Awesome: Find a Fresh Running Route With This New Local Resource

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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 »

The Bridge Run Training Program and Happy Hour Is Back!

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I’m sure you already know this because you’ve gone ahead and planned your entire month around our March Fitness Calendar. But in case you were remiss (It’s right here! Geez!), I want to make sure you realize that the über popular Philadelphia Bridge Running and Happy Hour Training Program is back for a second year. Also worth noting: Organizer Carl Ewald, who doubles as the race director for the ODDyssey Half Marathon, emailed me earlier this week to let me know that there are only 45 spots left. So if you want in, you’d better sign up soon.  Read more »

Hey Runners, What’s the Best Race in Philly?

The starting line of the ODDyssey Half Marathon // Photo via Facebook

The starting line of the ODDyssey Half Marathon // Photo via Facebook

The folks over at the ODDyssey Half Marathon are busy cooking up some pretty cool stuff for their race this June. One of those things is a pre-race expo on June 6th that will be more than just a place to pick up your race packet. Dubbed the Philadelphia Spring Running Exposition, it’s being billed as a celebration of running — and the running community — in Philadelphia.

To that end, organizers are creating an area of the expo dedicated to the most kick-ass races in our city. In partnership with sponsor Mamma Chia, they’re calling it the Curated Race Collection — sort of like a Walk of Fame — featuring a handful of local races that have made running in our city so incredibly awesome.

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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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