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Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia, PA


Race Dates

2017: Sunday, November 19, 2017
2016: Sunday, November 20, 2016

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

2016: 8,983 Finishers
2015: 9,161 Finishers
2014: 10,363 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 12.9%
2015: 13.7%

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 2015.

Last year 12.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Philadelphia Marathon the 127th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 100th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 98.50 ranks it as the 263rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 11th 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 207th 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)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Philadelphia Marathon

4.9 Stars from 13 Reviews



review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Not too hilly, great crowds, good temps, fun course, easy to get to unlike other big city marathons.

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




review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Super organized. Was very easy to stay in a hotel and walk to expo and start line. Easy course.

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review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Corrals were a bit of a mess. Lots of slower runners in the maroon coral (just behind elite) so first few miles were slow.

It was very windy, not the courses fault, just tough conditions.

Race Tips

Negative split. GPS won't work properly downtown, so run by effort or have a foot pod. Hills are early and not bad at all. Hair pin on the turn around isn't ideal.

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

Take the shuttle to the start if you're in the city centre. Go early, UPS trucks to take bags are quick and efficient but if it's cold there is a good delay between drop off and start of the race. Line up for the porta-pottys early.



review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Amazing race, superb organisation. Water and Gatorade station were adequately placed. First half of the race has great crowd support, second half get lonely (in terms of crowd support) at some places but great scenic view and greenery make up for it.

Race Tips

As I mentioned earlier the course is great and second half is really scenic and peaceful.

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

You can get good hotels near to Race and expo, choose paid (10$ /day) parking lot for car so that you don't have to worry about street parking.



review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Everything was perfect, the route, the supplies, the city, the organization.

Race Tips

Hold a little cold before the race.

Always moisturize, not because it's cold they think they will not need it.

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

Hotel near the starting line. Starts and ends almost at the same point.



review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It was hard, but do your research. Know where the hills are and be prepared. Great crowd support. Especially for the final 10k! Scenic. Awesome finish line. Weather is definitely a concern. Temps in 2016 were mild considering (upper 30's at start / mid 40's at finish), but would be worse. Terrible wind in 2016 -- consistently in the teens with gusts up to 30-35mph. Headwind for final 10k.

Race Tips

Take it early on the early rollers. Nothing major. But be prepared for climbs around mile 10 and then another steep climb around mile 19.

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review of 2016 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

CONS: No cold weather shelter for runners in AM pre race. Security delayed entry to course by one hour.

PROS: Great course. Great volunteers.

Race Tips

Biggest hill is around mile 8-10. Main Street turn around can be tough (around mile 20) physically and mentally.

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

If driving get there early!



review of 2015 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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 2015 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Flat. Great time to train.

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review of 2014 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

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

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review of 2014 Philadelphia Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It's a challenging race (hills) but with tons of cheer zones and water stations it makes this a must do race.

Race Tips

Hill Training is a must!!!

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

I have no clue on hotels but there are lots of restaurants with walking distance or on public transportation routes.



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