition, or for more information, visit

Annual MERR Finraiser (November 13)

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute (MERR) in Lewes will be holding its annual "finraiser" this Saturday, November 14.

Held this year in a virtual format, the one-day event will feature raffles, silent auctions, special presentations, music and more. All procceds will be used to benefit the work of the institute, particularly in rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals and sea turtles.

Auction items have been donated by local businesses and include meals, vacations, sporting goods and much more.

This event will be streamed live on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., and can be viewed by clicking here.

Learn more at

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