One of the most historic races in the country
November 15-17, 2013
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.
Racing in the City
Warm up for the race at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday (Noon–9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.–7 p.m.). 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 2013 Philadelphia Marathon merchandise available along with the latest products and ideas in the worlds of running, fitness and nutrition.
For kids: Aspiring young marathoners will enjoy the 8th annual Kids Fun Run, a series of non-competitive races for children ages 4-12 on Saturday, November 16. There will be plenty of prizes, new friends and a fun way to break into the sport of running — plus the first 500 participants get lots of cool prizes!
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.
Runners will need to pick up a race packet at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday (Noon–9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.–7 p.m.). Race packets will not be mailed and no packets will be distributed on race day.
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.
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In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
1300 Market Street Macy's Grand Court Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Campus Philly College Day
- The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
- Starman in the Ancient Garden
- The Academy of Music
- Franklin Square
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia
- Merriam Theater
- The Fabric Workshop and Museum
- Pig Iron Theatre Company
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