The weather’s getting colder, but you don’t have to let your fitness goals wait until spring. Running can be an amazing stress outlet, and having an upcoming race gives you a reachable goal with a set deadline. Thankfully, Philadelphia has an abundance of runs of all distances and themes. Whether you run 5 miles in the first floor of Pottruck every morning, or have never even been to the gym, Philly has the perfect race for you. 

Here’s a round–up of the biggest races this season:

Jingle Bell Run – December 1, 2018

If you’re looking to support a good cause and start your running journey, the Jingle Bell Run, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, may be the perfect fit for you. Put on your favorite holiday costume, tie jingle bells to your shoelaces, and grab some friends. The run is a very doable 5K, and 100% of your registration fee helps raise awareness for America’s #1 cause of disability. 

Jack Daniel’s Hot Toddy 5K – December 1, 2018

For the 21+ crowd, combine two great things, running and whiskey, with this Jack Daniel’s sponsored run. The course begins at XFinity Live and goes 3.1 miles through South Philly. The race has a philanthropic focus too, with proceeds benefiting MANNA, which provides nutrition services to those with life–threatening illnesses. All participants in the race get one free hot toddy made with their choice of whiskey, as well as drink specials at XFinity Live after the race. 

Reindeer Romp – December 8, 2018

Get your winter beer crawl and your run in all at once with the Reindeer Romp. The run is held in Havertown, giving you a little escape from campus and a beautiful backdrop for the 5K. The Reindeer Romp has been held since 2000, when a local boy lost his battle with cancer and has since raised over $300,000. After the run, you’ll be able to participate in a bar crawl and get a free slice of pizza and beer (or a soft drink if you’re not of age). 

Love Run Philadelphia – March 31, 2019

The Love Run combines a half–marathon with everything you love about Philadelphia. The course goes through downtown and Fairmount Park, ending at the Rocky Steps. Yes, this race isn’t for a while, but it is one of the biggest runs of the year, and if you start your training now, you can be totally prepared. Plus, if you register now, you get a free 12 or 16 week training plan.

So what are you waiting for? Start your New Year's resolution a little bit early and start training for your race.


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