Thanks to Philadelphia Runner and City Fit Girls, I had the great pleasure of being a part of the inaugural 2014 Philly 10K this weekend, the city’s first 6.2 mile running event with its course mapped throughout the heart of Philadelphia. Everything about the expo, race, and festival shouted “PHILLY”, from Philadelphia Brewing Company unveiling their first Philadelphia Runner’s Ale, a session IPA, to Shake Shack doling out generous size cups of their special edition Liberty Shell custard, a delightful combination of vanilla custard, strawberry puree and lemon ricotta with Termini Bros. Cannoli shell pieces on top.
With the weekend beginning at the pre-race expo, which was held Thursday evening and Friday afternoon at the Italian Market, it could not have gone more smoothly. It was extremely well-organized to pick up your runner’s bib on one side of the street, which may be one of the most unique bib pick-up locations stationed directly next to the produce stands on the sidewalk at the Italian Market. We were then directed to the opposite side of the street where we picked up our Philly10K race t-shirt and could also find Philly10K apparel being sold under a big tent, along with Philadelphia Runner’s Ale, tapped for the first time, and some great food options for purchase.
Race day was hot and humid, but energy was high as runners lined up in their respective corrals along East Passyunk Ave. It was a great feeling shared by every runner to know that we would be the first ever group to run this unique course. One by one, the horns went off signaling the commencement of each corral, and we took off through the congested streets of South Philly, with scents of the morning bakeries as a pleasant reminder of what was waiting for us at the finish line. Once we made it out of South Philly, the congestion of the streets dissipated and we made our way through the blocked off streets of the neighborhoods with lovely arrows taped on the road indicating our turns. We trekked through the neighborhoods of East Passyunk, Bella Vista, Italian Market, Midtown, Callowhill, Northern Liberties, Old City, Society Hill, Queen Village, and Pennsport, and I could truly feel the spirit of Philadelphia throughout each neighborhood, which was made particularly easy with the help of local spectators coming out of their homes to line the streets and cheer us on. As we crossed the finish line, we were offered bananas and water, compliments of ACME. We also were given complimentary beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company, and custard topped with crushed cannoli shell from Shake Shack and Termini Bros. The festival housed many other vendors, including KIND, Honeygrow, Pure Sweets and Co., handing out their finest samplings. To top off the entire race, runners were given a special gift which was a poster of the hand-drawn course of the 1st annual Philly10K. It was such a unique and thoughtful keepsake of our City of Brotherly Love, and the weekend was one for the books.
I am looking forward to many more years of this race, since this first year was executed so successfully! Complimentary beer and custard alone will be enough to bring runners back to run The Philly 10K every year! After all, this is a Philly run!
Gina Corrato is a power vinyasa yoga instructor as well as a health educator for a corporate wellness company. She has a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. She thrives from living an active, healthy lifestyle with activities including yoga, running, hiking, and rock climbing. She’s a vegetarian, loves to cook, and loves to inspire others to cook wholesome and delicious recipes. Follow her on Instagram: @GCorrato