Marathoners run for the health of it

December 10, 2019

It may not have as many runners as Boston, New York or Chicago, but Rehoboth Seashore Marathon and Half Marathon has become an established gem, a standout among the best marathon-half marathon races anywhere. 

Starting from the Bandstand in the heart of Rehoboth, the full marathon showcases the beauty of our ocean and bay. It winds around Gordons Pond for views of our marshes and coastal forest, and loops all the way to Lewes before returning to the trail and back to Rehoboth.

Still, it’s not only the scenic courses – it’s also the spirit of these races that makes them a favorite for the local running community and for runners from across the nation and beyond.

This year’s marathon winner finished 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 27 minutes, while the final marathoner reached the finish more than five hours later – yet volunteers were on hand all over the course to cheer everyone on.

Congratulations to Rehoboth Beach Running Company’s Mary Beth Evans, founder and organizer, race director Tim Bamforth of Seashore Striders, and to all their dedicated volunteers for presenting a well-organized race that welcomes runners of all abilities to reach the goals they have set. 

Congratulations, too, for the 2,588 finishers of both races, who took on the challenge and trained for these races, some working for a personal best, many more running and walking because they’ve adopted a lifestyle that keeps them moving toward better health.

Pursuing ways to stay healthy, especially as we age, is not just for athletes; it’s critical for everyone, for their own health and for our economy. We don’t all have to do marathons, but getting outside for exercise is a habit we should help our children establish early, and one we all should maintain to enhance lifelong health. 

Don’t wait for Jan. 1. Find a personal trainer, yoga studio or gym, or download a plan. Or just open the door, get outside, and enjoy the beauty of our region.

Get moving – and who knows? You might end up at the starting line of one of next year’s races.


  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, publisher emeritus, and Laura Ritter, news editor, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; Nick Roth, sports editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.

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