Philadelphia Running Routes

A work in progress! Stay tuned for lots more running routes in The City of Brotherly Love.

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Where: From around Rittenhouse Square to Society Hill and back.

Approximate Distance: 6 miles

To Know: On weekday mornings, the streets of Philadelphia offer an awesome place to run. Try any of the main streets, or get funky and weave in and out of the smaller, less crowded residential roads. While the quaint neighborhoods are a bit rough on the feet (many are cobblestoned), the sidewalks are often flat and totally fine for a few miles.

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Where: From around Rittenhouse Square to Fitler Square, then down to the Schuylkill, Kelly Drive, past the boat houses to the first set of bridges, and home.

Approximate Distance: 5.25 miles

To Know: The townhouses between Rittenhouse and Fitler squares make for a quaint run at any time of the day. There really aren’t ever a ton of cars, so traffic isn’t an issue. After roaming around the area, take the bridge at Spruce Street onto the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s about a mile to the art museum, and another mile to the double bridges (about .75 miles past the boat houses).

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Where: From around Rittenhouse Square to the Schuylkill, then down Kelly Drive, past the boat houses to the first set of bridges, and home.

Approximate Distance: 5 miles

To Know: This is simply the more direct route compared to the previous map. The Schuylkill River Trail is great at any time of the day. From Center City, I prefer to get on at Spruce Street or Chestnut (as Walnut can get a little seedy / ugly at certain points). Sansom is a really nice street to run down, and from there, you can take Chestnut onto the river.

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Where: From around Rittenhouse Square through West Philly, past the art museum, boat houses and up to the first set of bridges, then home

Approximate Distance: 5.8 miles

To Know: I discovered this little detour after noticing (re: smelling) that the garbage train (literally the train that takes garbage out of the city) was chilling on the tracks next to the river. Gross. To avoid this, you can loop around West Philly around Drexel’s Campus, and make your way back to the art museum. Hop on the Schuylkill River Trail from there. It’s not the most scenic detour, but it’s better than running next to trash, if you ask me.

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