NO, THERE'S NOT A "CRIME WAVE" AFFECTING RUNNERS ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL. THERE'S A WOMEN'S RIGHTS PROBLEM HAPPENING ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
By now you've probably noticed the weather getting nicer. People are itching to explore get outside after months of winter, early sunsets, and drab weather. Just like clockwork, people went out to enjoy the most popular urban trail in America, and once again reports of harassment and sexual assault have begun to pop up.
Based on the headline news reports on ABC, NBC, FOX, and more local news stations, one would be led to believe that the Schuylkill River Trail is a hotbed for crime, marred by renegade "teens on bikes" wrecking havoc on those who dare lay foot or tire on the pavement. Flash phrases like "outbreak" and "crime wave" might have you think that. In reality, a quick 10 minutes on the City of Philadelphia's Crime Mapper tells a different story.
If you're a Philly runner, chances are you know someone who's up in Beantown right now preparing to run America's oldest (annual) marathon tomorrow morning. We're pretty darn proud to see so many members of our community prepared to tackle this incredible feat.
For those of you at home who are wishing to cheer on your friends, family, and loved ones, we've put together a handy list with TV/Radio airtimes, live internet streaming, and watch parties in your area!
By now it's no secret that Philly has become somewhat of a running mecca. With over 35 different running groups in this city, we have one of the most vibrant fitness scenes in the country, and people are starting to notice. So it should come as no surprise that one of Philly's most famous running clubs, The Fishtown Beer Runners, will be holding their first ever international Beer Runners Summit in just under a week...
Didn't get into this year's Broad Street Run??? Well guess what? We've got 10 free bibs to give away. Tune into our Instagram page tomorrow morning at 8am to find out how to win yours.
"Rain Delays" are for suckas.
See you tonight!
This Saturday, we're continuing the free fitness movement with #MyCityMoves for our next #RUN215CHALLENGE - The 100,000 Calorie Climb!
The goal is simple: get as many people as humanly possible to run the Art Museum Steps (on repeat) until we collectively burn 100,000 calories!
RUN215 believes in the positive power of health and fitness, and the incredible things it builds through strong communities. Join the challenge on Saturday and help build our community. If you've been wanting to begin your fitness journey, or have a friend/loved one/family member/partner who has, come out and join this collective experience. Change the way Philadelphia moves.
This is your call to action. Let's go.
LOCATION: Eakin's Oval
You deserve a damn party.
Finally (almost a month later) it is time to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our #RUNSTREAKPHL Finishers! We invite you to join us THIS TUESDAY, March 21 at The Penthouse at The Drake from 7pm-9pm for a 2 hour complimentary cocktail reception brought to you by Core and Vea Fitness!
We'll be giving out some awards and kicking things off before heading over to Misconduct Tavern at 9pm for beers and high fives, where the fine folks at Philadelphia Runner will be handing out your official #RUNSTREAKPHL Finisher's Certificates! We'll also be announcing the winners of the Vea Cash Giveaway at Misconduct, so don't miss it! Can't make it to the party? Philly Runner will have certificates for you to pick up at their Center City store until March 31st!
Space for the cocktail reception is limited, and based on a first-come, first serve basis. You can grab your tickets here. If you can't make it to the Drake, don't worry, because we're hitting Misconduct right afterwards at 9pm for the official party!!
We cannot wait to finally meet all of you and congratulate you on the incredible feat of crushing 28 days of running!!
See you then!!
Cancel your plans for tomorrow morning and join us for #GroundWerk - the official MyCityMoves kickoff event!
City Fitness has reserved the iconic Ace Adams Field (complete with sweeping panoramic views of the skyline) for a badass bootcamp that is sure to cancel out whatever calories you're going to put into your body at brunch an hour later.
Here's the breakdown - meet at 10am tomorrow morning (3/11) at Ace Adams Field, located just behind World Cafe Live. From there you'll be launched into an intense bootcamp with some of the top fitness personalities in Philly:
Fabianna Ferrarini - "Booty Gains" Circuit
Jayell Lewis - Bodyweight & Cardio Circuit
Wayne & Gwi Mutata (iTrain Lions) - "High Impact Plyometric Circuit (with dancing)"
Jon Lyons (RUN215) - Sprint Interval Circuit
Anthony Santoro (Pizza Workout Plan) - Core & Bodyweight Circuit
Each circuit will be 15 minutes with a short break for water and recovery. Expect music blasting and caloric annihilation.
Quick question: "But isn't it supposed to be cold tomorrow?"
Answer: Duh. That's what makes it fun. Our City Moves in any weather.
See you there!
Ace Adams Field
3000 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104
Transportation: Easily accessible from the Market Street (Blue) Line. Get off at 30th Street and walk south until you see a big beautiful field. Walk down the steps and jump in!
Or run there....
That's right, folks. The Fishtown Beer Runners (the O.G.'s of acceptance, friendliness, and kindness in Philly's running scene) are moving their famed weekly meeting spot from founder David April's doorstep to Palmer Park (the corner of Frankford & Palmer).
If you're a hardcore Beer Runner, this might hit your heartstrings a bit. David's front doorsteps have made damn near a decade of memories. However, as their popularity grows, so does the need to accommodate all of those thirsty beer-hungry runners! We salute you as you journey to the beautiful Palmer Park, and encourage anyone who has not yet joined the Beer Runners to make joining them a priority!
Straight from David's Facebook:
"End of an era. Beginning March 16, FBR will start the Fishtown runs from Palmer Park located at Frankford Ave & East Palmer Street. The park offers more room to gather and is more centrally located. Our last run from 2346 E. Susquehanna Ave. will be March 9th. Remember, if you can't make it to Fishtown, our South Philly group meets at 7th and Bainbridge. Runs from both locations begin at 7:00 PM. (it is also that much closer to Johnny Brenda's)"
If you'd like to give a final goodbye to the original meeting spot, show on at 7pm on March 9th and be ready to run.
This March, join City Fitness Philly, RUN215, Thrive Training, MYZONE and hundreds of Philadelphians in the second annual #MyCityMoves - a city-wide competition to get our city healthier, fitter, and happier. This year City Fitness is putting $10,000 on the line. All you gotta do is work out to win it...
We're all human, right?
We get busy. We make mistakes. We are technologically impaired. We fell off the board. We get it.
Here's the thing... We love you crazy runstreakers and the immense efforts you've put forth. So tomorrow (Feb 14th) we're opening the entire #RUNSTREAKPHL spreadsheet for you to re-log your mileage and get back on the board!
That's right. For a full 24 hours, you'll have the entire Google Doc at your fingertips. Don't miss out on this little Valentines Day card from RUN215 and our sponsors!
We *heart* you, Philly.
Happy Friday, RUNSTREAKERS!!
Just this morning alone, we have already cleared over 3,000 miles... Dang. That's one hell of a way to start this challenge, right???
So, you probably know by now that we have some pretty killer sponsors to help make this years #RUNSTREAKPHL even more badass! The amazing people at Philadelphia Runner will be supporting our commencement party (details to come) as well as getting those much-coveted Finisher's Certificates. We're also so excited to announce that Vea Fitness Tracking & Rewards is the official App of #RUNSTREAKPHL! If you want a chance at some of the killer prizes ($500 in cash, hotel stays in Nashville, etc) you'll need to download the app and log AT LEAST 15 of your runs on it! Finally, this year we welcome Core as our third sponsor, slingin' the hydration at our **TOP SECRET** #RUNSTREAKPHL events (stay tuned...) as well as providing the goods for our commencement party.
HOW TO SCORE PRIZES:
The Certificate: Simply follow the rules during the streak (Log mileage on the doc. Verify via Instagram with the required hashtags) and knock out all 28 days!
The Cash: Log AT LEAST 7 of your runs with the Vea Fitness Tracking & Rewards App and you'll be entered into a raffle to win the money!
The Hotel, Swag, and Bonus Prizes: We have some secret categories that we just wont tell you, which will be announced and awarded at the commencement party.
Sound awesome? Great, cause it is. Keep up the good work! We're already off to an incredible start! 3 laps around the Earth is within reach...
TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! 28 days of pure awesomeness, dedication, accountability, burning muscles, sweat, smiles, shredded calories and epic miles!!
Some of you have shown some concern for your fellow Instagram followers because you'll be posting every day (as if you don't post selfies every day anyway...). So, we whipped up some "I'm Sorry" images that you can throw up today and tomorrow to prepare the masses for your epic journey!
We've got Justin Bieber, a sad dog, crying Lebron, and a few others to help spread the word:
Photos taken by Chris Sembrot
Interested in finding out a little about how our teeny little Facebook group exploded into a city-wide movement? Hit your local newsstand (or go visit your favorite running store **cough Philadelphia Runner cough**) to pick up the latest issue of Runner's World Magazine!
We are absolutely blown away and totally honored to be featured in their Human Race section, highlighting "News, Trends, and Regular Runners Doing Amazing Things." Yes. They're talking about us, which really means they are talking about YOU. With each step that we take, the support of the Philadelphia Running Community makes it possible.
So from the bottom of our hearts - thank you for being the lifeblood of this movement.
Lace up, cause we're just getting started.
Something crazy happened last February. Something epic. Something slightly ridiculous...
We challenged our Philadelphia fitness community to run at least one mile each day throughout the month notoriously known for completely crappy weather. Sleet, hail, rain, snow, and sub-zero temperatures hammered away at these ferocious (and possibly insane) runners. In the end, 509 participants logged 30,398.31 miles (the equivalent to 12 trips from Philly to LA) and burned 3,191,822.55 calories, or about 4,902 large cheese pizzas. To commemorate this epic feat of sporting, we teamed up with Adidas and Philadelphia runner to throw an EPIC commencement party with prizes, brews, and a very special version of #NIGHTSHIFTPHL!
This year, we're looking to double those numbers. That's right. We're doing it again. Crazy? Of course. Necessary? Absolutely not. But when has that stopped us before?
So start prepping yourselves now, Philly Runners, cause the second installment of #RUNSTREAKPHL kicks off NEXT WEDNESDAY, February 1st, and we promise you can expect the same antics (and some added perks), and of course your own commemorative #RUNSTREAKPHL finisher's certificate.
Head on over to the #RUN215CHALLENGE page to register and start logging your miles!
Image from harlemrun.com
EDIT: 6th and Market will not be a major stop on the route, so instead of setting up the cheer tent we have decided that RUN215 will be joining the run!!! We encourage everyone to run with us!
In the age of Facebook rants and armchair activism, 4 incredible women are using running as a massive tool for social change. Tomorrow, Alison Desir (@powderedfeet) of Harlem Run, along with 3 of her friends, are be embarking on a 240 Mile Relay from New York City to DC. Their goal? To raise $44,000 dollars for Planned Parenthood (as of right this second they've raised over $65k). The finish line will be The Women's March on Washington on January 21st in DC.
Each runner will be tackling north of 80 miles over the entire journey. As one might imagine, this will be an incredibly taxing endeavor. That's why we are directly calling on you, RUN215 Community, to support these women on their journey. SHOW. UP. AND. SUPPORT.
We (RUN215) will be on hand at 6th and Market on Thursday night (10pm) with our tent, water, music, and refreshments. There is a google spreadsheet with route time estimates and locations if you want to join a leg of the run.
Here's RUN215's Commitment: If you're running, show up to 6th and Market. Then, donate the cost of a 5k to their GoFundMe. We'll match $1 per runner (up to $400) that shows up to run and donates (Log your entries here). Let's do this. We support the #PlannedParenthood and these incredible women running to make a TRUE change. #powerfour #4WomenForAllWomen
For more info on the run, check out these sources:
I am incredibly saddened to hear about the incident on the Schuylkill River Trail that occurred last night, and are so thankful that the man and woman involved were left physically unharmed.
These incidents, although they have been few and far between, are unacceptable and create a palpable sense of fear on a trail that should be known instead for it's beauty, innovation, and accessibility to anyone - no matter who they are or where they are from.
With these incidents come the sad statements that they are "part of living in a big city." We reject this notion. No one should be the victim of such awful crimes, and RUN215 (with the amazing support of Councilman Johnson and the SRDC) have grappled with different solutions to protect the trail from these types of incidents. On top of increased patrols by the Philadelphia Police Department, improved lighting and signage on the trails, and other efforts, we organized a community based watch called the Schuylkill River Trail Watch. While fervor was massive in the beginning, we failed to gather enough people interested in volunteering to make this a reality. We are extremely disappointed that this is the result of the incredible efforts of The City, SRDC, PPD, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Town Watch Integrated Services, and multiple city agencies.
We thank the volunteers that DID sign up to patrol the trail, and hope that with time there will be enough momentum to give this initiative another shot in the future.
- Jon Lyons
Founder // Run215
Cancel your plans next Monday, because we've teamed up with 215 Yoga & Core to get you #LitAF (no, seriously). Live DJ + a lit vinyasa glow + a refresh at the Core Lounge when we're done. Tickets are limited, so get on it! Head to www.215yoga.com or click the pic below to grab your spot!
Rebecca Barber prepping for the start.
If you live in the Greater Philadelphia region, than you know we have no shortage of races in our area. Just updating a single month on our race calendar can take up an entire afternoon! From Light-Up Glowstick Foam Obstacle 5ks to marathons, virtually every corner of the race world has been explored. Face it, we're spoiled - sometimes even jaded. Furthermore, after the highs from a busy fall race season or Philadelphia Marathon Weekend have subsided, it's hard not to fall prey to the winter slump. Sometimes it is just hard to find something to get truly excited about.
"If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon" - Kathrine Switzer
We had prepared an entire blog on what it means to be a Philadelphia Runner. Then we reviewed these photos. Diversity. Encouragement. Love. Respect. Grit. Humility. Inspiration. Togetherness. We are speechless. Quite frankly, we're a bit choked up at the moment, so we'll let the pictures do all of the talking.
Photo via Mic.com
You know what time it is.
The culmination of your months of hard work, training, discipline, and miles will be put to the test this weekend. We're sure you're going to crush it, but just in case you needed an extra boost, we asked our awesome RUN215 community to weigh in on their top power songs. From "the usuals" (ahem...Eye Of The Tiger) to some pleasant surprises, you're bound to find something that'll kickstart your heart...
Photo via philadelphiamarathon.com
WAHOOO! IT IS FINALLY PHILADELPHIA MARATHON WEEK! Whoa. We're so excited. So excited, in fact, that we've put together a comprehensive list of events, after-parties, and cheer stations so you can have EVERYTHING you need to enjoy one hell of a great weekend.
Go ahead and have a look. We can't wait to see your thousands of wonderful faces on the course!
Say it with us. YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS HOODIES!
Let's be real, it's been a...tense...fall. We all need something to smile about, so we bumped up the release of our new Limited Edition RUN215 hoodies a few weeks!
These baddies were designed by Jon Lyons' younger brother on Bella+Canvas full-zip hoodies and printed locally at Awesome Dudes Printing! We wanted to give you something truly special to strut around town - a limited piece of Philly art - so we kept production to just 300 hoodies.
These are launching THIS SATURDAY at Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom St) until they're sold out, or until the Philadelphia Marathon Expo begins - whatever comes first. Swing by the store on Saturday after 10am for donuts, brews, high fives, and epic swag.
**BONUS - The first 100 people to grab theirs will go home with some custom art...
See you then!!
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.