The Rest of the Best: July

Aside from all of the great coverage we brought you from the month of July, there was a lot of other events going on in and around the City of Philadelphia. Here’s just a taste of what you might have missed…

The Phillies picked up Hunter Pence in a blockbuster trade with the Houston Astros and maintain the best record in baseball. There were many fireworks on and off the field.

Philly Financial Day took place on Friday July 8th. Phillies stars Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Shane Victorino all came out to represent their charity foundations. Corporate Sponsors supporting fundraising efforts were: Janney Montgomery Scott, The Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and Boenning and Scattergood.

The 2011 Merrell Down and Dirty race series presented by Subaru made its stop in Philly. Located in the hills of Belmont Park, the mud run saw nearly 5,500 women and men take to a 5K or 10K course. Both courses featured various challenges from rope climbs and walls to multiple mud pits. The overwhelming heat and hot sun didnt help much as runners trudged along the winding course.

Mud runs have become somewhat of a staple of summer activities the last few years and the Merrell Down and Dirty is one of the biggest and best orchestrated affairs. Live bands played to crowds and contestants from the Start/Finish while food and numerous hoses were on site to fill stomachs and clean hands.

U2 brought their legendary sound and gigantic stage show to Lincoln Financial Field where they played to a crowd of over 50,000 people on July 14th.

[photo credits: Mike Hirata, Christian Hafer, & Jacob Miller]

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