PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy have opened registration for the 8th Annual Boxers’ Trail 5K Run and Walk which will occur on Saturday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. The run/walk will take place on the scenic cliff paths of the Boxers’ Trail in East Fairmount Park. Nestled above the bustling Schuylkill River Trail and Kelly Drive, the Boxers’ Trail is a quiet, wooded route with a rich history. The trail was named for the boxing champions that trained there, including Philadelphia boxing legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Young boxers from neighboring recreation centers and boxing gyms still use the trail as a training ground today.
Proceeds from the Boxers’ Trail 5K will benefit nearby Mander Playground, which organizes youth programs, such as a robust summer camp, a swim team, martial arts, after-school programming, arts and crafts, dance, and a literacy club.
Registrants can run this unique race for $20 or walk for $15. To register or see the route, visit Boxerstrail5k.com. Prices will increase after September 6. Registration is free for Strawberry Mansion residents and children under 12-years-old. There is also the option to register on-site, an hour before the race. All registered participants will receive an official 2019 Boxers’ Trail 5K shirt.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of nearly 10,200 acres of public land and waterways as well as through hundreds of safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. PPR promotes the well-being and growth of the city’s residents by connecting them to the natural world around them, to each other and to fun, physical and social opportunities. PPR is responsible for the upkeep of historically significant Philadelphia events and specialty venues, and works collaboratively with communities and organizations in leading capital projects and the introduction of inventive programming. To learn more about Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, visit www.phila.gov/parksandrec, and follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. We lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage investments, and develop innovative programs throughout the 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. For more information, please visit myphillypark.org, join us at facebook.com/fairmountparkconservancy, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @myphillypark.