WHYY's Y12K Road Race, 3K Family Walk/Run on Nov. 9

WHYY expects more than 500 runners and fitness enthusiasts of all levels and ages for its fifth annual Y12K Road Race this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. The 12-kilometer (7.45-mile) course extends from the southern side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Falls Bridge and back along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. You can register up until the day of the event.

Designed for all skill levels, from novices to experienced runners, the event also features a 3K Family Walk/Run, free for children 13 and under, and Y Kids Family Fit Zone. Parents are encouraged to run, walk or push strollers with their kids through the 3K race. The Y Kids Family Fit Zone offers fitness activities and educational games, as well as a chance to meet your favorite costumed characters from Sesame Place. New this year, the event also includes a “Fred” 5K honoring the memory of the beloved PBS host Fred Rogers. Runners of the Fred 5K are invited to dress up as their favorite character from Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

“What better way to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park than being active with your family while supporting a great cause,” said Julie Gannaway, WHYY community relations coordinator in a written statement. “People of all ages and fitness levels can get involved in this fun, community-centered event. And best of all, proceeds benefit WHYY’s educational and enriching programs and services.”

An awards ceremony will be held at the finish line near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Prizes will be awarded to the overall top male and female finishers and top finisher in each age group for the Y12K.

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