Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

 
4.4 (5 reviews)

Philadelphia, PA
November 19, 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-timer, Philadelphia is the place for you. We’ve designed our course to be scenic, fan-friendly and, above all, great for running. It’s no wonder we're consistently listed among the top ten races in the country, recognized for our mostly flat terrain, ideal temperature, and awesome atmosphere. Join us this fall for race weekend!

Race Reviews: 5
Overall Rating:
 
4.4
Course:
 
4.3
Organization:
 
4.4
Value:
 
4.6
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This was my 3rd Marathon and it was everything I hoped it would be. The race is amazingly well-organized, the course isn't too confusing, and the medals were totally awesome. Plus, the Rocky theme song was played a million times, which totally psyched me up. Last I heard, marathoners and half-marathoners run the same course, but at the halfway mark, marathoners split off and run along the Schuykill river -- so peaceful. The spectators were super nice too!!
Overall Rating:
 
4.5
Course:
 
3.5
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
5.0
Reviewed by RunnerGirl99 on 6/20/2016
Racing Experience: 1 - 5 Marathons
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Review: This was my 3rd Marathon and it was everything I hoped it would be. The race is amazingly well-organized, the course isn't too confusing, and the medals were totally awesome. Plus, the Rocky theme song was played a million times, which totally psyched me up. Last I heard, marathoners and half-marathoners run the same course, but at the halfway mark, marathoners split off and run along the Schuykill river -- so peaceful. The spectators were super nice too!!

Pros
-- Hysterical spectators
-- Decent expo
-- Relatively flat, scenic course
-- very nice shirts & medals
Cons
-- though I liked the course overall, I'm not a fan of having out and backs.
-- aid stations ran low on supplies late in the race

Overall: Affordable, scenic (city and neighborhoods), and a relatively fast course
Overall Rating:
 
3.8
Course:
 
4.0
Organization:
 
3.5
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Mia Flores on 6/30/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Boston, MA

Review: Pros
-- Hysterical spectators
-- Decent expo
-- Relatively flat, scenic course
-- very nice shirts & medals
Cons
-- though I liked the course overall, I'm not a fan of having out and backs.
-- aid stations ran low on supplies late in the race

Overall: Affordable, scenic (city and neighborhoods), and a relatively fast course

The course is mostly flat with only a couple minor hills to contend with. It takes runners past some of Philly's best known attractions and it was plenty-well marked and the aid stations were all packed. I had a blast at the expo as well --- a great variety of events, charities, and vendors.
Overall Rating:
 
4.7
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
4.5
Value:
 
4.5
Reviewed by Brent Neudecker on 6/14/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Levittown, PA

Review: The course is mostly flat with only a couple minor hills to contend with. It takes runners past some of Philly's best known attractions and it was plenty-well marked and the aid stations were all packed. I had a blast at the expo as well --- a great variety of events, charities, and vendors.

I love Philadelphia! I'm a native to the area and I look forward to running the marathon every year. It's less congested than other big marathons in the area (Boston, New York) and the spectators are the best around. I had a rough run this year due to poor training, but still had a great time. I'd especially like to thank all the volunteers for all their hard work on race day -- it's greatly appreciated.
Overall Rating:
 
4.3
Course:
 
4.5
Organization:
 
4.0
Value:
 
4.5
Reviewed by Kristin K. on 4/4/2014
Racing Experience: 10 - 20 Marathons
Location: Allentown, PA

Review: I love Philadelphia! I'm a native to the area and I look forward to running the marathon every year. It's less congested than other big marathons in the area (Boston, New York) and the spectators are the best around. I had a rough run this year due to poor training, but still had a great time. I'd especially like to thank all the volunteers for all their hard work on race day -- it's greatly appreciated.

I can't say enough about the organization/logistics/volunteers. I'm not from the area, so it was great to have all the assistance I needed during and prior to race day.

The course is a good mix of historic sites, urban parks, and a long out-and-back on the Schuylkill. Personally, I like the out&backs so you can watch other races go by.. otherwise you're simply always looking at everyone's back! The course had a good mix of smaller hills too -- there's just enough to keep your interest, but not overwhelm you. And if you like lots of runners [like I do], it's hard to imagine a better race.
Overall Rating:
 
4.8
Course:
 
4.5
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
5.0
Reviewed by Brandon Scott on 3/8/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Bakersfield, CA

Review: I can't say enough about the organization/logistics/volunteers. I'm not from the area, so it was great to have all the assistance I needed during and prior to race day.

The course is a good mix of historic sites, urban parks, and a long out-and-back on the Schuylkill. Personally, I like the out&backs so you can watch other races go by.. otherwise you're simply always looking at everyone's back! The course had a good mix of smaller hills too -- there's just enough to keep your interest, but not overwhelm you. And if you like lots of runners [like I do], it's hard to imagine a better race.

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Loop
Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 9,000

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 1,146

New York 354

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 12.7%

New York 3.9%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results