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Philadelphia Marathon

One of the most historic races in the country

Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon Credit: M. Kennedy for GPTMC


November 20-22,2015

Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.

Scheduled Events

Health and Fitness Expo: November 21-22, 2014
Rothman Institute 8k: November 22, 2014, 7 a.m.
Kids Fun Run: November 22, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon & Half-Marathon: November 23, 2014, 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 recently restored 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, bursts of energy from Clif Shots 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

Runners Ride FREE on the PHLASH

In town for the Philadelphia Marathon? Visit the city’s top attractions using the convenient and comfortable PHLASH buses. Runners participating in any race over the marathon weekend can ride the PHLASH for FREE when they show their racing bib. Friends, family or those just attending the marathon can ride the PHLASH for only $2 per ride or $5 all-day. For more information and the full route, click the button below.

Ride the PHLASH

Photo Tour: Top Reasons To Be In Philly For The 2014 Philadelphia Marathon

In anticipation of the 21st annual 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

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 2014 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

Come Prepared

Runners will need to pick up a race packet at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Race packets will not be mailed and no packets will be distributed on race day.

Outsider Tip

Other running choices include a Half Marathon, as well as an 8K Run sponsored by the Rothman Institute. Fans have access to a series of fan-friendly zones, where spectators can enjoy music and food as they cheer on competitors.

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

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22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 685-0054

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