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Join us and celebrate the "unofficial" arrival of Summer on Memorial Day weekend for the exciting 5th annual New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon AND the Crescent Moon 5K. The event kicks off fun summer evenings with a Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and the Crescent Moon 5K (3.1 miles). All three races, which begin and end in the heart of downtown Delaware, Ohio are open to runners and walkers.

The New Moon is a party and celebration of all that is fun on great summer nights - including a festive post-event Celebration Block Party for you and all your friends and family.

The urban run course starts directly in the downtown of Delaware, takes you through historic business district, the neighborhoods that make up the city, through the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University, around the beautiful Mingo Park and alongside the Olentangy River, to an exciting downhill finish back at the heart of downtown. The New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon and Crescent Moon 5K is the must-do running and walking event of the summer.

Who can participate? You!  We encourage runners and walkers of all shapes, sizes and abilities to participate. The course is open and fully supported for three and a half hours. Walker must be able to walk at an approximately 15:30 pace to complete the half marathon.

Participant Perks:

  • *NEW* Overall and Age Division Awards

  • Greenswell LiveTracking through our event app will allow friends and family to track your real-time progress during the race!  

  • Lifestyle Event Shirt  

  • Music On Course, Start and Finish Line Celebration

  • Outstanding Post Race Food & Festive Post Race Party in downtown Delaware

  • Heritage Series Medal - Custom "official" New Moon finishers Medal for the Half, Quarter & 5K. Separate medals for separate distances! 

  • Official New Moon Heritage Series Pint Glass

  • First beer on us! 

Volunteer for New Moon - Why Volunteer?

Volunteers are an integral part of making the New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon, Crescent Moon 5k a pleasant experience for participants. That is why volunteering is so important. Here are several reasons to volunteer at this year's event.

You are connected to Running. Recovering from an injury or a previous race? Volunteering at New Moon keeps you connected to the sport you love without having to run. Races are always bursting with energy and excitement, which can easily carry over to you, keeping you motivated for your next big day.

You are representing your Community.  Nothing says "Welcome" to neighbors and out of town visitors then a strong showing of community support. Volunteering to represent your community, your neighborhood or street along the course, is a great way to showcase community pride.

Promote Your Business, Group, Club or Service Organization.  Volunteering at the New Moon is a great way to promote your business, group, club or service organization. From branded shirts, display signs at your volunteer station on the course to event announcements, participants and spectators are made aware of your business, group, club or organization.

Volunteer perks. Not that this should be your main motivator, but volunteer and you receive a free shirt, coupons swag and free food at the post-event celebration because you are an integral part of the race day experience. 

Fundraising. If you are non-profit, student or service group and provide 8 or more volunteers you can receive a donation for your volunteerism. 

You are an important part of New Moon. From athlete check-in to course marshal, you are a valuable, important and appreciated person to the event, participant and us! 

To check out the volunteer assignment and roles, click on the Volunteer button on the top left side of this page! Thank you!

Registration fees

Block pricing

  • Crescent Moon

    3.1 miles

    1. $25.00

      Legacy Level - 50% Heritage Entry

    2. $35.00

      Tradition Level - 25% Heritage Entry


Block pricing

  • Quarter Moon

    6.55 miles

    1. $35.00

      Legacy Level - 50% off Heritage Entry

    2. $50.00

      Tradition Level - 25% off Heritage Entry


Block pricing

  • Half Moon

    13.1 miles

    1. $45.00

      Legacy Level - 50% off Heritage Entry

    2. $60.00

      Tradition Level - 25% off Heritage Entry


Virtual Half Marathon

Running in Spirit. Receive Shirt and Medal.

  1. $40.00

Virtual Quarter Marathon

Running in Spirit. Receive Shirt & Medal

  1. $35.00

New Moon Quick Notes

Quick summary of event details:

WHEN/WHERE:  Saturday, May 25, 2019  Downtown Delaware, OH


END TIME: 10:00 PM

COURSE: 6.55 mile loop, ideal for spectators to cheer 



PREFERRED PARKING: Delaware County Offices  140 N. Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015 (Approx 0.50 mile from Start)

WATER STATION: Water and Gatorade

Race Elements

  • The course is OPEN for 3 hours amd 30 minutes (3:30); walkers must be able to walk at a pace of 15:30 per mile to complete the half marathon within the scheduled time;

  • The course is a 6.55 mile loop through the heart of Delaware.  The Quarter Marathon is one loop then finish, the Half Marathon is two loops and then finish.

  • The 3.1 mile course is a 1.55 mile out-n-back course. The first 1.55 mile of the course runs counter (opposite direction) of the 6.55 course
  • Seven aid stations on course; an aid station at approximately each mile,  key spots along the course, and at the intersection of Winter St and Sandusky St for the half marathoners starting their 2nd lap.

  • Fantastic course support led by the community and residents of Delaware, the school system, fraternities and sororities, and more.

  • Course entertainment.

  • Entry to the post-race Celebration Block Party, starting at 7:00 pm featuring live music, grilled food, and summer drinks.

  • All finishers will receive a custom New Moon Medal and commemorative New Moon mug. Finishers will be able to enjoy the 1st glass of the summer drink of their choice in the New Moon Celebration Block Party.


New Moon App & Live Tracking

Greenswell LiveTracking in action!  Engage your family and friends to follow you live during this year's New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon, Crescent Moon 5K!

We have introduced Greenswell LiveTracking to this year's event which will allow friends and family to track your real-time activities and progress during the race!  With the Greenswell EventApp all athletes can be tracked real-time.  Download the event app, watch as your friends and family members start the race, track their progress, enjoy the experience and we will do the rest. 


Award Structure

Award structure for New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon, Crescent Moon 5K is as follows:

Crescent Moon 5K

  • Top 3 Male and Female Overall Finishers

Quarter & Half Marathon 

  • Top 3 Male and Female Overall Finishers
  • Age Divisions - Top Male & Female Finishers for each of the following age-based divisions:
    • 19 & under
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70-79
    • 80+

Note: If you registered for the half marathon and started in the half marathon but then decided to complete on a quarter distance, you are not eligible for an award placement. All award winners must start and finish in the distance they registered and started the race. 

DORA Post-Event Celebration - Downtown Delaware

Welcome to the New Moon DORA!

The City of Delaware has launched the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in portion of downtown Delaware historic district. New Moon Half & Quarter Marathon, Crescent Moon 5K will be an official DORA event!

What does this mean for New Moon participants, spectators and Celebration attendees? The DORA allows you and your friends to obtain from one of participating restaurants, pubs, and entertainment venue to carry up to 16 oz of an open alcoholic beverage in a designated cup outdoors!

Don’t worry – your first BEER and WINE is still on us but NOW you can have multiple choices - from a locally-crafted micro-brews to your favorite IPA, from Pinot Grigio to Delaware urban craft wines.

  • Where do I get my 1st Beer or Wine at the event? 

Delaware has one Outdoor Refreshment Area – and the New Moon Celebration Area is right in the center of it!  Below is a map highlighting the establishments partnering with us where you can get your choice of drink. Positioned outside of each establishment there will be a large RED Feather Banner indicating where you can get your first drink on us! 

Each establishment is offering a different drink including wine. 

Most establishments have a sidewalk patio where you will be able to easily get your drink versus having to go inside. There are other establishments participating in the DORA but if they don’t have the RED feather banner you will have to purchase your drink.

  1. How do I get my 1st Beer or Wine at the event?  Attached to your bib for participants of age is your drink ticket. These are to be redeemed at the establishments indicated on the map and by a Red feather banner. No ticket = No free drink. Any drink after your 1st one or no ticket you will need to pay for your drink.

PLEASE BRING A DRIVERS LICENSE or STATE ISSUED ID. Establishments will be requesting IDs to avoid giving anyone not of legal age a drink. 

3.  Can I buy a drink ticket? No. There will be no drink tickets sold at event. 

4. Can I walk anywhere with my DORA cup? No, you must stay within the DORA boundaries. Leaving the DORA with an alcoholic beverage breaks State of Ohio and City of Delaware open containers laws.

5. Can I take my DORA cup back inside the establishment in which it was purchased? No, once a DORA cup has left a business, it must be consumed before you enter any establishment other than a residence. This includes reentering the business in which it was purchased or entering a new business.

6. Can I take an empty DORA cup into a business so I can reuse it? No, you must throw away a DORA cup before entering any business. 

7. What types of alcoholic beverage can I have in my DORA cup? Beer and wine are all allowable drinks in DORA cups. Drinks must be purchased from a participating business.

8. Can I bring my own alcoholic beverage, pour it into a DORA cup, and walk around in the DORA? No, only drinks purchased from businesses participating in the DORA are allowed. No cans, glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted within the boundaries.

9. Do I bring the commemorative New Moon pint glass to the event? No, only drinks purchased from businesses participating in the DORA are allowed. No cans, glass bottles, or outside drinks are permitted within the boundaries 

Note: All State of Ohio and City of Delaware laws regarding public intoxication, impaired driving, and open containers apply to areas both inside and outside of the DORA boundaries. Please drink responsibly. 


Corral Start

We have established a corral system to allow the field of participants to spread out nicely along the course route. We have those who plan to run fastest in the half and quarter marathon towards the front, and those who plan to walk towards the rear. During the registration process, you will be asked to predict your expected minute per mile pace for your respective distance. You can change your corral up to April 15 (bibs are printed after that date).  You can always move back to a slower corral on race day if you need to, but you will not be permitted to jump to a faster corral. The corrals will go one after another and your start time will not begin until you cross the starting line.

Packet Pick-up

Please bring a household, canned or dry food item to packet pick-up location or to event on race day. We are collecting these items for donation to People in Need of Delaware County. 

We are also collecting your gently-used running shoes for donation to the Common Ground Free Store of Delaware. Please bring a pair to packet pick-up or check-in to be donated. 

Thank you for giving back!

Packet Pick-up Schedule- Note: Locations, Times & Dates: TBA

Course Map - Crescent Moon 5K

5K Out-n-back course Map


Course Route - Half & Quarter Distances


Course Hydration Stations/Medical

There will a total of seven (7) aid stations on the course containing water and hydration drink, at the following locations:

  • Aid Station #1 - Mile 1.25
  • Aid Station #2 - Mile 2.25
  • Aid Station #3 - Mile 3.25
  • Aid Station #4 - Mile 4.25
  • Aid Station #5 - Mile 5.25
  • Aid Station #6 - Mile 6
  • Aid Station #7 - Mile 6.5 (half and quarter split)

If heat index exceeds 80 additional hydration stations will be added:

Aid Station #8 - Mile 3.7


  • Finish Line
  • Mile 2
  • Mile 3.5
  • Mile 5


Heat Index/Temperature Policy

If race day is significantly hotter than the preceding days, or if the few days leading up to and including race day are extremely hot, then the risk of exertional heat stroke is much increased.  There is the possibility that as runners and walkers will either not be acclimatised or else they may start the race already dehydrated from previous heat exposure. If this is the case, the following activity and awareness activity will take place:

  • Announcements leading up to race day warning participants of heat risks and recommending hydration increase leading up to the event
  • Pre-race announcements of current temperature and heat index and recommend pre-race hydation
  • If Heat index >72 -80 (see below) chart pre-race, aide stations on course will increase to (8) or (9)
  • If Heat index >80- 88 pre-race and expected to be the same or increase during the race, race will be modified to quarter marathon 
  • If Heat index >88 pre-race and expected to be the same or increase during the race, race will be postponed or suspended

During the event, a graded flagging system based on the Heat Stress Index (HSI) has been devised. According to this system:

- Black flag (extreme risk, HSI > 88):  If cancellation is not possible participants will be advised of the risks and not to compete.

- Red flag (high risk, 80 > HSI > 88): All runners will be made aware that heat injury is possible. Those susceptible to heat will be advised not to compete and all runners urged to slow their pace and hydrate adequately.

- Yellow flag (moderate risk, 72 > HSI > 80): Participants with high risk for heat stroke will be recommended that they withdraw.

- Green flag (low risk, 72 > HSI)

Inclement Weather Policy

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event paying special attention to the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds and extreme temperatures. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these predictions on the Greenswell website and on our Facebook so that participants can properly prepare for severe weather during the race as well as possible course alterations. Severe weather updates will also be sent to participants via email as necessary.

The Event Director and Safety Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: altering the start time for the race or in extreme situations, cancellation of the event. Please listen closely to all public address announcements at the starting line of the race.

Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 15 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 15 minute increments.

If heat is predicted, extra water and hydration stations will be provided to the athletes, both prior to, during and after the event. The medical team will be alerted that athletes may require additional medical attention during and after the event due to the high temperatures. If it is felt that it is unsafe for participants to start the race due to severe heat that race may be suspended or cancelled.

Race personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race due to inclement weather. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so the race personnel, medical staff, fire or police officers.

Transfer & Deferral Policy & Procedure

 IMPORTANT- You will be required to acknowledge the policy guidelines during registration.


  1. Race entries and/or Race Bibs can be transferred to another individual up to May 15. No transfers will be permitted after May 15.
  2. The individual transferring ("Transferer") must initiate the transfer. This is performed by you (you do not need to contact the race organizer) through the registration system. There is a button located on the main event registration page that initiates the process. Follow the procedures from there. You will need to indicate the individual's email address receiving the transfer.
  3. The individual receiving the race entry or bib ("Transferee") will receive a transfer email and must then within 3 days  register themselves online. 
  4. The transferee be required to pay the current event entry fee less credit for transferer's entry fee paid.
  5. Additionally, all transfers are subject to an additional administrative fee of $10, plus any applicable online registration service fees.

Note: If it is your original intent to Gift someone a registration, please use the Gift Registration feature when you initially register.


  1. You are permitted to transfer up or down in distance (example: move from Half to quarter distance) through May 15.
  2. If you wish to transfer to another distance you must initiate the transfer. Again, this is performed by (you do not need to contact the race organizer) through the registration system. There is transfer button located on main event page.
  3. Any distance transfers "up" to a longer distance will be required to pay the difference between the entry fee paid and the current entry fee for the longer distance selected.  There is no refund or credit for transfers "down" in distance.
  4. Any distance transfers are subject to an additional administrative fee of $10.00, plus any applicable online registration service fees.


  1. There are no injury deferrals for this event. You are able to Transfer your entry or transfer "down" in distance per the guidelines listed above.


  1. There are no refunds for this event, No refunds are given for injury, pregnancy, or any other medical conditions. 

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Thomas Seelbach $25.00
2 Todd Lucas $25.00
3 Paul Stokell $25.00

Event Schedule

  • May 25 4:30 PM EDT - Athlete Check-in Event Site Begins

  • May 25 5:30 PM EDT - Athlete Check-in Event Site Ends

  • May 25 5:40 PM EDT - Event Formation Begins

  • May 25 6:00 PM EDT - Crescent Moon 5K Begins

  • May 25 6:03 PM EDT - Half & Quarter Marathon Begins

  • May 25 6:30 PM EDT - Block Party Begins

Contact Information

Event Location

Delaware, OH, United States

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