Run in Your Underwear for Colon Cancer

Undy Run | Photo courtesy Colon Cancer Alliance

Undy Run | Photo courtesy Colon Cancer Alliance

If you had a blast at Cupid’s Undie Run earlier this year, consider stripping down once again for the Philadelphia Undy Run/Walk on September 13th. The 5K run supports colon cancer screening at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center as well as national prevention, research and patient support programs at the Colon Cancer Alliance.

You’re encouraged to come in your underwear, of course, but you’ll also get a pair of boxers to commemorate the event. And in a first for any race we’ve ever written about, there’s this, from a press release: Participants “will have the opportunity to take a stroll through a larger-than-life inflatable colon. This creative and educational inflatable is a unique way for visitors to understand the disease.”

The run takes place on MLK Drive and starts at 9 a.m. It’s $30 to register. Learn more and sign up here.

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Quizzo Night for Philly Runners Tonight at Shake Shack

Shake Shack University City

Shake Shack University City

How fun is this? Students Run Philly Style and Shake Shack University City are teaming up for a special quizzo night tonight pitting local running groups against each other for the title of Smartest Runners in Philly. (Note: That title is not actually trademarked as far as I know, but I think it totally should be, am I right?)

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Pro Tips: 8 Things New Runners in Philly Need to Know

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Step 3: Find running buddies. (They’re not hard to find in Philly!)

We are officially bumping right up against the busy fall racing season. In the next few weeks, once everyone returns from their fabulous August vacations (not that I’m jealous or anything—hrrrumph), runners-in-training will be hitting the sidewalks, paths and trails in pursuit of a few PRs over the next couple of months.

If you’re new to running—or even new to running in Philly—you’ve come to the right place. I reached out to several runner pals in the city to get their very best advice for newbies: how to get started and stay motivated, how to find running buddies, and (of course) where to run in our region.

Soak it all up below.

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Discount Code for the Totally Awesome 80s Run

Totally Awesome 80s Run

Totally Awesome 80s Run

The deals just keep on coming, folks. First we passed along a discount code for the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and 5K. Then we gave you one for the Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K. And now, we’ve got a code that’ll score you a discount on entry to the upcoming Totally Awesome 80s Run, a chip-timed, costumes-encouraged 5K in Deptford, New Jersey, on September 14th.

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Discount Code for Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K

Photo by Flickr user Chris Waits

Photo by Flickr user Chris Waits

Well, didn’t this work out just swimmingly? On Tuesday, we encouraged you to put Yuengling Brewery’s debut Oktoberfest 5K on your Official Fall Race Calendar Radar, along with nine other 5Ks we think are worth your time and training. The race would like to reward your efforts, by offering Be Well readers a discount on entry to the race.

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10 Fall 5Ks to Have on Your Radar

Costumed runners at the Rest in Peace 5K. | Photo via Facebook

Costumed runners at the Rest in Peace 5K. | Photo via Facebook

I know, I know. I’m sorry to bring up the F-A-L-L word. It’s still August. This summer has been pretty much perfect. And I totally agree with Foobooz that we shouldn’t be ringing the death knell of summer just yet by hastening the coming of cozy sweaters, falling leaves and pumpkin everything.

In fact, I actually considered not doing this post—not yet, anyway—out of respect for your summer. (You’re welcome!) But then I figured, since we’re talking about athletic endeavors here and some of you might actually like to train for these races, I needed to give you ample lead time. (You’re welcome!) Rock, meet Hard Place.

As you can see, I’m going with my gut here—also, my coworkers said I would get a pass for this one, considering the training and all—and posting 10 fun fall 5Ks to add to your calendar. Read about ‘em below, start training and, by all means, enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Just hold off on those pumpkin lattes for now.

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