Philadelphia Flyers Charities today announced long-time partner AAA as the official presenting sponsor of the first-ever Gritty 5K, set for Sunday, October 13 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Center Complex.
The race, taking place just days after the Flyers home opener at the Wells Fargo Center (October 9), encourages fans to don their best orange and furry regalia as they run from the Wells Fargo Center, travel through the Navy Yard, and finish outside of Xfinity LIVE! in honor of the beloved mascot. Additionally, the course will include Gritty-styled "rest" and "water" stops, as well as on-route décor and interactive stations reflective of the mascot-of-honor's favorite tricks, gags, and gadgets. At the finish line, the best-dressed runners will be awarded special prizes in one-of-a-kind categories such as "best in fur".
Fans who are AAA members have the exclusive option to join Team AAA and receive $10 off their registration by using the code AAA2019Gritty5K. As an added bonus, Flyers Alum Scott Hartnell will be serving as the official captain of Team AAA, and those who sign up to run with the team will receive access to a private meet and greet with Hartnell.
Gritty's party doesn't stop at the finish line. Fans and participants can enjoy a free Flyers Fan Fest highlighted by the Flyers Community Caravan, hockey games, and inflatables into the afternoon.
All registered participants will receive a Gritty-themed race t-shirt, a participant medal, and more.
Registration for the race is still available. Funds raised from the Gritty 5K benefit Flyers Charities to help support a multitude of worthy non-profits across the Greater Philadelphia Region.
Since its inception, Flyers Charities has contributed more than $29 million to non-profits throughout Greater Philadelphia that provide educational and recreational resources to underserved youth, engage in important medical and healthcare research, and promote countless community investment initiatives.