22 November 2019
The Philadelphia Marathon (aka the Philadelphia Independence Marathon), founded in 1954, is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the third Sunday of November each year. The Philadelphia Marathon ranks top ten in the nations largest marathons with over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers. The 30,000 runners come from all 50 states and over 40 countries.The course is a certified 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi), and is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field. The start of the race is at 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The runners have the option to run half marathon and 8K along with the marathon. In Philadelphia, we redefine the experience of what a marathon should be. A beautiful course, an engaging atmosphere, it’s no wonder we're consistently listed among the top ten courses in the country, recognized for our flat terrain, mellow weather and spirited fans. Oh, that’s another thing: the fans. You'd better get ready for the crowds, because each year, thousands of spectators line the course eager to cheer on runners. There's nothing we love more in this town than a champion...all 30,000 of them.
The course begins and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Marathon course is relatively flat and offers a view of many historical landmarks that include Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell. The course travels the streets of Old City on Penn’s Landing, parallel to the Delaware River, along the Schuylkill River and out to Manayunk.The highest elevation in the course is approximately 148 feet. The terrain presents many uphill and downhill challenges for the runners.
Running the course is the ultimate sweep through American history, from revolutionary times to the vibrant present day. From Betsy Ross’s house and the Liberty Bell, through gorgeous 19th century Fairmount Park, to the hip districts of University City and Manayunk, the engrossing and beautiful landmarks along the way add a unique flavor to the experience.