Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Races - WPR Run Update March 6

Whether you've been running all winter or you're just shaking off the cobwebs and getting back out on the road, the promise of fun races this spring is great motivation. Philadelphia Runner is having a spring race open house happy hour this Tuesday night at 5:30-6:30 at their center city store. West Philly Runners will be there representing the 26 x 1 mile marathon relay and it would be awesome if some of you could make it out and drink some beers and represent with me!

I also wanted to share a great West Philly-based CSA for the Spring/Summer that was brought to my attention by Katie who works at Enterprise CDC. Check it out and think about signing up, obviously supporting a good cause.

Upcoming Running Sporting Events

There are a number of races coming up:

Mt. PennMud Fest - March 30
Lenape Survival Challenge - April 27
Broad Street Run - May 5
WPR 26x1 Marathon Relay - May 18
ODDyssey Half Marathon - June 9
20in24 - July 20

Mt. Penn Mud Fest. March 30. This is the next race by Pretzel City Sports, a challenging 15K up in Reading PA.

Lenape Survival Challenge. April 27. I love everything about this race: it combines hilly running (this year it's a trail race) with canoeing; pairs you with a partner and forces you to finish your run together (so that you can pile into the canoe together); and let's you compete with a tribe of three or more pairs of runners/canoers to compete with other tribes. This year, I want to get a big group of WPRs to come out and participate. Basically, there's going to be a good crowd of -like-minded West Philly Runners ready to have a great time running and paddling. If you know who your partner is, you should register and list your tribe name as West Philly Runners. If you don't know who you want to partner with, email me and we'll figure it out.

Broad Street Run. May 5. You've probably heard plenty about this one.

26 x 1 Mile Marathon Relay Challenge. May 18. WPR's official race is happening again this Spring. We will race against other local running groups as a team of 26, running 1 mile each for a collective marathon. The race takes place outside the Horticultural Center in beautiful West Fairmount Park (our backyard). We're putting together our team now. Spread the word!!

20in24 Relay. July 20-21. WPR is putting together a team of 5 to run 2 Kelly Drive loops each as part of this year's 20in24 starting at 6pm and going through the night! Anyone interested should let me know right away. This race does involve fundraising as part of registration.

Routes (to the Bottle Shop - bring your ID!):

2 Miler

4 Miler

6 Miler