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Sat October 28, 2023


Run/Walk through SWCC!

SWCC5k Run/Walk

8:30AM EDT
Run/Walk through SWCC!

Monster Mile

8:00AM EDT
Kids sprint the Stanton oval!

Spooky Sprint

9:00AM EDT
Open to ages 6 and under.


E. M. Stanton School
901 S 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146


 It's our 15th annual Southwest Center City (SWCC) 5K and we are excited to offer an in-person race on Saturday, October 28 and a virtual 5k option.  

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.

The SWCC 5K is a run/walk that can be completed in person on October 28th or virtually. Participants can complete the race distance wherever they want during the suggested race dates in October. We will continue to offer the Monster Mile, a 1.0 mile fun run and and for our youngest athletes, the Spooky Sprint, a ~100 yard dash for kids under 6. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If the City of Philadelphia should implement restrictions regarding in-person events due to COVID, all participants will be registered for the virtual race option.  No refunds or deferment. Thank you for your understanding! 

SWCC 5k Course Map

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

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.

The SWCC 5k is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible and will support the neighborhood schools and community.

See below for more information about our sponsorship levels and benefits. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:  May I run with a stroller?

A:  Yes, strollers are permitted.

Q:  Is my donation/sponsorship tax deductible? 

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

Q:  What if it rains?

A:  The race will take place rain or shine.

Q:  May I bring my dog to the race?

A:  No

Q:  Is there a pre-race packet pickup?

A:  Yes. The location will be shared ahead of the event.

Q:  May I pick up race packet for friend(s)?

A:  Yes, please bring a copy of the email registration confirmation. 

Q:  What if I still have a question?

A:  Email us at 

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