2012 Is the Year to Redefine Possible™ at the Philadelphia Marathon

20 Sep 2012 06:36
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend Offers a Full Schedule Highlighted by the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 18.

PHILADELPHIA (September 18, 2012) – The City of Philadelphia will host the 19th annual Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, November 16-18, bringing together more than 27,000 race participants and 60,000 spectators for three days of excitement, competition and fun.

The highlight of the weekend is Sunday’s Philadelphia Marathon, which is preceded by the Philadelphia Half Marathon – also on Sunday – the Rothman Institute 8K, Health &Fitness Expo and the Kids Fun Run. Additionally more than 20 fan-friendly cheer zones lining the 26.2-mile race course help establish Philadelphia as running’s best host city.

Among the top-10 largest marathons nationally, Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend welcomes runners from all 50 states and over 40 countries to Philadelphia during three days of events – both on and off the race course. Much more than just an athletic competition, the Philadelphia Marathon acts as a platform to connect local businesses, hotels, charities and government to create a spectacular showcase for Philadelphia residents and tourists.

The 2012 Philadelphia Marathon encourages competitors to Redefine PossibleTM. The tagline refers to how the Marathon is a stage for runners to achieve their personal goals. Runners can improve the environment, raise money for a charity, or embrace active living through the Philadelphia Marathon.

New to Philadelphia Marathon Weekend is the expansion of the Kids Fun Run, which now features a more prominent role in this year’s event lineup. Also, the introduction of Choose Your Course – the discounted pasta dining option designed to pre-load carbohydrates – is being offered to race participants on Saturday, November 17. This year more than ever, the Philadelphia Marathon truly has something for everybody. The full weekend event schedule is listed below:

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17: Health & Fitness Expo
Noon – 9:00 p.m., Friday, November 16
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17 Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A, 12th & Arch streets.Entry is free and open to the public and includes numerous activities, vendors and seminars.

Saturday, November 17: Rothman Institute 8K
7:30 a.m.
22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Scenic Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, set along the Schuylkill River, is the site for 3,000 Rothman Institute 8K race participants to kick-off Philadelphia Marathon Weekend’s running events.

Saturday, November 17: Kids Fun Run
Onsite registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Races begin at 10:30 a.m. at 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Kids Fun Run is a noncompetitive race promoting health and fitness among children, ages 6-12.The first 250 kids will receive a finisher’s medal, T-shirt, and goodie bag upon completion of the race.

Sunday, November 18: Philadelphia Half Marathon and Philadelphia MarathonWheelchair and Handcycle competitions begin at 6:57 a.m. Competition for runners begins at 7:00 a.m.

22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Marathon is an elite U.S. race. Sunday is the climax of Marathon Weekend, when thousands of race competitors travel through 13.1 and 26.2 beautiful miles of Philadelphia’s race course. From historical landmarks such as the Liberty Bell to scenic passes in Fairmount Park, there is much for runners to see along the race course. Over 20 cheer zones placed throughout Philadelphia’s unique neighborhoods such as Old City, Manayunk and University City means that runners never feel alone. Additionally, the mostly flat and fast course is USATF certified.

For more information on 2012 Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, please visit: www.philadelphiamarathon.com.

More than 27,000 runners and 60,000 spectators will be in Philadelphia, the city to experience “The Best Time of Your Life” during Marathon Weekend (Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18). In addition to Sunday’s Philadelphia Marathon, Race Weekend offers three races — the Half Marathon, the Rothman Institute 8K and the Kids Fun Run. Other activities to welcome runners, families, friends, volunteers, spectators businesses, visitors and residents include a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo; a free course map complete with retail discounts and promotions, and information on more than 20 spectacular cheer zones. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting www.philadelphiamarathon.com.