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Gritty 'anti-runners' 5K to feature prizes for costumes, post-race bash

Dressing up as mascot encouraged for event benefiting Flyers Charities

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

It's time to break out your best orange furry getups. Gritty is having a 5K and he doesn't even care if you run or not, just as long as you look good doing it.

The Philadelphia Flyers and their mascot announced the first Gritty 5K, which will take place at 8:30 a.m. on October 13 beginning at Wells Fargo Center, traveling through the Navy Yards, and ending at Xfinity Live! in Philadelphia.

And being that the 5K is in Gritty's honor, the event promises his mark throughout the event, including themed "rest" and "water" stops, as well as Gritty's favorite tricks and gadgets along the course.

Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed, not the first to cross the finish line, and there will be a post-race party.

"I will obviously win," Gritty told the Flyers website. "I'll do whatever it takes. I'll spin signs around so people run the wrong way. You don't follow the rules when it's your event. You just soak in the glory when crossing through those flaming gates of victory."

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: ATTN Gritizens: pic.twitter.com/4C2QGGq4qL

Gritty's announcement of the first event of its kind was very on brand. It read, in part:

"The anti-runners 5K, but all are welcome. How long is it, you ask? Extensive scientific analysis indicates the course is the length of approximately 33,792 hot dogs. But like, if you want to take a short cut and run the first 50 hot dogs then take a breather, I'm cool with that. If you wanna do it for the gram and not really run, also acceptable. Don your finest gritty regalia, and prepare to take the ath out of athleisure."

He continues in the rules of the race that, "there will be nacho cheese," and "Don't step to my starting line in those individual toe running shoes, all Crocs welcome."

Registration for the race opens at 2 p.m. August 29, at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/Gritty5K. The fee is $45 and the proceeds will benefit Flyers Charities, which supports non-profits across the Greater Philadelphia Region.

And just so your remember what's really important, Gritty offered this reminder:

"This isn't about winning, it's about honoring me. Just remember that while you're wheezing across the finish line."

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