Many experienced runners already know that the Rock ‘n’ Roll runs are always a great time. This popular race series hits the streets of Philadelphia this fall for a rocking good time.
Competing in any of the races provides the perfect excuse to spend some quality time in the City of Brotherly Love. Before you hit the streets of Philadelphia for the race of your choice, be sure to consider all of this useful information about how to make the most out of this event and your time in this vibrant city.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHILADELPHIA RACE DETAILS
The Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia is scheduled for Sunday, September 15. This year’s event features three races, making it easy to find a distance to fit your fitness level and preference. Choose from the 13.1-mile half marathon, the 7.6K (Philly pride!), or the 5K.
Whatever course you choose, you will have a great time as you run through the historic streets of Philly listening to a host of live music bands. Entry fees start at $62 and registration is now open. Part of the proceeds of this year’s event will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, ensuring that you are lacing up your shoes for a good cause. A health and fitness expo will be held during the two days before race day.
WHERE TO REST
You are going to need a comfortable hotel room to rest during the night before your race. There are plenty of great options when you’re looking at hotels in Philadelphia. The Bellevue Hotel is an upscale location that puts you right in the heart of the city. The historic downtown location boasts stunning architecture, luxurious guest rooms, an onsite restaurant, and a fitness center. The Windsor Suites is another solid choice. With a great, central location and stunning skyline views, it’s one of the city’s crown jewel hotels.
WHERE TO FUEL UP
If you are looking to carbo-load the night before your race, be sure you put one of Philly’s best Italian restaurants at the top of your travel bucket list. Since 1900, Ralph’s Italian Restaurant has been dishing up the city’s best fare. This classic restaurant will welcome you in with its inviting atmosphere and then deliver all the pasta that you need for a successful race day.
After you have completed your race, you deserve the indulgence of a traditional Philly cheesesteak. Regardless of if you choose Pat’s, Geno’s, or Tony Luke’s, you will know that you have earned this special local treat. For a classic Philly dining experience, be sure to wash it all down with a Yuengling beer.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO
No athlete can visit Philadelphia without running up the famous stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum from the first Rocky film. After you have recreated the legendary movie scene, be sure to stop into the museum to check out one of the nation’s most extensive collections of art, including works by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. History enthusiasts will appreciate a trip to visit the famed Liberty Bell, located in the Liberty Bell Center in beautiful Independence National Historical Park. A trip to the Philadelphia Zoo is a great way to loosen those tight muscles the morning after your run as you stroll along the gorgeous grounds of the 42-acre Victorian zoo.