Philadelphia Running and Walking:
A Guide for Athletes and Fitness Seekers by Warwick Ford, Nola Ford Wyltan Books
reviewed by Carolyn Davis
"We hope this book will help everyone who lives in or visits Philadelphia to get outdoors and run or walk more."
This fitness guide belies its short ninety-four pages (including a two-page index), by a plethora of information about the walking paths of Philadelphia. The book is divided into sections of the city. Each section is enlivened by a short summary that includes the distance of the path, the "on-foot" comfort, attractions, convenience (such as railroad stations for a ride home), and descriptions of the destination (places to eat and visit, activities, and historic sites). Path variations of alternative routes to walk or run, are included when appropriate. The guidebook is easy to use, friendly, and informative. Maps of the footpaths and photographs of the areas increase the user's awareness of each area. The guidebook fulfills its intention to help people to "Run/Walk More—Live Better."
The Fords began running with dedication in middle age, and found joy in keeping fit and participating in races. A well-traveled couple who began a Fun on Foot series of guides for different areas, the Fords' running began in their home cities Boston and New York, and extended to much-visited Philadelphia with its community of enthusiastic runners. The authors want to encourage everyone who is able to walk and run, and they hope that their book will provide "inspiration and practical help." The abundance of information and support in these pages indicates their success.