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The Loop Race

Sunday December 6th, 2020

Philadelphia, PA

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This 8.4 mile fall classic follows Philadelphia's most beautiful recreational path around the Schuylkill River. Started in 1972 by Dave Brier of the Jewish Y, this race has been a local favorite “cult” race for 47 years. The course is run on the sidewalk and is self contained the whole way and free of any traffic. The course passes many historic sites including the Rocky Statue and the Art Museum steps he made famous, the East Falls Bridge, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Strawberry Mansion Bridge, and Boat House Row. The course is almost entirely flat.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the development and maintenance of Fairmount Park, specifically the Belmont Plateau Cross Country courses. Philadelphia Athletic Charities is committed to providing for the upkeep of the Belmont Plateau which is used by thousands of cross country runners.

Please note, there are no refunds. 

Course Map

Cash awards will go to the overall male and female winners with gift cards for 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
Age group awards will be awarded in ten year increments, starting at 19 and under and peaking at 70+.
Overall male and female masters will also be awarded. $250 bonuses will be awarded to anyone who breaks the course record (40:08 male / 47:02 female).

Custom t-shirts in both women's and men's sizes (to the first 900 registrants) guaranteed
Water stop at the 5 mile mark (Ferry Road/Kelly Drive)
Each finisher will get receive a authentic finisher medal!
Race refreshments post race
After-party at the Bishop's Collar (first round is on us, just show them your bib number)

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup with take place on Saturday 12/7/19 from 12-4 pm at the Bryn Mawr Running Company (828 West Lancaster Ave). Pickup your number and shirt. Exclusive 15% off all all items in the store (except electronics).

Race Day
8:30 AM- 10:00 AM- Registration
10:00 AM- Start of 8.4 Mile Race
11:25- Awards
11:30- After party at the Bishop’s Collar

Results before 2012:


Race Distances

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Start Location

1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA

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