The end of summer is a confusing time. It’s sad for many reasons—no more summer Fridays is reason enough to cry—but also kind of a happy time, if only because working out outdoors finally becomes tolerable again. Adios, 97-degree heat with extreme humidity. Here, 9 fun fall fitness events to help you embrace the cooler temps.
Wanderlust 108, September 22nd
This outdoor wellness fest, coming to Philly for its third year, is basically a giant fitness party. The day kicks off with a non-competitive 5K, meaning you can walk, run, walk-run, gallop or get to the finish line however you please. Then, it’s to your mat for a yoga session (with a DJ!) followed by a guided group meditation.
Bike MS City to Shore Ride, September 29th and 30th
Because biking the back roads to Ocean City sure beats sitting in Shore traffic, praying you’ll get there before the weekend ends. This two-day events, which benefits MS research, takes 7,000 riders on routes ranging from 25 to 180 miles, all ending at the Ocean City beach.
Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K, October 7th
If you can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest, consider this your next best option. The 5K features German dancers along the course and once you reach the finish line, you’ll find a full-blown beer fest (complete with plenty of lederhosen and German food, natch).
Covered Bridges Ride, October 14th
This Bucks County ride, which offers five routes, ranging from a family-friendly 20-mile ride to a hillier and lengthier 63-mile ride, starts and ends at Tinicum Park, showing off the historic covered bridges along the course, usually surrounded by the changing leaves of autumn. Prime fall Instagram content is guaranteed.
Run the Bridge, November 4th
It’s not every day you get to take to the lanes of the Ben Franklin Bridge—and soak in the great views—on foot. This 10K race course kicks off at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge, on the Jersey end, taking you for an out-and-back run across the bridge then around the Camden waterfront.
Philadelphia Marathon, November 17th and 18th
Whether you’re running or spectating, the Philadelphia Marathon is a can’t-miss weekend. The half-marathon goes down on Saturday, and the marathon hits the streets on Sunday, making for a full weekend of running fun. If you’re looking for cheer partners, many local running groups, like City Fit Girls, band together for cheering sections across the course.
The Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, December 1st
Okay, you might’ve seen “50K” and immediately said, “Um, HECK no.” But let me preface this by saying: You don’t have to commit to running the complete 50K to join in on this fun, Rocky-themed run. That said, you do have to come dressed in your best grey sweatsuit.
Yoga in the Vineyard, multiple dates
Three words: Yoga, wine, cheese. Need I say more? Okay, fine, I’ll elaborate: This Chadds Ford vineyard hosts 60-minute yoga classes in the vineyard, each downward-dog session followed by a wine tasting and a spread of veggies and cheeses. What more could you ask for?
Twilight Yoga at Yoga on the Pier, multiple dates
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If there’s one thing you need to do before Mother Nature hits us with the kind of cold weather that makes you get used to not feeling your toes, it’s soak in all the free outdoor yoga you can at Race Street Pier. They’ve even got a few twilight yoga events—yes, free yoga under the stars (swoon)—for you to join in on.
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