Philadelphia Running and Walking: A Guide for Athletes and Fitness Seekers is for Philadelphia visitors or residents who run or walk. For the committed indoor runner it points to new and interesting training routes and events. For the casual jogger or walker it provides motivation and know-how to improve fitness.
This Fun on Foot book describes the most enjoyable and interesting on-foot routes in the Philadelphia region, with maps showing mileages, restrooms, points of interest, and public transit. Places covered include Center City, Fairmount Park, the Schuylkill River trail, Pennypack Park, and Valley Forge.
The region’s main running events are described, including the Philadelphia Marathon, the ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, and the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. The region’s major running clubs are introduced. The authors are both runners. The material derives from their own explorations of all routes, with the collaboration of many local runners. With numerous illustrations, this book brings the Philadelphia running and walking scene to life.
What Reviewers and Local Runners are Saying
“Part of the appeal of running is discovering new sights on vacations or in your hometown. Philadelphia Running and Walking provides a great starting point for your next run in the city. It is an excellent resource for recreational joggers to professional runners looking for a place to run in Philadelphia.”
John Crews, Male Winner, 2009 Philadelphia Marathon
“A must for anyone who wants to get the most out of Philly. Run and fun echo from each page. Irresistible!”
Jutta Merilainen, Female Winner, 2009 Philadelphia Marathon
“Whether you’ve been running for 20 years or you’re just now starting, this book is an excellent compilation of running/walking routes so you can fully enjoy the beautiful and historic scenery and racing venues Philadelphia has to offer!”
Kristin Price, Female Winner, 2007 Philadelphia Marathon
“This book is invaluable to anyone visiting or moving to the Philadelphia area, or to any runners bored with their old routes and looking for something new. Diners need Zagat. Runners need this guide!”
Bob Schwelm, two-time Olympics Trials marathon qualifier and 2009 number one world ranking for 50+ in marathon; owner of the Bryn Mawr Running Co.
“This book presents a super way to see the wonderful historical sites of Philadelphia and the surrounding area – it will make your runs very interesting!”
Marcus O’Sullivan, Coach of Villanova University Running and three-time 1500m World Champion
“Philadelphia Running and Walking: A Guide for Athletes and Fitness Seekers is a guide for Philadelphians who want to see their city up close and personal through exercise. Outlining foot routes through the city that maximize training or fitness, points of interest, running clubs in of the area, and annual races Philadelphia Running and Walking is a choice pick for the walking enthusiast in the city of brotherly love.”
The Midwest Book Review
“The guidebook is easy to use, friendly, and informative. The authors want to encourage everyone who is able to walk and run, and they hope that their book will provide ‘inspiration and practical help’. The abundance of information and support in these pages indicates their success.”
US Review of Books
“Philadelphia Running and Walking is a great source of information on local running places and routes. The pictures give nice views of the routes and show runners what to expect. The club listings and race guide are also valuable tools and will help acquaint visiting runners with the Philadelphia running scene.”
Ira Meyers, DPM, Winner of the 1986 Philadelphia Marathon and Race Director, Frostbite 5 Mile
“This book is a wonderful resource and does an excellent job of turning a simple run into an experience by providing specific information about transport options and post-run food/drink. As a Philadelphia resident, I am very familiar with many of the routes and I was surprised at how much local history I did not know!”
Todd Euston, Manayunk Running Club half-marathoner and running+food+beer enthusiast