Boxers’ Trail 5K Coming September 10
For the fifth year in a row, Strawberry Mansion Day is beginning with the Boxers’ Trail 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 10th. The trail has been around for decades and this 5K is a way of celebrating healthy living and the quality space that is located in East Fairmount Park.
According to Fairmount Park Conservancy, it is named Boxers’ Trail because renowned pugilist Joe Frazier at one time would frequent the trail. Muhammad Ali knew this information and used it to find Frazier when he wanted to challenge him to a boxing match.
Philly’s Parks and Recreation spokesperson, Alain Joinville, told Flying Kite Media that the park space is not used as often as it once was. That is why the Parks and Rec department, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Strawberry Mansion CDC came together to create the 5K and utilize the space for proper use.
Though the space is used by boxers and athletes today, anyone is welcome to use the trail on any given day — no matter what physical shape they are in. During the 5K, people who decide to simply walk the entire route are welcome to do so. The idea of the event is to encourage physical activity and bring in people to appreciate the piece of land.
Check-in for the event starts at 8:30AM the day of the 5K at Mander Playground (2140 N 33rd St.) and the timed race will begin at 9:30AM. Top female and male finishers as well as children will receive medals.
Anyone interested can register by phone at 215-988-9334. You can also register online at https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/BoxerTrail5K/ and if you order online before September 2, the prices are $20 for runners and $15 for walkers. After that date, the prices will rise by $5 dollars for each option.
The event is free for Strawberry Mansion residents but you must register by phone or go to Mander Playground or Strawberry Mansion NAC (2829 West Diamond St.). •