Local Runner Will Try to Break Hilarious World Record

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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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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Broad Street Run Edition

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Photograph by Jeff Fusco

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 »

Where to Get Free Beer After the Broad Street Run

Philadelphia Runner's Post-Broad Street Tailgate 2014 | Photo via Facebook

Philadelphia Runner’s Post-Broad Street Tailgate 2014 | Photo via Facebook

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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Registration Just Opened for ODDysey Half Marathon’s Sweet New Race Challenge

ODDysey Half Marathon | Photo via Facebook

ODDysey Half Marathon | Photo via Facebook

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 »

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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