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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 17-19, 2017

Note: The information below is from 2016. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.

Scheduled Events

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 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

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 additional deals and specials, browse ongoing hotel packages at Philadelphia hotels or book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

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

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More Information

For a complete schedule of Philadelphia Marathon 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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