Philadelphia Marathon

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Location 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
United States


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Discipline Running
Start Date/Time November 18, 2017 @ 7:30 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address Philadelphia
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Andrew Chak
January 4th, 2013 1:12 pm

The best part about this race is the city's support behind the runners. With a 7am start, the streets were lined 3-4 people deep through the downtown Philadelphia core as I was often cheered by name. The course is mostly flat, but there are slight inclines here and there. The first half is a historic tour of Philadelphia with the second half being a scenic run along the river where you can enjoy the fall colours. The organization is first-rate and the city's mayor gives you a high-five to every runner at the finish line!

Marc Paquet
November 28th, 2012 8:06 pm

I ran the Half-Marathon in 2012 after running the Marathon in 2011. I'll be back for the 20th anniversary in 2013 for sure.

Amazing race, amazing organization and weather will always be cool.

August 12th, 2012 7:26 am

Great Race ! Organized - minimal hills
Didn't have a medal for the 8km :(

March 15th, 2012 9:02 pm

I ran this race in 2011. I also ran the marathon in 2006.

The November weather in Philadelphia is ideal for racing, in particular the 2011 edition. The race course is scenic and the portion along the Schuylkill River is terrific (part of an out-and-back for the marathon course).

This is one of my favourite race destinations and I highly recommend making the trip! Philly will surprise you as quite a nice city (at least along the race course), with great sculptures, murals, architecture, and green space. Of course, the trip isn't complete without a trip to the Rocky statue and a run up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But I digress...

The course is relatively flat, but wouldn't be classified as pancake flat, having a few uphills of note. My advice to half marathoners: at least 2-3km before the end of the race you'll see signs telling you to stay to the right, and for the marathoners to stay to the left. Ignore these signs until the actual split (maybe 500 meters from the finish line, if that - finish line won't be visible) happens because you lose precious seconds running too far off the race tangents; critical if you're going for a personal best.

I'm not returning simply because there are so many races to run, and I strongly recommend this one.

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