With the mild climate (most of the year), the flat terrain and the picturesque landscape, being outside and active has become a popular pastime here in coastal Delaware. Walking and running clubs have popped up throughout the area and many of these groups sponsor and/or organize outdoor events to support their operating costs and worthwhile charitable organizations.

And sometimes, they're just for fun!

Since it has become so popular here at the Delaware beaches, and because we want to keep you aware of what's happening here in our area of the world, we've decided to publish an entry once a month on our blog page with all of the fitness events coming up in the next few weeks.

The image below, from a feature story in the May 2008 issue of Delaware Beach Life magazine, highlighted the popularity, and importance, of these local running groups and helped energize the fitness boom in coastal Delaware. It provided a good overview of the running/walking culture and gave readers a chance to see just how many people were involved in the fitness craze back then, and still are today.

When you're done reviewing events that are coming up later this month, be sure to also check the helpful links we've included at the bottom of this page. If you're interested in becoming involved in the running and/or walking community, these organizations are a good place to start.

Now, for the events coming up in the next few weeks:

Soarin' Seahawk 5K Run/Walk. To be held at Sussex Academy just south of Georgetown, this event is to benefit the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club and the Sussex Academy Student Government Association. Cost is $25 or $20 for Sussex Academy students. Visit HERE for more information.

Booo-B-Que By the Sea. This inaugural 5K run/walk will take place on Halloween morning, with proceeds benefitting the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation. The course will wind through the Indian River Marina, the Delaware Seashore State Park and over the scenic Indian River Inlet bridge. Visit www.focusmultisports.com for more information.

Herring Point 5K and 10K runs. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, this event costs $25 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. More information is available at www.seashorestriders.com.

Paradise 5K Run and Walk. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Paradise Grill in Long Neck, this event has a cost of $25, and there will be a post race party with music provided by Mike Hines & The Look. More information is available at www.seashorestriders.com.

The Devil's Way Relay Race. Scheduled for Oct. 24, this race begins in Middletown and continues 66.6 miles to Milton. This race is run by teams of four or six and only 666 runners will be registered, in keeping with the devilish theme of the event. Visit www.races2run.com for more information.

Sea Witch Fall 5K Classic and 1-Mile Fright Walk. This fun event begins at 9 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 25, in Rehoboth Beach's Grove Park. Costumed runners and walkers are welcome, with the "costume parade" beginning at 8:45 a.m. More information is available at www.seashorestriders.com.

Skirt Chaser 10 Miler. This race begins on Halloween morning at 8 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Running Company on Rehoboth Avenue. Runners will race to Cape Henlopen State Park and back. The after party, awards ceremony and breakfast will be held at the Cultured Pearl after the race.