It’s time once again for the high season at the Delaware beaches, and that means tens of thousands of visitors will once again be coming to town for the summer.
The traditional Memorial Day to Labor Day summer season is always an exciting time in coastal Delaware. And this year will certainly be no different, as the area again springs to life and puts its best “welcome mat” out to visitors from throughout the mid-Atlantic.
Coastal Delaware has become known for many things over the years, in part because of the great local community that lives and works here year-round. What was once essentially a place to come and play during the warm weather months has really become a year-round destination and a great place to live.
One segment of the area that’s certainly grown by leaps and bounds over the years is the local running community. And because of the huge popularity of coastal Delaware’s running clubs and events, we typically preview what’s coming up in that realm a couple of times each year.
And that’s what we’re going to do here today. So, put your running shoes on and head out to any of the great local events featured below, most of which are held in support of worthwhile charities and organizations.
The featured events will be taking place between now and July 4 weekend at locations throughout coastal Delaware.
Let’s take a look…
Rehoboth Run for the Books 5K (May 20). This event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Library, at the intersection of Christian and Bayard Streets.
Fee is $25 until this Thursday and $30 thereafter, and there will also be a post-race party at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria.
Proceeds will be used for community programs at the Rehoboth Beach Library. Click HERE for more information.
Wild Goose Chase 5K Run and Walk (May 21). To be held at the picturesque Trap Pond State Park, between Millsboro and Laurel, this fifth annual event will benefit the Kay Children Trust Fund and is held in cooperation with the Seashore Striders.
Registration is $20 through this Friday and $25 the day of the race, and the first 100 to register will receive free t-shirts.
For more information, visit the Wild Goose Chase page online.
Registration is $25 through May 17 and $30 thereafter, including the day of the event. There will also be a post-race party under the tent.
There’s also a one-mile fun walk planned, for those who want to be involved but don’t want to tackle the entire 5K course.
Visit the race website for more information.
Cape Gazette Photo
Justin’s Beach House Memorial Day Weekend 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk (May 27). This Memorial Day Weekend event supports a fantastic local cause in Justin’s Beach House and is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, beginning at 7:15 a.m. in Bethany Beach.
In addition to the 5K run and 2K walk, there will also be a pre-race kiddie dash, a festive post-race party on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, t-shirts for all pre-registered participants and various awards that will be presented after the race.
On-line registration is $35 through Thursday, May 25.
Rehoboth Beach 5K Run/Walk for Economics (June 4). This eighth annual event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk at Wilmington Avenue.
Following the race, there will be an after party and ceremony, as well as food and refreshments at Zoggs Raw Bar and Grill.
The race benefits the Council for Economic Education, which provides economic and financial education for school children around the world.
Registration is $22 through June 2 and $25 the day of the event. More information on this event is available HERE.
Dewey Color Run (June 4). This fourth annual event in Dewey Beach is always a lot of fun and is now a Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Road Race Series event.
Pre-registration for the Color Run is $40 through June 1 and $45 after, including the day of the event.
The race starts at the Rusty Rudder and has many “color stops” along the route. There will be a post race party at Northbeach, featuring live music and food, and beer for those 21 and over.
Click HERE for more information, or to register for the event.
Coastal Point Photo
Stop, Drop and Run 5K (June 11). Presented by the Lewes Fire Department Auxiliary, this third annual 5K run benefits the fire department and is held this year in honor of fallen firefighter Tim McClanahan, who died in the line of duty in 2016.
Proceeds from this year’s run will be used to purchase a life-saving ventilation tool for the department’s new fire engine.
Registration is $25 until June 1 and $30 the day of the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., at the fire department on Savannah Road. There will also be a post race party at the firehouse, with food and drinks, tours of the fire station, face painting and more.
Visit the online race page for more information.
Irish Eyes 5K Dash (June 17). Scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, this seventh annual event is held in cooperation with the Seashore Striders.
Registration is $22 through Thursday, June 15, and $25 from 7 to 7:55 a.m. the day of the race.
There will be a post race party at Irish Eyes, with refreshments including food, beer and more.
Visit the Seashore Striders website for more information.
Cape Gazette Photo
Father’s Day 5K Run (June 18). To benefit the Seashore Strider Youth Cross Country Team, this 27th annual run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.
The race will begin at the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk at Wilmington Avenue and a post race party will be held at Zoggs Raw Bar and Grill.
Registration is $22 through Friday, June 16, and $25 the day of the event. More information is available HERE.
Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash (June 24). This 13th annual event benefits several local charities and is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24.
The run begins at Jungle Jim’s Water Park just off of Route 1. Registration is $22 through June 22 and $24 the day of the race.
Post-race refreshment will also be available, as well as reduced price tickets to Jungle Jim’s following the race.
Click HERE for more information.
Cape Gazette Photo
Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run and 5K Walk (July 1). This is the 27th year for this event, which will begin at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach.
Start time is 7:30 a.m., with a post-race party and awards ceremony following the conclusion of the race.
Registration is $22 through June 29 and $25 the day of the event.
Click HERE for more information.
Dave Reynolds Swim/Run Biathlon (July 2). This 27th annual event benefits the Dave Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fun, as well as the Rehoboth Beach Recreation Department.
It features a half-mile swim and a 5K run and is set to begin at 8 a.m. in Rehoboth Beach.
Registration is $50 for individuals and $60 for teams. There’s also a two-mile Boardwalk Memory Walk for $25.
Visit the event page online HERE.
Delmarva Now Photo
Red, White and Blue 5K and Kiddie K (July 4). Beginning at 8 a.m. on Independence Day, this fun event begins at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club and is being held for the second consecutive year.
Registration is $25 through Sunday, July 2, and $30 on the day of the event. Students, as well as Rehoboth Beach Country Club members, can register for a $5 discount.
The Kiddie K is free for children 8 and under, and a post race party will be held at the country club.
For more information, click HERE.
To learn more about coastal Delaware's constantly growing running community, or about events planned throughout the year, we recommend the following links.