2013-12-12 / Sports

Yo, Adrian! Rocky Devotees Set To Make Tribute Run

By Dan Gelston

AP SPORTS WRITER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Yo, Adrian, Rocky devotees are gonna run now, a grueling tribute to their mythical champ.

Nearly 35 years after Rocky Balboa returned for his first sequel, Philadelphia’s favorite adopted son has inspired city runners to go to the distance.

Rocky’s faithful followers are set to run a 50K that will end, of course, triumphantly atop the art museum steps.

The fictitious fighter left as a big a cultural imprint on Philadelphia as any American founding father, and hundreds of runners are expected to follow in his championship footsteps, truly, through the streets, steps and past the statue he showcased to the world through six movies.

Philadelphia’s debut Rocky Run kicks off Saturday just around the corner from the house where Balboa lived in “Rocky II.”

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