On your mark, get set, go!
Whether you want to get muddy, resemble the rainbow, run around in your pajamas, or head to AC, these four athletic events put a fun spin on traditional racing while raising money for great causes.
• Merrell Down & Dirty Obstacle Race: Now in its fourth year, the first off-road foot race to hit Fairmount Park’s Belmont Plateau lets participants exercise their dominance over obstacles, climbs, water crossings and lots of mud. There are 5K and 10K options in this race that benefits Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends personalized care packages to military personnel deployed overseas. Onsite registration is still available for a handful of start times. To register, bring a completed registration form and signed waiver (check here) on Saturday morning at Fairmount Park.
When: Saturday, July 13
Where: Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park
More info: www.downanddirtymudrun.com
• Color Run: This fun take on the mud run has participants starting the 5K course wearing all white and then running through color stops where volunteers throw “magical color dust” on them. Every kilometer mark brings a different color, guaranteeing a rainbow of racers crossing the finish line. Proceeds benefit Back on My Feet, an organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of people experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running. Registration is closed for this year’s event, but it’s always entertaining to watch the colorful runners on the course.
When: Sunday, July 14
Where: Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Cost: $45-$55; Free to watch!
More info: www.thecolorrun.com
• Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 Challenge: This annual fundraising multi-race is back for the sixth year on the Kelly Drive/Martin Luther King Drive loop. Events include a Lone Ranger Ultra-Marathon, five-person relays, two-person relays, a Midnight Glow in the Dark Run and a Sunrise Pajama Loop, all of which take place around a USATF-certified 8.4-mile course. As the name implies, proceeds from this event benefit Back on My Feet. To take part, register here.
When: Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
Where: Kelly Drive/Martin Luther King Drive loop
More info: www.philadelphia.in24race.com
• Irish Pub Tour de Shore: This annual 65-mile scenic bike ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City benefits children in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey region. It begins at the Irish Pub in Center City and ends at the pub’s original Atlantic City location. Registration is closed (sign up for the wait list here), but spectators are invited to attend an after-party with food, drinks and raffles.
When: Sunday, July 28
Where: Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut Street
Cost: $200 minimum donation
More info: www.irishpub.donordrive.com