Why Philadelphia is an Ideal City For Runners

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Runners at the Broad Street Run.
Image via Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Facebook.
Philadelphia has several amazing routes, fun and frequent events, and plenty of available resources for runners citywide.

With several amazing routes, fun and frequent events, and plenty of available resources, Philadelphia is the perfect city for both seasoned runners and those who are just starting, according to a staff report from the Outside.

In the City of Brotherly Love, runners can visit numerous historical landmarks or charge up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as they give their best impersonations of Rocky.

The Schuylkill River Trail is one of the most popular routes. The path is over 100 miles long and connects the city to the suburbs.

“Eventually it’s going to connect to Delaware,” said Liz Pagonis, chief marketing officer at the Philadelphia Runner store.

Other popular routes include the roughly 50 miles of trails at Wissahickon Valley Park; the Boxers’ Trail, where Joe Frazier trained; and the Center City to Old City route where “you’re literally retracing the founding fathers’ footsteps,” said Pagonis.

There are plenty of events for runners throughout the year, including the Philadelphia Distance Run, a half-marathon held in September, and the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run, where 35,000 runners take part.

There are also many clubs for runners to join to feel more comfortable, such as Black Girls Run! and Queer Run.

Read more about the various resources in Philadelphia for runners in the Outside.

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