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 »
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 »
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.
Just a quick heads up that registration for the upcoming ODDyssey Half Marathon, this year on June 14th, is now officially open as of this morning.