Favorite Spot: Schuylkill River Loop/TrailNeighborhood: Center City
I am, a high school senior about to move on to UPenn
Years in Philly: my whole lifeCurrent Home: Roxborough/Manayunk
Of all places I love to run, it has to be along your scuzzy Schuylkill River.
I know this path backwards and forwards with my eyes closed. It's there for me when it snows in October and is 90 degrees in February, for a long run or a short one. It has seen me during my best intervals and worst hill repeats.
While it might flood every now and then or play host to annoying regattas crowding the trail, it's seen my through training for every race I've done. It's the watering hole for amateur and season runners serving a purpose- an occasionally challenging, dependable route with mile markers and drinking fountains along the way (spring to the end of fall, anyway).
My favorite thing along this route is the angels- Three Angels, actually. Really called Playing Angels, they are huge statue angels on high pillars on the banks of the river at the junction of Kelly and Fountain Green Drives. I use them as a mile marker, a rest stop and a lot of time--motivation. I repeat mantras about just getting to 'The Angels' to complete difficult runs. At one time, getting to them was the farthest I'd ever run.
It's an escape from schoolwork and busy city life without going too far from you at all.