Gentle ocean breezes. Leaping dolphins in the periphery. Horses clip-clopping through a Dickensian town. And guilt-free cocktails. (Never forget the guilt-free cocktails!) There are so many reasons to love running in Cape May. We’ll help you get intimate with all of them.

Let’s face it – running is sexy. That’s why the hobby has experienced 300% growth since 1990, with nearly 20 million Americans completing running events last year. This is where we’ll invoke the peer-pressure tactic of choice among junior high schoolers: “C’mon, everybody’s doing it.”

Here’s the secret: you don’t have to pound the pavement for the length of a marathon or with the speed of a Cape May lifeguard to be a real runner. At RunCape, we take it nice and slow, so that any person of any ability (we heart first-timers) can keep pace.

What you get out of it? A healthy dose of Cape May history – and not just the buttoned-up kind you’d expect from a proper Victorian town, but the grittier side you won’t read about in brochures -- and a healthy dose of nature, too. On Cape Island, our marshes and beaches are a hotbed of conservation drama, our skies are like a chic happy-hour club for birds, and our sunsets are just, well, hella pretty.

And did we mention the guilt-free cocktails?

We’ll see you at the start, solemates.

Meet Diane                                Meet Kashi

Diane Stopyra is a journalist by day. Much of her writing focuses on running (Runner’s World magazine) and the history, nature and culture of New Jersey (New Jersey MonthlyExit ZeroSJ magazineWHYY).

She runs like she sips her tequila – slowly but with passion.

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Kashi Davis has been running since she was 14 years old - she likes to joke it has been her longest relationship and one of her happiest. She will run any distance, anytime with anyone - so long as running is involved, you can convince her to do just about anything (this is how she found herself agreeing to go sky diving). She gravitates towards longer distances, from half marathons to ultras. When she isn't running, Kashi is a biologist with the state's Endangered and Nongame Species Program where she chases down the dream of a Jersey coast filled with recovered feathered friends. She wrote a column in the color issue of Exit Zero in 2014-15 where she married her running and nature passions and loves offering a 3-D version on RunCape Tours.

Kashi, the CliffsNotes version:

Favorite punctuation mark: exclamation point (!!!!!)

Favorite carb: Bread Lady, aka Enfin Farms, bread

Favorite emoji: Monkey holding eyes shut

Favorite childhood television show: The Adventures of Pete and Pete

Favorite Cape May Restaurant: Come on now, you didn't seriously think she would play favorites on this one, did you? Nice try, Mr. Cliff.