10 Coolest Fitness and Foodie Events This Month: March 2016
Surprise! Spring is almost here. It officially arrives on the 20th, and we couldn’t be happier. Celebrate the warming temperatures by bidding your winter hibernation adieu and heading to one of these awesome fitness events. From the Back On My Feet 5-Miler to the Devil Takes the Hindmost Run to a free Mommy and Me Yoga class, we’ve got your calendar more than covered.
1. Back On My Feet 5-Miler
When: Saturday, March 26th at 8 a.m.
Where: Race starts and ends on West River Drive near the Spring Garden Street Bridge.
This chip-timed race — which serves as a good check-in on your training for Broad Street, by the way — benefits the local chapter of Back On My Feet, an organization that uses running to help the homeless in our city. The course will take you out along West River Drive to the Please Touch Museum. It’s $35 to register.
2. Brewery Yoga with Beer Flights
When: Sunday, March 6th at 6 p.m.
Where: Conshohocken Brewing Company, 739 West Elm Street, Conshohocken.
The ladies from Conshy-based Yoga Home will be hosting an hourlong all-levels yoga class at the brewery. Since St. Patrick’s day will be right around the corner, the class will be Irish-themed, meaning lots of Irish tunes and green leggings encouraged. After class, all yogis will get a flight of the brewing company’s brews. It’s $30 to participate, and you need to bring your own mat.
3. The Crafted Cup
When: Saturday, March 12th from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Meadowsweet Mercantile, 47 North 2nd Street, Old City.
Kombucha fermentary Inspired Brews is teaming up with Barlume Apothecary and Meadowsweet Mercantile for an evening to celebrate work of 12 ceramic artists from the Philadelphia Clay Studio. For $65 ticket, you’ll get an evening of live jazz, kombucha cocktails and small plates. Each attendee will also receive a handmade ceramic cup to take home. Sign up here.
4. Devil Takes the Hindmost Run
When: Saturday, March 12th at 11 a.m.
Where: Temple University Track, North 15th Street and West Montgomery Avenue, North Philly.
Your goal at this race is to be the last runner standing. It works like this: Runners will complete laps on the Temple University Track, and after each lap, the last few runners to cross the start/finish line will be eliminated. The pack will winnow away lap after lap until, eventually, there’s just one runner left. The guys will run at 11:30 a.m. and the women at 12:15. Costumes are encouraged, and a sweet after party is guaranteed. It’s free to participate.
5. Free Mommy and Me Yoga
When: Saturday, March 12th, from 9 to 10 a.m.
Where: Athleta, 1722 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.
This beginner-friendly class is open to moms with babies (pre-walkers only, please) in tow. The free session will be led by yoga instructor Kate Canino, and — bonus! — attendees will receive 25 percent off all purchases after class. Space is limited to 10, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
6. Philly Rabbit Run 5K
When: Saturday, March 26th.
Where: Philadelphia Zoo, West Philly.
This 5K is for all the zoo lovers out there. Runners can see the Philadelphia Zoo’s more than 1,200 rare and endangered animals minus the usual crowds and lines. Race entry ($40) gets you admission to the zoo for the whole day following the race, and spectators get a discounted rate, too.
7. Yoga and Brunch
When: Saturday, March 19th at 10 a.m.
Where: Bombay Yoga Company, 756 South 11th Street, Bella Vista.
Bombay Yoga and Grateful Plate are teaming up for a workout/brunch combo. You’ll tackle a 75-minute yoga class first, then refuel with an Indian buffet-style brunch. The menu includes a kale, cauliflower and carrot frittata with green chutney, masala spiced potatoes and peas and more. It’s $45 per person.
8. Run Your Own Adventure 5K
When: Saturday, March 26th.
Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Roxborough.
Instead of a straightforward course, this race gives runners a mental challenge. At different points during the run, runners reach forks in the trail and have to make decisions on which route to take based on the maps they encounter. Interesting, huh? It’s $35 to participate.
9. All About Abs Yoga Class
When: Saturday, March 26th from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Priya Hot Yoga, 1828 Callowhill Street, Logan Circle.
You’ll explore arm balances and inversions designed to challenge and strengthen your core. The goal: to whip your abs into shape to help improve your practice as a whole. It’s $25 in advance or $30 day-of.
10. The Lucky Run
When: Thursday, March 17th at 6 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom Street, Center City.
Test your running chops on a three- to five-mile all-levels run through the city, then spend some time back at the shop sipping free Sly Fox Beer and entering the raffles (here’s where good luck comes in handy) for free race entries to the ODDyssey Half Marathon, swag from Philly Runner and more. It’s free to participate.