Rehoboth Beach Library Run-for-the-Books 5K set for May 21

What do books and running shoes have in common? On Saturday, May 21, Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library will present its inaugural Rehoboth Run-for-the-Books 5K. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. behind the library on Christian Street and follows a residential course. The library is located at 226 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.
“We invite readers of all ages to support the library and run or walk in our first 5K,” said Priscilla Smith, president of the Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. “It will be a fun family event, and afterwards everyone can enjoy a day at the beach.”
A non-profit, the Friends have provided more than $340,000 to the library through its fundraisers since 1991. Its donations have purchased materials including children’s, youth and adult books, CD audio books and DVDs, and supported educational programs for children and adults.
Early registration for the Rehoboth Run-for-the Books 5K costs $25 until May 19; after that, the cost is $30. Online registration is at On the day of the event, registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the library breezeway. Proceeds will fund projects at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library.
The course is USATF-certified with chip timing and goes through residential areas of the city. Advance-registration entrants receive a T-shirt. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners and masters male and female winners, along with top three male and female finishers in 10-year age categories from 9 and under, to 80 and over, as well as to the top three walkers. The largest team will be honored with the Rehoboth Beach Public Library Cup. The Papa Grande’s Rehoboth Cup will go to the fastest team.
The post-race party, sponsored by Papa Grande’s Rehoboth, includes a breakfast taco bar with eggs and Mexican fixings. Beer will also be available for participants 21 or older.
For more information about sponsorship or about the event, go to