Middletown Athletic Club

(serving the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend, Delaware Running Community since 2002)

"That's the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is."  - Kara Goucher


Middletown Athletic Club

Group Run COVID Guidelines

Adapted from RRCA/CARA Operational Preparedness Guide

Updated 6/3/2020

We are excited to resume our group runs, with some clear cautions in place. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our recommendations below for safe group running. We look forward to seeing you out there!

  • Do not participate if you are sick or have any concerning symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, etc) or if you have had recent contact with someone with COVID.
  • If you are in a high risk population for complications of COVID infection, please contact your physician before participating in group runs.
  • Practice social distancing - 6 feet minimum at all times, and 6-8 feet minimum while running (unless you are from the same household).
  • No group photos for now, but please share your individual photos on our facebook page!
  • Faster runners head out first, followed by slower runners to minimize passing.
  • Run single-file.
  • Carry your own hydration/snacks, if needed.
  • No spitting or ‘snot rockets’ - bring a tissue or handkerchief.
  • Bring a face covering! DNREC currently requires all visitors (state parks, wildlife areas and reserves, including the Mike Castle canal trail) to carry a face covering and wear it when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Please be courteous to other trail users, and avoid gathering in areas that limit the ability for others to pass at a safe social distance.
  • If you become sick with or test positive for COVID within 14 days of participating in a group run, please notify our club president, Phil Smith, at helenandphil@gmail.com or 302 690 5569.

Let’s get out and enjoy exercise, nature, and each other’s company  in a socially responsible manner! See you on the trails!


Upcoming events

    • January 04, 2020
    • (EST)
    • December 26, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 52 sessions
    • Lums Pond Trail Head/C&D Canal - Mike Castle Trail (see Facebook group for weekly details)

    Join us for our weekly club run for a tour around Middletown.  Runners/walkers of all speeds and abilities welcome.  We usually have runners of various experience/speed levels participating, so you should be able to have someone to run with around town.  Afterward, join us as we usually gather at one of the local eateries for breakfast and conversation.


    • January 05, 2020
    • (EST)
    • December 27, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 52 sessions
    • Lums Pond State Park - Boat Ramp, entrance is off of Red Lion Road (RT 71) between the intersections of Howell School Road and Summit Bridge Road (RT896)

    Join our trail runners for their weekly group run around the Swamp Forest trail around Lums Pond State Park.  We have runners of all speeds and we try to not have anyone run the trail without another runner.  Trail running is a great way to strengthen the legs and core and also enjoy nature!  

    We hope you can join us!


    • June 10, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • October 14, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 19 sessions
    • Lums Pond South Trail Head/C&D Canal - Mike Castle Trail (see Facebook group for weekly details)


    Join us for a safe run through the neighborhoods surrounding Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, DE.  Please make sure to wear lights or reflective gear for this run due to the darkness.

Middletown Athletic Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 4345 Kirkwood Hwy, Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19808

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