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Sweat With your Sole

Sweat With Your Sole 5k l 10k Race x Conference is the 5th race and conference weekend hosted by Black Girls RUN! This annual event has quickly grown into a highly anticipated and popular healthy living event. The conference and race combination delivers the perfect balance of a mental and physical wellness.  It's  a completely memorable experience.




Conference,  Race, & Brunch 

  • Workshops – Enjoy 4 total workshops, plus a group opening session 
  • Mix & Mingle – Includes a drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres, music and the perfect chance to fellowship with attendees
  • Brunch
  • Swag Bag – Amazing goodies from our conference sponsors, partners & friends
  • Race Registration – Entry to the 5k or 10k race. All participants receive a Race Medal & T-Shirt

Race & Brunch

  • Brunch - Includes a delicious brunch buffet, keynote speaker, and ambassador award ceremony. 
  • Race Registration – Entry to the 5k or 10k race. All participants receive a Race Medal & T-Shirt

Race Only 

  • Race Registration – Entry to the Virtual Race OR 5k or 10k race on Saturday, September 30th.
  • All participants (Virtual, 5k, & 10k) receive a Race Medal & T-Shirt

Schedule of events

SWYS Schedule

Friday, September 29:

9am - 6:30pm: Registration and packet pickup

12:30pm - 1pm: Welcome and Opening session

1:15pm - 2pm: Conference Session 1

2:15pm - 3pm: Conference Session 2

3:15pm - 4pm: Conference Session 3

4:15pm - 5pm: Conference Session 4

7pm - 10pm: Mix x Mingle - Located at the Field House Philly - 1150 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107


Saturday, September 30:

7:30am - 10:00am: 5k l 10k Race

11:00am - 1:00pm: Brunch x Awards


Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The SWYS conference, race registration, and brunch will all be held at the host hotel, Loews Philadelphia. BGR! has secured a group rate for the weekend of $174. Rooms will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss your chance to lock in our incredible rate at an exceptional hotel with beautiful guest rooms in the heart of Philadelphia.

Please note the Brunch ends at 1:30pm, and BGR! will host a luggage room for those checking out on Saturday. 

Book Your Room - BGR! room rate is $174


The SWYS conference is a one-day conference on September 29, 2017.  Every year, we try our best to find the most inspirational speakers from all over the country. We are thrilled to bring you speakers who are thought leaders in the health and wellness community.

We will release a list of speakers, and conference attendees will be able to schedule their session starting in May. 


5k i 10 Race

Our 5K l 10k course is a flat, fast, scenic course along MLK Drive perfect for new and seasoned runners/walkers alike.

Race Day: Saturday, September 30th at 7:30am

Race Start: Martin Luther King Drive (West River Drive) / Schuylkill Banks (The race site is a short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.) 

Click here to view the race routes.

GPS Directions: 
GPS / Walking Address is ... Schuylkill Trail Connector, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 

The Sweat With Your Sole 5K l 10K course takes place on Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia. It is a flat, fast course out and back through the park along the Schuylkill River. The 5K and 10K courses are certified by USA Track & Field.

Race Packet Pick Up & Onsite Registration: 
Friday – September 29th from 9:30am – 6:30pm

WHERE: Philadelphia Loews Hotel

Parking & Shuttles: 

If you are driving, there is parking at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

SHUTTLE TIMES: Shuttle service to the race site starts at 6:00 AM, leaving from the Philadelphia Loews Hotel. The last shuttle leaves for the race site at 7:00 AM. After the race, return shuttles back to the hotel will begin service at 8:30 AM and run continuously until 11:00 AM.

Running Groups Earn $5 Per Person Registered

Ain't no fun if the friends can't have none! At least when it comes to running the Sweat With Your Sole 5K/10! We're inviting all the running groups and crews to run with us on September 30! Create a team, and we'll give your group $5 per race participant (after the 20th person that registers).

Email JayEll.Alexander@BlackGirlsRUN.com to create a team or more details.

Awards Brunch

The weekend culminates with our inspiring awards brunch. Brunch includes a delicious buffet, keynote speaker, and awards for BGR! ambassadors. 

When: September 30, 2017 at 11:00am

Where: Loews Philadelphia

*The brunch starts about an hour after the race ends. If you are checking out of the hotel, BGR! will be providing a luggage check right before brunch begins.



Black Girls RUN! is excited to announce the 2017 Leadership Awards. Four current Ambassadors and run coordinators will be honored at the 2017 Sweat With Your Sole 5K/10K + Conference in September in Philadelphia, PA. 

Our Ambassadors and run coordinators are the backbone of our organization. They volunteer their time on and off the pavement to make sure women are active, healthy and engaged. Do you have an Ambassador or Run Coordinator that goes above and beyond the call of duty? Do you have an Ambassador or Run Coordinator that embodies the Black Girls RUN! mission and vision?

Nominations have closed. All nominees will be notified before the conference, but winners will not be publicly announced until the Awards Brunch.




Road to SWYS


June 3 - Philadelphia, PA - Roots Rock Run 5k 

June 10 - Washington, D.C. - REI Trail Run Series 

June 11 - Columbus, OH

June 17 - Dallas, TX


July 1 - Birmingham, AL

July 15 - SF/Bay Area - REI Trail Run Series  

July 22 - Los Angeles, CA - REI Trail Run Series


August 12 - Memphis, TN

August 19 - Denver, CO - REI Trail Run Series


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