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Calendar Of Outdoor Happenings 2013

MAY 2013

May 4-5
GORUCK CHALLENGE.
For those adventure seekers who wish to recreate the experience of participating in urban military combat, this 15- to 20-mile overnight challenge sends teams across the city to navigate a course while wearing backpacks stuffed with bricks. The challenges are led by Green Berets, and a portion of every entry fee benefits the Green Beret Foundation. goruck.com

May 5
BLUE CROSS BROAD STREET RUN.
The largest and one of the fastest 10-mile runs in the nation goes from North Philadelphia down the length of Broad Street to The Navy Yard to raise money for the American Cancer Society. (215) 683-3594, broadstreetrun.com

May 11
QUAD COUNTY METRIC BIKE RIDE.
Cyclists pedal at their own pace and ride up to 76 miles through four rustic Philadelphia-area counties. The two longer rides include an eight-mile hilly segment that equates to 1,200 feet of extra climb. (215) 643-0597, suburbancyclists.org

May 10-11
THE ABERDEEN DAD VAIL REGATTA.
Championship rowers from more than 100 colleges and universities compete in the nation’s largest collegiate regatta. (610) 348-1104, dadvail.org

May 12
KOMEN PHILADELPHIA RACE FOR THE CURE.
For 23 years, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has been a Mother’s Day tradition for many Philadelphians. The day starts at 7:00 a.m. and includes ceremonies for breast cancer survivors and a 5K run and walk, as well as a one-mile fun run and a Kids Dash to Make a Difference. (215) 238-8900, race.komenphiladelphia.org

May 18
RADNOR HUNT RACES.
Steeplechase racing in its most traditional form returns to Radnor Hunt for the 83rd year, with purses from six races totaling $180,000. (610) 647-4233, radnorhuntraces.org

May 19
PHILADELPHIA SPRING REGATTA CANOE AND KAYAK RACE.
Canoeists and kayakers of all ages and skill levels race an eight-mile loop above the twin bridges across the Schuylkill River. philacanoe.org

May 19
YOGA ON THE STEPS.
Now in its 11th year, Yoga on the Steps brings thousands of Philadelphians of all shapes, sizes and skill levels together for an hour-long yoga class on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, followed by a Healthy Living Expo. This event benefits Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a non-profit organization that helps improve the quality of life for women who are affected by breast cancer. (610) 645-4567, lbbc.org

May 23-June 2
DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR.
The oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the United States takes place annually at the Devon Show Grounds on Philadelphia’s Main Line. At the accompanying old-fashioned country fair, visitors can enjoy food, boutique shopping, rides and games. (610) 964-0550, devonhorseshow.net

JUNE 2013

June 1
GREATER PHILADELPHIA TOUR DE CURE.
This premier fundraising cycling event of the American Diabetes Association offers bike riders three routes through Montgomery and Bucks counties, beginning at Temple University’s Ambler campus. Routes include a 12-mile leisure course, a 35-mile ride through rolling hills and a 63-mile course that passes through Bucks County and climbs a few hills. (610) 828-5003, ext. 4629, diabetes.org

June 1-7
SCHUYLKILL RIVER SOJOURN.
This 112-mile guided canoe and kayak trip along the length of the Schuylkill River guarantees calming vistas, exhilarating rapids, campfire songs and enduring camaraderie. Paddlers can sign up for all or part of the journey. (484) 945-0200, schuylkillriver.org

June 8-9
MUCKFEST MS PHILLY.
Benefitting the National MS Society, the muddy and fun course includes obstacles, pits, mazes and craters spread over five miles in Newtown Square, Delaware County. Registrants can choose to enter as either competitive or recreational runners. (215) 271-1500, muckfest.com

June 8-September 28
SCHUYLKILL BANKS KAYAK TOURS.
Several times a day on select Saturdays and Sundays and in the evening on select Thursdays, professional guides lead novice and advanced kayakers along the section of the lower Schuylkill River known as Schuylkill Banks. Routes stretch from the Walnut Street Dock to Fairmount Water Works and begin with a half-hour of instruction. (215) 222-6030, schuylkillbanks.org

June 9
ODDYSSEY HALF MARATHON.
For four years, this race has been reminding people that running is supposed to be fun. The course winds its way through Fairmount Park, with live music and optional challenges along the way. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes—there are awards for the best ones—and to attend the post-race party hosted by Sly Fox Brewing Company. (484) 716-8331, oddysseyhalfmarathon.com

June 15
RUN OR DYE.
Participants of all ages gather at Citizens Bank Park for this color-drenched 5K fun run. Throughout the event, spectators douse the runners with safe, eco-friendly powdered dye. People are encouraged to wear light colors–which won’t stay clean for long–or to sport creative costumes. A lively party follows the event. (801) 981-4235, runordye.com

June 16
11th ANNUAL GARY PAPA FATHER’S DAY 5K RUN/WALK.
This annual race that begins in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art benefits Prostate Health International and prostate cancer research and awareness. In addition to the 5K run/walk, people can take part in a one-mile fun walk. (267) 273-1706, garypaparun.com

June 21
MEDIA 5-MILE RACE.
For more than 30 years, runners have spent one Friday night per year running through the quaint streets of downtown Media. At the end of the two-loop course, participants arrive at Veterans Square to a crowd of cheering fans, music and prizes. (610) 566-5210, ext. 555, media5milerace.com

June 22-23
JOHNSON & JOHNSON TRIROCK PHILADELPHIA TRIATHLON PRESENTED BY PHILADELPHIA INSURANCE COMPANIES.
Formerly known as the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, this event is two races in one. The Olympic Race takes athletes—some of whom are the top triathletes in the world—along Martin Luther King Drive, Kelly Drive and Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park and the slow-moving waters of the Schuylkill River on Sunday, while the Sprint Race on Saturday traverses a shorter course. A retail expo precedes the event on June 21-22 for Sprint Race participants. (215) 517-4989, phillytri.com

JULY 2013

July 5-7
INDEPENDENCE DAY REGATTA.
Since 1880, rowers of all experience levels have taken part in this regatta on the Schuylkill River. There are also events for mixed boats (men and women) and parents and children. independencedayregatta.com

July 13
MERRELL DOWN & DIRTY OBSTACLE RACE PRESENTED BY SUBURU.
Now in its fourth year, the first off-road foot race to hit Fairmount Park’s Belmont Plateau lets participants exercise their dominance over obstacles, climbs, water crossings and lots of mud. There are 5K and 10K options, and little ones can join the fun by navigating one of the shorter Adventure Kids courses. The run benefits Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends personalized care packages to military personnel deployed overseas. (818) 707-8866, downanddirtymudrun.com

July 14
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BIKE-A-THON.
The “official sponsor of birthdays” is celebrating its 41st annual bike-a-thon. Participants can choose one of four starting locations for seven different distances ranging from 21 to 100 miles—the 100-mile century ride begins at the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. (215) 985-5401, acsbike.org

July 14
THE COLOR RUNPHILADELPHIA.
This fun take on the mud run has racers starting the 5K-course wearing all white and then running through color stops where volunteers throw “magical color dust” on them. Every kilometer mark brings a different color. This year’s charity partner is Back on My Feet, which promotes self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running. (855) MOCOLOR, thecolorrun.com/philadelphia

July 20-21
THE STROEHMANN BACK ON MY FEET 20IN24 CHALLENGE.
This annual fundraising multi-race is back for the sixth year on the Kelly Drive/Martin Luther King Drive loop. Events include a Lone Ranger Ultra-Marathon, five-person relays, two-person relays, a Midnight Glow in the Dark Run and a Sunrise Pajama Loop, all of which take place around a USATF-certified 8.4-mile course. Proceeds benefit Back on My Feet, an organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of people experiencing homelessness by engaging them in running. (215) 839-9310, philadelphia.in24race.com

July 28
THE IRISH PUB TOUR DE SHORE.
The annual 65-mile scenic bike ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City benefits children in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey region. It begins at the Irish Pub in Center City and ends at the pub’s original Atlantic City location. Participants and spectators are invited to attend an after-party with food, drinks and raffles. (215) 568-5603, irishpub.donordrive.com

AUGUST 2013

August 17-18
TEAM LIVESTRONG CHALLENGE PHILLY.
In its 8th year, the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Philly has raised more than $21 million to help fund programs to support those affected by cancer. This annual cycling and running event includes 10K- and 5K-run/walk courses, as well as a cycling course where participants can ride between 20 and 100 miles. At the finish line, each cancer survivor is celebrated with a yellow rose. Afterwards, participants and spectators are invited to celebrate at a family-friendly party. (877) 236-8820, livestrongchallenge.org

SEPTEMBER 2013

September 7-8
THOMPSON BUCKS COUNTY CLASSIC.
This weekend-long cycling event in Bucks County includes two professional races as well as a recreational ride for cycling enthusiasts. Young riders can participate in children’s races, complete with medals. The event is held in conjunction with the Doylestown Arts Festival. (917) 699-4566, buckscountyclassic.com

September 15
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON.
To amp up this annual charity run, a local band performs at every mile and high-school squads cheer on the participants at various markers. The post-race concert is open to the public. (800) 311-1255, runrocknroll.competitor.com/philadelphia

September 22
PHILADELPHIA FALL CLASSIC RACE.
Open to paddlers of all ages, this eight-mile canoe, kayak, outrigger and surfski race takes place on the Schuylkill River near the rustic Wissahickon Creek. philacanoe.org

September 28
BIKE MS: CITY TO SHORE RIDE.
This popular charity ride brings 7,000 cyclists from the Philadelphia area through blueberry fields and the New Jersey Pine Barrens to the sweet smells of salt water taffy and ocean air in historic Ocean City, New Jersey. Riders can choose to pedal for one day, or turn it into a longer-distance weekend by riding back to the city on Sunday. (800) 445-BIKE, mscycling.org

September 2013 (TBD)
SLUTWALK PHILLY.
Now in its 3rd year, SlutWalk Philly brings hundreds of people together to promote the message that sexual assault is the fault of the perpetrator, not of the victim. Participants follow a designated Center City route and carry signs that raise awareness for the cause. Walkers are encouraged to wear whatever makes them comfortable, whether it’s a short skirt and six-inch heels or sweatpants and a T-shirt. facebook.com/slutwalkphiladelphia

OCTOBER 2013

October 5
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.
This race draws more than 3,000 paddlers comprising more than 130 teams that race fiberglass dragon boats, complete with heads and tails, on a 500-meter course on the Schuylkill River. (610) 642-2333, philadragonboatfestival.com

October 5
5K RIVERCITY RUN.
As part of the 6th annual RiverCity Festival, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation hosts a fun run starting at Penn Treaty Park, winding through historic Fishtown, then returning to the park for the finish. Registration includes admission to the on-site beer garden. rivercityfestival.org

October 19-20
GORUCK CHALLENGE.
For those adventure seekers who wish to recreate the experience of participating in urban military combat, this 15- to 20-mile overnight challenge sends teams across the city to navigate a course while wearing backpacks stuffed with bricks. The challenges are led by Green Berets, and a portion of every entry fee benefits the Green Beret Foundation. goruck.com

October 26-27
HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL REGATTA.
This 43rd annual rowing event features college competitors on Saturday, high school students on Sunday and open and masters races on both days. The 2.5-mile race attracts more than 6,000 competitors, plus spectators from more than 30 states and outside the U.S. hosr.org

NOVEMBER 2013

November 2-3
LAKE NOCKAMIXON WHITEWATER RELEASE.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek. The biannual Bucks County event thrills whitewater enthusiasts, kayakers and canoeists. Participants are welcome to camp overnight in Tohickon Valley Park on November 2. (610) 982-5560, dcnr.state.pa.us

November 3
THE COOPER NORCROSS RUN THE BRIDGE EVENT PRESENTED BY AMERIHEALTH NEW JERSEY.
Drawing more than 4,000 runners, this two-mile stroll and 10-kilometer foot race back and forth across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is the best-attended 10K run in the tri-state area. The race benefits the Larc School for disabled children. (856) 933-3725, runthebridge.org

November 15-17
GORE-TEX PHILADELPHIA MARATHON.
With a fast course that winds through the city’s historic downtown, past the stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art and along scenic Boathouse Row, the marathon has been one of the country’s premier running events since 1994. The weekend includes a health and fitness expo on Friday and Saturday, an 8K and a Kids Fun Run on Saturday and a half-marathon—run alongside the full marathon—on Sunday. (215) 683-2122, philadelphiamarathon.com

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