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14th Annual Dewey Beach Patrol 10k/5k

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, July 28, 2016
14th Annual Dewey Beach Patrol 10k/5k

Road races are quite popular in Rehoboth Beach and surrounding areas and are held all year long. Runners and walkers, if you're looking for a race this weekend, then you're in luck!

The Dewey Beach Patrol Annual 10k/5k Run/Walk will be held this Sunday, July 31. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. The race will start and end at Ivy Restaurant located on Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach. Both USATF-certified courses are flat, scenic, out and back routes through residential neighborhoods. 

The event, which is part of the Dewey Beach Ten Sisters Road Race Series, benefits the Dewey Beach Patrol, The Consortium in Lewes, The Ayanna Foundation, and Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding.

Pre-registration is available online. The 5k entry fee is $25 through July 28 and $30 after. The 10k entry fee is $30 through July 28 and $35 after. Participants will receive gender specific t-shirts, give away items, finisher medals (10k only), and are invited to attend the post-race party with food and beverages.

Awards will be given for top male/female ($50 gift card), overall male/female masters ($25 gift card), top 3 male/female in each age group, top 3 male/female walkers, and fastest beach house team.

The Dewey Beach Patrol will be participating in and volunteering at the event. It's a great opportunity to meet the crew that secure your safety on the beach and learn more about their programs and their nationally known competition team. Parking on race day is free in Dewey Beach until 11 a.m.

There is still time to register for the race. Come on, get active and run or walk for a great local program!

Blazing a trail is easy

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Blazing a trail is easy

Photo of Junction and Breakwater Trail courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

If you want to venture away from the beach and boardwalk for a walk, run, or bike ride, you won’t have to go far. There are a few scenic trails within close proximity to town where you can enjoy gorgeous views of wetlands, farmland and local wildlife.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a five-mile pine-studded crushed stone rail-trail that runs from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes and provides a perfect nature retreat. This route is mostly flat and well-traveled by bicyclists, walkers, runners, and families with strollers and dogs. There are three trail heads in Rehoboth Beach: Wolfe Glade parking lot on Wolfe Glade Road, Holland Glade parking lot behind Tanger Outlet Seaside, and Hebron Road just off Route 1 (no parking available here).

The Gordons Pond Trail, open to bicyclists and pedestrians, is a finely crushed gravel pathway that winds through coastal maritime forest, grassy marshes, and sandy dunes. The trail was expanded a few years ago to 3.2 miles and features a half-mile long, elevated boardwalk over dunes and wetlands. Access the trail head from the Gordons Pond parking lot located at the end of Ocean Drive. About 0.75 miles in, you’ll find an observation deck, which overlooks the pond and the ocean, and provides a perfect spot for taking a breather and bird watching.

Get back on the trail and you'll eventually end up at Cape Henlopen State Park where you can continue on a three-mile paved bike loop or take a two-mile detour on the Walking Dunes Trail through the park’s beautiful natural landscape. There are several other trails within Cape Henlopen State Park. Take the time to discover all of them. I promise you won't regret it.

Fellow cyclists, if you're up for a serious ride, make the entire Rehoboth Beach-Lewes loop (which includes both trails, the state park, and some road riding) for a grand total of 17.5 miles. The trails are well-marked and there are several maps along the route for easy navigation. I've done it many times and it is well worth the effort! If 17.5 straight miles is a bit much, include a lunch break in either Rehoboth Beach or Lewes (depending on where you begin). Or if you want to clock in more miles, buzz through either town and just enjoy the scenes of daily activity in town. Leisurely or hardcore, you will definitely enjoy your ride. Delaware is one of the most bike-friendly states in the nation - get out there and see why first-hand!

Break out your sneakers for two active events this weekend

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Break out your sneakers for two active events this weekend

After the steady soaking our area received last week and into the weekend, we're pretty sure that everyone is more than ready to break out the kicks and enjoy some long overdue outdoor activity. This weekend there are a few events on tap that should inspire runners and walkers alike to participate.

10th Annual Boardwalk Buddy Walk

Be a “buddy” and make a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome by participating in the 10th Annual Boardwalk Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 10. This rain or shine event begins at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 9:00 a.m. Registration is free and begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be a special appearance after the walk by “The Signing Time Lady” Rachel Coleman, who stars in signing videos designed to teach American Sign Language to children of all abilities, including those in the Down syndrome community.

Festivities begin on Friday, October 9 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the Buddy Up Party. The party will be held at the Dewey Beach Lions Club Community Center located at 115 McKinley Street and the bay. There will be free food, soft drinks, entertainment, and a silent auction. All Lions Club bartenders will be donating their tips to the effort, so participants are encouraged to tip well! Registration will be available at the party; anyone who pre-registers is guaranteed an event t-shirt. Visit the website for more information. 

2nd Annual Greene Turtle Rehoboth Avenue 5k

The 2nd Annual Greene Turtle Rehoboth Avenue 5k will be held on Sunday, October 11. Registration and packet pick up opens at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m. The course is a USATF certified “out and back” route that starts at the Greene Turtle located at 52 Rehoboth Avenue and takes runners through scenic residential neighborhoods with finish on the boardwalk. Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate. Teams must have at least five members (including at least one female to score).

Participants will enjoy a celebratory post-race party including a breakfast buffet, beverages, and giveaways. Awards will be given for top male/female finishers, overall male/female masters, top three male/female in each age group, and top three male/female walkers. The ‘Greene Turtle Cup’ will be awarded to the team with the most members and the ‘Rehoboth Beach Main Street Cup’ will be awarded to the team that raises the most money.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Route 1 Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Rehoboth Beach Main Street 2016 Fireworks Fund. Visit the website for more information or to register.

​Coastal Delaware Running Festival: A two-day running extravaganza

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, April 08, 2015
​Coastal Delaware Running Festival: A two-day running extravaganza

Dubbed "Delaware's Coolest Marathon" the Coastal Delaware Running Festival is a two-day multi-race extravaganza. The event, which benefits the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware Seashore State Parks, takes place May 2-3 and includes a marathon, half marathon, and 9K, as well as pre- and post-race activities.

This brand new running festival is expected to have over 3,000 participants and an estimated 5,000 attendees from all over the globe. According to race directors, the marathon alone can accommodate up to 2,000 runners. Running enthusiasts won't want to miss what is guaranteed to be a legendary event. Be a part of history. If you haven't registered yet, there are still spots available. If you're not a runner, be a part of the experience as a race volunteer or cheering spectator.

Packet pick-up, race registration, and pre-race activities will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 3:00–9:00 p.m. at the BayCenter-Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach. Pre-race activities include an Expo from 3:00–9:00 p.m. and an Italian buffet dinner at the Lighthouse Cove Restaurant from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are available online.

The Expo will offer an extensive selection of merchandise including equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories, as well as official Coastal Delaware Running Festival gear. Event sponsors and charitable beneficiaries will also be there. The Expo is free and open to everyone so come in and load up on your race swag before the big day.

All races will be held on Sunday, May 3 and will begin at Tower Road in Dewey Beach and finish at the Hyatt-Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach. All courses are scenic, flat and fast – perfect for hitting your personal best while taking in beautiful, coastal scenery. Multiple hydration stations will be located throughout each course. Parking opens at 5:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 7:00 a.m.

Race details are as follows: (Race maps are available on the website.)

  • The 26.2-mile marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifying Run. Travel through Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, Cape Henlopen State Park, the Junction & Breakwater Trail, and residential sections of Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey.
  • The 13.1-mile half marathon takes you through Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, and residential areas of Rehoboth and Dewey.
  • The 9K meanders through Dewey Beach, along Silver Lake, and through residential areas of Rehoboth and Dewey.

Cross the finish line and celebrate! The Finish Line Grand Celebration beach party will be held at the Hyatt-Lighthouse Cove from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Your race bib is your entry ticket to enjoy music, food and beer. Wristbands will be provided for drinkers age 21+. Guests are welcome for $20 (limited number of tickets available). Kids under 12 and volunteers are free.

Race volunteers are needed to help with water stops and packet pick-up. All volunteers receive a Coastal Delaware Running Festival shirt and are invited to a Volunteer & VIP Welcome Reception on Friday, May 1, and the post-race beach party on Sunday, May 3.

To learn more about the festival, sponsoring a booth at the Expo, volunteer opportunities, or to register, visit the website at www.codelrun.com.


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