Weekend of Fitness features running and cycling events in Wilmington this month.
Published May 2, 2008 at 12:00 AM
The Delaware Marathon and Wilmington Grand Prix pro-amateur bicycle races have teamed up for Weekend of Fitness in downtown Wilmington May 16-18. Both races rocked solo, but the combo symbolizes renewal on Market Street and the chance to see both events in one weekend. A block party on Friday will kick off the weekend with local music and food while revelers watch Grand Prix time trialists race a 7-mile course, starting on 11th Street. The Grand Prix races—a 30-miler for women, 40 miles for men, both run on a 1-mile circuit up Market and King streets—will begin at noon Saturday. Bring your bike to help set a Guinness record for largest bike parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday the Delaware Marathon—a qualifier for the Boston Marathon—will start at 7 a.m. at Frawley Stadium on the Riverfront. The route provides areas to cheer your favorite runner, as Christiana Care hosts a health fair for families. Pre-race, join the not-for-runners-only Carb Party at Catherine Rooney’s on Delaware Avenue to celebrate the run’s fifth anniversary. Learn more at www.wilmgrandprix.com and www.races2run.com/marathon.