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Hosted by the Builders League of South Jersey, the 5th annual Run for Our Troops is a one-day event that challenges participants to walk or run a 5K race in order to raise funds and celebrate the service of America's troops. Special remembrance and celebration ceremonies honor all soldiers who have served in the United States armed forces, and funds raised through the race benefit Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that builds and remodels homes to aid soldiers returning home.

114 Haddontowne Ct
Cherry Hill,
NJ
US

Certified fitness instructor Lisa Bishop leads the charge at The bFIT Studio, where she helps people achieve their fitness goals. Lisa is certified in Tae Bo, a fitness regimen that combines martial arts and boxing techniques to improve strength, speed, and coordination. To augment workouts, the studio also offers nutritional guidance to help clients decide what to eat and what to leave under the couch cushion.

1401 Princess Ave.
Camden,
NJ
US

When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.

4401 Cresson St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

417 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

725 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2010

Staff Size: 25?50 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Parking: Free street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: Wear your craziest socks for our 5K, and bring your kids along for our pirate-themed Fun Run.

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Crazy Socks 5K and Pirate Fun Run.

Q&A with Lynne Hernandez, Race Director

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

DTRF funds research for a rare type of cancer called desmoid tumors. Research progress for desmoid tumors can be extremely efficient in helping find a cure for other soft tissue sarcomas.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

We will have an ambulance onsite, and marshals on the course just in case there are any emergencies.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

Running for Answers 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run is a fun, family event in Fairmount Park. Participate in the 5K with your craziest socks, and bring the kids along for our pirate-themed Fun Run and kids' events.

4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia,
PA
US