Run215 Founder Announces Massive Facebook Group for Philly Runners Will “Go Permanently Dark”

Yesterday, Jon Lyons, founder of the popular Facebook group Run215 (which is now much more than a Facebook group, with a website, free fitness events like #NIGHTSHIFTPHL, and more) announced via Facebook — naturally — that the nearly 9,000-person Run215 Facebook group will “go permanently dark” on Tuesday, May 23rd.

If you just let out a “NOOOOOOOO,” you are not alone. Lyons’s post has over 81 comments, some thanking him for the community he’s created for Philly runners and others, um, for lack of a better word, whining about his decision.

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The Philadelphia Marathon’s Half Marathon Course Looks Completely Different This Year

Photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Marathon

As you might’ve noticed if you were thinking about running the Philadelphia Marathon’s half marathon course on November 18th, for a while, where there would usually be a course map, the website has said something along the lines of “coming soon!”

If you’re anything like us, you were intrigued and anxiously checked back often. Well, my friends, the folks over at the Philadelphia Marathon quietly debuted the course map, and good news for everyone who complained about last year’s course changes: It’s looks very different this year, with more city and less of Fairmount Park in the mix. Victory!

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5 Fit Friend Date Ideas in Philly That Totally Beat Going to Brunch (AGAIN)

Yoga on the Pier at Race Street Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Brunch is arguably the most effortless friend date out there — Saturday and Sunday mornings tend to be pretty free for most people, you don’t have to put much thought into where to go, and everyone loves pancakes. But at a certain point, like with any relationship, the same ol’ date over and over again can start to feel stale, and you start leaving brunch thinking dark thoughts like, “I wonder how many dollars I have spent on scrambled eggs over the past five years.”

You don’t ever want to reach the point where you’re asking yourself this question. Trust me, I’ve been there and the calculations only leads to despair.

Instead, we say, switch your friend dates up before they start to feel stale. And make them more efficient while you’re at it — get a sweat session in while you each rant about your lives (this is what friends do, right? It’s not just my friends, right?), like your sister’s computer game-addicted boyfriend who’s a decade younger than her, or the snarky email your coworker sent you last week. You will thank us when, after a few weeks, you’ve spent WAY less money on mimosas and have more muscle to show for it.

Below, five fun, fit friend dates planned for you. Read up, then text your steady brunch date with the change of plans.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Philly 10K 2017

The Philly 10K 2016 | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

It might not feel like you’ve got a super-sweaty summer race in your not-so-distant future (what is UP with this 50-degree weather in May, amirite?), but you do, my friends: Our friends over at the Philly 10K have given us all the juicy details for this year’s race, going down Sunday, August 27th. And to answer the question we know you’re all asking: Yes, the race, known for its course through Philly neighborhoods, will, once again, end in South Philly with a giant block party complete with Philadelphia Brewing Company beer and frozen custard, a collaboration between Shake Shack and Federal Donuts, for all. Mmmmmmmm.

Below, everything you need to know about this year’s race, including what the course looks like, where the pre-race kickoff party will be (they’re switching things up this year!) and when to set your alarm for registration. Read up below!

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Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Philly Mayor’s Cup

Photo Courtesy of Philly Mayor's Cup Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Philly Mayor’s Cup via Facebook

Local runnings clubs, it’s time to gather the troops and begin preparation: The third annual Philly Mayor’s Cup is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th, and bragging rights are at stake. If the Mayor’s Cup is a totally foreign term to you, stay tuned because the full run-down is outlined below, but to give you the real quick and dirty: It’s basically a huge cross-country meet for grown-ups featuring trail and road runs varying in distance, from a 5K to a half marathon, at the Belmont Plateau. Intrigued?  Read more »

10 Things Every Broad Street Runner Needs to Know Before Sunday

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

This post was originally published in April of 2015.

Now that your training is done, it’s time to focus on race day, because a little planning ahead pays off big come the big day. I reached out to the Run215 community to ask, What are the top 10 things every runner needs to know before running Broad Street? See what your fellow Philly runners had to say below. Read more »

Meet Kodiak, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Kodiak | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Kodiak | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog, Kodiak, is going through a bit of tough time: He was found as a stray and he’s currently recovering from a non-contagious skin condition. But, as a lesson in resilience, he’s not letting it get him down — he’s cuddly as can be and the Monster Milers say he makes for a great, steady-paced running partner. You can learn more about him and/or fawn over him below!

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Stop Everything: Wanderlust 108 Just Announced Philly Date for 2017

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn | Photo courtesy Wanderlust

Wanderlust 108  | Photo courtesy Wanderlust

Mondays are hard. Which is why I was maybe a little too excited (like audibly-shrieking-in-my-office excited) when I got an email this afternoon saying that Wanderlust 108 — that’s the “mindful triathlon” that pairs an noncompetitive 5K with a giant outdoor yoga session, complete with a DJ, then ends with guided meditation for all — had announced its 2017 date for Philly.

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10 Coolest Philly Fitness and Foodie Events: May 2017

Reach & Raise | Photo via Facebook

Reach & Raise | Photo via Facebook

If you’re looking to ways to fill your calendar this month, we’ve got plenty, from the classic (hey, Broad Street Run) to the truly unique (lookin’ at you, farm animal yoga and beer-fueled bullet journaling gatherings) to the nostalgic (did someone say summer camp for ADULTS?!). Check out our top 10 fitness and foodie picks for the month below.

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