This year was the second annual event. Long story short, our friend Rebecca created this event after an article was published that stated Rocky actually ran 31 miles in Rocky II if you piece it all together. As ultra runners, there's no way we could read something like that and not insist on running it! You can read the full story in my post from last year the inaugural event.
The Rocky50K is what is known as a "fat ass" run. No fees, no aid, no bibs, no medals, no nothing. Just runners gathering to run a specific route together for fun (well it's always fun but you know what I mean!). Just like last year, we gathered at the corner of Wolf and Lambert in South Philadelphia. There were a bunch of "Rockys" in their gray sweats and red headbands. Last year I did myself go for the Rocky look and really wanted to again this year. However, the forecast was for rain, heavy rain at some point during our adventure. Heavy, soaking wet sweats were not something I wanted to be dealing with so unfortunately I left my sweats at home.
Rebecca made her few announcements and off we went. Emir and I ran together the entire 50K. Mainly because we only had one set of directions! Just kidding that was only partly the reason ;-) We really haven't actually run together much lately. No training runs together probably since at least the summer and in all of the races we both did this fall, we would start together but never end up running the whole race together. The Rocky was a great opportunity for us to just hang out and enjoy some time together.
|Running down Broad Street towards City Hall|
The Rocky run is great because you get to explore parts of Philly that you want to see like South Philly, center city including running down Broad Street, by city hall and through the Italian Market. You also get to run through some places you would otherwise never see like Kensington and West Kensington. But all together these are the experiences that make the Rocky so unique and fun. In one of the not so great neighborhoods a young boy was running along with us for a few minutes in his flip flops shouting "I can run faster than you guys!!!" Until his mom told him to get his f'in ass in the house ;-) Another memorable moment is a man shouting "are yous doin that Rocky jawn?!" So Philly, so awesome.
|running through the Italian Market is the best!|
|still having fun in the rain!|
Eventually we made it back to the parkway with the Art Museum waiting for us at the end. Despite the rain and our fatigue, you really can't help but have a big smile on your face as you finish your journey. And no matter how tired you are or how bad your legs hurt, every single runner musters one last burst of energy to run up those steps just like Rocky. It's the perfect finish. Standing on top of those steps like a champion, looking out over the city of Philadelphia that you just conquered on foot. I may be a bit biased, but there's nothing quite like it. I'll see you all in South Philly next December!