The Best Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly This Month: August 2016

Go ahead and fill your calendars up, folks!

August is the cheesy romantic novel of months: It’s only really good at the beach. Otherwise, it’s a muggy and sweaty and generally uncomfortable month. And speaking for myself, usually, on any given August day, sweating more is the last thing I want to do. So making a point to fill up my fitness calendar is a must — otherwise I will spend the entire month splayed out on my couch with a pint of Little Baby’s Vegan Iced Tea ice cream resting on my belly.

If you, too, need to fill your fitness life with plans in order to avoid turning into a sloth-like human this month, take note of these 10 awesome fitness and healthy-foodie events happening around town. Happy sweating!

The Philly Mayor’s Cup
When: Saturday, August 13th.
Where: Belmont Plateau, West Fairmount Park.

This adult cross-country meet of sorts won runners over with its debut last year. This year, running clubs from all across the city will be making their way back to Belmont Plateau to compete for the title of Mayor’s Cup Champion, complete with bragging rights.

Kanye-Themed Dinner at Stripp’d Juice 
When: Friday, August 5th.
Where: Stripp’d Juice, 263 North 3rd Street, Old City.

Yep, that’s right: A Kanye West-themed dinner. This Old City juice shop will be transforming into a fancy-shmancy dinner spot complete with all Kanye vibes and music AND — get this — Kanye-themed menu items. Think: a dessert called Almond Let You Finish.

Divine Space Transformation Retreat
When: Saturday, August 6th at 2 p.m.
Where: Mama’s Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine Street, Washington Square West.

Mama’s Wellness Joint owner Paige Chapman describes this new recurring workshop as a spa-like staycation. Attendees can expect three hours of yoga, meditation, essential oil therapies, journaling, tea time and more. See? A spa-like staycation.

The Philly 10K
When: Sunday, August 28th.
Where: Starts at 8th and South Street, Bella Vista.

Whether you’ll be sweating your face off in this late-summer 10K or cheering runners on from the sidelines throughout neighborhoods of Philly, this race is worth getting in on, someway, somehow. And if you’re running, make sure to find your way to our Be Well Philly Recovery tent at the finish line!

Training Run for The Philly 10K
When: Monday, August 15th at 6 p.m.
Where: Meet at Philadelphia Runner, 16th and Sansom Street, Center City.

And speeeeeaking of The Philly 10K, you won’t want to miss our last training run for the big day with our friends from the race, this time taking us to Fishtown’s Philadelphia Brewing Company. Yep: Not bad for a Monday night, we know. AND you don’t even have to be running The Philly 10K to get in on the free fun. See you there!

Sunrise and Sunset Yoga at the Farm
When: Thursday, August 11th and Tuesday, August 16th.
Where: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 East Cumberland Street, Kensington.

Greensgrow is a true-blue urban oasis. (Photo evidence here.) And this August, On the Goga will be taking full advantage of those vibes with two yoga classes held under the urban farm’s solar pavilion, packed with lemon and banana trees. They’ll host one sunrise yoga class on the 11th and one sunset yoga class on 16th. Seriously, can you think of a better way to start or end your workday? Didn’t think so.

When: All month
Where: Anywhere you want!

Fact: August weather tends to be terrible. But City Fit Girls is making sure you don’t waste the month away lazing around. They’re challenging folks to get in at least one mile of running or 30 minutes of exercise in each day. Yes, it will be sweaty — but your body will thank you. Promise.

Yoga in the Cemetery
When: Saturday, August 6th at 11 a.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Fairmount Park.

Yes: Yoga in a cemetery. This hourlong all-levels class benefits the beautiful Laurel Hill Cemetery, which just might be the most interesting spot you’ve downward-dogged yet.

CoreFitness’ 2nd Annual Bike Week
When: August 7th to 12th.
Where: Various events.

CoreFitness is encouraging folks to get on two wheels with their second annual Bike Week. You have your option of three bike-related workouts throughout the week: A ride along Forbidden Drive, a bike-to-core-workout ride and a Ben Franklin Bridge ride followed by happy hour. And get this: If you bike to one of their Art Museum Boot Camp classes during bike week, your workout is free! Sold.

Rooftop Yoga at Bok
When: Various dates.
Where: Bok Building, 1901 South 9th Street, South Philly.

If you missed out on the sweet rooftop yoga classes at South Philly’s Bok last year, good news: They’re back! And this year, the organizers have upped your rooftop yoga opportunities (insert all the praise-hand emojis here. Classes will run on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. AND Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. through the beginning of October. Say it with us: Woohoooo!

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