Yoga and Pumpkin Beer, Running and Ice Cream — Plus Lots More Fit Fun on Tap for This Weekend

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Making your weekend plans? Here are 10 solid options for getting your fitness and fun on all weekend long. 

1. Run to Work Day Philly
When: Friday, September 18th during your morning commute.
Where: Wherever you are!

Get your weekend off to a sweaty start with a nice jog to the office tomorrow in celebration of Philly’s second annual Run to Work Day. A collaborative effort between Be Well Philly, Philadelphia Runner and Run215, the day is meant to bring attention to Philly’s awesome running community, and provide an alternative, healthier way for you to get to work. We have running groups forming all over the city if you’re looking for running buddies, and be sure to swing by Philadelphia Runner at 16th and Sansom starting at 7:30 a.m. for our pre-work runner’s party. (Official Run to Work Day running groups will arrive around 7:45ish.) We’ll have breakfast for you, juice samples, swag and more fun. For lunch, head to one of the area’s Sweetgreen locations and score a free salad: Just show them an Instagram of your run commute (using the hashtag #RuntoWorkPHL) to get the deal. And while you’re at it, enter our Run to Work Day hashtag contest for a chance to win a sweet raffle prize. Who’s excited?!

2. Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga
When: Friday, September 18th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Priya Hot Yoga, 1828 Callowhill Street, Fairmount.

Don your glowiest yoga gear at this electrified two-hour yoga party, appropriately dubbed “GLOWGA.” The class takes place under black lights and is set to high-energy tunes; glow sticks and necklaces are provided. You can also come early and decorate yourself with neon highlighters. It’s $25 to participate.

3. Free Workout for Moms and Dads (Kids Invited!)
When: Saturday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Meet at Lloyd Hall at Boathouse Row

Kasey Manwaring of Manayunk-based GoalsFit is kicking off a new mommy (and daddy)-and-me boot camp series at Lloyd Hall this weekend. The hope is that by offering a weekend time slot, working parents will be able to participate. (Huzzah!) The kick-off session is free, with class packages available to follow.

5. CoreFitness Detox Retox Yoga Class and Pumpkin Beer Tasting
When: Saturday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m.
Where: City Tap House Logan, 2 Logan Square (18th and Arch).

First you detox, then you re-tox. This fitness-and-beer event starts off with a 50-minute yoga session at the bar. After class, you’ll be treated to a pint of complimentary pumpkin beer. Stick around for brunch, and you can get a pumpkin beer tasting flight for $5. The $20 admission includes class and one complimentary beer; brunch is extra.

6. West Philly Runners’ Little Baby’s Ice Cream Run
When: Saturday, September 19th at 10 a.m.
Where: Meet at Little Baby’s West Philly, 49th and Baltimore.

The concept is simple: Start at Little Baby’s in West Philly, run 6.5 miles, and finish at Little Baby’s in Fishtown. The outcome is delicious: yummy, yummy ice cream. The run is for fun and free — just be sure to bring some cash for ice cream.

7. Urban Farm Bike Ride 
When: Saturday, September 19th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Rides start at Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2439 Amber Street, Kensington.

Take a two-wheeled tour of Philly’s urban farms at this 10th annual bike ride organized by Weavers Way Coop. There will be two rides available: one through West Philly and one through Fishtown and Kensington. Although the exact routes haven’t been released yet, the West Philly ride will total approximately 18 miles, while the Fishtown/Kenzo ride will be around 12. You’ll make pitstops at farms along the way, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of urban farming, and there will be pizza and beer awaiting you at the end. Snacks and water are provided along the route. The event benefits Weavers Way Community Programs. It’s $45 if you register in advance and $50 day-of.

8. Trail Run in the Belmont Plateau
When: Sunday, September 20th at 9 a.m.
Where: Meet at West Fairmount Park’s Belmont Plateau. (Park here.)

The Fairmount Park Conservancy’s guided trail runs are back! Explore some off-the-beaten-path trails of the Belmont Plateau with an expert guide. There are three- and six-mile runs available. It’s $10 to participate.

9. Creek to River Relay
When: Sunday, September 20th at 9 a.m.
Where: Race starts in Perkiomenville and ends in Conshohocken.

This first-annual six-man (or woman) relay challenge takes place on the Perkiomen Creek and Schuylkill River trails. Each team member will run a leg of the 29-mile race, which begins in Perkiomenville and ends at in Conshohocken. Non-running team members will drive from relay point to relay point to cheer in their team members. The run ends at the Conshohocken Brewing Company with a post-race party. It’s $200 per team to participate.

10. Philly Bike Ride
When: Saturday, September 19th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Art Museum Steps.

This is the inaugural event for the Philly Bike Ride, a new social group and ride that aims to organize monthly group bike rides around town. This one will be nearly 12 miles long, with a route that takes you south to the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail then back north to Fishtown. The ride ends at Kostas bar and pool hall. Prepare for fun. The ride is free and open to all.

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