Whether the recent warm temperatures are signs of an early spring, or just a big tease heading into late February and early March, is still undetermined.

But what we do know is it'll soon be time once again for getting outside and active here in coastal Delaware.

And there's an ever growing community that does that in record numbers by running and/or walking in support, not only of themselves and their health, but also for a number of worthwhile local charities.

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 every year.

That’s what we’re going to do here today. The running events we're featuring below will be taking place between now and the July 4 holiday weekend at locations throughout coastal Delaware.

Also keep in mind that this list is not a complete one, as there are definitely more than we could possibly mention here in this blog. So we're hitting on some of the highlights.

We have, however, included a few links at the end of the blog where you can go for more information, as well as a full list of what's coming up in the running scene for the rest of 2018 here at the Delaware beaches.

No, let’s take a look at what's on the horizon...

Shamrock Shuffle (March 18). 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. 

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Bunny Palooza (March 31). 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 30, from 12 to 4 p.m. on the Boardwalk. You can also register on Saturday, March 31, 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. Visit www.qrcf.org/event/bunny-palooza/ for more information.

Ocean City Race for the Cure 5K (April 14). This annual event supports breast cancer research. It 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 7:30 a.m. with the race kicking off at 9 a.m. There will also be a "Survivor Parade" at 10:20. Click HERE for more information. 

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Coastal Delaware Running Festival (April 20-22). 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.

Tommy Ten Miler and Daffodil Dash 5K (April 29). Named for long-time physical education teacher Tom Coveleski, this is the second year for the Tommy Ten Miler with proceeds supporting the Sussex Consortium Autism Program. Both the Daffodil Dash, now in it’s sixth year, and the Tommy Ten Miler will begin at 9 a.m. with registration opening an hour prior to the event. Click HERE for more information. 

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Seashore Classic Half Marathon (May 12).  This 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. 

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Rehoboth Run for the Books 5K (May 19). This event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Library, located at 226 Rehoboth Avenue.

Fee is $25 until this Thursday until May 17 and $30 thereafter, and there is also a special kids' fun run that is free to join.

Proceeds will be used for community programs at the Rehoboth Beach Library. Click HERE for more information.

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Wild Goose Chase 5K Run and Walk (May 20). To be held at the picturesque Trap Pond State Park, between Millsboro and Laurel, this sixth annual event will benefit the Kay Children Trust Fund and is held in cooperation with the Seashore Striders.

Registration is $22 through May 18 and $25 the day of the race, and the first 100 to register will receive free t-shirts.

Click HERE for more information on this event.

DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk (May 20). Held at the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach, this ninth annual event supports the work of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

Registration is $25 through May 17 and $30 thereafter, including the day of the event. 

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.

Click HERE for more information.

Justin’s Beach House Memorial Day Weekend 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk (May 26). This Memorial Day Weekend event supports a fantastic local cause in Justin’s Beach House and is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 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.

Learn more about this special annual event HERE.

Rehoboth Beach 5K Run/Walk for Economics (June 3). This ninth annual event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 3, 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 1 and $25 the day of the event. More information on this event is available HERE.

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Dewey Color Run (June 3). This fifth annual event in Dewey Beach is always a lot of fun and is a Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Road Race Series event.

Pre-registration for the Color Run is $40 through May 31 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.

This event benefits the Rotary Clubs of Area 41.

Click HERE for more information, or to register for the event.

Stop, Drop and Run 5K (June 10). Presented by the Lewes Fire Department Auxiliary, this fourth annual 5K run benefits the fire department. The theme for 2018 is "Stayin' Alive," and will have a bit of a Bee Gees feel.

Registration is $25 until June 7 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, fire prevention activities and more.

Visit the online race page for more information.

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Irish Eyes 5K Dash (June 16). Scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, this eighth annual event is held in cooperation with the Seashore Striders.

Registration is $22 through Thursday, June 14, 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.

Father’s Day 5K Run (June 18). To benefit the Seashore Strider Youth Cross Country Team, this 28th annual run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 17.

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.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Seashore Strider Youth Cross Country Team.

Registration is $22 through Friday, June 15, and $25 the day of the event. More information is available HERE.

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Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash (June 23). This 14th annual event benefits several local charities and is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23.

The run begins at Jungle Jim’s Water Park just off of Route 1. Registration is $22 through June 22 and $25 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.

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Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run and 5K Walk (June 30). This is the 28th 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 28 and $25 the day of the event.

Click HERE for more information.

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Dave Reynolds Swim/Run Biathlon (July 1). This 28th annual event benefits the Dave Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund and features a half-mile swim and a 5K run.

It's scheduled 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 HERE for more information.

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Red, White and Blue 5K and Kiddie K (July 4). Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Independence Day, this fun event begins at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club and is being held for the third consecutive year.

Registration is $25 through Sunday, July 1, 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.

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To learn more about coastal Delaware's constantly growing running community, or about events planned throughout the year, we recommend the following links.

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