Philadelphia’s Must-Run Races

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to run the ODDyssey Half Marathon here in Philly.  In its second year, the ODDyssey is the only road half marathon in the spring within city limits.  It’s a nice race, with a little more than 1,500 finishers run almost entirely within Fairmount Park and with about eight miles on West River Drive.  It’s a pretty fast, flat course, with one notable exception (a lengthy climb at mile 12.5).  Additionally, in keeping with its name, the ODDyssey has a few features for those who are looking to have more fun and don’t care as much about their time: encouraged costumes and a costume contest, optional obstacle courses including military-themed bounces and water balloons.

Overall, the ODDyssey is a nice addition to the Philadelphia road race calendar.  Here, in one person’s opinion, is a list of Philly’s annual races that you should do at least once: