Introducing the Runners’ Cross-Training Challenge and Happy Hour Program

Each cross-training session ends with a free beer at Uptown Beer Garden.



You know the Philadelphia Bridge Running and Happy Hour Training Program that only happens in the spring? Well, the program has been so popular that organizer Carl Ewald, also the race director for the ODDyssey Half Marathon, has decided to bring it back for the fall race-training season, but with a few twists.

The fall edition nixes the bridge-running aspect for cross-training sessions instead — but don’t worry, it still ends with a nice, free beer. Here’s the deal: Each week for six weeks, starting September 14th, runners will meet at the Uptown Beer Garden (1735 JFK Boulevard) at 6:30 p.m. for a group cross-training workout — something lots of runners forget to incorporate into their training — with a Philly trainer. Trainers include Kasey Manwaring (she was named Best Trainer in this year’s Best of Philly issue, by the way!), Marcy Gialdo, Kristy Campbell, the ladies from City Fit Girls, Gerard Pescatore and John Goldthorp.

Post-workout each week, runners will get their happy hour on with a well-earned free beer, courtesy of the beer garden. And the best part of the program (yes, even better than free beer) is this: All registration fees go toward supporting Philly charities, from Back on My Feet to the Monster Milers to Students Run Philly Style and more. Awesome, right?

And get this: The entire six-week program will only cost Be Well Philly readers $20. Yes: six cross-training session and six free beers for $20. The program is usually $30, but Carl hooked us up with a discount code for folks who sign up before August 21st — just put in “BeWellPhilly” when you register. The training program is limited to 125 runners and we’re betting spots will go fast. You can learn more and register here.

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