One of the most exciting days to be Philadelphia Runner is upon us, the Broad Street Run Lottery! At 12:01am tonight (or "tomorrow" if you wanna be technical), the lottery will open to the public. Out of 40,000 total entries, after corporate sponsorships, deferrals, and tenures, roughly 35,000(ish) entries will be available to the public. Even so, you're chances are pretty dang good to get into the lottery, but that's no guarantee...
There is however, one sure-fire way to get into Broad Street - running for charity! Not only does Philadelphia have the best running community in the country, but we also have some of the most incredible non-profit organizations doing some serious good for our city and citizens.
HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL CHARITIES OF THE 2016 BROAD STREET RUN:
BACK ON MY FEET - ENTER HERE!
"Back on My Feet is a national for-purpose 501©3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources."
STUDENTS RUN PHILLY STYLE - ENTER HERE!
"Students Run Philly Style is the only mentorship program in Philadelphia that provides long-distance run training to help young people succeed in life. Students are connected with adult mentors who help them imagine and accomplish goals beyond their dreams. Students Run Philly Style has served over 2,500 students since its inception!"
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY - ENTER HERE!
"For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer."
FAIRMOUNT PARK CONSERVANCY - ENTER HERE!
"The Fairmount Park Conservancy works as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts which preserve and improve the Fairmount Park system in order to enhance the quality of life and stimulate economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. These efforts include capital projects, neighborhood park stewardship and programs throughout the 10,200 acres of Fairmount Park. LOVE YOUR PARK!"
Yesterday, a fellow runner and his family lost all of their possessions in a tragic fire. Everyone is safe, but their house and everything in it have been completely destroyed.
Yesterday on January 7th, a fire completely destroyed the Fitzpatrick house (a fellow runner and Fishtown Beer Runner). Let's show the strength of our running Community and help this family get back on their feet. Please see the link below for a donation page that has been set up.
QUOTED FROM THEIR GOFUNDME PAGE:
"A tragic fire took a home from the Fitzpatrick
family today 1/7/16 in south philly. They have nothing left, their life was in that house. Please reach down deep into your pockets and in your hearts to help out a family in desperate need. Anything helps!! If you can't donate money we will gladly take clothes , food, ect. you can contact me. Adult Female size small/med, Adult male med/large, little girls 5/6, 10/12. Thank You! If you want to drop anything off you can drop it off at my house email me and I will give you the address or you can go to cookies at the corner of 3rd and mercy St. "
HERE IS THE LINK TO THEIR GOFUNDME: https://www.gofundme.com/t7hzvvqc
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.