Everything You Need to Know About the Philly 10K Before Race Day

Calling all runners! The Philly 10K has lots of fun in store for you this weekend — even if you aren't running the race.

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but the Philly 10K is right around the corner, people. The end-of-summer race is coming up this Sunday, August 28th, and while we’re sad that summer is clearly coming to a close, we are OH so happy for the big day. Below, everything you need to know before the race — including where to find a blowout party for the entire Philadephia running community this Friday and Saturday.

1. Clear your calendar: The New Balance Bibs and Beers Pick-Up Party is going down this Friday and Saturday.

What’s better than an expo? A party. And the folks at the Philly 10K agree, which is why instead of giving you your bib and race shirt at an expo, they give ‘em to you at their New Balance Bibs and Beers Pick-Up Party at Headhouse Square. The two-day shindig features food trucks, beer, exclusive race merchandise, games and more. It’s a seriously fun time and the whole thing is open to ANY and ALL runners, even those not running the race, so it’s essentially a giant party for the Philadelphia running community.

Do note though, while both days are fun, Friday is the true party, with Run215’s Jon Lyons DJing and a running talk show of sorts hosted between DJ sets. The party runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 26th and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th.

2. Don’t think you’re done training! There’s one last training run to the Bibs and Beers Pick-Up Party. 

If you planned on sinking into your couch on Friday, resting your legs for the big day, think again. We have one last training run planned, this one a short, easy two-ish-mile shakeout run to the Bibs and Beers Pick-Up Party. Runners will meet at Philadelphia Runner’s Center City location at 6 p.m. and there will be gear transport provided. As with the past training runs, this run is open to all runners, whether you’re running the race or not. You can find more info here.

3. Don’t down too much beer at the Bibs and Beers Pick-Up Party — you need to get to the start line EARLY. 

Race organizers are predicting a decent amount of congestion at the start and finish lines this year, so they suggest runners plan to arrive at least an hour early to the start at 8th and South Street. Start time for the race is 7:30 a.m.

4. Sure, 6.2 miles in August is a lot to ask of a human — but you have a TON of incentive to make it to the finish line. 

The finish line is going to be loaded with all sorts of smile-inducing stuff, so every time you think about veering off course and collapsing, just think about the free cold beer and Coffee and Donuts custard (a collaboration between Shake Shack and Federal Donuts!) that will be waiting for you at the post-race festival. Plus, we’ll be on deck with our Be Well Philly Recovery Zone at the post-race festival (think: post-race yoga with the lovely Justine Bacon of Philly Yoga Factory, free massages from Philamassages, a braid bar to help get your post-race locks in party shape and LOTS of enter-to-wins, including a chance at tickets to next year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp!), so make sure to come see us. Then, there will also be the PBC Beer Garden (you’ve got to rehydrate somehow) and the MSC Vendor Village, with folks like Pure Fare, Saxbys and Milk Boy doling out samples.

See? Plenty of light at the end of the 6.2-mile trek.

5. If you’re already catching a serious case of FOMO because you didn’t snag a spot in the race, volunteer!

The race is still looking for race-day volunteers and there are some pretty darn sweet perks in it for you, including a snazzy T-shirt, a $25 Philadelphia Runner gift card and a free beer after the race. Not bad for a few hours of your Saturday, eh? You can find more info on volunteering here.

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