Training for Broad Street? These Weekly Group Runs End With Free Beers

It's time for the fifth annual Philadelphia Bridge Running and Happy Hour Training Program.

Photograph courtesy of Run Fest’s Carl Ewald.

Despite the occasional flurry, running season here in Philly has officially begun. How do we know? Well because the Broad Street Run lottery results are in, and we’ve all got some serious training to do before May 6.

Related: Your Broad Street Run Training Plan

To help you train for the big event — and throw back some (free!) beers with friends while you’re at it — the annual Bridge Running and Happy Hour Training Program is kicking off on March 27 for the fifth consecutive year.

This annual training program is hosted by the creators of Run Fest (and formerly the ODDyssey Half Marathon) and started out as a way to give back to the Philly running community. The program includes six runs that finish at Dave and Busters along Columbus Boulevard where free Flying Fish Brews are available for all involved. Every Tuesday evening from March 27 to May 1, the group will be meet at 7 p.m.

The cool thing about this program is that each week is led by a different local running group, with a different Philly charity featured. This way, you get to experience a bunch of awesome running groups — that you may even want to join — while racking up your training miles. The featured charities are pretty running-centric too, including the Monster Milers, Back on My Feet, and Philly Achilles.

The first run on March 27 will be led by Philadelphia Runners and will benefit the charity Students Run Philly Style. Meet the group at Franklin Square (200 North 6th Street) at 7 p.m., and get ready for the 3.75-mile-ish run across the Ben Franklin Bridge and back.

It’s worth noting that this beer-filled training programs caps off at 125 runners — as of right now there are only 71 spots left and it does tend to sell out. Hustle on over here to score your spot in this six-week training program, which will run you $30.

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