Last Sunday was foul. A steady cold, drizzle fell for the better part of the morning. That didn’t stop 7,000+ athletes from putting foot to pavement for the inaugural Love Half Marathon. I was not one of them, but decided to join the even more elite group of cheerleaders. Stupidly braving the icy rain without the pay-off of accomplishing a half marathon, I biked around the city in intense downpours thinking, “totally worth it.” While I won’t bore with details, I will dazzle with the various chants and cheers bouncing down the parkway, many coming from one spectator in particular. He’s the one leaning in for the high-five in the pic. I won’t embarrass/acknowledge him here to keep him from being bombarded from offers from Sterling Cooper Draper Price or, you know, the modern-day equivalent ad agency.
“No glove, no love!”
“Best speed dating event ever.”
“Love is better when you’re all wet.”
“All the single ladies put your hands up.”
“Can I have your phone number?”
“Best trash bag fashion show ever. ”
“Your mother no longer questions your decision to run this.”
“Your mom says ‘hi.'”
“You’re next race is the “I’m so glad we’re friends” 5k.”
“Best wet t-shirt contest ever!”
“If you’re not running for love, run for lust!”
The cheering was followed by massive amounts of chili at the 4th Annual FNA Chili Cook-off. Held at 2424 Studios on York Street, the chili cook off highlights the best of the amateur and professional offerings of the Fishtown neighborhood. Celebrity chefs George Sabatino and Top Chef finalist (and apparently a very desirable Fishtown neighbor) Jen Carroll judged the chilis. I don’t remember who won, but it was well-deserved. Did I mention that the chili was accompanied by the fine brews of PBC, and the soon-to-open Saint Benjamin Brewing and Second Story Brewing Company? Might account for the hazy memory. Anyway, 2424 York was built in two campaigns during the 1870s and 1920s and was once the HW Butterworth and Sons Company, a textile mill-turned-factory for anti-aircraft machine gun parts during World War II. The lower space is wide open with clerestory lighting, the upper floors house offices for local businesses including the Fishtown Lawyers, Leo Mulvihill and Jordan Rushie. Mulvihill’s grandfather once worked at HW Butterworth and the circle goes round. There is also a pretty awesome crane at the back of the building easily viewed from the stairwell’s second floor. So the chilly day ended with chili (LAME) and lots of alcohol and an Uber ride for me. And after a recovery nap, a gummi bear run.