And the Winners of the #RuntoWorkPHL Hashtag Contest Are …

Congrats to May Chan (Twitter user @maymarmalade) and Josh Balascak (Instagrammer @jbalascak) on winning our #RuntoWorkPHL hashtag contest!

May won a free massage and massage membership from Phila Massages, and Josh is taking home free running shoes for a year from Philadelphia Runner. Check out their entries below. And to see more great photos and chatter from Run to Work Day, head over here.

Thanks to everyone who ran and shared their runs with us on social media today! I can say without a doubt that this has been the most fun Friday workday EVER.

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So, Who Ran the Furthest Today for #RuntoWorkPHL?

Photo by Instagram user @dsj80

Photo by Instagram user @dsj80

Just curious. How far did you run today?

Five miles? Ten miles? Twelve miles?? I’ve heard from a few folks who covered impressively long distances, and one who even said she ran a half marathon. Before work. Today.

How far did you run for Run to Work Day? Share your running tales in the comments, and feel free to upload screenshots of your routes (select the photo icon in the comment box below) from Map My Run or Strava or what have you. You can even share fun #seenonmyrun photos.

Brag away, my friends!

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MAP: Where to Find Park(ing) Day Pop-up Parks Around Philly Today

Photo via @newsworkswhyy on Instagram

Photo via @newsworkswhyy on Instagram

We’ve got a double whammy today, as far as fun events in Philly go. In addition to it being #RuntoWorkPHL Day, it’s also Park(ing) Day, a day in which parking spots around the city turn into pop-up green spaces.

This year, there are over 50 local businesses and nonprofits participating. The public is invited to enjoy the converted parking spots as places to catch some R&R.

This year marks the seventh for Park(ing) Day here in Philly. It’s a national movement that started in San Francisco in 2005. The mission: to raise awareness and support for green spaces in urban environments. 

Check out the map below to learn where you can find a pop-up parking-space park near you.

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25 Awesome Tweets and Photos from #RuntoWorkPHL (So Far)

run to work lead

You guys. I cannot even BELIEVE how many of you ran to work this morning for #RuntoWorkPHL. I’m literally sitting here just refreshing Twitter and Instagram, watching your photos and hilarious tweets roll in about what your commute was like. This is just incredible. You guys are blowing me away.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below, but as I type this, there are more and more rolling in every second, so this is in no way an exhaustive list. Go join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #RuntoWorkPHL, and feel free to tag us in it. (We’re @bewellphilly on both platforms.) You can also go post them on the Facebook event page.

My new goal: to get the hashtag trending on Twitter. Let’s make it happen!

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New Hot Yoga Studio Opening in Fairmount

Priya Hot Yoga, currently undergoing construction.

Priya Hot Yoga, currently undergoing construction.

Priya Hot Yoga is about to become new kid on the block, as far as Philly yoga studios are concerned. The hot yoga studio is set to open next month at 1828 Callowhill Street in Fairmount, just around the corner from Whole Foods Market.

“There’s a lot of great energy in that neighborhood,” says co-owner Katie Sandy. “I think it’s just a very positive neighborhood, and we thought it could use something like this.”

Sandy and her two business partners, Eve D’Onofrio and Kristen King, are all yoga enthusiasts and wanted to bring a yoga studio centered on community to the Fairmount area. To wit: In addition to practice space, Priya will have a front-of-house cafe with packaged snacks and drinks from Pure Fare, Down Dog Healing Cafe, and Inspired Brews kombucha. They’ll have space for lounging before and after class, and a sit-and-eat bar with stools along the front windows.

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Where to Find Running Groups for #RuntoWorkPHL on Friday

group run

Tomorrow, tomorrow! We’re running tomorrow! That’s right, friends—Philly’s inaugural Run to Work Day is just about here, and we are beyond amped.

Just a quick heads up that there will be a few running groups gathering tomorrow morning that are open to anyone who wants to hoof it to work en masse. The Run to Work Day team (oh, how official we sound!), along with some pals, will be leading four groups from various starting points around the city. We’ll be leaving from each of these spots at 7:45 tomorrow morning, to give everyone enough time to clean up and change before heading to the office at 9.

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The Ultimate #RuntoWorkPHL FAQ

run commute

Guys, we are less than 48 hours away from Philly’s inaugural Run to Work Day. Can you feel the excitement in the air?!

All signs point to the fact that we’re going to have an EPIC showing for this first-ever region-wide event, and I couldn’t be happier. Hundreds of readers have signed on to our Facebook invite in solidarity, and I’ve heard from several businesses throughout the region who are encouraging their employees to run to the office on Friday. How cool is that?

Several of you have asked questions about some of the logistics for the day, so I thought a post tackling all of them at once would be useful. If there are any queries I missed, feel free to add them in the comments and I’ll get right back to you. Capisce?

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