How often can you say your morning workout took place at Joe Frazier’s old training spot? Probably not very often, right? Well, here’s your chance: The Boxers’ Trail Run, a 5K along Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park, is coming up September 13th, and you are invited.
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If you’re one of those people who thinks running could be the greatest thing ever but doesn’t quite know for sure, because, well, you’ve never actually tried it, then we’ve got just the program for you: the Cedars House cafe’s fall Couch-to-5K training program, tailor-made for beginners like you, kicks off Saturday, September 13th.
If you’ve always wanted to be on a show like The Biggest Loser, pay attention. We just got word that a casting team will be in town on Saturday, September 13th, to interview potential contestants for a new NBC weight-loss show called Weight for Love. It’s aimed at couples who each have at least 100 pounds to lose and who want to work together to shed the weight.
Here it is, hot off the presses (quite literally), folks.
If you had a blast at Cupid’s Undie Run earlier this year, consider stripping down once again for the Philadelphia Undy Run/Walk on September 13th. The 5K run supports colon cancer screening at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center as well as national prevention, research and patient support programs at the Colon Cancer Alliance.
You’re encouraged to come in your underwear, of course, but you’ll also get a pair of boxers to commemorate the event. And in a first for any race we’ve ever written about, there’s this, from a press release: Participants “will have the opportunity to take a stroll through a larger-than-life inflatable colon. This creative and educational inflatable is a unique way for visitors to understand the disease.”
The run takes place on MLK Drive and starts at 9 a.m. It’s $30 to register. Learn more and sign up here.
How fun is this? Students Run Philly Style and Shake Shack University City are teaming up for a special quizzo night tonight pitting local running groups against each other for the title of Smartest Runners in Philly™. (Note: That title is not actually trademarked as far as I know, but I think it totally should be, am I right?)
We are officially bumping right up against the busy fall racing season. In the next few weeks, once everyone returns from their fabulous August vacations (not that I’m jealous or anything—hrrrumph), runners-in-training will be hitting the sidewalks, paths and trails in pursuit of a few PRs over the next couple of months.
If you’re new to running—or even new to running in Philly—you’ve come to the right place. I reached out to several runner pals in the city to get their very best advice for newbies: how to get started and stay motivated, how to find running buddies, and (of course) where to run in our region.
Soak it all up below.
If you’re sticking around this weekend (me too!), here’s something to add to your calendar: This Friday, Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting is hosting a Summertime Sayonara yoga class-cum-happy hour on its roof deck.
The deals just keep on coming, folks. First we passed along a discount code for the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and 5K. Then we gave you one for the Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K. And now, we’ve got a code that’ll score you a discount on entry to the upcoming Totally Awesome 80s Run, a chip-timed, costumes-encouraged 5K in Deptford, New Jersey, on September 14th.