To Do: Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly

A run-and-bike weekend to fight cancer

The same LIVESTRONG of yesteryear’s yellow bracelets (I still have mine) is hosting an epic fitness-filled running and cycling event on August 18th and 19th out in Blue Bell to honor cancer fighters and survivors alike.

The LIVESTRONG Challenge kicks off with 5K and 10K runs on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The course starts at Montgomery County Community College and runs through the surrounding neighborhoods. A post run party with a food line, kids zone, and beer tent follows the race.

The ride begins the next morning at 7:30 a.m. There are three distance options: 20, 45, and 100 miles. The 20-mile route, with only a few moderate hills, is a good one for beginners, families and intermediate riders. The 45-mile course is hilly, and the 100-miler is basically a tour of the rolling countryside of Montgomery and Berks counties. There will be ‘Power Stops’ stocked with food, drinks, medical support, and restroom facilities along the way. The rides also begin and end at MCCC, where there will be an epic post-event party with free massages starting at 9 a.m.

All proceeds from the event go to fight cancer. Bikers must raise $250 in addition to a $50 entrance fee (includes a T-shirt, water bottle, and race amenities) by 7 a.m. on Friday, August 17th. Registration for both the run and ride events is $75, plus the $250 in fundraising. Those participating in only the run (a $50 entrance fee) need not fund-raise (although it’s still welcome). For more information and to register, head to the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge website.

Cost varies, Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th, Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

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