If you’ve pounded the pavement in the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run in the past — for the uninitiated, that’s a 31-mile fun run that takes runners along the route completed by Rocky Balboa in Rocky II (Philly Mag’s very own Dan Mcquade traced it here, actually) — you’ve probably noticed that it’s usually held on the first Saturday of December. But if you were waiting to hold that date in your calendar for official confirmation, we’re here to tell you, you can go ahead and pencil “RUNNING ALL DAY” in. Rocky 50K founder Rebecca Barber has told us the official run date for the fifth annual Rocky 50K has been confirmed for Saturday, December 2nd.
You’ve probably seen ‘em before: Runners decked out like Rocky Balboa in grey sweatsuits and red headbands, running through Philly’s streets in the (often freezing) December weather. Despite appearances, these people are not insane. (Well, probably not at least.) They’re just runners participating in the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a free organized run put on by local runner Rebecca Barber each year, that takes ambitious pavement pounders along the route Rocky ran in Rocky II — yep, all 31-ish miles of it! — mapped out by Philly Mag’s own Dan McQuade.
This year’s Rocky 50K is going down this Saturday, so go ahead and order a grey sweatsuit on Amazon. And before you head to the run come Saturday morning, make sure to read Barber’s answers to the most frequently asked questions about the run (like, “Do I have to run the WHOLE 31 miles?” Answer: no) below. Good luck, Rocky runners!
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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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 »
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 »
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.
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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Because the best news always comes via Twitter, right …?
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.