How to Run a Half Marathon Without Actually Running 13.1 Miles

The Love Run | Photo via Facebook

The Love Run | Photo via Facebook

If you’ve always wanted to get in on the Love Run Philadelphia Half Marathon fun, but you never, ever (ever!) want to run 13.1 consecutive miles, here’s your chance to run the half marathon without actually running a full half marathon: For the first time, the Love Run Philly is offering a half-marathon relay option to 500 teams, with legs maxing out at five miles. Phew.
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Instagram Roundup: The Best Rainy-Run Photos from The Love Run

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I have to admit, when I woke up yesterday for my 9 a.m. boot camp class, my first thought was, “Ugh. The poor Love Runners.” Because, see, at 8 a.m. in South Philly, it was absolutely miserable outside: cold, windy, rainy.

So this morning, I was happy to look through the hundreds of photos from the Love Run, Philly’s first spring half marathon, and see smiling face after smiling face after smiling face. Sure, everyone was a tad wet completely soaked, but it looks like the thousands of runners who turned out made the best of the bad weather.

Here are my favorite snaps from Instagram. Congrats to all the runners!

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Love Run to Donate $20K to Philly Schools

love runAre you one of the 10,000 runners expected to turn out for the inaugural Love Run half marathon on Sunday? A portion of your registration fee is going to a good cause: the Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund, a campaign aimed at raising funds for school supplies for Philly schools.

Race organizers say they expect to cut a check for $20,000 for PESF, a mix of money earmarked from the race entry fee and additional donations proffered by runners. The check will be presented to mayor’s office on race day.

The fund is administered by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

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Philly’s First-Ever Love Run Half Marathon on Pace to Sell Out

love runOrganizers for the Love Run Half Marathon on March 30th say their race is poised for a sell-out—an impressive accomplishment, considering this is a first-time race for Philly.

As of now, there are a handful of the 10,000 spots left, but spokesperson Kate Matheson says they’re on track to sell out in the next week or so. She says they’re also a contender to become the largest inaugural half marathon in the country in 2014. Go, Philly!

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New Half Marathon Coming to Philly Next Spring

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.

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