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Philadelphia Marathon

One of the most historic races in the country

Philadelphia Marathon

One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon is held every November. Credit: Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Marathon


November 18-20, 2016

Note: The information below is from 2015. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.

Scheduled Events

Health and Fitness Expo: November 20-22, 2015
Rothman Institute 8k: November 21, 2015, 7:30 a.m.
Kids Fun Run: November 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m.
GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon & Half-Marathon: November 22, 2015, 7 a.m.


One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell.

The course passes along the charming streets of Old City on Penn’s Landing by the Delaware River, eventually arriving near the green and leafy pathways of the Fairmount Water Works, located on the Schuylkill River.

The Route

The Philadelphia Marathon is a 26.2-mile course winding through the city’s historic attractions and scenic outdoor spaces. Along the route, runners can partake in hydration stations and get cheered on by thousands watching the action.

The 30,000 runners taking on the marathon will begin and end their journey on the tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Half-marathoners take note: After looping through Historic Philadelphia, the course splits at Eakins Oval (in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art).

Click the buttons below for official race maps, including cheer spots, hydration stations and more.

view Philadelphia Marathon Course Map

view Philadelphia Half-Marathon Course Map

Photo Tour: Top Reasons To Be In Philly For The Philadelphia Marathon

In anticipation of race weekend, check out our brand new photo tour of the marathon outlining many of the reasons why it’s so cool to see it in person.

Photo Tour of the Philadelphia Marathon

Where To Watch

While the routes for the races are all a little bit different, spectators can see them all from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th Street and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and along Martin Luther King, Jr. from Spring Garden Street to Montgomery Drive.

Click the button below for a quick list of the best places to watch the marathon, courtesy of our sister site

where to watch the philadelphia marathon

Racing in the City

Warm up for the race at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. All race weekend participants are required to stop by the Pennsylvania Convention Center prior to the Marathon to pick up their race packets, including a race bib, timing tag, T-shirt and bag.

The Expo is free and open to the public with 2015 Philadelphia Marathon merchandise available along with the latest products and ideas in the worlds of running, fitness and nutrition.

Book Your Marathon Weekend

Many of Philadelphia’s top hotels are located within a few miles of the starting line. Rooms for the race weekend book up fast, so be sure to make your reservations in advance.

For additional deals and specials, browse ongoing hotel packages at Philadelphia hotels or book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, where your car stays free.

For more information on booking your stay during the Philadelphia Marathon and race day offers, click the button below.

Book Your Stay

For a complete schedule of events and race information, click the button below.

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