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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

Scheduled Events

Health and Fitness Expo: November 17, 2017, noon – 9 p.m.; November 18, 2017 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rothman Institute 8k: November 18, 2017, 10:40 a.m. for Wheelchairs/Handcycles, 10:45 a.m. for Runners/Walkers
Kids Fun Run: November 18, 2017, noon
Philadelphia Half-Marathon: November 18, 2017, 7:27 a.m. for Wheelchairs/Handcycles, 7:30 a.m. for Runners/Walkers
Philadelphia Marathon: November 19, 2107, 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.

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 Fountain Green 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.

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

More Information

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

More about the Philadelphia Marathon


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

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