Two Runners Robbed on the Schuylkill River Trail in the Middle of the Night 

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

A heads up for all our runner friends: Two runners were robbed on the Schuylkill River Trail in the wee hours of Friday morning, 6abc reports. According to 6abc, the runners — a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man — were running along the trail near Walnut Street around 12:30 a.m. when a male suspect robbed them at gunpoint and made off with their phones and wallets. The victims were physically unharmed. Police are still looking for the suspect.

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Here’s the Lineup for Lululemon’s Sweet Weeklong Schuylkill River Trail Race

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Calling all runner friends! Remember how we told you guys about the awesome weeklong 8K race Lululemon is putting on along the Schuylkill River Trail this month? In case you forgot (we forgive you), it’s called the Ghost Race, and it looks like it’s going to be pretty darn sweet.

You can read up on the race here, but as a quick rundown: For the Ghost Race, Lululemon has teamed up with Strava and Silverline Athletics to create a virtual 8K race course along the SRT that you can complete anytime, starting next Monday, October 17th through October 23rd. And while you can complete the course on your own, Lululemon has also teamed up with a bunch of running leaders in Philly who you can run the course with throughout the week, starting with a midnight run (!!) on October 17th, led by Jon Lyons of Run215. (That would be 12 a.m. on Monday morning.)

Other folks you can run with include City Fit Girls, Rebecca Barber of the Rocky 50K and more. And if you run the course with them, you have a chance at snagging some free Lululemon gear. Yes, please! You can check out the full lineup of events below.

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Schuylkill River Trail Gets $3 Million in State Money for Southward Extension

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced $3 million in state funding to aid the continued expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail.

The state grant will fund the connection between Bartram’s Mile and Passyunk Point, a 2.25-mile section that will extend the Schuylkill River trail farther south than it’s ever been before and open up more green space in Southwest Philadelphia.

“With the help of our investment, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation will be able to reclaim and redevelop brownfield sites along the river,” Wolf said. “Turning a former eyesore and blighted area into a new and accessible space for city residents, we will create a valuable resource in a currently underserved neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia.” Read more »

The Schuylkill River Trail Attacks: Can We Keep the Trail Safe?

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Photo | M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

The scene on the Schuylkill River Trail looked like something out of a tourism director’s Kodachrome dream: pockets of people of different ages and races dotted the path’s elegant curves, all happily doing their thing in perfect harmony under a cloudless sky.

There’s a serenity to this place that can make you forget you’re in the city for a minute, much like Spruce Street Harbor Park and some of the other unquestionably New Philadelphia attractions that have taken root in recent years. Yeah, you know that giant sandcastle looming on the horizon is really the Art Museum, and the skyscrapers are just a stone’s throw away, yet the trail feels isolated from it all, a refuge for runners and bikers and lovers of a good, lazy stroll.

But the discussion among some of the happy people on the trail on a recent morning focused on whether they still feel safe out there — women especially — after a spate of sexual assaults and robberies were reported last summer and fall, and then again during the dead of winter. On Thursday afternoon, a man followed a woman, then inexplicably slashed her forehead with a sharp object on a stairway leading up to Walnut Street from the trail.  That conversation is decidedly Old Philadelphia, one that city officials and tourism people don’t want associated with the trail, a sprawling 60-mile gem that USA Today named the best urban trail in the country just a year ago.

The bad headlines could have given way to frustration and apathy, the usual ingredients in what-can-you-do sandwiches that have long been a Philly staple. But not this time. At least, that’s what Jon Lyons said to himself when he decided to mobilize a group of citizens to take ownership of the trail.  Read more »

Police: Woman Slashed in Face on Schuylkill River Trail

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Police say a 24-year-old woman was attacked on the Schuylkill River Trail around 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon, according to multiple news reports.

The woman was walking up the stairs from the trail to the Walnut Street Bridge when she was slashed in the forehead with a sharp object by an unknown attacker, authorities say. The attacker, who was described by police as a six-foot African-American man in his early 20s with a beard and a dark hoodie, allegedly shouted, “You don’t know anything!” before attacking the woman. Read more »

5 Cool Homes Near Circuit Trails

The Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery County, part of the Circuit trail network. | Photo by Flickr user Montgomery County Planning Association

The Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery County, part of the Circuit trail network. | Photo by Flickr user Montgomery County Planning Association

As we reported last week, developers and homeowners are finding that having a bike/hike trail near their property is a bankable amenity.

That’s because, as a recent Urban Land Institute report documented, “active transportation” facilities increase the value of properties adjacent to them.

One of the most extensive such active transportation networks is The Circuit, an evolving 750-mile network of dedicated bike and hiking trails spanning the nine-county Greater Philadelphia region. The ULI report featured it as an example of transformative transportation facilities.

If you are in the market for a new home, you might want to consider one of these homes currently on the market if you’d like to have the option of commuting by bike or just want to have better recreation options nearby: Read more »

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