Manayunk: Q&A With A Local Legend Who Turned His Life Around

Manayunk: Q&A With A Local Legend Who Turned His Life Around

After a traumatic accident, doctors told Dave Scarpello he would never walk again. The Manayunk native who has lived in the area for 32 years, proved them wrong. He ran in the Broad Street Run this year, spent his days on disability participating in running clubs, started the Roxborough Manayunk News Facebook page and became a […]

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Fairmount: Running Club Founder Bennett Brookstein Inspiring Others

Fairmount: Running Club Founder Bennett Brookstein Inspiring Others

Runner Bennett Brookstein has lived in Fairmount for almost half of his 45 years. He came up with the idea to start The Fairmount Running Club more than 11 years ago when running clubs were few and far between. According to the website Philadelphia Runner, there are currently 18 running clubs in the area. Despite the increase […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 

Point Breeze: PBRs Will Run For Beer

Point Breeze: PBRs Will Run For Beer

When Jill Booth decided to set down roots on Manton Street in Point Breeze, she didn’t expect to – quite literally – start a community-wide movement. “My friend, my sister and I were going for a run one day and someone stopped us on the street and asked if it was part of a running […]

 

Waterfront: Five Outdoor Activities to Experience

Waterfront: Five Outdoor Activities to Experience

When William Penn first laid out his plan for Philadelphia, the famous founder realized the importance of parks to not only flee to in case of emergency, but also to escape from the rigors of city life – even for just an afternoon. Today, the waterfronts along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers boast some of the […]

 By Matt Carey and Travis Braue-Fischbach

Fishtown: Run Provides Support for Catholic School

Fishtown: Run Provides Support for Catholic School

When the Archdiocese of Philadelphia marked St. Laurentius School in Fishtown for closing, some of the reasons it cited included financial issues and enrollment shortages. Since that day, the St. Laurentius community has shown both of those concerns to be inaccurate. The St. LauRUNtius Fishtown 5K run was founded last year by a group of […]

 By Kyle Gauss

Francisville: Running Store Looks to Integrate with Neighborhood

Francisville: Running Store Looks to Integrate with Neighborhood

A lot of work goes into the selection of a location for a store. Prediction of profits, rent and crime are all variables that need to be considered. While looking for its foothold, Fairmount Running Company, an offshoot of Jenkinstown Running Company, chose to open its store in a locale that was full of its […]