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CityPASS Home  »  City Traveler Blog  »  Move Your Feet, See the Sights, and Contribute to a Good Cause: Philly Charity Runs

Move Your Feet, See the Sights, and Contribute to a Good Cause: Philly Charity Runs

Runners race down Broad Street in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Photo courtesy of philly.com.
Photo Credit: Pete Lodato for Philly.com

Philly is known for quite a few things, including history, cheesesteaks, and great attractions, but did you know that it's also known for charity? If you’ve got an altruistic spirit and an interest in feats of human endurance, Philadelphia has plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors alike to contribute to some great causes. Even if you’re not the racing type, these are fun ways to stretch your legs and see the sights in Philly.

Leprechaun Run – March 16, 2014
Now in its 29th year, Philly’s Leprechaun Run has been a city tradition since 1984. The run is a very manageable five miles, but there’s a two-mile version if you’d prefer to walk. Beginning at 9am at the Navy Yard, you’ll have plenty of time to unwind afterward at any of the city’s many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. All proceeds will go toward Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

World Water Day 5K – March 23, 2014
World Water Day was declared by the United Nations in 1992 as a way to raise awareness for the many people throughout the world who don’t have access to potable water. Philadelphia’s fourth annual contribution to the event takes place on March 23rd; registration commences at 7:30am, and the run/walk itself begins at 9am. Proceeds will benefit outreach efforts in northern Kenya.

Get Your Rear In Gear – March 23, 2014
The aptly named Get Your Rear in Gear is a 4-mile run, 2-mile walk that aims to raise awareness of rectal and colon cancer. One of the primary goals of the race is to help improve screening rates for these diseases, not just in Philly but across the country.

Philly Oral Cancer 5K – March 29, 2014
Sponsored by national and local organizations alike, the Philadelphia Oral Cancer Walk and 5K is organized by students of Temple Dental and Penn Dental. Free head and neck screenings will be available to the general public, along with refreshments and activities for the whole family, following the race.

Participants in the Leprechaun Run. Photo credit: justinknabb on Flickr.

Philadelphia Half Marathon (The Love Run) – March 30, 2014
Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Love Run, slated to take place at the end of March. The Love Run is one of the newest charity runs in the city, and supports a worthy cause: the Campaign for Philadelphia Education Fund.

Wharton 5K – April 7, 2014
A joint endeavor between the graduate and undergraduate student bodies of Wharton, this charity race looks to unite the entire community in a bit of friendly sport. Come out this April and show your support for the first-ever installment of this race; all proceeds will benefit the Jericho Project.

Broad Street Run – May 4, 2014
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a charity event that benefits the American Cancer Society. The official website for the race makes registration easy, and even features training tips from an Olympic athlete for runners who may not have experience with this type of event.

Liberty Bell Running Tours – Available Weekly
While Liberty Bell Running tours isn’t a charity per se, it’s a great way for just about anybody to train themselves up in anticipation of supporting one of the above charity runs. Citizens of Philly and visitors alike have raved about these running tours, hailing them as one of the most enjoyable ways to take in the sights and gain some insight into Philadelphia’s rich history.

This post was provided by Frank L. DeFazio, a native and current resident of Philadelphia. Frank’s skill, reputation and work ethic are widely hailed in Philadelphia, and the CenterCityTeam has been recognized by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, and Philadelphia Magazine for their local expertise and commitment to world-class customer service.

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