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9 Underrated Runs in Philadelphia for Summer 2023

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Explore the lesser-known running events to keep you active in between the Broad Street Run and the Philly Marathon

With the Broad Street Run behind us and the Philly Marathon scheduled for November 18th, what can running enthusiasts do in the interim? We've compiled a list of nine under-the-radar community races in the Philly area during summer 2023. Check out these events to keep your running spirit alive and explore the city.

Jenkintown Sunset 5K Run

Date: 6/6/2023

Price: $36


The Jenkintown Sunset Run is a delightful 5K race that takes place in the quaint town of Jenkintown. As the sun sets, runners wind through the challenging tree lined 5k course, soaking in the beauty of the borough of Jenkintown. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy live music, food, and drinks.

Philly Pride Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Date: 6/10/2023

Price: $50-$65


Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community by participating in the Philly Pride Run, a colorful and inclusive event. Choose between the 5K race or the 1-mile fun run and celebrate love and diversity in the City of Brotherly Love.

Media 5 Miler

Date: 6/16/2023

Price: $45


The Media 5 Miler is a popular local race that takes runners through the charming streets of Media, Pennsylvania - everybody's hometown. This evening run is perfect for those looking to escape the heat of the day and features a lively post-race party in the town center.

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Tex Mex 5K Race for Open Space

Date: 6/21/2023

Price: $50


Tex Mex Connection is hosting the 33rd year of one of the top weeknight 5k runs in the Philadelphia area. Wissahickon Trails is proud to be the main beneficiary of this event with over $1,000,000 raised to protect and restore the land and waterways of the Wissahickon Valley over the past 23 years. The margarita run has been imitated but not duplicated! After the race, the party is under the stars!

Night Nation Run Philadelphia

Date: 7/8/2023

Price: $70


The Night Nation Run is a one-of-a-kind 5K race that combines running, live music, and a spectacular light show. This nighttime event is perfect for those looking to enjoy a fun and energetic race experience with friends.

Santa Hustle Christmas in July

Date: 7/23/2023

Price: $60-$80


Celebrate the spirit of the holidays early with the Santa Hustle Christmas in July 5K and 10K race. Runners are encouraged to dress in festive attire and enjoy a jolly good time racing through Atlantic City.

Water Mission 5K

Date: 8/5/2023


Make a splash at the Water Mission 5K, a race in Abington PA that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for clean water initiatives around the world. This challenging race has been known for its photo finishes, hills that will test endurance, and family atmosphere. The Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions, to people in developing countries and disasters.

Philly 10K

Date: 8/27/2023

Price: $69


The Philly 10K takes runners through the heart of the city, showcasing Philadelphia's diverse neighborhoods and historic landmarks. This race is perfect for those looking to challenge themselves with a longer distance while still enjoying the camaraderie of a local event.

The Dragon 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk

Date: 9/30/2023

Price: to be announced


The Dragon Run is a fun and family-friendly 5K race in Swedesboro, New Jersey that honors Nate Boerlin. Nate was a proud 16 year old honor student at Kingsway Regional High School who excelled as a percussionist. Nate died suddenly in April 2007, from complications of aggressive stage IV brain cancer. Keep an eye out for updates on pricing and registration.


With these nine underrated runs in Philadelphia during summer 2023, you're sure to stay active and engaged between the Broad Street Run and the Philly Marathon. Don't miss out on these fantastic events that showcase the vibrant running community in the City of Brotherly Love.

Looking for an extra nudge? Check out certified run coach Hallie Murphy's 5 reasons to start running today!

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Explore the lesser-known running events to keep you active in between the Broad Street Run and the Philly Marathon