Philly’s ODDyssey Half Marathon Takes On Self Magazine’s Tutu-Shaming

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Even this guy’s cool with running in a tutu, SELF! // Photo: txking / Shutterstock.com

You all voiced some pretty strong feelings yesterday when we shared the now-viral brouhaha over the tutu-shaming in SELF Magazine’s April issue. To recap: They ran a few snarky remarks about runners who don tutus during races, and the Internet pretty much exploded.

Judging by the comments on our Facebook page, most Be Well Philly readers agreed: The blow was low and uncalled for, and also, who the heck cares what other people wear when they run, thankyouverymuch?

The folks over at Philly’s ODDyssey Half Marathon were apparently particularly peeved: “We here at the ODDyssey were very upset by the piece. We encourage runners to run in costume and every year 35% of our runners do,” race director Carl Ewald wrote on the race’s blog today. “Whether it is your cup of tea or not, the atmosphere it creates is one of fun and celebration, because that is what running, and life, is supposed to be about.”

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New Race-Training Program on Ben Franklin Bridge with Post-Run Happy Hours

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Um, so this is pretty awesome. The folks over at the ODDyssey Half Marathon are hosting a five-week running program in April that includes group training runs on the Ben Franklin Bridge and post-workout happy hours where participants will get a free beer.

The Philadelphia Bridge Running Training Program, which is brand-spanking new, is open to runners of all levels—even those who aren’t signed up to run the ODDyssey on June 8th. And in fact, the program is pretty much perfectly timed for the Broad Street Run (it ends the Tuesday before race day), so BSR participants can get in on the fun, too.

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