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Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia, PA

Race Dates

2016: Sunday, November 20, 2016
2015: Sunday, November 22, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 43°F (6°C)
Average High: 51°F (10°C)
Average Low: 34° F (1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.50
Course Score: 98.50

Race Size

2015: 9,161 Finishers
2014: 10,363 Finishers
2013: 10,913 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 13.7%
2014: 12.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2016**

The Philadelphia Marathon is a mostly flat to gently rolling course that consists of a 14 mile loop to start the race followed by a 12 mile out and back section along the Schuylkill River. The only two major hills are relatively early in the race - at approximately 7 and 9 miles.

Marathon Rankings

The Philadelphia Marathon was the 8th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 8th largest in 2014.

Last year 13.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Philadelphia Marathon the 104th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 117th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.50 ranks it as the 253rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 12th fastest course in Pennsylvania.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Philadelphia Marathon a PR Score of 98.50. This PR Score ranks it as the 201st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in Pennsylvania.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 148 feet (45m)
Min Elevation: 5 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Philadelphia Marathon

3.3333333333333 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2015 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Absolutely loved the marathons. Amazing city, perfect chilly weather for a race, nothing extreme. lovely crowd (do not expect chicago or ny amount of crowd), 2 minor hills that only motivate you to keep on going. second half with fewer crowd since it goes to the suburbs, however along the river which for me works as an excellent distraction

Race Tips

I ran with the 3:05 pacer, an my mayor tip is to not fully rely on the pacer, mine got burned and fortunately y notice so i left him behind. concentrate your mind in the second half since its much more quite due to fewer people

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Philadelphia marathon gives special rates on almost all hotels. my recommendation is to book something near the start/finish point (same place)

review of 2014 Philadelphia Marathon.   

0 / 5 Stars


Well supported, easy race logistics for a race this size. Fan friendly. Can be crowded around the pace groups, especially with the concurrent half marathon

Race Tips

2 or 3 hairpin turns. Look out for the beer stops if you like that. a couple of minor hills

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

First 1,000 registered runners pay $80. Free street parking available about a mile from the finish.

review of 2014 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


1st half was fantastic. 2nd half not as much too see but very scenic. Mostly flat and great organization and fan support.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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