This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer; the official start is on June 20, just in case you are keeping tabs. If you are hitting the road this weekend be sure to pack your sunscreen, some tasty snacks, your bathing suit, and your running shoes. Vacation running allows for not only a change in scenery but also an opportunity meet some local runners.
Here is a round up of some running routes for nearby vacation locales.
If you are on your way to Virginia Beach, our friends at J&A Racing have a couple of routes for you to check out while you are in town. Amy Frostick, founder and owner of J&A Racing is fond of First Landing State Park a trail system you may want to check out. “I run the trails of this park 4 days a week, it is one of the most beautiful places to run in Virginia Beach. My husband Jerry and I got engaged on the Long Creek Trail in the park 16 years ago so it will always be close to my heart.”
Long Creek Trail is part of the First Landing State Park and also features a 5-mile Cape Henry Trail that is marked at every half mile and offers an ideal surface of hard-packed dirt and sand. If you add the Long Creek Trail to the Cape Henry Trail you can get a12 mile run in while running on a soft surface.
Virginia Beach Boardwalk stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, allowing you to breath in the salty air while choosing your perfect distance to run.
Elizabeth River Trail runs in and around the thriving City of Norfolk. It is 10.5 miles long and touches on all the great places to run in Norfolk, including Town Point Park, and the great neighborhoods of Chelsea, West Ghent and Larchmont.
Ocean City, Maryland
A great way to find runs around towns that you do or don’t live in is to hook-up with a local running group. If you are headed to Ocean City, Maryland the Ocean City Running Club is a solid option. They have supported Saturday runs that might fit right into your plan. If you opt to run along Costal Highway, do not run in the bike lane either going with or against traffic in OCMD, you will get a ticket.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
If you are headed to Rehoboth Beach, check out JR Price’s route, an all around fun guy and member of DC Front Runners. Sometimes it just pays to know who to ask for a holiday run route.
“One of my favorite routes while on holiday in Rehoboth is a four mile run from town to Dewey and back. I like to run down and around the boardwalk, past Poodle Beach and Silver Lake. Depending on where you turn around you can get in a three to five mile run that is absolutely gorgeous. After I finish, I pick up an iced Americano at my favorite local spot, The Coffee Mill, before getting ready for a relaxing day at the beach.”
New Jersey Beaches
We asked our New Jersey Marathon event director, Hilary Biggs, where she likes to run in the Garden State.
“Running through the tight-knit neighboring towns of the Jersey Shore can be an exciting experience. Start in historic Spring Lake, with it’s turn of the century homes and hotels looking over the ocean; move through the progressive and carnival atmosphere of Asbury Park, featuring classic amusements and arcades; and finally finish along the beautiful new boardwalk of Long Branch, rebuilt and revitalized after the devastating Hurricane Sandy.”
If you are looking for another reason to hit the NJ Beaches take a look at these options for a destination beach race: