PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — At least a dozen races in Philadelphia have been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but city officials hope a new monthlong challenge will spark that spirit of competition anew, and get folks moving.
Philadelphians shrugging off a sluggish quarantine now have a mission — should they choose to accept it.
“With everybody’s stay-at-home orders since the beginning of March, we decided to come up with the Philadelphia 76 Challenge,” assistant managing director Leo Dignam said. “A challenge for people to run, walk, bike, swim, whatever they want to do, 76 miles throughout the month of July.”
Dignam says even though they’re using this as training for the Broad Street run and Philadelphia Marathon, which are still slated to take place later this year, they just want people to get moving.
There will also be some extra incentives to help keep participants from falling behind, Dignam said. “Companies are giving prize packs. Every week we’ll have a contest.”
After participants sign up online, they can choose their own locations to do the work.
“They can run in their neighborhoods. They can run at the park trails,” Dignam said. “We’re not giving them any specific place to do it. … We have people from all over the country doing it, so they’re picking their own spots.”
Participants are also being encouraged to team up to tackle the miles.