Saturday, September 17 - Friday, November 11, 2022

Celebrate 30 years of Outward Bound in Philadelphia with a fun and exciting challenge!

The POBS 30th Anniversary Distance Challenge is an exciting peer-to-peer fundraiser where you can hike, walk, roll, or run 60, 90, 120, 180 miles, or more between September 17th and November 11th to mark 30 years of Philadelphia Outward Bound School. September 17th is a special day that marks exactly 30 years since the first meeting of the Philadelphia Friends of Outward Bound.

The Distance Challenge invites you to pick a goal that will challenge you and to find ways to explore new areas in your community. Here at POBS, we believe in leaving your comfort zone behind to try something new and finding a challenge that feels, well, challenging!

Part of the challenge is also fundraising in support of Philadelphia Outward Bound School, and we have an exciting set of prizes at various levels for participants. For all participants who raise $300 and meet their distance goal, you are invited to join us for a special event at The Discovery Center to celebrate your accomplishments!

Your support will go directly to advance our mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery and to supporting our powerful outdoor education programs that serve thousands of youth in Philadelphia and beyond.  Our outdoor education programs help build powerful social-emotional skills in students with an educational model practiced in Philadelphia for 30 years and around the US and the world for over 60 years.

We welcome folks of all abilities and experiences to join us! From your walk to a bus stop on the way to work to a weekend walk along the Schuylkill, every bit counts towards your goal. There is no right way to accomplish your goal- just get outside!

How does the event work? 

1) Sign up here - the $10 registration fee is waived if you raise a minimum of $30.
2) Choose the distance you want to run, hike, walk, or roll in the 8 weeks between Saturday, September 17, and Friday, November 11.
3) Set a fundraising goal, and share your fundraising page with your community and let them know why you're participating. The more you raise, the more prizes you are eligible for!
4) Reach your goal by November 11 and get ready to celebrate - if you raise at least $300, you will be invited to an exclusive celebration at The Discovery Center!

We'll be starting the distance challenge with a kickoff event on September 17 - and there will be other opportunities to join POBS for events to rack up the mileage.

Whether you're training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November, looking to explore more of your region on foot, or simply trying to build your fitness and stamina, this is a great way to reach your own goals while supporting a great cause.


If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at [email protected]