The 8th Annual WPR 26×1 Mile Marathon Relay – POSTPONED August 22, 2020
Teams of 13 (or as few as 6) people will race for their fastest collective marathon time.
May 18 9am start (gates open at 8am for setup) at the Woodlands, located on Woodland Avenue. Enter through the big gate across from the trolley portal. Follow the signs when you come in. The race itself will take place at the Woodland Stables and runners will do the trail loop.
Each team will select a runner – different than their last mile runner – to run the final 0.2 miles to complete the official marathon for the team. Selection for this position is considered a great honor.
Each team must devise their own baton. It an be anything – a snap bracelet, a banana, a stick, a pompom, etc.
Each team’s champion will complete their 0.2 mile leg with a torch of their making. It probably should not be on fire, but I’ll look the other way.
The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once a one-of-a-kind 18th-century English pleasure garden, 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis for its neighbors in bustling University City and West Philadelphia. The Woodlands was designated a National Historic Landmark District in recognition of its unique history and rich resources. Actively used today, the cemetery, mansion, landscape, and programs are an educational resource for local school children, community residents, university students, as well as for a small, highly motivated cadre of scholars seeking further understanding of American architectural and botanical history, urban development, and the origin and growth of West Philadelphia.