Whether you frequent the area or have just stopped by for a visit over the weekend, you probably heard about the breath of fresh air that Manayunk’s own Couch Tomato Café and Bistro has brought to town for the second year in a row.
The Couch Tomato, a popular eatery on Rector Street just off Main Street, recently hosted its second annual Tomato Trot 5k run/walk to benefit the victims of lung cancer.
“We heard about a pizza run up in New York City and thought it was a cool idea and wanted to do something in memory of my dad who passed away from lung cancer,” said Craig Mosmen, one of the owners of The Couch Tomato, about the origins of the race. “We thought it could be kind of a cool thing to combine.”
The race brought 250 runners and walkers to the towpath on Lock Street to enjoy exercise in the fall air and a friendly competition for the ultimate prize; free pizza for a year. Afterward, participants gathered back at the restaurant for the distribution of awards and a block party featuring live music, a tomato mascot and, of course, free pizza.
All of the proceeds from the race were donated to LUNGevity, a foundation investing in research to help find lung cancer in patients earlier and treat it more effectively.