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Ocean City & Rehoboth Beach

Includes Chincoteague NWR, Assateague National Seashore, Ocean City, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Cape Henlopen SP

Ocean City and nearby Reboboth Beach are among the most popular vacation areas on the east coast: 10,000 residents but 10 million annual visitors! Folks from nearby metro areas flock there in the summer for the miles of long beaches and family-friendly atmosphere. The highlights of running in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach are the beaches, which stretch for miles and feature firm sand close to the water. Each area has a boardwalk that makes for a fun run, and pleasant side streets with little traffic and typical summer beach homes.

The best places to run in Rehoboth Beach are the Boardwalk and 10 miles of beach, and some pretty residential side streets. Just north, there’s terrific running in Cape Henlopin State Park, which has several miles of beach and multi-use paths around dune, pine forest, and salt marsh.  Bethany Beach, between Rehoboth & Ocean City, has a good boardwalk & beach, and trails at Fresh Pond & Holts Landing. In Ocean City, in addition to the miles of beach and boardwalk, we love running along St. Martins Neck Rd.. and in Northside Park. About 10 miles south of Ocean City, we recommend Assateague Island National Seashore, which has 4 miles of paved trails and miles of gorgeous, runnable beach. South of there (50 miles by car!), Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge has several gorgeous trail loops around marshes and through pine forests.

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Summers, the peak tourist season, are hot and humid for running, so avoid the height of the day and hydrate accordingly. Average July-August high temps are in the mid-to-high 80sF (28-30C), with warm nights, cooled off by ocean breezes. Fall is the best running season and the beaches/boardwalks less crowded. Winters are cool but not cold, with average January highs in the mid-40s (7-8C), and nights dipping to just below freezing. Snow and ice are occasional and do not stick around long. Spring can be nice, but can sometimes be chilly and overcast due to winds coming off the cool ocean.

The Rehoboth Beach Running Company is the one independent running store in the area. They don’t do regular group runs, but they host a series of ‘long run’ events throughout the year. Info: http://www.runrb.com/training.php

There are also outlet stores for Adidas, New Balance, Nike, and Sketchers, and Asics in the Rehoboth Beach area. See map.

Group Runs

The Seashore Striders are an active running group in the area. They hold group runs Tuesdays 6pm at Grove Park. Also longer runs on many weekends. Calendar.

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Calendar of area running events. Another Calendar, maintained by the Seashore Striders.

There’s a Marathon in December, and numerous other events throughout the year.