I have always admired runners. I admire them because I was never very good at running. It requires a certain capacity for breathing that I just don’t have. I am more of a walker, aspiring to one day be a runner. But, perhaps the best way to get in shape is to just start walking and work my way up to running. Just a thought.
After living on Delmarva for more 18 months, I know a lot of people love to run and Delmarva is a runner’s paradise. There are trails, boardwalks, and just beautiful scenery nearly everywhere you look.
Heck, I want to run. One day. But beyond the natural beauty, I have found that Delawareans are really into 5Ks, triathlons and other big running events, like marathons. Most of the races also benefit local charities, which is always a good thing. So for those of you who are far more athletically inclined than I am. Here is a list of 5k events and other running/walking events on Delmarva that are coming up in the near future. The list is by no means exhaustive. All of the races are in Sussex County, DE. If you know of a race or walk on Maryland or Virginia’s Eastern Shore and want me to add your event, I am happy to do it. Post a comment and let me know. Be sure to include your information, so I can contact you about your event. Enjoy!
June 24th, Saturday, Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. Jungle Jim’s Rehoboth. www.seashorestriders.com
June 25th, Sunday, Firecracker 5K Run/Walk 7:15 a.m., Benefits Bethany Beach July 4th Fireworks. Register at bethanybeach5k.com.
June 25th, Sunday, 16th Annual Northbeach 5K, register at tensistersraces.com.
June 25th, Sun, Bill Degnan 5k Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes. www.seashorestriders.com.
July 1, Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Stuart Kingston, Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com.
July 2nd, Sunday, 14th Annual Outlet Liquors 5K. Register at tensistersraces.com.
July 3rd, Monday, Lewes Dairy Christmas in July 5K benefits the Salvation Army, races2run.
July 4th, Tuesday, Red, White & Blue 5K and Kiddie K, Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Benefits Meals on Wheels, races2run.
July 8, 2017, Saturday, Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5K & Kiddie K, Lewes, races2run
July 9th, Sunday, 11th Annual Dewey Beach Liquors 5k. Register at tensistersraces.com
July 15th, Saturday, Race for The Ribbon 5k Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com.
July 16th, Sunday, Seashore 5 mile run, at 7:30 a.m., Deauville Beach, Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com
July 22nd, Saturday, The 15th Annual Lifeguard 10k/5K. Register at tensistersraces.com
July 23rd, Sunday, Run for J.J. 5K Run & 5K Walk, 7:30 a.m., Cupola Park, Millsboro, www.seashorestriders.com.
July 30th, Sunday, Penn State Day, 5k, Register at tensistersraces.com
July 29th, Saturday, Run for the Paws 5K and 1-mile walk, 8 a.m. Starboard, Dewey, www.seashorestriders.com.
August 6th, Sunday, at 7:15 a.m., Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5k Run/Walk. The race benefits the Delaware Alzheimer’s Chapter. Register at alzrun.com.
August 13th, Sunday, at 7:30 a.m., Buddy 5K Run/Walk, Dewey Beach, DE. This run/walk benefits individuals with intellectual disabilities. Register at deweybuddyrun.com. Benefits Best Buddies Delaware.
August 19th, Saturday, the 4th Annual Breast Fest 5k. Register at tensistersraces.com.
August 26th, Saturday, at 7:15 a.m., Bethany Beach Lifesaving Mile. Benefits the Edward Dean Foundation and the area Lifeguard Community. Register at BethanyMile.com
September 2nd, Saturday, Last Blast Prediction 5K run/Walk at 7:30 a.m., The Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach. www.Seashorestriders.com.
September 3rd, Sunday, Summer’s End 5K. Register at tensistersraces.com.
September 9th, Saturday, 41st Annual Bottle & Cork Ten Miler/5K. Register at tensisterraces.com
September 9th, Saturday, Rehoboth Walk to Defeat ALS. Registration 8 a.m. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Register here.
September 16th, Saturday, Run/Walk for Kids 5K, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Register by clicking here.
September 17th, Saturday, the 21st Annual Dewey Beach Triathlon. Deweybeachtriathlon.com
September 24th, Sunday, Bethany Beach First Responders Tri-Du-Aquabike. Start time 7 a.m. Benefits the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and First Responders. Register at Bethanybeachtri.com
October 21, Saturday, Boooo-B-Que by The Sea 5k Run/Walk benefits the Delaware Children in Nature Fund. Register here.
December, 30th, Saturday, at 4 p.m. Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler run/walk. This event benefits Contractors for a Cause, Justin’s Beach House, and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Register here.