Sunday, July 27, 2008
A year ago i wrote that things were getting very tight on the Wilmington Riverfront. By that I mean our days using this facility may be numbered. How true was my prediction? Let's say my crystal ball was correct. Our 6th Annual Christiana Care Delaware Marathon will have a new venue next year. Race date is Sunday, May 18, 2009. We have moved our marathon to the Harriett Tubman Riverfront Park next to the Amtrak train station. Why? Money...that is why. The Riverfront Development Corp. has signed a 3 year contract with Wilmington University to hold their graduation on this Sunday in May starting at 10 am. With 3000 folks coming into the riverfront plus the possiblity of a Blue Rocks baseball game the RDC would not give us permission to use the Riverfront that day. We only pay $150 for our permit to use Lot E on the Riverfront. The Chase Center will get much more for the Wilmington Univ. graduation. Plus our old venue used years past is slated to be developed into a hotel complex. One thing i have learned over the years is to take a negative and make it into a positive. So stayed tuned. We had our first meeting with the Riverfront Development Corp.and they have given us the ok to use the riverwalk for the first loop of our new route. Wait to you see what we have in store! Our next meeting will be with the City of Wilmington Police Department to go over proposed route. Once this is ok'ed I will make announcement of where we will be running and the distances to be used. We have our work cut out for us but I have a great committee that i work with plus the City of Wilmington does its best to accomodate our wishes. Stay tuned.