Philadelphia Running Calendar: 10 Spring 2015 Races to Have on Your Radar

Runners at the Bucks County Half Marathon | Photo via Facebook

Runners at the Bucks County Half Marathon | Photo via Facebook

Believe it or not, the 2015 spring racing season is just about upon us. If you’re planning on doing a run or two, now’s the time to get serious about training.

To help you get amped, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite runs coming up in the next few months. (Except for Broad Street because, well, we think that goes without saying.) Get ready to hit the road, runners.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: A Little Bit of Everything

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I don’t know about you, but this has been one of those weeks that just Would. Not. End. I think back to something I did on Monday, and I can’t even believe it happened this week, because it feels like six months ago right now. Sigh.

So instead of pegging us to a genre or decade in this week’s playlist, I thought to myself, “Screw it. I’m going to have some genre-jumping fun.” What you’ll find here is a masterful (if I do say so myself) hodge-podge of fun, catchy, get-you-to-the-gym beats that defy the confines time and category: We’re talking Tiffany next to Robyn next to the Chili Peppers next to My Morning Jacket. If it feels a bit wacky, that’s kind of the point.

Stream your heart out below.

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Meet Clovis, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

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Photo credit: Kate M, The Monster Milers.

Up this week is Clovis who comes courtesy of the Monster Milers’ Adopt a Running Buddy program. (You can learn more about the program and check out some of their super-cute success stories here.) He is small, but no less fast, making him the perfect companion for city digs and city runs. Plus, that FACE, you guys. Learn more about him below.

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The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Chilly Cheeks 7-Miler, Hip-Hop Yoga, Free Workouts at Hotel Monaco and More

Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Chilly Cheeks 7-Mile Trail Run | Photo via Ron Horn/Facebook

Starting to think about the weekend? Us, too! If you’re hoping to figure in some time working up a sweat, you’ve come to the right place. There are a handful of fun fitness activities to keep you more than occupied this weekend. Just remember: There’s a chance of snow on Friday evening and into Saturday, so be sure to keep an eye out for any last-minute cancellations or changes to the events below.

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RSVP Now for Shake Shack’s 2nd Annual Winter Duathlon 

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Shake Shack’s 2nd Annual Winter Duathlon, hosted by the folks of Shack Track and Field, is headed our way February 18th, and you are going to want to reserve your spot right this second—trust us.

According to Shack Track and Field’s Facebook page, the event kicks off at 7:45 p.m. with a free Flywheel class in Center City. After getting your spin on, you’ll take a two-mile run to the University City Shack, where you’ll get your grub on—because hellooo, after all that spinning and running, you totally deserve some cheese fries. Oh, and did I mention your first drink is on them? I told you you were going to want to RSVP, stat.

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Oyster House Is Hosting a 5K Led by a Giant Lobster Tomorrow

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Wednesday is apparently National New England Clam Chowder Day, so naturally, the Oyster House is going all out. At 10 a.m. tomorrow, the restaurant is hosting the inaugural Chowder Awareness Fun Run, a 5K(ish) group run through the city led by—wait for it—a gigantic lobster. (I guess the clam was not available?)

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Meet Chico, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Photo courtesy PAWS

Photo courtesy PAWS

Name: Chico

Age: 1 to 2 years old

Breed: Pit bull terrier mix

Size: 46 pounds

Background: Chico was found as a stray.

Where you can find him: PAWS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Grays Ferry.

Running style: Tune in, Chico! This dapper pup is all ears for your springtime racing and training goals. He’s got some goals of his own, and the Monster Milers volunteers are working hard to help him get there. At the shelter, Chico is learning how to play nicely and be sociable with other dogs and people, and his new running habit goes hand in hand with his practice of calm, quiet manners for use in his forever home. (Plus, he looks great in a bowtie, don’t you think?)

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