4 Philly Running Locales We Are Loving Right Now

FINALLY!

The weather is warm and spring races have begun in earnest. The Love Run was a blast, and we have the NJ Marathon, Broad Street Run and Philly RunFest coming up!

So many cool running locations in Philly, and we are in the sharing mood...

Here are a few of our favorite Philly running spots which are off the beaten path:

#1 Centennial Park: Just north of the Philadelphia Zoo, jump off Kelly Drive and run somewhere different. Super green, serene, full of well maintained trails, and it has hills! It’s also home of the 1876 World’s Fair (the first the US hosted) where America celebrated its first 100 years and looked to the future. Massive statues and a Japanese garden to boot!

#2 Walnut and Front: Like running along the Delaware River and getting those amazing views of the Ben Franklin Bridge? Hit up this bridge to get your hill sprints in. Incorporate the Spruce Street Harbor Park outside pier path + the big steps of Penn’s Landing and you have a cross training loop. Cannot wait until this part of the city is just one enormous park hill that wraps over I-95!

#3 Bartram’s Garden: Fan of the Schuylkill River Trail? Check out this park on the west side of the river. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Next time you’re heading west on Grays Ferry Bridge, look south along the river and you’ll see workers clearing a path that will connect the well-traversed Schuykill River Trail to Bartram Garden’s very soon.  

#4 John Heinz at Tinicum : Phenomenal for a bike/run combo - bike there and then run! This is America’s First Urban Refuge and an amazing marshy nature reserve. Trail runs galore, tons of wildlife, fish-filled waters and not a car in sight....

Have other running spots in Philly you’d like to share? Please share in the comments!

See you out there!

All the best,

Ian