Ladies-Only Race Takes Over the Wissahickon Next Weekend

Who run the world? Girls.

Runners at Fairmount Park | Photo via Facebook

See Chicks Run | Photo via Facebook

Who run the world? Girls. Or at least they run Philly in the See Chicks Run 5K/10K coming up Sunday, June 5th. The race is a strictly no-boys-allowed event with the exception of one lucky man deemed “the rooster” who is chosen through a lottery process.

Each year the race is hosted by Philly Girls In Motion, a program started by swimmer, runner and triathlete (and past Be Well Philly Healthy Hero Challenge semifinalist!), Beth Devine. After saying ‘see ya’ to her corporate position, she began getting involved with a slew of children’s athletic programs, directing Future Stars Basketball and running school fitness programs. Devine quickly realized the lack of activities in Philly to get young girls to fall in love with fitness, so Philly Girls in Motion was born. Today, they work with teachers, nutritionists, trainers, and even CHOP to help get young ladies movin’ and groovin’.

The race-course winds throughout Fairmount Park, taking runners along Forbidden Drive, starting at 8:30 a.m next Sunday (The same day Beyoncé comes to town — how fitting!). If running alone isn’t enough of a motivator for you to register, know that all participants are promised a race shirt, too. And WHO couldn’t use an extra workout shirt? Runners can register the online here, or on-site starting at 7:30 a.m. on race day. Running will cost you $30 for adults and $15 for anyone 14 and under. If you can’t make it on June 5th, Philly Girls in Motion will be hosting a second race in Ridley Creek State Park, right outside of Philly in Media, on Sunday, June 12th. You can register for that race here.

So grab your mom, your sister, your aunt, your grandma, heck, grab your second aunt twice-removed (is that a thing?), and get out and run the world. Er, at least run the Wissahickon.

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