Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler


$ 20 to $45


Sat March 28, 2020


7:30 AM

Paine's Park, Philadelphia, PA
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Congrats, runners! View your 2019 Results and 2019 Race Photos.

The Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler is a race to get you prepared for your best Blue Cross Broad Street Run finish yet! If you are an experienced runner, looking to run your first race ever, or would like to improve on your running, set your calendar for Saturday, March 30th at 7:30 AM. Back on My Feet is committed to building a stronger and healthier community. The Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler helps to provide support to our services to improve the self-sufficiency of those experiencing homelessness. All proceeds from the race will benefit the local BoMF Philadelphia Chapter.

Looking for a training plan? Check out this custom made Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler from Rich Ryan of Reinforced Running!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Philly5miler

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Back on My Feet and the Clean Air Council are teaming up to offer you the perfect Broad Street Run training series. Join these non-profit organizations for the inaugural Philly Double officially timed by LinMark Sports.

These organizations, committed to building a healthier Philadelphia, are offering some exclusive race swag and the opportunity to participate in two of the cities most meaningful non-profit races.

What is the Philly Double? 

As a participant in the Philly Triple you will sign up for 2 events:

  • Back on My Feet 5-Miler | Saturday, March 30th
  • Clean Air Council’s Run for Clean Air (5k, 10k) | Saturday, April 20th

You’ll receive a special commemorative item for participating, exclusive only to Philly  Double participant.

By participating in this event you are investing in multiple organizations making our city cleaner, healthier, and stronger as a community.

To Register for the Philly Double click here: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/46235

Course and Timing

5 Miles, certified course.


The 2019 Stroehmann BoMF 5-Miler will be timed by Lin-Mark Sports who will utlize the B-Tag from ChronoTrack Systems, the world’s most advanced timing system with the disposable chip. All participants will receive their assigned B-Tag affixed to their race number where it remains for the entire race – no shoe tags needed.

During the race week entrants/famly/friends will be able to sign up for Athlete Race Tracking through Chronotrack Live to track their athlete(s) during the race – Finishers will have their results text to their mobile device within minutes after finishing.

Course Description:

See our smiling faces when you arrive at the race start, located at the east end of the lower bridge (over the Schuylkill River at West River Drive). Once the gun goes off, you’ll be racing on West River Dr along the Schuylkill. The water stop comes just about 1.25 miles away, just before you make a left onto Sweet Briar Dr. A quick right onto Lansdowne Dr brings you face to face with a challenging uphill. At the top of the hill, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Please Touch Museum, which you will get to examine even closer as you make a right on 41st followed by a quick right onto the Avenue of the Republic and then a left onto Sweet Briar. Once you go around the Sweet Briar loop Circle, you’ll be able to open your legs up down the nice, long Black Rd hill. Go left on West River Dr. At the turnaround point you’ll be a little bit more than 2 miles from finish. As an added bonus, you’ll get to pass the water stop with about 1.25 miles to go for a flat, fast finish! We’ll have a high five for you waiting at the finish!

Course Map:

Start and Finish Map:

Join Us For The Kid’s Run Powered by Fitness Alive
The Kid’s Run is FREE but does require sign-up ahead of time or on race day. On race day, registration for the Kid’s Run will be located by the Starting Line.

The Kid’s Run is a 100m dash (50m out, 50m back) starting at the Race Starting line at 7:20am. Holly Waters of Fitness Alive will lead our youngest racers in this event!!

Participants ages 1-12 are welcome! Above 12? Join us for the regular 5-Miler!

Back on My Feet will be holding a ShoeBox shoe drive collection at The Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler! Our goal is to reach 3,000 pounds collected!

ShoeBox Recycling is proud to be a for-profit recycler of shoes. They have flipped the recycling triangle upside down and have mastered the most powerful ‘R,’ REUSE, with all of the shoes collected destined for reuse by those in need of affordable footwear. With over 300 million pairs of perfectly reusable shoes hitting landfills each year, they are looking to change the way people think about their shoes. ShoeBox gives $.50 per pound back to Back on My Feet. Our goal is to raise 3,000lbs of shoes on race day! The good news is that the shoes can be any types (sneakers, work boots, etc.).


  • Arrival: Shoes will be accepted until 7:15am.
  • Drop-Off Location: Next to Paine’s Park there will be truck with a drop off area for you to stop along side and bring any larger loads from your vehicle.
  • Instructions: Please label your bag legibly with your first, last, and email and phone to be eligible for a prize.

If you would like to set up a collection drive outside of the event at your school, company, etc. please visit our website: here.

Looking for a training plan? Check out this custom made Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler from Rich Ryan of Reinforced Running!

If you are training for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 1st this race is for you!

Head out with our teams each Monday, Wednesday and Friday or join any of our longer training runs starting in early 2019! Our weekly training runs include;

Saturday @ Dilworth (City Hall), beginning in March  – these runs will follow The Broad Street Run Training Program

To learn more about how to start a running team at your company, email rebecca.little@backonmyfeet.org.

Twitter: @BoMF5Miler

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Philly5miler

Instagram: @BoMFPhilly

View And Purchase 2018 Race Photos!
2018 Post Race Results Can Be Found Here!

If you would like to have a friend pick up your race packet they will need your registration information, a written note, and a photocopy of your ID.

Packet pickup will be available on Friday, March 29th at the following locations:

Please select your packet pickup location upon your registration

Philadelphia Runner Center City (16th & Sansom) – 11-7pm

Philadelphia Runner University City (3621 Walnut Street) – 11-6:30pm

*Note: Race day packet pickup will also be available beginning at 6:00 am.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Philly5miler

No awards will be given for the Kid’s Run. All participants are winners!

This year, we will have awards for:

Overall top 3 male and female finishers (Scored on GUN time) AND top 3 male and top 3 female runners (Scored on Chip time) in the following age categories:

-19 and under
-20 to 29 years old
-30 to 39 years old
-40 to 49 years old
-50 to 59 years old
-60 to 69 years old
-70 and older


2018 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

View And Purchase 2018 Race Photos!
2018 Post Race Results Can Be Found Here!

2017 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

2017 Race results courtesy of Lin-Mark Sports
2017 Race pictures courtesy of Cazillo Photography

2016 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

2016 Race results courtesy of Lin-Mark Sports
2016 Race pictures courtesy of Cazillo Photography

2015 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

2015 Race Results Courtesy Of LIN-MARK SPORTS
2015 Race pictures courtesy of Cazillo Photography

2014 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

2014 Race results courtesy of Lin-Mark Sports
2014 Race pictures courtesy of Cazillo Photography

2013 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

2013 Race results courtesy of Lin-Mark Sports
2013 Race pictures courtesy of Cazillo Photography
2013 Photobooth pictures courtesy of Connected Entertainment

2012 Back on My Feet 5-Miler

2012 Race results courtesy of Lin-Mark Sports


With an earlier start time of 7:30AM, please plan to arrive to the race by 7AM to provide ample time to line up!

Public Transportation

SEPTA – (215) 580-7800

SEPTA bus routes 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48 currently serve the Museum area.  Fare each way is $2.25 and is exact change only (dollar bills, coins or a SEPTA token). SEPTA Trip Planner 
PATCO – (856) 772-6900 or (215) 922-4600

The PATCO Speedline is an easy way to travel between southern New Jersey and Center City, with trains running approximately every 20 minutes on weekends.  Get off at the last stop at 16th and Locust Street and hop a cab to the art museum.  The ticketing system does not take debit or credit cards, but takes bills and change – a round trip ticket ranges from $2.80 to $6.00, depending on where you get on the train.


Please see all map locations with a ‘P’ for parking. Free street parking on the East side of the river is noted.

*Again, the start/finish will be located on West River Drive on the West side of the Art Museum.

Art Museum Parking Garage

Located directly behind the museum, on the west side of the main Museum building. You may access the lot via Art Museum Drive or Waterworks Drive.

Parking Lot: 2201 Fairmount Avenue

Follow Art Museum Drive to the traffic light at Kelly Drive
Continue straight through two lights, crossing over Kelly Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue
At the third light, turn RIGHT onto Fairmount Avenue
Continue up Fairmount Avenue and the lot will be on your LEFT between 22nd & 23rd streets

Parking Lot: Eakins Oval

Follow Art Museum Drive to the traffic light at Kelly Drive
Make a RIGHT at the light onto Kelly Drive
Continue left around the traffic circle and enter the lot on the opposite side of the circle

Metered Parking: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Metered spaces between Eakins Oval and Logan Square
Follow Art Museum Drive to the traffic light at Kelly Drive
Make a RIGHT at the light onto Kelly Drive
Continue left around the traffic circle and bare right along outside lanes of the Parkway

Metered spaces along LEFT side of roadway

Race Day Timeline
  • 6:00-7:00 Shoe Drive Collection
  • 6:00-7:00 a.m. Packet pickup, bag check & race day registration open
  • 7:00 a.m. Pre-Race stretch
  • 7:15 a.m. Race announcement from Back on My Feet & Stroehmann Bakeries
  • 7:20 Kids Run start
  • 7:30 a.m. Race start
  • 9:00 a.m. Award ceremony
  • 10:30 a.m. Bag Check closes

Race registration will be available at Packet Pick-Up at Philadelphia Runner Center City AND University on Friday, March 29th from 11am – 6:30pm and on-site on Race Day from 6:00am – 7:00am.

If you would like to have a friend pick up your race packet they will need your registration information, a written note, and a photocopy of your ID.

What is the schedule on race day?

6:00-7:00 a.m. Packet pick-up, bag check, race day registration and shoe collection open.
7:00 a.m. Back on My Feet circle-up (learn more about why we circle up here)
7:10 a.m. Race Announcements from Cathryn Sanderson, BoMF Philadelphia’s Executive Director
7:15 a.m. 
National Anthem .
7:20 a.m
. Fitness Alive Kid’s Run Start
7:25 a.m. Race announcements from LinMark.
7:30 a.m. Race start.
8:00 a.m. Post-race massages available from PhilaMassages
9:00 a.m. Award Ceremony
9:00 a.m. Bishop’s Collar after-party begins
10:30 a.m. Bag check closes. Please be sure to pick up your belongings before this time. Back on My Feet Philadelphia is not responsible for any items missing or left at the race.


How can I follow race updates, sign up for contests, and learn more?

Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our website or share in the news through our social media:
Twitter: @BoMF5Miler

Does the Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My feet 5-Miler benefit any charity?

All proceeds will go directly to Back on My Feet Philadelphia to help a Member experiencing homelessness take steps to become self-sufficient.

What is Back on My Feet?

Learn more about Back on My Feet Philadelphia here.

I am unfamiliar with the area, where does the race start?

Our race is located at the Schuylkill Trail Connector (on the South Side of the Art Museum) near the Pavilion and new skate park. If you are facing the Art Museum steps, walk to the left through the tunnel.

Will there be gear check at the event?

Yes. Participants can check their gear at the race start.  Back on My Feet is not responsible for the loss, theft, or damaging of any personal belongings. Please arrive early to ensure a prompt race start.

Where can I pickup my packet?

Packet pick-up will take place on Friday, March 23rd at Philadelphia Runner Center City and Philadelphia Runner University City. (Please click on the ‘Packet Pickup’ tab above for more information.)

Does Back on My Feet offer any training opportunities?

Yes! More information to come!

How will the race be timed?

The Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler will be timed by Lin-Mark Sports, Inc. of Mantua, NJ, utilizing the Chronotrack Timing System.  The disposable Chronotrack B-tag will be attached to your race bib and will remain there for the entire event.  On race day Lin-Mark will be posting results live on their website as every 50 persons finish the race and race results will be available at the start.

What is the weather like during this time of year?

Check here for weather history.

How can I volunteer for the race?

Simple, head over to our volunteer tab (above), fill out the form, and someone will contact you soon after.

How do I get to the race start?

When coming from Lemon Hill Drive or Lloyd Hall, follow Waterworks Drive toward the Art Museum, which turns into the Schuylkill Trail. When coming from Kelly Drive or Fairmount Ave, walk around to the West side of the Art Museum via Art Museum Drive or Kelly Drive. For more details, please refer to our race map.

Where can I park on race day?

There is metered parking available along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Spring Garden, and 22nd Street. There is also a parking area at Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 26th Street. There is a large parking lot at Lloyd Hall accessed by Waterworks Drive, just off Kelly Drive. This parking lot is heavily used, with time limits. Additional on-road parking can be found along Kelly Drive (Boathouse Row and along Sedgely Drive-opposite Lloyd Hall) as well as along Fairmount Drive (near our post-race event) and on Lemon Hill Drive. There is also a small free parking lot near the boathouses on Kelly Drive.

You may also take public transportation to the race using SEPTA.

Are strollers and dogs allowed?

Yes, but we ask that you start at the back of the crowd!

Announcing the second annual Back on My Feet Team Challenge!

Registrants will have the opportunity to create their own team during race registration. On race morning, the team with the most registrants will receive:

  • Private team tent
  • Private team portapotty
  • Table of spreads to accompany your post-race bread!

Team Challenge winners will be announced on Monday, March 18th.

Just like a football huddle, we put our arms around each other and start each run with a circle. We invite you to join us at 7AM for our Back on My Feet pre-race circle.

If you want a small glimpse of what it’s like to run with us Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, jump in our circle alongside Back on My Feet  members, alumni, volunteers, and supporters as we get ready to race! We’ll cover any important announcements and conclude with the serenity prayer together (below).

God, Grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change

The courage to change the things that I can

And the wisdom to know the difference

Why? The serenity prayer is an integral part of recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. And with ~75% of our members being in recovery, we want Back on My Feet to be a part of their progress and recovery moving forward. Join us on race day!

We are excited to offer some special Back on My Feet merch at our 2019 5-Miler!

All merchandise can be purchased through a suggested donation to Back on My Feet.We will be accepting cash or venmo donations.

To venmo Back on My Feet: Download the venmo app for android or iOs. Search for @backonmyfeetphilly and put your merchandise purchase in the “memo” line.

Suggested Donations and Merchandise Items Are As Follow:

Back on My Feet Buff – $10 suggested donation

Back on My Feet Brooks Men’s Tank – $30 suggested donation

Back on My Feet baseball hat – $15 suggested donation

Back on My Feet vintage race tee – $5 suggested donation

Back on My Feet LOVE t-shirt – $25 suggested donation

Back on My Feet signature t-shirt – $20 suggested donation

2018 Race Shirts (we will be offering any leftover race shirts that were not picked up to be purchased for a suggested donation. These will be available upon completing the race) – $7 suggested donation

We are so excited to bring on McKeever Event Management this year at the Stroehmann Bakeries Back on My Feet 5-Miler! McKeever Event Management, LLC specializes in event development, operations and production. We have a unique urban running and triathlon experience, having produced over 200 sporting events in the United States and Internationally in Bermuda.

MEMRACING is dedicated to the management, creation, and development of participatory & endurance sports including those of running, swimming, and cycling.

Interested in bringing MEMRACING to your event? Visit their website!

For the second year in a row we are thrilled to offer the Athlinks Race Day app. See instructions below to download the app for race day:

  1. Go to your favorite app store (iTunes and Google Play both have it!)
  2. Search for the  free “Athlinks Race Day” App (or just click on either of these links: iTunes and Google Play)
  3. Download the app – then open it
  4. On the bottom right of the app-touch “events” icon
  5. Next Screen search on “Back On My Feet”

The app allows you to view the course map, register through the app, find your bib number, view your results and more!

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