6 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Unite Fitness Decathlon, Eastern State Breakout, Zumbathon and More

Photo by Christopher Gabello

Unite Fitness Decathlon | Photo by Christopher Gabello

Just one more day until the weekend, friends! To help you get up and moving, we’re kicking off a new weekly post highlighting our picks for fit events happening around the region. Here, six fun options for getting your sweat on October 10th through 12th.

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Hey, Former Track Stars: Back On My Feet Wants to See If You’ve Still Got It

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If your glory days of high-school track are long behind you (but, let’s be serious, you still replay the highlights in your head every single day), mark your calendar for October 16th. Philly-based Back On My Feet is hosting a free track meet, where you can test your chops and (juuuuust maybe) reclaim some of your old bragging rights.

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Feeling Training Fatigue? 10 Reasons to Get Hyped for the Philly Marathon Now

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by Jim McWilliams

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by Jim McWilliams

The Philadelphia Marathon is less than seven weeks away, you guys. Considering we’ve been talking about it since registration opened back in the spring, it feels like the intervening months have just flown by.

To get you through the final stretch of your training, we thought we should take a few minutes to remind you of all the reasons you signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon in the first place and help you celebrate all that you’ve accomplished so far. So if you’re starting to lose sight of your goal and need to refocus, keep reading. You can do it!

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Grab Your Running Buddy: 11 Great Spots to Run and Walk With Your Dog Near Philly

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Can we take a minute to talk about how wonderful this fall weather is? It’s breezy, but not blistering cold, and it’s sunny, but not sweat-your-face-off sweltering hot. It’s perfect. And the mild temps are especially wonderful for exploring all the beautiful trails and running spots that Philly has to offer with your pooch by your side. My dog refuses to move beyond four feet from our front door in the summer heat and in the winter snow, so autumn is when we get most of our trail-time in. But after four consecutive falls spent trudging along the Kelly Drive path, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need a change of scenery, stat. But where?

Well, that’s where this post comes in: To help find some new trails to tackle, I asked five folks who love to explore Philly with their pooches where their favorite spots to run and walk are. And boy, did these lovely people provide an arsenal of go-to spots for me and my dog to get our sweat on—from Ridley Creek State Park, where dogs can cool off in the water post-run, to the new Washington Avenue Green and more. So if you and your pup are tired of pounding the same pavement fall after fall, read on to see which spots these Philly folks suggested—you’re bound to discover some new dog-running and walking inspiration. And we’d love to hear about your favorite pup-friendly running spots in and around the city, too! List ‘em off in the comments section below.
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What It Was Like to Be the First Runner on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Last Friday, I got the chance to walk on water. And it was awesome.

All right, technically I was running—and it was over water—but you get the idea. I had the pleasure to be the first (maybe? I think?) person ever to run on the brand-new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, which has its official opening tomorrow and hosts a sneak preview 5K tonight at 6:30 (sorry, it’s sold out). Why me as the ceremonial First Runner? Well, Philly Mag is working on a big package about running in Philly, and the powers that be at the Schuylkill River Development Corp. were nice enough to give us access to the Boardwalk to shoot some photos. Yeah, sometimes it’s cool to work at a magazine.

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5 Gorgeous Philly-Area Running Trails to See Fall Foliage

Fall in Tyler Arboretum | Photo by Barry Rubin via Facebook

Fall in Tyler Arboretum | Photo by Barry Rubin via Facebook

I don’t understand people who don’t love fall. The cooler (but not yet cold) temperatures make it perfect for outdoor fitness. The red, yellow and orange leaves are drop-dead gorgeous. And pumpkin—wonderful, glorious, delicious pumpkin—is a main ingredient in just about everything. What’s not to love?

If you’re looking to take full advantage of the season, consider this your bucket fitness list: five off-road running spots where you can get up close and personal with our region’s beautiful fall foliage. (Note: I’m not including the Wissahickon or Fairmount Park on here because, well, duh.) See how many of the parks below you can hit over the next couple of weeks, and check them off as you go.

Challenge accepted? Thought so.

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