Guide to Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

The 2017 Philadelphia Marathon weekend is less than 2 weeks away! Whether you are running, cheering or volunteering (thank you, thank you, thank you), here is everything you need to know heading into race weekend.

Marathon Weekend Prep Rally

Half party, half prep. Kick off marathon weekend at our Prep Rally on Thursday, November 16th! We’ll head out on a short, shakeout run with elite Gore Athletes who are in town to run the full marathon at 6PM followed by some post sweat socializing, shopping, and rehydrating 🍻.

Our expert staff will be hanging out ready to help you gear up for race day and answer any question you have about running 8K, 13.1 or 26.2. Taste test some of our favorite fuel, pick up everything you need for race day, and maybe win a prize or two.


The Health & Fitness Expo

Runners, your first stop over race weekend is the Philadelphia Marathon Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your race packets that include your race bib, t-shirt, and bag. The expo is free, open to the public, and features interesting vendors, speakers, upcoming races, and more!

When is the Health & Fitness Expo?

Friday, November 17th: 12PM – 9PM & Saturday, November 18th: 10AM – 7PM

Where is the Health & Fitness Expo?

Pennsylvania Convention Center - 12th & Arch Streets, Hall F

How do I get to the Health & Fitness Expo?

Public transportation is our recommended method of travel throughout marathon weekend unless you have a bike or can walk/run to the expo or races. If you plan on driving to the expo, street parking is limited but there are several parking garages nearby.

Where to eat by the Health & Fitness Expo?

What to do if you can’t make it to the Health & Fitness Expo?

If you can’t make it to the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your bib, no problem! Runners are allowed to have someone else pick up their bibs. The person picking up your bib just needs a copy of your photo ID (government issued) and their own ID too.


Where to Pick-Up Last Minute Race Gear?

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Forget something at home or need an extra layer or accessory for race morning? We've got you covered. Stop by one of our four store locations on Friday or Saturday. 

PR Center City: 1601 Sansom Street; Open 10 - 7:30PM Friday, 10 - 7PM Saturday

PR University City: 3621 Walnut Street; Open 10 - 7PM Friday, 11 - 7PM Saturday

PR Manayunk: 4358 Main Street; Open 11 - 7PM Friday, Open 10 - 7PM Saturday

PR Glen Mills: 571 Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills, PA; Open 10 - 7PM Friday and Saturday


The Rothman 8K

When is the Rothman 8K?

The Rothman 8K is on Saturday, November 18th and starts at 10:40AM for Wheelchair/Handcycle Athletes and 10:45AM for Runners/Walkers.

Where is the Rothman 8K?

The Rothman 8K starts at 22nd Street/Benjamin Franklin Parkway and heads out along the Schuylkill River on MLK Drive.

Course Map

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How to get to the starting line?

Public transportation is your best bet.  Many roads in the area of the start/finish line are closed and parking is limited. Save yourself the stress on race morning and plan ahead.

Will there be water stops on the 8K course?

The water stop for the 8K will be on Martin Luther King Drive at Sweetbriar, you'll pass it twice. 

Where to eat (and celebrate!) post run?


The Dietz & Watson Half Marathon

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When is the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon?

The half marathon is on Saturday, November 18h and starts at 7:27AM for Wheelchair/Handcycle Athletes and 7:30AM for Runners/Walkers.

Where is the Dietz & Waston Half Marathon?

The half marathon starts at 22nd Street/Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The course winds through Old City, University City, Fairmount Park, and MLK Drive before ending near the Art Museum.

Course Map

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New this year, check out the course story map here.

How to get to the starting line?

Public transportation is your best bet. The half marathon course closes many roads and parking near the start/finish area is limited. Save yourself the stress on race morning and plan ahead.

Will the half marathon have pace teams?

The Philadelphia Runner Pace Team will be pacing the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon. 

Dietz & Watson Half Marathon Pace Groups: 1:30, 1:45, 2:00, 2: 15, 2:30

Meet the Half Marathon Pacers!

Where will there be portapotties and water stops on the half marathon course?

  • Starting Area: Eakins Oval
  • Columbus Boulevard & Race Street
  • Columbus Boulevard & Washington Avenue
  • 6th & Walnut Streets
  • 33rd & Market Streets 
  • Reservoir Drive (just past Smith Memorial Playground)
  • Kelly Drive at Lloyd Hall 
  • Finish Area: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Where to eat (and celebrate!) post run?


The AACR Full Marathon

When is the AACR Full Marathon?

The full marathon is on Sunday, November 19th and starts at 6:55AM for Wheelchair/Handcycle Athletes and 7AM for Runners/Walkers. If you are participating, plan to get to your corrals around 6 – 6:15AM.

Where is the AACR Full Marathon?

The full marathon starts at 22nd Street/Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The course winds through Old City, University City, Fairmount Park, MLK & Kelly Drives, Manayunk and more before ending near the Art Museum.

Course Map

New this year, check out the course story map here.

Other Full Marathon Maps

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Elevation Map

How to get to the starting line?

Public transportation is your best bet. The full marathon course closes many roads and parking near the start/finish area is limited. Save yourself the stress on race morning and plan ahead.

Will the full marathon have pace teams?

The Philadelphia Runner Pace Team will be pacing the AACR Full Marathon. 

AACR Philadelphia Marathon Pace Groups: 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:45, 4: 00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00

Meet the full marathon pacers!

Where will there be portapotties and water stops on the full marathon course?

  • Starting area: Eakins Oval
  • Columbus Boulevard & Race Street
  • Columbus Boulevard & Front Street
  • 6th and Walnut Streets
  • 31st and Chestnut Streets
  • 34th Street and Fairmount Avenue
  • Avenue of the Republic
  • Disabled Rowers’ Boathouse, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Black Road
  • Kelly Drive and Sedgley Avenue (runners will pass twice)
  • Kelly Drive and Fountain Green (runners will pass twice)
  • Kelly Drive and Ferry Street (runners will pass twice)
  • Main Street and Ridge Avenue (runners will pass twice)
  • Main and Cotton Streets (runners will pass twice)
  •  Finish Area: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Where to eat (and celebrate!) post run?


The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend isn't just for runners, it's for the entire city of Philadelphia! If you're not running in one of the races, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved. 

Volunteer

Over 2,500 volunteers are needed throughout race weekend including the Health & Fitness Expo, the Rothman Institute 8K , Dunkin' Munchkin Run, AACR Philadelphia Marathon and Dietz & Watson Half Marathon. As a volunteer, you'll be helping over 30,000 runners from every state and many countries from around the world. There is a role for everyone - bring your friends, family, co-workers, running clubs, etc. Race weekend wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers like you, click here to volunteer.

Cheer

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The City of Philadelphia is known for having passionate fans. Whether we're cheering for the Phillies to round the bases or Eagles to score a touchdown, Philly fans are loud and proud. Join thousands of fellow marathon, half marathon, and 8K fans at cheer zones along the courses on Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th. 

We'll have a Marathon Cheer Zone around Mile 20 at our shop on Main Street in Manayunk that's open to everyone starting at 8AM on Sunday, November 19th. See where all of the other Dietz & Watson Half Marathon and AACR Marathon Cheer Zones are this year and join the fun on race weekend!