Sat October 26, 2019 Directions

5k Run/Walk

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Monster Mile

8:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT

Spooky Sprint

8:45AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT


7:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
E.M. Stanton Elementary School
1700 Christian Street, Philadelphia 19146

Don't miss the 11th annual SWCC 5k Run on Saturday, October 26th at 8:00 AM!

Since 2009 participants have run through the beautiful residential streets of the Southwest Center City while helping to raise money to improve the neighborhood. The proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Friends of Chester Arthur (FoCA) and Stanton Community Partners (SCP), 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that benefit the neighborhood elementary schools.

Starting at E.M. Stanton Elementary School (17th and Christian Streets) and running a double-loop course that highlights our beneficiaries, the scenic, urban route is not to be missed! The Monster Mile, a 1.5 mile fun run for kids ages 6-14, will also kick off at 8:00 AM.  For our youngest athletes, the Spooky Sprint, a ~100 yard dash for kids under 6, will kick off at 8:45 AM.  Please note that none of the kids races are timed events.

We look forward to having you join us in one of Philly's favorite fall events and thank you for your support of our neighborhood!

Packet Pick Up

Packet pickup will take place on Friday, October 25th at Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street) from 12:00-5:00 PM and on race day in the E.M. Stanton parking lot from 7:00-7:45 AM.  Same day registration will be available at both packet pick up sessions ($45 for 5k and $20 for kids races) and credit cards will be accepted.

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Sponsorship Information

Since 2009, the Southwest Center City 5k Run has served the area as an active, community-building event, and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for neighborhood organizations. Once again this year, all proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Chester Arthur (FoCA) & Stanton Community Partners (SCP) to support projects at these local schools. These organizations were formed by Southwest Center City parents and community members who are committed to partnering with the schools in order to foster a robust learning environment for our neighborhood children.

We would love to have your family or business continue to be a part of this annual tradition. Please take a moment to review the below information about sponsorship opportunities for the 11th Annual 2019 SWCC 5K Run. It is our hope that you will be able to financially assist us at one of our sponsorship levels, ranging from $250 - $5,000. The SWCC 5k is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible and will support the neighborhood schools and community.

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Presenting Sponsor
Finish Line Sponsor
Fan Zone Sponsor
Booster Sponsor
Fan Sponsor
In-Kind Sponsor
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Will the race be timed?

A: Of course! It is not a race if there is not a professional timing system. The only races not timed are the Monster Mile and Spooky Sprint.  

Q:  Can I run with a stroller?

A: Yes! We are a stroller friendly course.

Q: Can I run with my dog/cat/horse?

A:   Sorry, for the safety of our runners and animal friends, we do not allow animals at the race.

Q:  Is the Fan Zone family friendly?

A:  Yes. Absolutely!  There will be Halloween related games for kids and everyone can show off their costumes.

Q:  Will the race and post-race events be held rain or shine?

A:  Yep. Rain or Shine. So, do a little dance to keep the rain away.

Q:  Is there a time limit on completion? 

A:  Since we are closing a major roads, we will need to be off of the roads by 9:00am.  If you are not finished walking/running/strolling, we ask that you make your way to the sidewalk at that time and meet back at Stanton.  

Q:  Is there a packet pick up? 

A:  Yes. We will be at Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street, 19103) on Friday, October 26 from 12-5pm.  You can also pick up on race day at Stanton starting at 7am. 

Q:  Can my child run the 5k instead of the Monster Miler? 

A:  Yes. You know your child's abilities best, so please use your best judgement.  

Q:  Is my donation/sponsorship tax deductible? 

A:  Yes. SWCC Run is a 501c3 organization.  Our EIN is 90-0513058.  

Q: What if I still have a question?

A: Email us at 

Online registration has closed, but you can still sign up!

You have two opportunities to register in person:

Friday 10/25 at Philadelphia Runner's Center City Store from 12-5pm.  Take 10% off your in-store purchase during the event too! 
Saturday 10/26 Race Day in the Stanton Schoolyard/parking lot, starting at 7am - make sure to leave yourself plenty of time. 

In person registration pricing: 5K: $45 and Monster Mile/Spooky Sprint: $20

Cash/Credit/check accepted


E.M. Stanton Elementary School
1700 Christian Street, Philadelphia 19146


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