PHILADELPHIA – (Monday, October 1, 2012) – The Philadelphia Marathon today announced that the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon have officially sold out. On Sunday, November 18, 27,000 runners will participate in the half and full marathon. The 2012 race, featuring the largest field of competitors in its 19-year history, reached its capacity nearly two months before the event — also a new record.
Registration began in April for the Philadelphia Marathon and exceeded expectations, organizers said. The Marathon (more than 14,000 participants), half marathon (more than 12,000) reached capacity three weeks faster than last year.
“The event has surpassed the largest registration total in event history, and remarkably, we did it quicker than last year, while adding 2,000 more runners to the competitive field,” said Melanie Johnson, Philadelphia Marathon Executive Director. “So, reaching our capacity this early truly marks a milestone and puts us on pace for another strong year.”
While the Marathon and Half Marathon are sold out, there are still plenty of ways to get involved in Race Weekend, and register for a race:
The Rothman Institute 8K (4.97 miles) is another great way to take part in Race Weekend. Runners will start on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just below the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — looking out upon City Hall — before taking a turn on the scenic banks of the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive.
New is the Rothman Institute 8K Group Challenge — a competition among hotels, gyms, running clubs, businesses, nonprofit organizations, universities and colleges to decide which group (five or more race participants) can claim bragging rights as the best running team. Groups can win awards and prizes in both competitive and creative categories such as the fastest group, best group spirit, best dressed group, and more. Group race participants will receive a runner’s bib, tee-shirt, post-race food and photo opportunity.
Registration for the Rothman Institute 8K costs $45 for individuals and $35 for the 8K Group Challenge members. Take the first step towards experiencing the fun, excitement, and tradition of Philadelphia Marathon Weekend at: www.philadelphiamarathon.com.
Charity Partners Offer Slots for the Marathon and Half Marathon Limited slots for the Full and Half Marathon are still available through one of the Philadelphia Marathon’s Official Charity Partners. To find a charity spot, runners should visit the Charity Partners page at PhiladelphiaMarathon.com; each charity has different fundraising commitments and requirements. The deadline is Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
“The charity spots offer runners a great way to still get in the race while at the same time doing something that gives back to the community,” said Johnson. “It has been a very valuable program that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for regional charitable organizations over the last several years and gives everyone a chance to ‘Redefine Possible,’ which is our race’s inspirational tagline.”
Philadelphia Marathon Race Organizers are seeking 3,000 volunteers to support the 19thannual Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend. Volunteer opportunities include course marshals, hydration station workers, post-race material distribution, and more! In the days prior to the races, volunteers are also needed to assist with pre-race activities.
This year, there is an opportunity to join the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service’s Waste Watchers team, which is partnering with the Philadelphia Marathon to send less waste to landfills.
Those interested in volunteering can register online at www.philadelphiamarathon.com/for-volunteers/register-to-volunteer. All volunteers will receive an official 2012 Philadelphia Marathon volunteer sweatshirt.
The Kids Fun Run offers a non-competitive event that focuses on the fun of running and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The race reflects Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s goal of promoting a healthy, active lifestyle in young people. Before or after the Kids Fun Run, children and their families can bond and have fun by engaging in face painting, stretching and warm-ups, and even an obstacle course. Registration for the Kids Fun Run is $15, and is easy to do online at 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.