Saturday, November 17, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K
Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19019
06:00AM
November 17, 2018
$0.00
 

Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K

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Great course and race - by , 04/26/2018
5/ 5stars
This was a great race. The signage was clear and it wasn't too crowded. The announcers were fun & played great music, plus there were a lot of people around to cheer runners on. It was relatively flat, minus a few small hills, and lots of great post-race entertainment.
Well organized, fun race - by , 11/21/2017
4/ 4stars
The race was a lot of fun and well organized. There was no line getting through security and there was clear signage about where to line up to start. The course wasn't the most scenic, but it was flat for the most part. And the post-race snacks were abundant!
Great race in a great City - by , 08/19/2017
5/ 5stars
The starting location is awesome. Couldn't get any better than right in the heart of Philly. Finish in the same location - right in front of the art museum. Staying in any hotel is easy and fast to the starting line. No long waits at security, and plenty of post race food and drinks. Would race this one again without hesitation!
Great City and Great Race - by , 07/11/2017
5/ 5stars
The city was great and the organization was outstanding. Starting at 8 a.m. also made a huge difference- finishing around 10 am left the rest of the day free to explore and wander.
First time marathoner - by , 12/03/2016
5/ 5stars
The Philly marathon was my first marathon! Prior to signing up I had heard a lot of good things about the Philadelphia marathon from people in my running club. They commented on the crowd support to the scenic course and boy did it live up to the hype! It was such an amazing experience to be running through the city and hear people call your name to cheer you on. The streets were lined with people many of which had creative signs. That was beyond impressive to me because the weather on Nov 20th was cold and blustery but that did not deter spectators! I had an amazing time on the course from start to finish and despite the wind ran negative splits, so I was extra happy about that. Would absolutely recommend this race esp to first timers 😊🏃🏼
Fun and scenic course! - by , 12/03/2016
4/ 4stars
This was my first marathon, and my current home race. Registration is relatively inexpensive if you sign to early, which I appreciate. The expo and pickup were large and went smoothly. On race day, I wish they started later due to the cold of November mornings. I also think that the start/finish area needed better way finding. I didn't know where to get water or where the medical tent was, and neither did many volunteers. Luckily bag drop is easy to find because of the giant UPS trucks! The course is scenic, and the spectators are great. I thought the out and back portion would be rough, but the fun in Manayunk made it worth it, and the return afterwards is only a few miles! At the finish, there were the usual snacks, but no bag to carry them in, which was a drag! Overall, I thought the race and course were great, but I think the start/finish hiccups need to be addressed next year! PS: loved the Independence Hall medal!
Rothman 8k - by , 12/02/2016
5/ 5stars
I thought the race was really well managed and was impressed that they were able to clear out the remaining half-marathoners to allow for us to get started. I thought the packet pickup was a bit of a mess though. Not inside the expo but getting there was a nightmare b cause everyone was coming into the city at the same time. Day of pickup would have been a nice option to have and given how seamless the race itself, and the area it was held in, were managed, it seems like this could be an option. Allowing that at the convention center would be find too; I actually ran there after the race to get some extra mileage and check out the expo with time to enjoy and it was completely manageable. Thank you!
Philadelphia marathon - by , 12/02/2016
4/ 4stars
The water stations were the cleanest I've ever seen at a race. I didn't have any worries about slipping and falling on empty cups. The tear down of timing signs began way too early.
Great Race - by , 12/01/2016
5/ 5stars
Weather was not ideal - windy - but that is not the race's fault. The course is scenic and PR friendly as it passes Philadelphia's famous landmarks. You can feel the energy entering Manayunk.
Philadelphia marathon - by , 11/30/2016
5/ 5stars
It was awesome always loved this course!
Amazing spectators - by , 11/30/2016
5/ 5stars
The race took place on one of the windiest and coldest day of the year, however, there was plenty of spectators to get by. They were loud and positive. The course is relatively flat but I train in Atlanta ;) Great race and lots of post race restaurants to choose from. I am vegan and black bird pizzeria had just what I needed to reboot calories.
Fast course with tons of inspiring fan support - by , 11/29/2016
5/ 5stars
I loved racing the Philadelphia Marathon (2016). The course is fairly flat, with just a few hills to keep things interesting in the first 10 miles, but nothing to sweat over if you've worked hills into your training. There were plenty of water stops along the course and so many enthusiastic fans along the way who took the time to look at our bibs and call our names out as we passed. The last 12 miles are an out-and-back, which has the usual pros and cons. Pros: you get to see the winners and elites on their way to the finish, which is exciting and inspiring; you can take note of the terrain on the way out so you can be mentally prepared for the way back. Cons: you don't see anything new for the last 6 miles; if you get discouraged by seeing others on the way back when you're just on your way out, you'll have to mentally prepare for it. The number of participants (about 3600 this year) was small enough to make things easy before the race. I think the longest I waited in line at the Port-a-Johns (once just inside the secure zone and once at the start line corrals) was 5-7 minutes. Security was also very fast--it helped that they had several security entrances. A smaller crowd also meant that after the race started, the crowd thinned out within the first couple of miles. The only things I wished were different: Pre-race communications about security guidelines were a bit confusing. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to take in my reusable, hand-held Amphipod running water bottle so I prepared for a plan B, which was kind of stressful, but I was able to take it in after all. Also, the post-race family meet-up signs got blown down by the wind so it took a while to find my husband. But overall, I had a fantastic time!
No Philly for Philly - by , 11/29/2016
2/ 2stars
What happened to running in Philadelphia and seeing the city? We spent the majority of our time outside the city. We should have looped around the LOVE statue then down to Independence Mall and past the Liberty Bell. We should have been going towards Front street past the former location of Tun Tavern the first bar and founding location of the Marines. We should have run past the Korean memorial and on to South street. Looped over the river past Drexel and other popular locations. This course this year SUCKED. I'm not even from Philly and within 15 minutes I laid out a course on some running apps that would have kept us in the city and actually seen some sights. There was no water when we crossed the finish line. It took 20 minutes to find the water and a wrap to warm up. There was no finisher party, just some chips and pretzels which by the way the rice chips were probably the best thing ever along with the Herrs pub style pretzels at the expo. The medal, what the heck was that? It was ugly and it was not nearly as innovative as the ringing liberty bells we had in 2015. Whole thing is that it symbolized Independence Hall and we never even ran past it. This year just sucked.
Excellent race - by , 11/26/2016
5/ 5stars
Excellent coordination from start to finish. Shuttle buses from the hotel were really well coordinated and I didn't have to worry at all getting to and from the start line which I appreciated. The most memorable moment was what felt like miles and miles of crowd support which really helped me run strong. The course was easy and not too hilly. Lots of water spots and volunteers were upbeat despite the cold and wind! They were out of women's size medium shirts at the expo when I got there on Saturday afternoon.
Philly - by , 11/26/2016
5/ 5stars
Easy to get there, easy to manage. Great crowds but also plenty of quiet stretches. Great medals. Great array of food at the finish including coffee cups of chicken broth, much appreciated on a cold, windy day. I could come to Philly and do this race every year.
Philadelphia Marathon - by , 11/24/2016
5/ 5stars
Thank you for making my first full marathon experience a wonderful one. Of course I was in pain and of course I was cold and the wind was brutal. But those were obstacles I had to overcome. I thought the crowd support was as great as could be expected on such a cold day, I thought the water stations were plentiful (I had actually panicked the night before when I realized I left my hydration belt bottles at home, but I was totally fine), there were tons of volunteers, the police presence made me feel very safe and there was plenty of food at the finish. I really can't say anything negative about it. I would definitely recommend this race to another runner looking to sign up for their first full marathon.
Great Race - by , 10/18/2016
5/ 5stars
Really well run race, and quite flat, some hills at miles 8-10 but that's about it. The pacers I had were excellent I highly recommend this race
Cool race - by , 07/28/2016
4/ 4stars
I utilized preregistration for this race. Packet pick up was at Equinox which didn't not become let me give you a tour of the gym. Major points for that. In fact I had to ask. pick up was well organized. Race day. Let's just say it was cold. I think it was about -1 without windchill. Parking was by the start and there were vendors despite the weather. There was about 100+ runners. The course was very nice, open to traffic but minimal traffic. Volunteers hung tough. Everyone who finished got a nice large medal. I won my age group so went home with two medals. They did the medals very fast so no one had to wait around in the cold. I support the decision to have the race despite the temperature. I would do this race again. I don't use aid stations and I'm sure if it was warmer people would have mingled after.
Motor Citymaking a comeback. - by , 02/01/2015
5/ 5stars
Ran the state side half marathon because I got closed out of the Canada/U.S. Half. But, getting over that disappointment was easier with the 10 am start. Flat course with lots to see. Bridges, parks, sky scrapers, tuba and bag pipe players, costumes and fountains. Detroit is not as broken down as the newspapers make it out to be. There is a lot to do on your visit and it was a very welcoming place to go run.
Philadelphia Marathon - by , 01/30/2015
4/ 4stars
"Tips and Notes: - you don't need to get there as early as they say - mentally challenging to pass the halfway mark with others finishing - as with almost all half/full marathon races - good crowd support in the beginning, a bit less on the second half - work in hill training - not a hilly race but enough that you should have practiced them - I brought my own gels and fluids because it was my first full but probably unnecessary - more a security blanket than anything else - my family parked at the Manyunk diner so I could see them when I really needed love - got to see them around miles 18 and 22. Only trouble with this is they won't be at the finish line in time to see you finish"
Running the City of Brotherly Love - by , 11/24/2014
4/ 4stars
"Having failed to secure a spot in the NYC Marathon (the only marathon I've run -- and only once), I looked for a race that would be close to home, and have good crowd support. I read up on Philly, saw that it was fairly flat, and that there was fairly good spectator support, and signed up. I love the NYC Marathon. To this day, I say it was one of the best experiences of my life -- so, I will quickly disclose that this review might be slightly, biased given my only basis for comparison. Expo was great -- accessible, convenient, well-run and filled with good vendors. The race start was fine, but there is no need to get there at 5:30, especially given that it's late November, and often the morning is very cold. We got there at 6am, and people were showing up until 6:30 and later. The race start is fairly prompt at 7am with corral waves that go off every few minutes. I'm fairly good at pacing myself, and fairly accurately can guess my speed, but I found the first few miles hard to pace. Each corral covers a wide range of speeds, so, combined with excess adrenaline, it was hard to gauge. I'd highly recommend bringing a watch that calculates splits so you can get a sense of how fast you are running (though there are clocks at every mile, if you prefer those). The first 13 miles are run with the half-marathoners, and the roads are sometimes very narrow. I found myself running up onto the sidewalk quite a bit to get around slower runners, and finding it very hard to break out of the pack. Lots of spectators came out, but there was less cheering than I'd imagine given the number of people along the course. Running through the city was really nice -- not being from Philly, I enjoyed the mini-tour and the view, and I found it a fun and varied course route. The 13 mile mark is tough. Marathoners watch (and hear) the half marathoners finishing their race. They go right to finish, and you go left to carry on. Knowing you have another 13+ feels exhausting, particularly in light of the cheers for the finishing half-ers. That said -- there were quite a few spectators lined up just past the half-way mark with great, encouraging signs, loud cheers, and even beer (if you were crazy enough to want it). The second half of the race is very different than the first. It's mostly along Kelly Drive which is very quiet and does not have a lot of spectators. It's beautiful and serene but grows a bit monotonous as you work your way through miles 15-18. Around 18 (I can't remember exactly) you hit the town of Manyunk and get a nice boost of energy from the crowd. But you also hit a slow, gradual incline. When you come back around, it's back into the quiet, serene part of the race. The race arranges for cheer zones -- which definitely help. But still -- I missed the NY crowds that felt so amazing and boosted me through the final 10k of my last marathon, but I barreled through regardless. As you head into mile 25, crowds come back and cheer you on loudly through to the finish. Post-race was fairly easy. Lots of options for re-fueling, including chicken broth, which was simply perfect. Fairly easy to find family and friends, and easy to get out of the race and back to the hotel. Generally, it was a good race with varied scenery and a varied course, and I had a good weekend in Philadelphia. I crossed the finish line having met my time goal, but in a lot of pain. I found the lack of motivational crowds in the second half to be tough; it felt a bit isolating. It made the run a mind-body battle for me, but the course itself was easier than NY, so it was a mixed bag. While I'm glad I ran it, I probably wouldn't do it again. Though, I would do the half. I would recommend the Philly Marathon to a friend -- particularly as an alternative to NY -- but I would just emphasize that it's very different. A few pointers: 1. Lots of people/ websites say this is a flat race. It's not flat. There are a couple of solid hills in the first half (I think they were between 7 and 10), and lots of rolling hills in the second half. I wouldn't say it's a ""hilly"" marathon, but it's certainly not flat, and I'm glad I included hill workouts in my training. 2. It's very hard for spectators to get to the quiet parts of miles 15-24 without walking fairly far. So, if your family/ friends can do it, great. If not, be prepared to spend some quiet time with your thoughts... or your tunes. 3. About that -- bring music. I couldn't stand the sound of hearing myself breathing during the second half -- I was glad I had my phone with me to plug into my songs. 4. Don't get there at 5:30am. If it's anything like this year -- it is totally unnecessary and cold. 5. Porta-potty lines are very long at the start and in the first half. Try to use the restroom before you get to the race start. Second half had few, if any, lines. 6. Aide stations were very well-run, but didn't come quite as frequently as I would've liked in the second half. Pay close attention to your intake during the race, and don't expect water every mile. 7. Bring a split watch. I hear lots of people PR on this race, and I did, too. Managing your pace at the beginning can really pay off."

RaceThread.com 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19019, United States

Running: Marathon

RaceThread.com Saturday, November 17th, 2018 - Sunday, November 18th, 2018

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Whether you're a seasoned marathoner or a first-timer, Philadelphia is the place for you. We've designed our course to be scenic, fan-friendly and, above all, great for running. It's no wonder we're consistently listed among the top ten races in the country, recognized for our mostly flat terrain, ideal temperature and awesome atmosphere.

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Great course and race
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emiliat10 | 1 Review

This was a great race. The signage was clear and it wasn't too crowded. The announcers were fun & played great music, plus there were a lot of people around to cheer runners on. It was relatively flat, minus a few small hills, and lots of great post-race entertainment.

Raced in 2017 and competed in Running: 8K.
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Well organized, fun race
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The race was a lot of fun and well organized. There was no line getting through security and there was clear signage about where to line up to start. The course wasn't the most scenic, but it was flat for the most part. And the post-race snacks were abundant!

Raced in 2017 and competed in Running: 8k.
Experience level is Beginner.

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Great race in a great City
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Bill B | 1 Review

The starting location is awesome. Couldn't get any better than right in the heart of Philly. Finish in the same location - right in front of the art museum. Staying in any hotel is easy and fast to the starting line. No long waits at security, and plenty of post race food and drinks.

Would race this one again without hesitation!

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Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Half Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced.

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Great City and Great Race
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The city was great and the organization was outstanding. Starting at 8 a.m. also made a huge difference- finishing around 10 am left the rest of the day free to explore and wander.

Raced in 2015 and competed in Running: Half Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced.

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First time marathoner
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Laura21 | 1 Review

The Philly marathon was my first marathon! Prior to signing up I had heard a lot of good things about the Philadelphia marathon from people in my running club. They commented on the crowd support to the scenic course and boy did it live up to the hype! It was such an amazing experience to be running through the city and hear people call your name to cheer you on. The streets were lined with people many of which had creative signs. That was beyond impressive to me because the weather on Nov 20th was cold and blustery but that did not deter spectators!
I had an amazing time on the course from start to finish and despite the wind ran negative splits, so I was extra happy about that. Would absolutely recommend this race esp to first timers 😊🏃🏼

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Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Hotel.

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Fun and scenic course!
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RaceThread.com  michelle.craren | 1 Review

This was my first marathon, and my current home race. Registration is relatively inexpensive if you sign to early, which I appreciate. The expo and pickup were large and went smoothly. On race day, I wish they started later due to the cold of November mornings. I also think that the start/finish area needed better way finding. I didn't know where to get water or where the medical tent was, and neither did many volunteers. Luckily bag drop is easy to find because of the giant UPS trucks! The course is scenic, and the spectators are great. I thought the out and back portion would be rough, but the fun in Manayunk made it worth it, and the return afterwards is only a few miles! At the finish, there were the usual snacks, but no bag to carry them in, which was a drag! Overall, I thought the race and course were great, but I think the start/finish hiccups need to be addressed next year! PS: loved the Independence Hall medal!

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Not Applicable.

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Rothman 8k
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emc1128 | 1 Review

I thought the race was really well managed and was impressed that they were able to clear out the remaining half-marathoners to allow for us to get started.

I thought the packet pickup was a bit of a mess though. Not inside the expo but getting there was a nightmare b cause everyone was coming into the city at the same time. Day of pickup would have been a nice option to have and given how seamless the race itself, and the area it was held in, were managed, it seems like this could be an option. Allowing that at the convention center would be find too; I actually ran there after the race to get some extra mileage and check out the expo with time to enjoy and it was completely manageable.

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RaceThread.com  don.altemus | 1 Review

The water stations were the cleanest I've ever seen at a race. I didn't have any worries about slipping and falling on empty cups.
The tear down of timing signs began way too early.

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Great Race
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Justin McCarthy | 1 Review

Weather was not ideal - windy - but that is not the race's fault. The course is scenic and PR friendly as it passes Philadelphia's famous landmarks. You can feel the energy entering Manayunk.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Colleentozer | 1 Review

It was awesome always loved this course!

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Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Other.

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Amazing spectators
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RaceThread.com  vivianeckmann | 1 Review

The race took place on one of the windiest and coldest day of the year, however, there was plenty of spectators to get by. They were loud and positive. The course is relatively flat but I train in Atlanta ;) Great race and lots of post race restaurants to choose from. I am vegan and black bird pizzeria had just what I needed to reboot calories.

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Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Hotel.

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Fast course with tons of inspiring fan support
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I loved racing the Philadelphia Marathon (2016). The course is fairly flat, with just a few hills to keep things interesting in the first 10 miles, but nothing to sweat over if you've worked hills into your training. There were plenty of water stops along the course and so many enthusiastic fans along the way who took the time to look at our bibs and call our names out as we passed.

The last 12 miles are an out-and-back, which has the usual pros and cons. Pros: you get to see the winners and elites on their way to the finish, which is exciting and inspiring; you can take note of the terrain on the way out so you can be mentally prepared for the way back. Cons: you don't see anything new for the last 6 miles; if you get discouraged by seeing others on the way back when you're just on your way out, you'll have to mentally prepare for it.

The number of participants (about 3600 this year) was small enough to make things easy before the race. I think the longest I waited in line at the Port-a-Johns (once just inside the secure zone and once at the start line corrals) was 5-7 minutes. Security was also very fast--it helped that they had several security entrances. A smaller crowd also meant that after the race started, the crowd thinned out within the first couple of miles.

The only things I wished were different: Pre-race communications about security guidelines were a bit confusing. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to take in my reusable, hand-held Amphipod running water bottle so I prepared for a plan B, which was kind of stressful, but I was able to take it in after all. Also, the post-race family meet-up signs got blown down by the wind so it took a while to find my husband.

But overall, I had a fantastic time!

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No Philly for Philly
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What happened to running in Philadelphia and seeing the city? We spent the majority of our time outside the city. We should have looped around the LOVE statue then down to Independence Mall and past the Liberty Bell. We should have been going towards Front street past the former location of Tun Tavern the first bar and founding location of the Marines. We should have run past the Korean memorial and on to South street. Looped over the river past Drexel and other popular locations. This course this year SUCKED. I'm not even from Philly and within 15 minutes I laid out a course on some running apps that would have kept us in the city and actually seen some sights. There was no water when we crossed the finish line. It took 20 minutes to find the water and a wrap to warm up. There was no finisher party, just some chips and pretzels which by the way the rice chips were probably the best thing ever along with the Herrs pub style pretzels at the expo. The medal, what the heck was that? It was ugly and it was not nearly as innovative as the ringing liberty bells we had in 2015. Whole thing is that it symbolized Independence Hall and we never even ran past it. This year just sucked.

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Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Half Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Not Applicable.

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Excellent race
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Gracephie | 1 Review

Excellent coordination from start to finish. Shuttle buses from the hotel were really well coordinated and I didn't have to worry at all getting to and from the start line which I appreciated. The most memorable moment was what felt like miles and miles of crowd support which really helped me run strong. The course was easy and not too hilly. Lots of water spots and volunteers were upbeat despite the cold and wind! They were out of women's size medium shirts at the expo when I got there on Saturday afternoon.

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Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Hotel.

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Philly
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Jillc | 1 Review

Easy to get there, easy to manage. Great crowds but also plenty of quiet stretches. Great medals. Great array of food at the finish including coffee cups of chicken broth, much appreciated on a cold, windy day. I could come to Philly and do this race every year.

Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Experienced and stayed in Hotel.

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Philadelphia Marathon
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Shuttergirl17 | 1 Review

Thank you for making my first full marathon experience a wonderful one. Of course I was in pain and of course I was cold and the wind was brutal. But those were obstacles I had to overcome. I thought the crowd support was as great as could be expected on such a cold day, I thought the water stations were plentiful (I had actually panicked the night before when I realized I left my hydration belt bottles at home, but I was totally fine), there were tons of volunteers, the police presence made me feel very safe and there was plenty of food at the finish. I really can't say anything negative about it. I would definitely recommend this race to another runner looking to sign up for their first full marathon.

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Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Great Race
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RuninRedSox | 1 Review

Really well run race, and quite flat, some hills at miles 8-10 but that's about it. The pacers I had were excellent I highly recommend this race

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Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Cool race
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Polar Firefighter | 1 Review

I utilized preregistration for this race. Packet pick up was at Equinox which didn't not become let me give you a tour of the gym. Major points for that. In fact I had to ask. pick up was well organized. Race day. Let's just say it was cold. I think it was about -1 without windchill. Parking was by the start and there were vendors despite the weather. There was about 100+ runners. The course was very nice, open to traffic but minimal traffic. Volunteers hung tough. Everyone who finished got a nice large medal. I won my age group so went home with two medals. They did the medals very fast so no one had to wait around in the cold. I support the decision to have the race despite the temperature. I would do this race again. I don't use aid stations and I'm sure if it was warmer people would have mingled after.

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Raced in 2016 and competed in Running: 5K.
Experience level is Beginner and stayed in Not Applicable.

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Motor Citymaking a comeback.
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alisoncclarke | 1 Review

Ran the state side half marathon because I got closed out of the Canada/U.S. Half. But, getting over that disappointment was easier with the 10 am start. Flat course with lots to see. Bridges, parks, sky scrapers, tuba and bag pipe players, costumes and fountains. Detroit is not as broken down as the newspapers make it out to be. There is a lot to do on your visit and it was a very welcoming place to go run.

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Raced in 2014 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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Philadelphia Marathon
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cherylt84 | 1 Review

"Tips and Notes:
- you don't need to get there as early as they say
- mentally challenging to pass the halfway mark with others finishing - as with almost all half/full marathon races
- good crowd support in the beginning, a bit less on the second half
- work in hill training - not a hilly race but enough that you should have practiced them
- I brought my own gels and fluids because it was my first full but probably unnecessary - more a security blanket than anything else
- my family parked at the Manyunk diner so I could see them when I really needed love - got to see them around miles 18 and 22. Only trouble with this is they won't be at the finish line in time to see you finish"

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Raced in 2012 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Friends/Family.

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Running the City of Brotherly Love
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kberlz | 1 Review

"Having failed to secure a spot in the NYC Marathon (the only marathon I've run -- and only once), I looked for a race that would be close to home, and have good crowd support. I read up on Philly, saw that it was fairly flat, and that there was fairly good spectator support, and signed up.

I love the NYC Marathon. To this day, I say it was one of the best experiences of my life -- so, I will quickly disclose that this review might be slightly, biased given my only basis for comparison.

Expo was great -- accessible, convenient, well-run and filled with good vendors.

The race start was fine, but there is no need to get there at 5:30, especially given that it's late November, and often the morning is very cold. We got there at 6am, and people were showing up until 6:30 and later. The race start is fairly prompt at 7am with corral waves that go off every few minutes.

I'm fairly good at pacing myself, and fairly accurately can guess my speed, but I found the first few miles hard to pace. Each corral covers a wide range of speeds, so, combined with excess adrenaline, it was hard to gauge. I'd highly recommend bringing a watch that calculates splits so you can get a sense of how fast you are running (though there are clocks at every mile, if you prefer those). The first 13 miles are run with the half-marathoners, and the roads are sometimes very narrow. I found myself running up onto the sidewalk quite a bit to get around slower runners, and finding it very hard to break out of the pack. Lots of spectators came out, but there was less cheering than I'd imagine given the number of people along the course.

Running through the city was really nice -- not being from Philly, I enjoyed the mini-tour and the view, and I found it a fun and varied course route.

The 13 mile mark is tough. Marathoners watch (and hear) the half marathoners finishing their race. They go right to finish, and you go left to carry on. Knowing you have another 13+ feels exhausting, particularly in light of the cheers for the finishing half-ers. That said -- there were quite a few spectators lined up just past the half-way mark with great, encouraging signs, loud cheers, and even beer (if you were crazy enough to want it).

The second half of the race is very different than the first. It's mostly along Kelly Drive which is very quiet and does not have a lot of spectators. It's beautiful and serene but grows a bit monotonous as you work your way through miles 15-18. Around 18 (I can't remember exactly) you hit the town of Manyunk and get a nice boost of energy from the crowd. But you also hit a slow, gradual incline. When you come back around, it's back into the quiet, serene part of the race. The race arranges for cheer zones -- which definitely help. But still -- I missed the NY crowds that felt so amazing and boosted me through the final 10k of my last marathon, but I barreled through regardless. As you head into mile 25, crowds come back and cheer you on loudly through to the finish.

Post-race was fairly easy. Lots of options for re-fueling, including chicken broth, which was simply perfect. Fairly easy to find family and friends, and easy to get out of the race and back to the hotel.

Generally, it was a good race with varied scenery and a varied course, and I had a good weekend in Philadelphia. I crossed the finish line having met my time goal, but in a lot of pain. I found the lack of motivational crowds in the second half to be tough; it felt a bit isolating. It made the run a mind-body battle for me, but the course itself was easier than NY, so it was a mixed bag. While I'm glad I ran it, I probably wouldn't do it again. Though, I would do the half. I would recommend the Philly Marathon to a friend -- particularly as an alternative to NY -- but I would just emphasize that it's very different.

A few pointers:

1. Lots of people/ websites say this is a flat race. It's not flat. There are a couple of solid hills in the first half (I think they were between 7 and 10), and lots of rolling hills in the second half. I wouldn't say it's a ""hilly"" marathon, but it's certainly not flat, and I'm glad I included hill workouts in my training.

2. It's very hard for spectators to get to the quiet parts of miles 15-24 without walking fairly far. So, if your family/ friends can do it, great. If not, be prepared to spend some quiet time with your thoughts... or your tunes.

3. About that -- bring music. I couldn't stand the sound of hearing myself breathing during the second half -- I was glad I had my phone with me to plug into my songs.

4. Don't get there at 5:30am. If it's anything like this year -- it is totally unnecessary and cold.

5. Porta-potty lines are very long at the start and in the first half. Try to use the restroom before you get to the race start. Second half had few, if any, lines.

6. Aide stations were very well-run, but didn't come quite as frequently as I would've liked in the second half. Pay close attention to your intake during the race, and don't expect water every mile.

7. Bring a split watch. I hear lots of people PR on this race, and I did, too. Managing your pace at the beginning can really pay off."

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Raced in 2014 and competed in Running: Marathon.
Experience level is Intermediate and stayed in Hotel.

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