Celebrate the 4th of July with a race

Those of us who love to run know that you can celebrate many holidays with a race — and that includes the 4th of July. This year, the 4th of July itself falls on a Saturday, too. Here are some local races that are coming up.

Looking for a race on the 4th of July? You have your choice in the Delmarva area. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
Looking for a race on the 4th of July? You have your choice in the Delmarva area. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

Red White & Brew 5K Run/Walk: This race is not actually during 4th of July weekend, but with the title of “Red White & Brew,” I figured it could be included. The race is set for 9 a.m. this Saturday, June 27, and although online registration has closed, people can register the day of the race starting at 8 a.m., according to the Races2Run event page.

The race is at Mispillion River Brewing Company, at 255 Mullet Run in Milford, Delaware. The cost to register on race day is $25, and the race will benefit the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition and the Milford School District Cross Country team, the website states.

I took part in this race — it had a different name — last year, and I think I’ll be back again this year. Last year, I won a growler of beer, but even if you don’t win a growler, you still get a pint if you’re 21-plus, the website states. And you also have a chance at a prize if you wear a patriotic outfit, according to the website.

For more information, visit the Races2Run event page.

Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run & 5K Walk: Head to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware’s Grove Park for the Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run & 5K Walk, which is set for 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4, according to the Seashore Striders event page. Online registration is currently available for $20 here, and race-day registration is also available from 6:30-7:25 a.m. the day of the race for $25, according to the website.

If you register early enough, you’ll also get a beach towel, according to the website.

For more information, visit the Seashore Striders event page.

Ocean Pines Freedom 5K: Kick off your holiday run from Ocean Pines’ Veterans Memorial Park at the Ocean Pines Freedom 5K, set for 8 a.m. Saturday, July 4, according to the OC Tri-Running event page.

Some race proceeds will benefit the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines, the website states.

Registration is $25 prior to June 30, and can be done online here, or people can register the morning of the race for $35 starting at 7 a.m., according to the Active.com event page.

The Active.com event page also details family-oriented events to be held after the race. Go there or to the OC Tri-Running event page for more race information.

Freedom 5K Run/Walk & Roll: Help the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund with a 5K in Dover, Delaware. The Freedom 5K Run/Walk & Roll is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with a free kids’ run at 8:55 a.m., according to the TriSports Charitable Events event page.

The event will be at Kent County Memorial Park, which is described on the website as being by Kent County Administration at 555 Bay Road in Dover.

You can register for $20 through June 27 — online registration is available here with an additional $2.50 fee —and the entry fee increases to $25 after that, the website states. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m., according to the website.

For more information, visit the TriSports Charitable Events event page.

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