You may have looked at the sun-filled weekend weather forecast and already dreamt about your glorious long run on the Schuylkill River Trail (rocking out to our long-run playlist, of course), but note: There are a few sections of the trail that are still closed due to all the snow we’ve had this winter, with some unplowed, shaded areas potentially posing some issues.
Organizers for the Love Run Half Marathon on March 30th say their race is poised for a sell-out—an impressive accomplishment, considering this is a first-time race for Philly.
As of now, there are a handful of the 10,000 spots left, but spokesperson Kate Matheson says they’re on track to sell out in the next week or so. She says they’re also a contender to become the largest inaugural half marathon in the country in 2014. Go, Philly!
What if everybody ran? Good question.
With an acceptance rate of around 85 percent in the Broad Street Run lottery this year, a good swath of wannabe runners learned the hard way (the only way?) last week that they didn’t make the official cut. Not to be deterred, rejected runners have been posting in droves on the race’s bib-transfer message boards, in search of Broad Street lotto winners who no longer want to run and are willing to give up their spot.
Ladies, if you’re considering getting in the running game but aren’t quite sure where to start, head over to Philadelphia Runner’s Center City location tomorrow morning for a free Beginner’s 5K Clinic, where Philadelphia Runner co-owner and Team Philly coach Ross Martinson will share training and nutrition advice, and explain what equipment you need (and what you don’t) to get you started. A New Balance rep will also be on hand to give sports bra-fit tips.
If you weren’t selected in the 2014 Broad Street Run lottery, aren’t happy with any of the options I’ve already given you for how to get in the race now, and have been sitting in the mythical corner of the Internet pouting about your springtime race prospects, I have two words for you: just stop.
Y’all really know a good thing when you see it, eh? Two weeks ago, when I posted about the new Run the Vineyards 3.2.1. Challenge coming to Kutztown’s Blair Vineyards on July 13th—a race that combines a yoga session with an obstacle course and wine-tasting at the finish line—our readers pretty much went bananas. In fact, I ran into race director Ken Culbertson at an event last night and he said the Challenge, a first-time event for his race management company, Good Day for a Run, sold out in 10 days. Now that’s impressive people.
This weekend, Oaks will host what claims to be the biggest, baddest, raddest running, cycling and triathlon expo in the country: the fifth annual Endurance Sports Expo.
Presented by Competitor and produced by two Philly-area business owners, this year’s ESE will host over 200 brands and vendors and 4,000 attendees. It’s a great place to research event information and plan your race schedule for the year (yes, you should try a triathlon!). You can also meet local and nationally recognized fitness experts, Olympic athletes, authors, coaches and industry insiders at the expo’s 60 hours of “Endurance University” seminars. Also on site: an extensive outdoor demo area where you’ll find the latest road, mountain and tri bikes—with access to the Perkiomen Trail for test rides.