The Philadelphia Marathon is a 26.2-mile race that occurs each November and is officially recognized by USA Track & Field. In previous years the Marathon organization has also offered a half-marathon, 8k and children's runs on race day. The first Philadelphia Marathon took place in 1994.
Running the Marathon
Registration for the race begins each April and typically sells out before race day; if you're thinking about signing up, plan accordingly. You do not need a qualifying time to register for the marathon.
The Philadelphia Marathon starts and ends in the Art Museum area and passes through several neighborhoods including Old City, South Street, West Philadelphia and Manayunk. For a map of the marathon route, visit the marathon's website.
Watching the Marathon
The Philadelphia Marathon offers several "cheer zones" along the marathon route, with many featuring live entertainment, food and drink. Visit the Philadelphia Marathon's Watch the Race page for a list of this year's cheering areas. Remember when traveling to the race that many roads will be blocked off, and you should plan your route accordingly.