Well we knew the unreal warm weather couldn't last forever, but fortunately we're already planning our winter outdoor hangout contingency plan. The insulated carafe is in the mail so next week we'll start having some hot mixed drinks available. In the meantime, we're putting our Gear and Beer Watch into effect, even though it won't be super cold. It'll still be nice to have an extra layer to put on after the run to be able to relax and enjoy a beverage. Please consider signing up to watch the gear and beer so others can run and have a great time afterwards.
Come for the run, stay for the dranks! We're going to hang out at Clark Park to enjoy some post-run group drinks again this week. Non-runners are also welcome to come join us. I'll bring a cooler full of beverages and all are welcome to it. (couple of bucks donations welcome). Clarkville also sells pints to go and is very nice about letting folks use the bathroom.
COVID Run Rules 1. Wear a mask. This isn't optional.* 2. Wear your mask while running. Also not optional. 3. Gather in Clark Park (in the grass close to the path right near 44th and Baltimore Ave) 4. Keep 6' apart when we gather at Clark Park and during the run. It may be easiest to run staggered so that you can take up less space. 5. Decide ahead of time what distance you're running and your preferred speed and try to learn the route. When you arrive, talk with other runners and find a group that matches your distance/pace. Do your best to accommodate people so we can have everyone running in a group. 6. Folks will go out in waves based on pace, fastest to slowest. 7. Run on the road as much as possible, on the left side against the flow of traffic. This is to be kind to pedestrians on the sidewalk by giving them plenty of passing space. 8. As always, don't be an asshole.
* If you don't have a mask and need one, please let me know and I'll get you one.
All runs start at Clark Park and end at Clark Park!
The long wait is over! We haven't had WPR gear available in quite a while and we've never had long sleeve shirts, but thanks to Emma's efforts (and her brother's masterful artistry) we have the perfect shirt for the winter of COVID. Philadelphia Runner is running the shirt sale and you can order yours on their site and either get them delivered (free delivery with orders of $50+) or pick them up for free at the West Philly store by using code "WPR".
The sale is only open for two weeks so get your order in by Election Day, November 3 (and also make sure you vote!).
Friday Morning Run - end your run at 7am at the Woodlands gate
We started an official morning run deal! The idea is you go do your run on your own, preferably with some part of your run in the Woodlands, and we'll all meet up at the end of our runs at 7am at the Woodland front gate for a socially distanced celebration (distanced high fives?).
The goal is to have more runners at the Woodlands in the morning so we know there's a strong group there, even if we're all running solo or in small groups.
Consider stashing a thermos of coffee at the gate for an extra excuse to stick around and chat for a bit.