When you think of sporting events it is probably fair to say that Wilmington is not the first place that comes to mind. You would be forgiven for forgetting that anything sporty might be happening there at all. However, you would then be missing out on some wonderful experiences; because Wilmington has more than its fair share of great sporting venues and they host some fantastic events. In fact, just look at these for an example.
Let’s start with running and there are some great races for those who enjoy distance events. Whether you like to be wearing the shorts or just watching as they go past, you will undoubtedly enjoy the Delaware Distance Classic, which is a 15 kilometer road race, organized by the Pike Valley Running Club and held in October. The first race took place back in 1983 and has since raised lots of money for various charities including the Special Olympics.
Another road race that is worth a mention is the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon. This race is just over 21 kilometers in length and takes place during the month of March. It has been raced every year for almost 50 years and shows no sign of slowing down, pun not intended. There are usually over 1000 participants from 20 states and even other countries taking part, so it is well worth seeing. It also takes in some of the best sights in Wilmington so you can make a day of it.
If you enjoy your sport more when there is a motor involved then you will love the Airport Speedway. Here you will find numerous micro sprint races that cater for all sorts of categories. There are junior races right up to stock and open classes. Engines start at 125cc and finish at a whopping 600cc so there is certainly a race for every spectator to enjoy. Check online for dates and details.
Then of course, there is Wilmington University and their fine Wildcats. There are so many different teams here that take part in just about every college sport that no matter what your favorite, your choice will be catered for. They even play soccer and even though they don’t field David Beckham they still score plenty of goals in the beautiful game.
There is baseball and softball if you like to see some bat action and Lacrosse, if you understand the rules. If the weather is bad you can get indoors and see volleyball and basketball and the list just keeps going on.
For those who enjoy a bit of singing and rhythm with their sporting delights then you simply cannot miss the cheerleading and if you fancy a relaxing day out then why not watch some golf.
So Wilmington might not be on top of most people’s places to see some sport, but it is all there if you take the time to look for it. The best part is that entrance fees in Wilmington tend to be extremely reasonable so you can see some great sport at a fraction of the cost that you would expect for your trip (or in Danish rejser).
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