RUN YOUR BUTT OFF: Healthy Life’s Fall Running Calendar

Don’t miss a chance to sweat for a good cause. Here, our roundup of 28 area runs (and walks!) from now through the end of November

Unless otherwise noted, all races and walks allow registration until the day of the event.

Great Eastern State Break Out 5K, October 10, 2009
Those guys from Prison Break have nothing on you!  This 5K Road Race goes through Fairmont and Historic Girard College.  The event raises money for Police Survivors Fund and FESPP.

Type: Run
Where: 22nd and Brown Streets
Time: Registration 7:45 a.m.; Start 8:45 a.m.
Cost: $20 online until October 8th, $25 day of

Women’s Distance Festival 5K Run/Walk, October 10, 2009
The Women’s Distance Festival was created in 1979 by the Road Runners Club of America to bring attention to the lack of distance running events for women in the Olympic Games. Today, RRCA-affiliated running clubs hold Women Distance Festival events nationwide to promote women’s running at any age.  You might even find marathoner/meteorologist Cecily Tynan running alongside you—she’ll also be at the starting line this year.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media
Time: Registration begins 9:00 a.m., start 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $20

Knights of Columbus 5K Charity Race, October 10, 2009
Join the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, October 10th, for a 5K Charity race benefiting BARC, a non-profit organization that provides services for 900 men, women, and children with developmental disabilities; the Archangel Academy, an Archdiocesan School dedicated to teaching children who have developmental and cognitive disabilities; and Council Home Loan. The first 500 participants receive a free t-shirt.

Type: Run
Where: Tyler State Park , 101 Swamp Road, Newtown
Time: Registration at 9 a.m., Race begins at 10 a.m.
Cost: $25 at the gate or $20 with a copy of online flyer

Newtown Library Company 5K & Kids Fun Run, October 10, 2009
The Newtown Library Company will host a 5K and Kids Fun Run to raise money to increase the young-adult science section in the historic library. The 5K Run will start at Brian Gregg Park on North Chancellor Street in Newtown.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: Brian Gregg Park, 40 N. Congress Street, Newtown
Time: Registration & packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m.; Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.; 5K starts at 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 for 5K pre-registration, $25 day of; $10 for Kids’ Fun Run

Delaware County Run for Heroes
, October 11, 2009
In its nine years running, Delaware County Run for Heroes has raised $209,000 for the children of police, firemen, or emergency responders who have died in the line of duty. The race is a fast and fun course through Springfield Township.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: 50 Powell Road, Springfield
Time: Registration 7:30-8:45 a.m., Start 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $20

Radnor Red Steeplechase Run, October 11th 2009
This is no ordinary 5K race; last year’s winner received bobble-head trophies. There is the 5K run as well as an untimed walking option for only a $10 donation. The run supports Students Run Philly Style, the only program in Philadelphia that offers marathon training to young people.

Type: Run/ Walk
Location: Radnor Hunt, 826 Providence Road, Malvern
Time: Registration 7:30 a.m., Start  9:00 a.m.
Cost: $25

Great Strides 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk, October 11, 2009
Help raise Autism awareness by taking part in a 5K run or a 1-mile walk through beautiful Tyler State Park. T-shirts are guaranteed for all registrations received before September 28th, and awards are given out for the top three competitors in age-based categories.

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Tyler State Park , 101 Swamp Road, Newtown
Time: Registration begins 8:30 a.m.; Race begins 9:45 a.m.
Cost: $25

Step for Survival 5K Race and Dog Walk, October 17, 2009
Animal Coalition of Delaware County invites you and your canine friend to participate in their fundraiser.  The coalition aids in finding foster homes for homeless pets until they can be adopted.  It’s a great cause, and you were going to walk you dog anyway, right?

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Ridley Creek Park, Pavilion #17, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media
Time: Registration 12:00 p.m.; Start 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 / $25 day of

Kids Chance 5K Walk/Run, October 18, 2009
You can walk or run, and the later start time is ideal for a great afternoon family event. Your registration fee includes a t-shirt and a donation to a good cause. Kids Chance of PA helps provide financial assistance for college to children whose parents have been killed or seriously injured at work. They previously have done a 5K in Harrisburg; this is their first year doing the run in Philadelphia. You have until Saturday, October 17th, at 11:59 p.m. to register.

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Fairmount Park, Northwest Ave. and Forbidden Drive
Time: Registration 1:00 p.m.; Start 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 for 11+ older; $10 for 10+ under

Rest in Peace 5K Run, October 18 2009
If you need something to shake up your cardio routine, a full 5K through a cemetery is it. But don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Laurel Hill Cemetery is a unique spot full of history, art, and botanical beauty.  It is listed as a Historical Landmark and nicknamed Philadelphia’s Underground Museum.  The run is a charity for Friends of Laurel Hill and Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless by engaging them in running.

Type: Run
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., East Falls
Time: Registration begins 8:00 a.m., Start 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $30

AIDS Walk Philly, October 18, 2009
Over 30,000 people in the Delaware Valley are living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Walk Philly is the Delaware Valley’s largest annual HIV/AIDS public awareness and fundraising event.  Each year, thousands of people join with celebrities, community leaders, friends, and neighbors in a 8.4-mile walk-a-thon and 5K run to raise money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Eakins Oval, Philadelphia
Time: 5K run starts 8:00 a.m., Walk starts 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $45 for run, donations for walk

The Ghana Project 5K Run/Walk, October 18, 2009
The Ghana Project is a multi-part program at the Drifting Angels Orphanage in Ghana, Africa. The project needs to raise $30,000 for its next phase: constructing a new orphanage on land owned by the founder. You can help by participating in the 5K Run/Walk on October 18th. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers as well as the top fundraiser. You have until Monday, October 12, at 11:59 p.m. to register.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: Tyler State Park, 101 Swamp Road, Newtown
Time: Run 9:00 a.m.; Walk 9:15 a.m.
Cost: $30

Bobtoberfest, October 24, 2009
The Bryn Mawr Running Company is putting on the third-annual Bobtoberfest. In addition to the 4-mile run, there will be other fall favorites, including pumpkins and beer. The race will start and finish will be on Forbidden Drive near the Valley Green Inn.  Participants can stick around for the post-race party at The Ugly Moose in Manyunk.

Type: Run
Location: Forbidden Drive, Wise Mill Road, Philadelphia
Time: Registration begins 3:00 p.m.; Start 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 before 10/20/09, $20 day of race

Citizen Advocacy Phoenixville Fun Run, October 24, 2009
Join Citizen Advocacy of Chester County, a private, non-profit organization which initiates relationships between citizens with developmental disabilities and their neighbors, for a one-mile Family Fun Run, and 5K and 10K runs. Proceeds will benefit Citizen Advocacy.

Type: Run
Where: Reeves Park, 2nd & Main Street, Phoenixville
Time: Fun Run at 8 a.m.; 5K and 10K at 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $20 pre-registration $25 on day of race, Fun Run $25 per family

Sweat for Hope 5K Run/Walk
, October 24, 2009
Run or walk a 5K through Ridley Creek State Park  to raise money for Profugo, a non-profit organization that exists to break oppressive cycles and facilitate progressive improvement in the lives of individuals in developing and under-developed communities worldwide.

Type: Run/ Walk
Location: Ridley Creek Park, Pavilion #17, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: $25 or $100 in pledges

First-Annual Lemon Run, 5K Run, 2-mile Walk and Kids’ Race, October 25, 2009
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will host its first-annual Lemon Run (5K run, 2-mile walk, and kids’ race) at Ridley Creek State Park on October 25th to benefit research to find a cure for childhood cancer, a foundation started in 2000 by 4-year-old Alex Scott. The first 500 people registered will receive a free T-shirt.

Type: Walk/ Run
Location: Ridley Creek Park, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media
Time: 8:30 a.m. kids’ race/ 9:00 a.m. walk/run
Cost: $20; $5 for children 10 years and under

PENN Medicine at Radnor Run, October 25, 2009
Join the American Lung Association for the 32nd Annual Penn Medicine at Radnor Run. A 1-mile fun run/walk and 5-mile run raises money to fight lung disease in all its forms through education, research, and advocacy.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: Radnor Township Building, 301 Ivan Ave, Radnor
Time:  Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., Race Start 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $15 for 1 mile; $25 for 5 miles

Patton Gives Back 5K Run & Family Fun Day, October 31, 2009
Break a sweat with a 5K before overdosing on Halloween candy. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s mission is to improve the treatment, quality of life, and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, education, advocacy, and compassion. On October 31st, a 5K run and family fun day will benefit their mission.

Type: Run
Where: Charles F. Patton Middle School, 740 Unionville Road, Kennett Square
Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m.; Race Start 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Before October 15th,  $20/person, $15/student, after October 15th,  $25/person, $20/student

Black Cat 5K, October 31, 2009
This is one of the few run/walk/adoption events in the area.  The Black Cat 5K is sponsored by the Bucks County SPCA and features a timed 5K and 1-mile Fun Walk.  After the race there will be refreshments and the SPCA will have a few new friends they would like you to meet. Maybe even take home.

Type: Walk/ Run
Location: Peace Valley Park, 399 Creek Road, Doylestown
Time: Registration Begins 9:00 a.m; Start 10:00 a.m.
Cost: 5K, $20 before October 24, after October 24 and on race day is $25.

Free to Breathe 5K, November 1, 2009
Come out and support the fourth-annual Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K run that provides an opportunity for lung cancer advocates, survivors, and the community to come together to raise awareness about the deadly disease. All proceeds from this event will benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education, and awareness programs.

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Carousel House, West Fairmount Park, Belmont Avenue & N. Concourse Drive
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Adults, $30 online; by mail $30; day of $35

Autism Cares 5K, November 7, 2009
The Autism Cares Foundation was founded by the parents of a child with autism and other concerned parents, professionals, and friends. On November 7th, raise money to help kids with Autism and take part in the Autism Care 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. T-shirts will be given to all racers who register before October 25th while supplies last.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: Tyler State Park , 101 Swamp Road, Newtown
Time: Kids Run, 9:30 a.m.; 5KRun/Walk, 10:00 a.m.
Cost: 5K $20 if postmarked by October 25th, $25 after, including day of race; Kids’ Run $10 if postmarked by October 25th, $15 after, including day of the race.

Muscle Team Challenge, November 7, 2009
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will hold its Fourth-Annual Muscle Team Challenge: Rally for Research in the city of Philadelphia.  This half marathon or 5K family fun walk will include live music and food throughout the day.

Type: Run/ Walk
Where: Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia
Time: Registration, 8:00 a.m.; Start 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Participants must raise $170 in donations; Children ages 12 and under must raise $85

Fourth-Annual Brandon W. Boger Memorial 5K/Walk, November 7, 2009
In 2005, Brandon W. Boger of Buckingham passed away due to fatal injuries from a car crash. The Brandon W. Boger Memorial Foundation’s mission is to provide, in Brandon’s memory, charitable assistance to the greater Central Bucks Community and a venue for participation in community service by those who exhibit an unwavering, indomitable spirit and a desire to help others in need. This 5K run/walk benefits Doylestown Hospital and the Emergency Department Expansion Project.

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Doylestown Township Central Park, 425 Wells Road, Doylestown
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 adult, $15 student

2009 Start! Philadelphia Heart Walk, November 14, 2009
With over 5,000 people expected to attend the 2009 Start! Philadelphia Heart Walk, you can contribute to raising awareness and funds to support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The event is a non-competitive 3-mile walk with an option to walk 1.5 miles.

Type: Walk
Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia
Time: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cost: Walk for donations

Media Mud Stain, November 15, 2009
The trails at Ridley Creek are as scenic as they are challenging. Runners will fight their way through rooty, rocky, muddy ground and just a little pavement. This 5K rollercoaster ride of a loop is one of the best trail systems in PA.

Type: Run
Location: Ridley Creek Park, Picnic Area #17, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m.- 9:45 a.m., Start 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $25 until 10/12, $30 day of race

Philadelphia Marathon, November 22, 2009
The full and half marathons are all booked up, but there are still some spots available for the Rothman Institute 8K. The course starts off at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and winds past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and along the banks of the Schuylkill River. You have until November 13th to register.

Type: Run
Where: 8K starts at 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Time: Marathons 7:00 a.m.; 8K starts 7:15 a.m.
Cost: $45 for 8K

Third-Annual Annunciation BVM Turkey Trot, November 28, 2009
With special appearances from Santa Clause and “The Jogging Turkey,” the third-annual Annunciation Turkey Trot features a family fun walk (1.2 miles) through the streets of Havertown and a 5K run along Karakung Drive. Proceeds for this event will be used to fund upgrades in technology and other related tools for students at Annunciation School and the parish PREP classes.

Type: Walk/ Run
Where: Annunciation BVM School, 401 Brookline Boulevard, Havertown
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 ($25 after November 20); Family Rate (up to 5 people), $55 ($60 after November 20); 14 and under, $15

Abington YMCA Gobble Wobble, November 26, 2009
Aside from the tradition 5K awards The Gobble Wobble is on the look out for the following runners: Cold Turkey who is the most bundled up, Hot Potato, the more risqué runner who is least bundled and Corny Plumage goes to the best individual and group costume or outfit.

Type: Run/ Walk
Location: 1073 Old York Road, Abington
Time: Registration 7:30 a.m.; Start 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $23 by November 23, after $30 for Adults and $10 for Children