Picnic and Fun Run for Philly Runners — And 5 More Fit Things to Do This Weekend

Our picks for what to do in Philly this weekend.

Runners along West River Drive | Photo via Facebook

Runners along West River Drive | Photo via Facebook

Hooray for April! With warmer weather comes killer fitness options. Don’t believe us? Check out the slew of fun things on tap for this weekend, like a potluck picnic for local runners, trail run at the Belmont Plateau, power yoga fundraiser and more. 

1. Springtime on the Schuylkill Fun Run and Potluck
When: Saturday, April 4th at 9 a.m.
Where: Meet at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Fairmount.

Celebrate the first weekend of car-free running on West River Drive with a free fun run and runners’ potluck picnic to follow. You’ll start at Lloyd Hall then head out for an all-levels, all-paces run. The run ends with a picnic at the Azalea Garden behind the Art Museum. Food and drinks are BYO.

2. Asymmetrical Arm Balances and Handstands
When: Saturday, April 4th from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Where: DIG Yoga Philadelphia, 410 Monroe Street, Queen Village.

Think doing a handstand at yoga class couldn’t get any cooler? Think again: At this workshop, taught by Marni Sclaroff, you’ll learn a slew of new riffs on the classic yoga handstand, as well as other arm-balance poses. This class is appropriate for intermediate to advanced yogis. It’s $35 to participate.

3. Trail Run at the Belmont Plateau
When: Saturday, April 4th at 9 a.m.
Where: Meet at this parking lot in West Fairmount Park.

The next installment of the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s trail run series is coming up this weekend. You’ll tackle six miles of twisting, turning trails at the Belmont Plateau, led by Best of Philly running coach John Goldthorp. The run is free for Fairmount Park Conservancy members (including its Broad Street Run team) and $10 for non-members.

4. Students Run Philly Style Power Yoga Fundraiser
When: Saturday, April 4th from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Philly Power Yoga, 2016 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.

This 60-minute power yoga class will get you amped on a Saturday night with a fun, upbeat playlist and wine and eats to follow. It’s a $20 suggested donation; the event benefits Students Run Philly Style.

5. Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
When: Saturday, April 4th; 5K starts at 7:15 a.m., 15K at 8.
Where: Starts at Eakins Oval.

Runners will take a quick jaunt down the Ben Franklin Parkway to Logan Square, then high-tail it back toward the Art Museum and out onto West River Drive. The race ends in front of the Art Museum, where there’s a big finish line party with — what else? — hot chocolate for all. Regular entries to the race are officially sold out, but there are a few charity bibs left to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. They’re $174 for the 15K and $154 for the 5K. (These are priced somewhat steeply, of course, because they benefit charity.)

6. Free Spin Classes for Hot Chocolate Runners
When: Sunday, April 5th through Saturday, April 11th.
Where: The Wall Cycling Studio, 100 Levering Street, Manayunk.

This Manayunk indoor cycling studio is opening its doors to runners who participate in the Hot Chocolate Run this weekend. Email the studio to get a secret code for a freebie class, then bring your race bib to class to prove you participated in the run.

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