New Half Marathon Coming to Philly Next Spring

Best part: The Love Run includes a hot chocolate bar at the finish line.

love runHeads up, runners! Philly’s getting a brand-spanking-new half marathon on March 30th courtesy of CGI Racing, the same race-management group that puts on the Unite Half Marathon at Rutgers and the New Jersey State Triathlon. This one’s called the Love Run, and it’s all about the City of Brotherly Love (duh), with a course that guides you past some of the most beloved landmarks in the city: the Art Museum, Independence Mall, City Hall and more.

The course starts and ends at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum, with the first leg taking you through Center City (via Arch and Market streets) before shooting you out MLK Drive to Fairmount Park. You can run as part of a team—Note: Teams get extras, like a complimentary entry for every 10 signups and a private porta potty just for your group at the finish line (!!)—or individually.

All runners will get some fun perks, including customizable vanity bibs (like a vanity license plate with your own message, but a race bib), free race photos, tech shirts, finish medals and a commemorative coffee mug, which will come in handy at the coffee and hot chocolate bar at the finish line. That’s right—a steaming mug of hot cocoa when you finish. How much do you love that?!




Registration opens on October 2nd at 10 a.m., but if you like enter the run's Facebook contest between now and October 2nd, you'll be entered into a drawing to win one of 150 half-price race entries. Otherwise, registration will run you $60.

Learn more here.

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