Of all the Rocky training montages, the best one has to be the run in Rocky II. You know, the one that Rocky runs through the streets of Philadelphia, gathering people along the way and finishing at the top of the steps at the Art Museum. I’ve always wondered though, how long did Rocky actually run in this scene?
Well, thanks to our friends at Phillymag.com, we now have the answer.
Phillymag pieced together the routes Rocky could have traveled from scene to scene in his training montage and calculated the distance. All distances were mapped out by using the USA Track and Field distance-measuring tool. So… from Scene 1 at his house at 2313 South Lambert Street to the Italian market, Street Bridge at East Gurney, to Chestnut Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and, finally, to Art Museum steps, the Italian Stallion ran a total of… wait for it… 30.61 miles (50 km)! Here’s the actual tracking map as saved by Phillymag: (the article continues after the ad)
Obviously Rocky’s route makes no sense at all: he goes from South Philly to North Philly then the Italian Market becomes North Philly again, and so on. But OK, it’s a movie scene, it’s not meant to be taken seriously.
Here it is, in all its glory:
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Photo: The Mad Movie Man
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