New 5-Mile Race Along Manayunk Canal to Benefit CHOP

Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center | Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center | Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the beneficiary of a new race this spring, the 5forChop Run, which will raise funds for the hospital’s Center for Applied Genomics and clinical research on Evans syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease. The race will be held on Saturday, May 21st, and in addition to the five-miler, there will be a one-mile walk and kids’ fun run. 

The course will take you westward from Manayunk on an out-and-back along the Manayunk Canal and Schuylkill River Trail, beginning at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center. And they’re taking things pretty seriously, too: The course will be USATF-certified, and there will be distance markers at each mile, with clocks at miles one and three; water stations; and professional chip-timing. There will be awards for top finishers, age-group winners and fastest teams (minimum of four runners).

You’ll also get a tech tee, commemorative pint glass and a drink ticket that you can use for a free beer at nearby Manayunk Brewing Company after the race. It’s $35 to register. More info can be found here.

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