We did it, guys. We survived the long, cold, dreary Winter of Doom and have finally (for good?) made it to warmer weather. So in the spirit of getting outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, and sweating juuuuust a little, we’d like to bring your attention to some of fun upcoming races—all 5Ks, so they’re doable, no matter your fitness level. And these aren’t, er, boring out-and-backs on West River Drive, either. These races will take you to new running locales in our area, including a vineyard, a nature preserve, and the Philadelphia Zoo (twice!).
Generation Run 5K
When: April 12th
Where: Philadelphia Navy Yard
Why: There’s a pre-race yoga sesh and a post-race festival. The race benefits Students Run Philly Style, a local organization that inspires school-age kids to achieve greatness by connecting them with running mentors who help them train for distance runs.
When: April 12th
Where: Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park, 100 North Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia.
Why: You’ll get a view of the Philly’s blooming cherry blossom trees, including those at the Shofuso Japanese House. The race is part of the Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.
When: April 26th
Where: Sutfcliffe Park, Colwell Road and West 10th Avenue, Conshohocken.
Why: This run starts at 10 a.m., so you get to sleep in a bit. Plus, it’s a family-and-dog-friendly run, so bring ‘em all. It benefits the Fresh Smiles Foundation, co-founded by WMMR’s Kathy Romano.
When: April 27th
Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia.
Why: If you can’t make the Rabbit Run, here’s another chance to run inside the Philadelphia Zoo. Or, you know, if you’re a huge zoo fan, you can always run both.
When: May 10th
Where: Stateline Woods Preserve, 814 Merrybell Lane, Kennett Square.
Why: This trail run takes you around the perimeter of the Preserve. It benefits the Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County.
When: May 17th
Where: Longford Park, Longford and Port Providence roads, Phoenixville
Why: Have you ever run this leg of the Schuylkill River Trail? Didn’t think so. You’ll get a tech shirt if you register before May 3rd.
When: May 18th
Where: Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford.
Why: If the promise of a post-race glass of wine isn’t enough to get you through this race, nothing is. The course takes you through the vineyard, including a half mile on a wooded trail. Wine tasting, live music, food, vendors and more are at the finish. Additional Run the Vineyards races are throughout the summer; check the website.
When: June 12th
Where: South Ardmore Park, 1498 South Sussex Road, Wynnewood.
Why: This is the first in a series of three 5K races throughout the summer. You can run just one if you’d like, but the real fun is running all three, which allows you to accumulate points and—just maybe!—win the whole series overall. The other chip-timed races are in July and August.
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