Delano Park 12 Hour Run

Decatur Park and Recreation Department
River City Runners

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2024 Delano 12 Hour will be on March 2nd

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Congratulations to the participants

2015 Event photos by David Boyd of Boyd Photo Productions

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All Time Stats through 2015
2015 Results Details
2014 Results  Details
2013 Results
2012 Results
2011 Delano 12 Hour Results , Details and Relay Splits   Pictures

2012 Results  Detailed Results
2010 Delano 12 Hour Results and Details

2010 Relay Splits
2009 Delano 12 Hour Results
2009 Delano Splits
2008 Delano 12 Hour Results
2008 Event Photos Available Here (select event)

2008 Men's Minute By Minute
2008 Women's Minute by Minute
2008 Relay Teams' Splits
2008 McDermott Spilt Times

2007  Total Mileage Results
2007 Photo Link

2007 Race Report


General Information:

 The race consists of multiple laps of a USATF-certified 1.00 mile path in Decatur, Alabama’s Delano Park. Aid will be available on each lap. The tree-lined course is flat with total elevation change of less than 10 feet per lap and is completely unpaved. The average high temperature is 60F and average low is 40F.. Aerial Photo of Park  Google Maps

There will be no refunds given after January 31st. If the race fills before February 1st, there will be a waiting list. You will be notified by February 5th if there is a spot open for you. There will be no wait list after February 5th.
No registrations will be accepted after 3/4/12.

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In the 12 Hour Run, awards based on highest mileage will be awarded for the top 3 places overall, masters winner, and grandmasters winner for both genders. Relay awards based on mileage will be given to the top team. Final rankings will be determined by the time the final lap is finished. (No partial laps. Laps finished after 6:00 pm will not count)

In the 50 mile event, awards based on time will be given to the first male and female individuals.

Each participant will receive a personalized plaque with the total mileage completed and your name, a race T-Shirt, and other race goodies. We will make every attempt to capture the each and every mile split for every participant in the event.

Relay Teams:

 A relay team will consist of 2 – 4 participants. All exchanges will occur immediately after the start/finish area (1 mile intervals) and will involve passing of a colored wrist band. The length of each leg, order, and number of legs per participant is up to you. Team members do not need to run equal distances.

Here are a few ideas for the relay: Switch runners every mile, every three miles, every hour, or every three hours. Again, any option is OK as long as exchanges happen at the start/finish area. A set rotation is not required so team members wanting to run legs or longer legs can do so. The 2008 winning relay team switched every six miles.


Directions and Parking:

From I-65, take exit 340 onto Highway 20 going west. US-20 will veer left and merge with US-31 going south.
After crossing the Tennessee River, continue on US-31 through a series of stop lights.
At the eighth light, take a left on to Gordon Drive.
The race start is 2 blocks on the right near the tennis courts at the intersection of 10th Avenue SE and Gordon Drive SE.

There are three parking lots at the park: on Gordon Drive by the Tennis Courts, on Prospect Drive by the Softball field, and on Prospect by the playground. Overflow parking is across Prospect at Decatur High School.




Post Race Meal:

The post race meal will start at 6:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the fellowship hall.


Our community takes pride in our green spaces and our goal is to have zero impact on condition of Delano Park. For this reason, littering will not be tolerated. Ample trash receptacles will be provided at the aid area. Any instance of littering will result in a 5 mile penalty. We recommend that you carry a water bottle to avoid paper cup waste.

About the Park:

Delano Park was founded in 1887 when the area now known as Albany was purchased and well-known New York architect, Nathan Franklin Barrett, was selected to design the "Gateway City" with a large park running through the town. Carolyn Cortner Smith, Alabama's first licensed female architect, designed the stone structures in the park that were built by the WPA in the 1930's. Delano Park received its name in 1941 in memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's mother.

The Friends of Delano Park, a non-profit support group, has partnered with the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department to develop a master plan that will preserve, improve, promote, and maintain this historic green space in Decatur. Their projects have included a rose garden with new stone structures to match the 1930’s construction and also a children’s water pad. The net proceeds from the race will be donated to the Friends of Delano Park.


Questions and Contact Information

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Jon Elmore,


Q: What if I don’t complete the 50 miles within the time limit? Do I get credit for miles completed?

A: Yes, you will automatically be put into the 12 hour event. No DNF possible. Complete one lap and you get credit, are included in results, and receive the finisher plaque.

Q: If I enter the 12 hour race, can I switch to the 50 mile  event during the day.

A: Yes, but you will not be eligible for awards for those events. You will still receive your personalized plaque. Please notify the scorer that you are doing so.

Q: 6AM is pretty early. Can I start later in the morning?

A: Sure. The race will end at 6pm so if you start later you won't get to run 12 hours. All we ask is that you check in at the results table before you start. Please be patient during check-in since our #1 priority will be counting laps of the runners that are underway. Keep in mind that we don't allow registration on race day.

Q: What is your pacing policy?

A: You will be permitted to have a pacer after 12:00 pm if desired. All we ask is that your pacer yield to registered runners and make it clear to the scorer that they are a pacer.



2008 Men's Race - Top 6


 2008 Women's Race - Top 5



Winning Relay Team Splits