If the only thing that will get you to lace up your running shoes come February weather is the promise of alcohol at the finish line, grab a pen and mark this date down: On Saturday, February 6th, the ODDyssey Half Marathon is putting on a three-mile run to Olde Kensington’s New Liberty Distillery, all in support of Open Streets PHL. How can you say no to that? Read more »
Sorry to break it to you, but holiday break is over and it’s time to stop lounging on the couch and start thinking about lacing up your running shoes. (I know, it’s upsetting. But we all have to come back to reality at some point.) And if your running goal for 2016 is to tackle a half marathon, registration for the ODDyssey Half Marathon comes just in time! Registration for this year’s race, which will go down at the Please Touch Museum on June 12th, opened at 10 a.m. today. And to sweeten the whole slipping-back-into-reality thing, the race has made some sweet changes this year. But don’t worry: The finish-line beer garden, which comes complete with a free pint of beer for every runner, isn’t going anywhere. Phew. Read more »
Writing down your New Year’s resolutions alone on New Year’s Day can be kind of depressing. If you’re anything like most of the human population, your list probably starts with “Never drink again,” — because hellooo, New Year’s Day hangover — and ends there. Because again, hellooo, New Year’s Day hangover. So, we say, to make your New Year’s resolution-making more enjoyable (and more productive), wait a few days for all the champagne to work its way out of your system and join Philadelphia Runner and the ODDyssey Half Marathon for their Resolution Run a few days later on January 3rd. Read more »
If you ran the Philadelphia Marathon this past weekend, then you are familiar with the dreaded hill that takes you from Martin Luther King Drive to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. As Carl Ewald, the executive director of the ODDyssey Half Marathon, tells us, “Every Philly runner knows it.” And, as he points out, they mostly describe it using curse words that can’t be printed here. But as he says, “We want the running community to take ownership and pride in it instead of swearing at it.” So the ODDyssey Half Marathon, in which runners also work their way up the hill, is putting on a contest to name it. And there are perfect-for-running prizes involved! Read more »
Weekend Guide: Find Out How Many Push-Ups You Can Do, a Run That Ends With Root Beer Floats, and More
The weekend is almost here, my friends! Set your sights on one (or a few) of these fun events and give yourself something to look forward to all Friday long.
Fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit: Yes, that is a Guinness World Record that has been set in the past and now, local runner Bill Ling is planning to try and break that record at the ODDyssey Half Marathon coming up June 14th. He’ll be dressed as a banana, in case you were wondering.
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For this week’s playlist, we got ODDyssey Half Marathon race director Carl Ewald — who’s throwing a post-Broad Street shindig at McFadden’s at Citizen’s Bank Park, by the way — to come up with a playlist that will make you keep on truckin’ to the Broad Street finish line, even when you feel like your legs are definitely about to fall off.
He reached out to fellow Philly runners for their input, and what they came up with is two hours worth of tunes — from Iggy Azalea to Zac Brown Band to Sweet Disposition — that will keep you moving for 10 miles straight. So first, give a big round of applause to Carl for putting together a super-sweet Broad Street playlist, then listen to it for yourself below. And good luck, Broad Streeters! Read more »
Here, three places where Broad Streeters can get a free beer after the big race. Because we know you’re only in it for the free beer (just kidding, people!). Check ‘em out below, pick your post-race party and prepare to have an awesome time before the soreness in your legs kicks in.
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Yesterday, we told you guys the Generation Run 5K is coming up June 13th (with free root beer floats for runners at the finish line!), and today we have news that they’ve teamed up with the ODDysey Half Marathon, happening June 14th, to introduce a seriously cool new challenge — and registration just opened!
Here’s the deal: This year, the two races, which both benefit Students Run Philly Style, have teamed up to create the Go Farther Challenge. What’s that, you ask? Well, 250 runners have the opportunity to sign up for the challenge, which includes registration to run both races. And at the end of the ODDysey Half Marathon, runners will get a sweet extra medal that fits into their ODDysey Half Marathon medal like a puzzle piece, showing they dominated two races in one weekend and completed the Go Farther Challenge. Like a boss. How cool is that? Read more »
It’s easy to fall into a running rut: You’ve got a tried-and-true route that you run day in and day out, and you soon you find yourself searching for excuses to skip your runs, just to avoid the endless monotony. Don’t worry — we’ve all been there.
Lucky for you, our pals at the ODDyssey Half Marathon launched a helpful new feature on their blog last week appropriately slugged the “Random Running Route of the Week.” It is exactly what it sounds like: a fresh running route each and every week — maps and all — to save you from yet another trek along the Schuylkill River Trail. Read more »