Racing for a Healthier Planet

by Joei DeCarlo

In preparation for the Run for Clean Air race on Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Clean Air Council is hosting its annual Race the Bus event on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Lining up at 5:30 PM, participants will have the opportunity to see if they can run faster than the Route 45 SEPTA Bus. This three-mile race encourages challengers to see if they can beat a SEPTA bus starting at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, ending at 11th and Market Streets. Runners can enjoy a post-race happy hour for a free beer and bites at Milkboy Center City 1100 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 until 7:30 PM.

The race will officially begin at 5:43 PM, following the Route 45 bus, which will make stops as regularly scheduled. Runners will be accompanied by the GoPhillyGo bicycle “sweep fleet” for safety purposes and a Clean Air Council vehicle to transport participant belongings. Runners also have the opportunity to compete to be a top 10 finisher for a prize. The race was inspired by the West Philadelphia Runners’ Beat the Bus race as an effort to meet other environmentally-conscious runners who wanted training experience prior to the Run for Clean Air race.

All participants in the Race the Bus event will also receive discounted registration to the 2018 Run for Clean Air race, presented by Toyota Hybrids. This year, the Run for Clean Air race will take place on Earth Day, April 22nd, making it the region’s largest Earth Day celebration. The race will begin at 7 AM at Paine’s Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (next to the Philadelphia Art Museum), and will end at 11 AM. The event will offer a 10K run, 5K run, 3K walk, and Kids’ Fun Run. Anyone who is interested in supporting Clean Air Council’s efforts, but is not in the area can participate in their virtual 5K race the week before and after April 22, 2018.

To learn more about Clean Air Council’s annual Race the Bus event, you can visit their website and Facebook page here: http://cleanair.org/event/race-the-bus/

To learn more about Clean Air Council’s annual Run for Clean Air race, you can visit their website here: http://cleanair.org/runforcleanair/

** Disclaimer: Runners participate at their own risk. Runners must obey all pedestrian and traffic laws. Event is not sponsored by SEPTA.

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