Run with Your Dog at First-Ever Bark in the Park 5K Race this Weekend

Last year's Bark in the Park walk // Photo courtesy of Amber Adamson

Last year’s Bark in the Park walk // Photo courtesy of Amber Adamson

Grab your four-legged running buddy and get ready to race, you guys: This Saturday, October 25th, the first-ever Bark in the Park 5K race —complete with a pre-race yoga class, post-race massages, food trucks and a puppy kissing booth—will take over Media’s Rose Tree Park, and you and your pup are invited.

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10 Fall 5Ks to Have on Your Radar

Costumed runners at the Rest in Peace 5K. | Photo via Facebook

Costumed runners at the Rest in Peace 5K. | Photo via Facebook

I know, I know. I’m sorry to bring up the F-A-L-L word. It’s still August. This summer has been pretty much perfect. And I totally agree with Foobooz that we shouldn’t be ringing the death knell of summer just yet by hastening the coming of cozy sweaters, falling leaves and pumpkin everything.

In fact, I actually considered not doing this post—not yet, anyway—out of respect for your summer. (You’re welcome!) But then I figured, since we’re talking about athletic endeavors here and some of you might actually like to train for these races, I needed to give you ample lead time. (You’re welcome!) Rock, meet Hard Place.

As you can see, I’m going with my gut here—also, my coworkers said I would get a pass for this one, considering the training and all—and posting 10 fun fall 5Ks to add to your calendar. Read about ‘em below, start training and, by all means, enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Just hold off on those pumpkin lattes for now.

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Better Business Bureau Warns About Theme Runs

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If you’re getting ready to sign up for a new fun run or theme race, you might want to take a closer look before you register. The folks over at Runner’s World shared news this week that the Better Business Bureau is advising theme-race registrants to proceed with caution. The warning comes on the heels of a flood of complaints the Bureau received about organizations canceling runs and not issuing refunds. Read more »

The Flying Fish 5K: A New Beer Race Coming to New Jersey This Fall

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If you’re super bummed you didn’t make it into The Philly 10K, you can lick your wounds (or, as the case may be, drink your alcohol) with a sweet new race happening the same day: the Flying Fish 5K, hosted by Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, New Jersey, and organized by the folks behind the ODDyssey Half Marathon.

All finishers get a free beer and mug, and, to sweeten the pot for Be Well Philly readers, they’re offering $5 discount to those of you who register this week.  Read more »

The Super Run Coming to Philly This Summer

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First it was the 90s-themed 5K. Then it was the Chickie & Pete’s 5K. And just when you thought the 5K scene in Philly couldn’t get any weirder, we hear about The Super Run, a superhero-themed 1K and 5K, coming to Philly on June 21st. Costumes are encouraged, but if you don’t have a full Batman suit at the ready, fear not: all participants get a free cape. Read more »

To Do: 2nd Annual Cook-Wissahickon 5K

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If you’re planning out your weekend workout schedule, you might want to add the 2nd Annual Cook-Wissahickon 5K to the list. The timed 5K, happening this Saturday, starts and finishes at the Cook-Wissahickon school in the Roxborough/Manayunk area. Participants can choose to either run the 5K or, if running a 5K sounds like absolute torture, walk a shorter 1.5-mile course. Both the run and the walk will be done on an open course through the neighborhood, so if you aren’t from the area, it’s a great chance to soak up some new scenery during your weekend workout.

All proceeds from the 5K will benefit Cook-Wissahickon Elementary school. You can find more information and register here.

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10 Spring 5Ks to Have on Your Radar

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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!).

Happy running!

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To Do: Feel the Love 5K

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The sap-factor during the month of February is on another level of ridiculous: hearts galore, photos of Valentine’s Day flowers clogging Instagram feeds everywhere, and don’t even get me started on the cable movie options. But here’s a love-themed event which, despite it’s totally sappy name, doesn’t make me cringe. It’s a Valentine’s-month miracle!

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