Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8K
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Coming November 23 & 24
By Taylor Smith
Ranking the nation’s top 10 in terms of large marathons, the Philadelphia Marathon typically attracts more than 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers. The fast and scenic course takes runners past historic landmarks, through urban neighborhoods, and along Philadelphia’s picturesque waterfront. Participants should keep in mind that the November race is a chilly one, with average starting line temperatures around 37 degrees F. The half marathon and 8K races will take place on Saturday, November 23. The full marathon will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 24.
Perfect for those who relish history, the starting line near the Philadelphia Museum of Art leads south and east into the downtown section of Philadelphia known as Old City. Significant Old City landmarks include the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were finalized. The stretch of the race through Independence National Historic Park features several American Revolutionary landmarks.
Around mile 9, runners will transition to the Delaware River waterfront. The race will largely follow park paths through the majority of the race before turning back towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the finish line.
The event’s title sponsor is the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). It is the world’s oldest and largest professional association dedicated to cancer research and is headquartered in Philadelphia (https://www.aacr.org).
For more on these races, including recommended lodging, transportation, and spectator information, visit https://philadelphiamarathon.com.