It’s no secret that the Philly Love Run holds a special memory for me. It was the stomping grounds where a renewed me was born. It’s been about 6 months since I ran 13.1 miles at Philadelphia as my first half marathon and yet, even today, I get goosebumps thinking about the whole experience. The race gave me fresh directions in life to look forward to, closure to past events that bothered me, renewed belief in my abilities as an individual and above all, an attitude to look at life in a new light. If you haven’t already, you can catch my race recap here. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you earlier, but the recap is a marathon of its own.
Reasons To Run The Philly Love Run 2018:
1. Flat and fast course!
If you’re looking for a nice flat course to kickstart your spring running with a shiny new PR, the Philly Love Run course is perfect for you. Starting the race on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a sight of its own. The race sends you through some of the historical sights in Philadelphia – the Art Museum, Schuykill river, the Rocky Steps, Eakins Ovals, to name a few along with some good crowd support. I know that’s what got me through some tough miles.
(Courtesy: CGI Racing)
2. We Love Swag!
When they call it, “The Race That Loves You Back“, mind you, they are not kidding. Let’s start with free race photos (yes – all of them), premium technical shirt, a humungous race medal, a nice mug to caffeinate your soul, a vanity bib, free training plans and awesome finisher’s party. Need I say more?
(Courtesy: CGI Racing; except medal)
3. Love Is In The Air!
Being my first half-marathon and a race of such magnitude with about 10,000 runners, I was really intimidated. I didn’t know what to expect although I had read the website roughly about a million times. But, once I was there, I felt so much at ease. The whole atmosphere was chill, everything was well organized, the volunteers were more than just helpful and the crowds were absolutely fantastic. I didn’t feel one bit like a newbie. I felt welcomed! It’s called Philly ‘Love‘ Run for a reason.
(Courtesy: CGI Racing)
It’s such a humbling feeling to share that I shall be representing Philly Love Run 2018 as a race ambassador. I could not be more joyous to spread the running love with you all. Race registration has already begun and if you haven’t already, you can register at this link. It’s that simple! If you need a little extra push, feel free to use my discount code MADHURILOVE and let them know, I sent you!
“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race.
It’s to test the limits of the human heart.”
I’m linking this post with some really fantastic bloggers this week to spread the running love. Make sure to drop by and check out all the inspirational stuff they are up to. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed!!!
1. HoHo and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap
2. Courtney for her Training Recap linkup
3. Marcia, Patty, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run
4. Susie, Debbie, Lora, and Rachel for the Running Coaches Corner