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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:09 AM
A couple kisses after finishing the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson /

If you’re already preparing for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, it might excite you to know that the running calendar continues well beyond the first Sunday in May.

The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon announced last week that the 2014 race weekend will be November 21-23. This year, representatives expect over 30,000 participants throughout the three days of events.

What’s more, registration starts on April 1—and that’s no April Fool.

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:00 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Kelly O'Shea | Running

For many new runners, 13.1 miles can be a tedious task. Boredom often sets in around miles six or seven and for the rest of the race, runners do their best to keep themselves from calculating their distance to the finish line.

To combat boredom, 24-year-old Kelly Roberts of Brooklyn entertained herself by taking selfies with hot guys and posting them to her Instagram account while she ran the NYC Half-Marathon on March 16th. 

“I was standing in my corral right before the race started and I noticed there was a cute guy behind me and thought ‘I should find one every mile,’” recalled Roberts.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:00 AM
Filed Under: Broad Street Run | Running
A scene from the 2013 Back on My Feet 5-Miler. (Back on My Feet Philadelphia)

As the area digs out from yet ANOTHER snow event, it’s hard to believe that we’re almost ‘halfway’ to the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

But for many local runners, next Saturday’s Back on My Feet 5-miler marks just that—a halfway point in their training for the 10-mile jaunt down Broad. It’s appropriate that they commemorate this milestone with a run that’s exactly half the distance many will travel on May 4.

Start time is 8 a.m. sharp next Saturday, March 29 at the east end of the lower bridge over the Schuylkill River along West River Drive. The course will take runners up West River Drive along the river before a challenging uphill brings you towards the Please Touch Museum. After rounding Centennial Circle, it’s back toward W. River Drive for a flat (and hopefully fast!) finish.

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Kelly O'Shea | Running

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a fun and healthy way? Check out these 5 St. Patty’s weekend races that offer a little something for everyone. Whether you're a fun runner, a runner looking to make a difference, or maybe you're just running to burn calories before you gulp down some beers — we've got a St. Patrick's Day run that will get you moving! 

29th Annual Leprechaun Run
This run has been a Philadelphia tradition since 1984 benefiting the Special Olympics’ Pennsylvania athletes in Philadelphia. The 5-mile course is fast and flat and offers a scenic view of the city from the Navy Yard. There is also a 2-mile fun run that is perfect for walkers, families and new runners.

WHEN: 9:00am on March 16th
WHERE: the Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street
COST: $35, $25 for 2-mile fun run
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POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Running
A scene from a previous 1/2 sauer 1/2 kraut run.

Finishing a race is cause for celebration. After weeks (months?) of training, dieting, and living with a great deal of structure, it’s time to relax. Maybe you pop a few beers or sit down to a feast of a dinner.

Imagine being able to indulge right at the finish line! Such is the inspiration for the ½ Sauer ½ Kraut Marathon & Half-Marathon, scheduled for June 14 at 8 a.m. through the trails of Pennypack Park.

Runners are treated to a jaunt through one of Philadelphia’s more scenic, peaceful settings, and greeted at the finish line with a German feast including bratwurst, sauerkraut and German potato pancakes.

POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:00 AM
Filed Under: Broad Street Run | Running
Team Philly

You may not believe it if you’ve stepped outside this morning—but the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a mere two months away. Preparations have begun in earnest, including the 2nd annual lottery that took place earlier this month.

Tomorrow, the build-up to the Run continues with the kickoff to a partnership between Team Philly Race Training and the Sports Industry Research Center at Temple University. The joint venture will conduct a study to evaluate a 10-week training program for Broad Street. The plan will be unveiled tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Philadelphia Runner, 3621 Walnut Street. Runners of all levels are invited to attend.

“We’ve been studying attitude and behaviors of runners for the past few years,” says Jeremy Jordan, Ph.D., Director of the Sports Industry Research Center at Temple. “It was a natural fit to get involved with Team Philly, especially for an event like the Broad Street Run.”

POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 5:30 AM

No matter how you are involved in athletics, you need to know the dangers that accompany your sport. This Strained Sports infographic will help you digest the mountain of statistics and help you better understand how the injuries stack up against each other from sport to sport.


With the hope of informing, this graphic has the purpose of raising awareness of sports injuries, whether they are minor ankle problems or fatal brain injuries. Because the potential dangers aren’t always at the forefront of discussions, learning about the more serious side of sports will allow you to make an educated decision about participating. Additionally, this infographic can serve as a guide to understand what sort of injuries to watch for by sport.

POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014, 4:00 AM
Filed Under: Cycling | Running | Working Out
The Endurance Sports Expo takes place February 22-23, 2014 in Oaks, Pa.

It’s been a frigid winter, and the area just got pounded yet again with over a foot of snow in some areas. Surely, no one has thought about going for a long bike ride or competing in a triathlon lately.

And that’s just the way Matt Reece wants it.

Reece is one of the managing members of the Endurance Sports Expo, presented by Competitor.  The 5th annual Expo takes place this weekend, February 22-23, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

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