Will Run for Food (and Alcohol): Philly’s Best Runs for Foodies

Uncle Dave's Jog N Hog

Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream Jog ‘N Hog

A toast to those whose motivation to run hinges on a calories-be-damned end reward. These six races are right up your alley. Mark ’em on your calendar.

Run the Vineyards
There are distances for every runner—from 5Ks to 10Ks to an obstacle-course run—and wine for all at these races through local PA and Jersey vineyards. Multiple dates and locations.

Yuengling Runs
The Pottsville brewery now hosts two 5Ks: the Yuengling Light Lager Jogger each spring, and the new-this-year Oktoberfest 5K in the fall. The free beer and pint glasses at both are givens. April in Pottsville for Lager Jogger, October in Bethlehem for Oktoberfest; lagerjogger.com and oktoberfestrace.com.

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Hot cocoa, plus chocolate fondue and dippers like pretzels, fruit and marshmallows, awaits you upon completion. It’s a chocoholic’s dream. April in Philly.

The Chili Run
You’ll suffer in the cold for a chilly (get it?) two-mile run, but it’s worth it: There’s piping hot chili and a beer at the end. Thank heavens. January in Pitman.

Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream Jog ‘N Hog
The reward—a quart or pint of Uncle Dave’s vanilla ice cream—comes at about mile 1.6 of this almost-four-mile run. The trick is not puking when you run the second half. July in Yardley.

Chickie’s and Pete’s Boardwalk Run 5K
You probably won’t run off the calories you’ll consume in free Crabfries after this run in A.C., but we’re not judging. August in Atlantic City.

This article first appeared in the 2014 Be Well Philly print magazine.

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