One of the most historic races in the country
November 18-20, 2016
Health and Fitness Expo: November 18, 2016, noon – 9 p.m.; November 19, 2016 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rothman Institute 8k: November 19, 2016, 10:40 a.m. for Wheelchairs/Handcycles, 10:45 a.m. for Runners/Walkers
Kids Fun Run: November 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Philadelphia Half-Marathon: November 19, 2016, 7:25 a.m. for Wheelchairs/Handcycles, 7:30 a.m. for Runners/Walkers
Philadelphia Marathon: November 20, 2106, 6:55 a.m. for Wheelchairs/Handcycles, 7:00 a.m. for Runners/Walkers
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 Center.
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 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.
Where To Watch
While the routes for the races are all a little bit different, spectators can be sure to see the runners 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.
Racing in the City
Warm up for the race at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Participants are required to stop by the Pennsylvania Convention Center prior to the Philadelphia 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 more information on booking your stay during the Philadelphia Marathon and race day offers, click the button below.
For a complete schedule of Philadelphia Marathon events and race information, click the button below.
In the neighborhood
1234 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
- The Morris House Hotel
- Loews Philadelphia Hotel
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Holiday Inn Express
- Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City Convention Center
- Holiday Inn Express Midtown
- Four Points by Sheraton
Philadelphia City Center
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
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Museums & Attractions
151 North Independence Mall East Philadelphia, PA 19106
- First Friday
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- National Liberty Museum
- Independence Hall
- The Irish Memorial
- St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church
- Congress Hall
- PSFS Building
- Brasil’s Nightclub
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Restaurants & Dining