The 2013 Philadelphia Marathon To Celebrate 20th Anniversary

25 Feb 2013 07:00
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend Offers a Full Schedule Highlighted by the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17.

PHILADELPHIA (February19, 2013) – In the birthplace of U.S. history, the Philadelphia Marathon will feature its own historic milestone in 2013.

Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, November 15-17, will highlight twenty years of competition, growth and excitement. More than 30,000 race participants and 60,000 spectators are expected to join – cementing the event’s position among the 10-largest marathons in the U.S.

Race Weekend offers competitors and fans three days of dynamic events – on and off the race course – led by Sunday’s Philadelphia Marathon. Additional events include:

  • A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo
  • 8K Race-Kids Fun Run
  • Philadelphia Half Marathon

More than 20 fan-friendly cheer zones line the 26.2-mile race course in unique neighborhoods such as Old City, Manayunk and University City helping establish Philadelphia as running’s best host city.

Race Weekend welcomes runners from all 50 states and over 45 countries. Much more than just an athletic competition, the Philadelphia Marathon acts as a platform connecting local businesses, hotels, charities and government to create a magnificent experience for Philadelphia residents and tourists.

Created in 1994, the Philadelphia Marathon launched its first race with about 1,100 participants. In 2012 the event set a record, registering more than 30,000 race competitors. Registration for 2013 Race Weekend begins Monday, April 1. A detailed schedule of events are below:

Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16: Health & Fitness Expo

Noon– 9:00 p.m., Friday, November 15 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall AB and Grand HallEntry is free and open to the public and includes numerous activities, vendors and seminars.

Saturday, November 16: 8K Race

7:30 a.m.22ndStreet & 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 8K race participants to kick-off Philadelphia Marathon Weekend’s running events.

Saturday, November 16: 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 6-14.

Sunday, November 17: Philadelphia Half Marathon and Philadelphia Marathon

Wheelchair and Handcycle competitions begin at 6:57 a.m.; Competition for runners begins at 7:00 a.m.

22ndStreet & 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 or 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 mostly flat and fast USATF-certified course.

Philadelphia Marathon Weekend attracts more than 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to Philadelphia to experience “The Best Time of Your Life.” Race Weekend features The Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 17; the 8K Race and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 16; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16. 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