Everything You Need to Know About the Philly 10K 2016

Including when to set your alarm for registration.

The Philly 10K 2016 | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K 2015 | Photo by Matt Stanley

You’ve survived a verrrry rainy Broad Street Run — congrats! Now it’s time to start talking about your summer race calendar, specifically the race you should have penciled in for Sunday, August 28th: The Philly 10K, of course! Last week, we chatted with race organizer Skip Stiles to get all the juicy details about this year’s race, which — as always — gives runners the awesome and unique experience of racing through 6.2 miles of  Philly’s neighborhoods, ending with a sweet post-race festival that takes over neighborhood streets. Psst: that post-race festival includes free frozen custard (a drool-worthy Coffee and Donuts collaboration between Shake Shack and Federal Donuts) and Philadelphia Brewing Company beer, created specifically for the race for all. Yes, please!

Below, everything you need to know about this year’s race, plus when to set your alarm for registration. Read up, friends!

The main thing to know: Many elements of this year’s race — the course, the pre-race party, the after-party — will be similar to last year’s, just even better. Let’s start with the course: Stiles tells us they’ve decided to keep the course exactly the same after hearing runners rave about it last year. And that’s the idea of the race, after all — to give runners an experience that they can’t stop talking about. “One of the big things we got from the feedback last year was how much people loved the course, which is why we’re keeping it the same,” he says.

So like last year, the race — which will be open to 4,500 runners again— will start at 8th and South and finish at 5th and Pine, taking runners through neighborhoods of Philly like the Italian Market, by Washington Square Park, on gorgeous oh-so-Philly streets like Pine, and more.

As I mentioned above, this year’s race will end at 5th and Pine Street with the post-race fest — you know, the very important area where runners will get their hands on frozen custard and beer. Post-race festivities will include a Philadephia Brewing Company Beer Garden and an MSC Vendor Village, which will be double the size of last year’s, meaning MORE free samples for runners to collect. Yay! Oh! And of course, the finish line will also feature the Be Well Philly Recovery Zone. (If you ran last year, that was the awesome area with post-race yoga for runners and free massages.) And about that pre-race New Balance Bibs and Beers Party: This year, they’ll be heading back to Headhouse Square the Friday before the race, and the race has some tricks up its sleeve to make that shindig even more awesome than last year — more details to come on that one.

Like years past, we are the media partner for the race, so you can expect ALL sorts of fun and useful stuff from us: free pop-up training runs throughout the summer, a Philly 10K training plan, and of course, all the need-to-know information on the race. So keep an eye out for information on all that jazz.

Now, to registration: In keeping with them theme of things, the race will cost you exactly the same as last year, at $62 plus a $5 processing fee for registration. That gets you a bib for the race, post-race beer and custard, a finishers gift, a fitted race shirt, and access to all the pre- and post-race festivities. So if you want in (and you should want in), set your slams for Monday, May 9th at 10 a.m. That, my friends, is when registration opens. Come Monday, you can register here.

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