A Crazy-Fun Weekend of Running

Stroehmann Back on Your Feet 20in24 weekend has everything from midnight races and pajama runs to a 24-hour lap marathon

If you’re looking to spice up your running schedule this summer, check out the Third Annual Stroehmann Back on Your Feet 20in24 race event this coming weekend, July 17th and 18th. Choose between four fun-filled events, all which take place on the 8.4-mile Schuykill River Running Loop along Kelly Drive. There’s the Lone Ranger Ultra Marathon, where participants run as many loops as they can in 24 hours; the team Relay Challenge; the Sunday morning Pajama Loop, where racers don footie PJs; and the most-popular Midnight Madness Loop that begins Saturday at midnight. Sign up now for a sweet $30 discount.

A little unsure of running in the dark? Even though it’s the middle of the night on Kelly Drive, Back on Your Feet’s media director Chris Wink says the course is well-trekked and safe. “Since the Relay and Ultra are taking place at the same time, there’s lot of activity.” While some of last year’s participants complained about the lighting on the course, Back on Your Feet says they are correcting that issue this time around. “Last year some of the street lights on West River Drive were out,” says Wink, “So this year we’re brining in some of our own lighting.” — Emily Rothrock

Proceeds benefit Back on Your Feet, a local organization that uses running to create community and fight homelessness in the Philadelphia area.