It’s getting hot out there, but that’s not slowing down the wonderful fitness world of Philadelphia. Case in point: The 10 awesome fitness and foodie events that you should probably (definitely) pencil into your calendars, below. Get ready to sweat (and eat, and sweat some more), people!
1. Run the Vineyards 3.2.1 Challenge
When: Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th
Where: Blair Vineyards, 99 Dietrich Valley Road, Kutztown.
If running, yoga, hopping over obstacles and throwing back wine are all hobbies of yours, this Kutztown vineyard event is sure to be your dream come true: The event involves a two-mile run through a vineyard (complete with obstacles), 12 minutes of yoga and a glass of wine for everyone. Like I said: dream come true.
2. Philly Mayor’s Cup Preview Party with Parks on Tap
When: Thursday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Belmont Plateau, Fairmount Park.
This beats any other Thirsty Thursday plans you could think of, trust us: The Philly Mayor’s Cup, going down in August, is teaming up with Parks on Tap to give runners a taste of the Mayor’s Cup 5K course AND a taste of the Belmont Plateau Pop-Up Beer Garden before anyone else. Run clubs are encouraged to run to Belmont Plateau together, then at 6:30, there will be a fun run featuring the Mayor’s Cup 5K course. After that, it’s all about drinking some beer and taking in some views. Yes. Please.
3. Federal Donuts Training Run for the Philly 10K
When: Monday, July 18th at 6 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom Street, Center City.
This year, we’ve teamed up with the Philly 10K again to put on free pop-up training runs for the August race. And guess what? You don’t even have to be running the race to join in on the fun. Our last one ended at Shake Shack, so if you were bummed to miss it, you should be happy to hear that this month’s three-mile run will be ending at Federal Donuts on 7th Street. We’re all about incentivizing a run, after all.
When: Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Broad Street and Cheltenham Avenue, Elkins Park.
This ride, put on by the same organizer behind the PopeRide, will embrace the DNC road closures for a 12-mile ride along Broad Street (mostly alongside cars), ending with a party on the car-free portion of Broad Street in South Philly. Awesome, right? As the Facebook event page says, “This is a peaceful ride. We want this to be a fun, moving event. Bring your glowsticks, your lights, and your music!” Ya heard?
5. Wellness Wednesdays at the Oval
When: Wednesdays from July 20th through August 17th
Where: Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Fairmount.
The Oval is bringing their Wellness Wednesdays back with a jam-packed schedule of free fitness starting July 20th. They have yet to post the full schedule to their events page, but they tell us they’ll have programming running from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., including kickboxing with CKO Kickboxing, Power Yoga with Yoga Habit, dance classes with Philly Dance Fitness and more. So go ahead and consider your Wednesday workouts planned. The full schedule should be posted here before programming starts.
6. Philadelphia Dance Day
When: Sunday, July 30th, all day.
Where: At studios all around the city.
This free festival spans across studios all around the city, offering up TONS (seriously, take a look at this list) of free dance classes throughout the day, from POUND Fitness to Striptease classes to Zumba and more. And if you can’t wait to dance your ass off, there will be a preview Dance Day session at the Oval on July 17th, which should tide you over until the big day.
7. Philly Foodworks Annual Bash
When: Wednesday, July 15th at 5 p.m.
Where: 2901 West Hunting Park Avenue, North Philly.
Philly Foodworks, a local online farmers’-market-meets-farm-share, is hosting their annual party at their warehouse, and it sounds like a pretty sweet way to spend a Wednesday evening: There will be food, games, workshops, music, polaroid photos galore, and Brewerytown Chiropractic will be on deck doing adjustments. The whole thing is free and open to anyone and everyone — just make sure to RSVP here.
8. Independence Day Run
When: Saturday, July 2nd at 7 a.m.
Where: 9th and South Streets.
To celebrate the 4th of July, this weekend, Philly Distance Runners is putting on their first annual Independence Run, a 10.5-mile run around Philly. The details on the route are top-secret, but I can tell you this: If you turn your run tracker on before, you’ll have quite the pretty (and on-theme) piece of artwork to show off by the end of your pavement pounding.
9. Yoga on the Rooftop at the Logan Hotel
When: Saturday, July 2nd at 10:30 a.m.
Where: 1840 Ben Franklin Parkway, Logan Square.
The folks at CoreFitness are teaming up with The Logan Hotel’s Assembly roofdeck to put on a class with a view (and mimosas!). The 50-minute yoga class will be followed with rooftop mimosas and spa discounts. BRB while we daydream about this event for the rest of the day.
10. Free Fit Academy Boot Camp Collaboration
When: Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Back steps of the Art Museum
If you have yet to make it to one of Fit Academy’s free boot camp collaborations, where they team up with local trainers for AWESOME (and surprisingly fun) free boot camp classes at the Art Museum, now’s your chance. They’ll be hosting a free boot camp session with trainers like Holly Waters, Serena Scanzillo (if you were at Be Well Philly Boot Camp, you’ll remember both of them), along with a number of others next Wednesday. After the sweat session, everyone will head to Urban Saloon for (well-earned) drinks.
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