5K Run for Clean Air 2013

Today I took part in another 5K race in Philadelphia! This one was held at the Art Museum, which is right in my little neck of the woods – I figure I can’t say no to a race I can literally roll out of bed and go to. Plus it was a 9:00am start time – score!

5k run for clean air

This was my first time running the Run for Clean Air 5K – which is Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day event.

It’s a Certified Green Run featuring: Bicycle Valet, Recycling and Composting of all waste, Running Shoe recycling, Reusable Run bags , Clean, Renewable Energy Generation, Paperless Online Registration, Plantable Seed Paper Bibs, Medals made from local recycled construction and demolition waste and Environmental education. The 5K Run for Clean Air made a pledge of sustainability, committed to paperless registration, organic materials, recyclable chips, and making this event zero-waste.

They also requested that everyone travel by foot, bicycle or public transit to the race – which I thought was a nice touch.

Check out my swag bag from packet pick-up:


I really like the logo on the race t-shirt. Cute & simple.

run for clean air shirt

Jackson was excited about the race swag, obviously. 
jackson got a haircut

I really enjoyed the fact that the bib was a seed paper bib – meaning you can plant it in soil, water occasionally and watch the flowers grow {check out the directions on the bottom of the bib!} I wish I had more of a green thumb!

Pretty cool, right?

seed paper bibs

Like I said, the race was at 9am and not far from where I live so I got to sleep in a bit and then head over to the start line to get my 5k on. Every race should be this easy.

lets do this

The race actually started a little late and there was a bit of confusion at the start line with the walkers starting with the runners so it was a bit packed once the race actually began, but a little weaving in and out of people solved that problem pretty quickly.

late start start line

It turned out to be a really nice morning for the race. A little chilly with a breeze, but once I got running it was very refreshing. It was nice to switch up my normal workout routine and run a race with a bunch of people, way more fun way to spend my morning and get my sweat on!

lots of runners under the train tracks

There wasn’t anything terribly exciting about the course – it was just a simple out and back along West River Drive {which is opposite Kelly Drive, in Philadelphia} I usually am not a fan of the out & back runs, since I find them a bit boring as I am sure most people do – but a 5k out and back is so quick you don’t really have time to notice.

art museum side viewwest rive drive art museum view

Running selfies are my jam.
running selfie

Before I knew it I saw the Philadelphia skyline in front of me and I had crossed the finish line.

Not a bad way to start my Saturday morning!


It was also fun because I got to meet up with some of my running buddies who also ran the race – {Alex, Joe, Jess & me – in order of appearance} – So much more fun to run a race with friends, wouldn’t you agree?

running buddies

I am not sure what my official time was for the race yet – the results probably won’t be posted until later today – I know I wasn’t as fast as I was when I ran the Phillies 5K with my friend Brian a few weeks ago, but I will check back in later with an update !


How are you planning on spending this weekend?


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  • Reply Running Librarian April 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Awesome bib! Who would have thought about seeds and bibs going together?!

    • Reply Leslie April 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      seriously! such an awesome idea!

  • Reply Patty O April 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    What a great way to celebrate Earth Day! Congrats to you and your fellow runners!
    I hope you get some pretty flowers from your seed bib!

  • Reply Sara@RunningInPinkProject April 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

    All these race posts are making me want to run a 5k ASAP. 🙂 Cool idea on the race bib. I love that!

  • Reply Nicole @ Liberty Belles April 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    just found out my friend won her age group which was super exciting!

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