Well spring has finally (more or less) sprung here in coastal Delaware, which means we can all awake from our annual winter slumber and venture back into the great outdoors. It also means its time for local running events to return in full force, and we’ll highlight these happenings here in our blog throughout the season.

Running has obviously become a very popular pastime in the last couple of decades here at the Delaware beaches, and really throughout the state and the region. We'll keep you informed on as many of these events and festivals moving forward here on our blog page, but we also suggest you keep informed via some of the useful links we’ve provided below.

There are plenty of people “in the know” here at the beach, so don’t be shy to ask questions. Trust us, this is something they LOVE talking about!

For now, here are a few of the local running events coming up in the next few weeks here in coastal Delaware:

Shamrock Shuffle (March 19). This Seashore Striders event is scheduled to take place on the Junction-Breakwater Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Runners can choose between the 5K course or the 15K course. The start/finish line is behind the Outlet Center on Route 1. Click HERE for more information. The photo below was taken by the Cape Gazette during last year's event.

Bunny Palooza (March 26). Complete this fun and festive Bethany Beach course that finishes on the boardwalk. Both 5K and 10K courses are available and registration begins on Friday, March 25, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Mango’s Restaurant. You can also register on Saturday, March 26, from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m., for the 10K, and until 9:15 for the 5K, on the boardwalk. A post race party is also planned, as well as music, crafts, games and more. Visit www.qrcf.org/event/bunny-palooza/ for more information.

5K Tie Dye Run (April 2). This inaugural event will kick off at Gordons Pond Beach within the confines of Cape Henlopen State Park, and will benefit Delmarva Public Radio stations WSCL and WSDL. This race is capped at 250 participants so register early if you want to be involved. Click HERE for more information.

Ocean City Race for the Cure 5K (April 16). This fifth annual event in support of breast cancer research begins at the Ocean City Inlet parking lot and continues on the boardwalk to 17th Street, then loops back to the inlet. There will also be vendors, entertainment and food options available at the inlet. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race kicking off two hours later. Click HERE for more information. The photo below was taken by the Maryland Coast Dispatch.

Seashore Classic Half Marathon (April 17). This is the first major running event of the season and is the first race in the Irish Eyes 6 Pack Series. This seventh annual event will kick off at Irish Eyes in Lewes at 8 a.m., with onsite registration beginning 90 minutes earlier. This event can be run individually or via a two-person team. Click HERE for more information. Cape Gazette photo below.

Tommy Ten Miler and Daffodil Dash 5K (April 23). Named for long-time physical education teacher Tom Coveleski, this is the first year for the Tommy Ten Miler with proceeds supporting both the Sussex Consortium Autism Program and the Tunnell Cancer Center. The Daffodil Dash, now in it’s fifth year, will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration opening an hour prior to the event. Click HERE for more information. 

Coastal Delaware Running Festival (April 22-24). Featuring both a full and a half-marathon, this event is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is one of the “Best Marathons in the U.S.,” according to Trip Advisor. The course encompasses Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park and Lewes. Proceeds benefit the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation. Visit www.codelrun.com for more information.