Mark Your Calendars: Date for Rocky 50K Run Announced!

The Rocky 50K Run 2015 | Photo via Facebook

The Rocky 50K Run 2015 | Photo via Facebook

If you love running really long distances (for free!), grab a pen and your calendar: The date for the fourth annual Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run was announced by founder Rebecca Barber on Twitter just a few minutes ago, and it looks like you’ll be donning your grey sweatsuit and pounding the pavement come Saturday, December 3rd.
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14 Great Instagram Photos from This Year’s Rocky 50K

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What did you do with your Saturday? Whatever it was, it probably was not as badass as the runners who joined in on the third annual Rocky 50K and pounded the pavement for a whopping 31 miles (Yes, thirty-one miles) around Philly, taking on the same route Rocky ran in Rocky II. I mean, no offense, but running 31 miles dressed in a full-on Rocky get-up totally beats doing laundry and watching all of season three of Gilmore Girls when it comes to the badass scale, you know? (That may or may not be exactly how I spent my Saturday. Plus pizza.)

Below, 14 of our favorite photos from the run, including one lovely selfie of someone stuffing their face with pizza at mile 30. Because sometimes, whether you’re watching Gilmore Girls or running the longest run of your life, you just need a pizza break, are we right? Read more »

Baby Named Rocky (After the Rocky 50K) Will Be At This Year’s Rocky 50K Finish

Baby Rocky | Photo via Dana Stow

Baby Rocky | Photo via Dana Stow

So, remember that baby who was named Rocky, not so much after Rocky the character, but after the Rocky 50K run? I’m not making this up, swear. If you need a refresher: Back in 2013, the first year of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, local runner Dana Stow ran the fun run — that’s 31 miles of fun, if you didn’t know — and soon after found out she was pregnant. The not-yet-born baby got nicknamed Rocky and the name stuck. Come August of 2014, Rocky Asa Noon was born, and Stow emailed Rocky 50K founder Rebecca Barber to let her know “the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run was what inspired us to name our boy Rocky.”

And I know it doesn’t sound like it could get any cuter, but it does. Read more »

Hey, Runners: Location Announced for Devil Takes the Hindmost Free Fun Run

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Calling all runners, the location for the Devil Takes the Hindmost fun run — being put on by Rebecca Barber (formerly Schaefer) of the Rocky 50K and local runner Wesley Celestino — has been announced! Drumroll, please … The run will be held at the Temple University track, located at 1901 North 15th Street. And might we remind you, it’s free to join in.

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Rocky 50K Founder to Debut Awesome New Fun Run This Summer

Photo via Rebecca Schaefer

Photo via Rebecca Schaefer

You’re going to want to clear your schedule for the date of June 27th: Rebecca Schaefer, founder of the beloved Rocky 50K, and her friend Wesley Celestino, are planning to debut a seriously fun (and free!) race that day dubbed Devil Takes the Hindmost. And trust me, it will be like no other race you’ve run before. So, like I said, clear your schedule.
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#MotivationMonday: 10 Awesome Photos from the 2014 Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run

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At 7 a.m. this past Saturday morning, while you were cozied up under the covers enjoying luxuries like sleep and heat, a super-inspirational (and maybe a little crazy) group of people were outside, in the cold, rainy Philadelphia-winter weather, gearing up to run the Rocky 50K. Yep, that’s right: 50K. The run, in its second year, takes the same 30.61-mile route Rocky seemingly ran in Rocky II, kicking off in South Philly and ending at the Art Museum. And let me tell you, the photos do not disappoint. So it only seemed fitting to use them as this week’s #MotivationMonday roundup. Below, a big fat dose of get-moving inspiration, courtesy of all the folks who bravely ran the Rocky 50K.

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MGM Lawsuit Threat to Force Rocky 50K to Change Its Name

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How long does a grass-roots DIY run last before it gets co-opted by The Man? Based on recent evidence, about a year.

Last year, I wrote a piece mapping Rocky Balboa’s training run in Rocky II. By connecting the scenes in a montage, I discovered Rocky ran a shade under 31 miles. About three hours after the piece went up, I got an email from Rebecca Schaefer, a Philadelphia resident who runs in ultra races, asking if she could attempt to organize an actual 50K roughly tracing the course I drew. It’d be a “fat-ass” run: Lightly organized, with no entry fees, awards or road closures. “It’d be small, for sure,” she wrote.

It wasn’t. The article attracted a bit of attention. Schaefer’s run was widely covered; more than 100 people showed up to run at least part of it. Runners collected sneakers for Back on My Feet. A woman who ran it pregnant last year named her son Rocky.

And now MGM has threatened Schaefer with a lawsuit, sending her a cease-and-desist letter over the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run. “To be honest, I was shocked it hadn’t come sooner,” Schaefer, the run’s organizer, says. She’s changing the name of the Rocky 50K for its second edition on December 6th, a run that’s become much larger than she ever imagined. The soon-to-be-renamed Rocky 50K has no entry fees or actual sign-up list; Schaefer makes no money on the event.

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