Many runners are in the midst of fall marathon preparation and thankful to have emerged from the stifling summer heat.
But with one marathon season about to get busy, organizers of the Christiana Care Health System Delaware Marathon Running Festival are already saying "Look at us" by recently opening 2011 entries.
The eighth annual Delaware Marathon, in Wilmington, isn't until May 15. However, since entries are capped at just over 2,000, participants often register early.
The day actually includes three events -- a marathon (26.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1) and four-person relay (each running 6.55-mile segments.
Last year, there were a record 555 marathon finishers, 661 half-marathon finishers and 159 foursomes (that's 636 individuals) that completed the relay.
The 2011 field will certainly be filled by the April 30 deadline.
The races follow a challenging but scenic two-loop course that winds through downtown and various Wilmington neighborhoods before returning to the Riverfront.
The start/finish is at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.
The marathon is popular among those in the clubs attempting to run one in each of the 50 states.
More information about the CCHS Delaware Marathon Running Festival can be found at www.delawaremarathon.org.
Reed fastest in marathon series
Fifteen runners completed the 2010 How Fast Can You Run Marathon Series, which was actually three races in which the distance added up to a marathon -- the LDAF Half-Marathon (13.1), North Beach 5K (3.1) and Bottle & Cork 10-miler.
C.J. Reed III, 30, of Milton had the fastest combined time from the three races -- three hours flat. Close behind was Chuck Hudson, 38, of Lewes in 3:01:45.
The oldest participant, Joann Szczepkowski, 64, of Rehoboth Beach, had a faster aggregate time (3:45:32) than eight other competitors.
Vilardo and Knothe take Michelob "six-pack"
It wasn't surprising to see two of Delaware's best and most consistent runners win the second annual Michelob Ultra Race to the Finish Line Series, in which participants had to compete in at least six of 13 races. Points were assigned based on finish.
Mark Vilardo, from Bear, was the male points winner, ahead of runner-up Ed Connell, of West Grove, Pa., and third-place Greg Cauller, of York, Pa.
Lynn Knothe, from Wilmington, took women's honors, with Eleanor Gitney, of Chesapeake City, Md., second and Mardiny Ung, from Elizabethtown, Pa., third.
Fall Fling on tap
One of the year's best running events in which one doesn't need to work up a sweat is coming.
Well, there is dancing.
The Delaware Sports Club's annual Fall Fling is Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Figure 8 Barn, at Bellevue State Park, north of Wilmington.
Proceeds benefit the Delaware Open Cross Country Championships' two $2,000 college scholarships awarded annually to Delaware high school seniors and shoe donations to needy runners.
Phone 892-2829 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Cost is $40 in advance and $50 at the door. There will be food, a silent auction and live music by the Dysrhythmics.
Contact Kevin Tresolini at 324-2804 or email@example.com.