Five Reasons Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!

PHILADELPHIA RUNS

TGIF! It’s that time again, friends, for Philly 5 Friday! We’re giving you FIVE reasons why Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!

As most of you know, the Broad Street run is taking place this Cinco de Mayo – Sunday, May 5th. Now we know we’ve already given this event as a reason why Philly is so great, but it’s our inspiration for this week.

Running is awesome, and people who run are awesome, and the fact that these events take place in Philadelphia makes our wonderful city just THAT much more awesome! Nothing like people coming together, raising money and awareness for charity, and having a good time while keeping in shape!

Here are some races you may not have been aware of that will take place in Philadelphia this year. They’re all great events so check them out and give yourself a goal to reach!

The Color Run

Sunday, July 14
The Color Run event is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. The event only has three very important rules:

Rule #1 All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.
Rule #2 White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll by 7:00am.
Rule #3 Completely colored Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.

This event is SOLD OUT!

Tough Mudder

Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2
Claiming themselves as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. They have raised more than $5 million for the Wounded Warrior Project which provides counseling, stress recovery programs, adaptive sports programs, and employment services to our injured veterans. Mudders upon completing each event, receive an orange headband and free beer.

The Saturday event is SOLD OUT. Sunday is still open for registration.

ING Rock & Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

Sunday, September 15
This rockin’ event saw more than 15,000 runners cross the finish line at its 2012 running. The race welcomes both runners and walkers for its out-and-back 13.1-mile course, which starts and finishes near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From there, runners follow a course that takes them through some of the city’s most scenic areas. At each mile marker, local acts entertain the participants and spectators and at the end of the race, a celebrity musician/group puts on a closing ceremony performance. Participants of the event receive a metal upon completion.

Run for Your Lives

Saturday, June 8
This event takes place in Medford, NJ – Just about ½ hr from the city.
Run for Your Lives is the original zombie infested 5k obstacle course. Like other obstacle races, runners navigate through various terrain and physically challenging obstacles. Unlike other obstacle races, runners try to dodge and escape from zombies roaming the course trying to grab flags from runners’ flagbelts, similar to flag football. At the end of the race is an apocalypse party complete with food, live bands, a DJ, and beer.

Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon

November 15-17th
Also known as the Philadelphia Independence Marathon, it is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Philadelphia. The course begins and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event serves as a qualifying race for entry into the Boston Marathon for participants whose times meet age group bracketed standards. Awards are given to the top finishers, however all runners receive a Philadelphia Marathon T-shirt, a finisher medal, a result postcard with individual information, and a finisher certificate. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon!

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