Your Ultimate Guide to the 2023 Philadelphia Marathon: A bunch of races will happen in the city from Friday, November 17, to Sunday, November 19. Both experienced and new runners will be there.
The event has been going on for 30 years. Also, it’s been named one of the ten best marathons in the US.
People who sign up will jog through Fairmount Park, University City, Manayunk, and other places. At the same time that people cheer them on, runners will see some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row.
The races also raise money for the American Association for Cancer Research. This year, they hope to raise $600,000.
Here is everything you need to know about Philadelphia’s Marathon Weekend before the big event:
Your Ultimate Guide to the 2023 Philadelphia Marathon: RACES AND EVENTS
- – Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Nov. 17, 18)
- – The Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon (Nov. 18)
- – The Rothman Orthopaedics 8K Run (Nov. 18)
- – The Nemours Children’s Run (Nov. 18)
- – The Patriot Challenge – 8K and Half Marathon (Nov. 18)
- – The Independence Challenge – 8K and Full Marathon (Nov. 18, 19)
- – The Liberty Bell Challenge – Half and Full Marathon (Nov. 18, 19)
- – The Freedom Challenge – 8K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon (Nov. 18, 19)
- – The AACR Philadelphia Marathon (Nov. 19)
All of the above races kick off at 22nd Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway. See links for various start times.
The above races all begin at the corner of 22nd Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway. Click on the links for different start times.
HOW TO VIEW THE EVENT
There are loyal fans who look forward to Philadelphia Marathon Weekend just as much as the runners do.
Every year, athletes look forward to the enthusiastic fans who cheer them on from the stands, often holding bright signs.
Crowd maps can be found at philadelphiamarathon.com if you want to help runners cross the finish lines.
You can also use the marathon’s runner tracking system to keep track of someone you know as they run. Go to philadelphiamarathon.com to see how people did in a race after it’s over.
TRANSPORTATION AND ROAD CLOSURES
On the city’s website, phila.gov, you can find a full list of roads that will be closed all weekend. Starting as early as 9:30 a.m. Friday, many places will be closed for the whole weekend.
Over the weekend, “No Parking” signs will also be strictly enforced. City officials will move all the cars that are on the race route.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be harder to get into on Saturday and Sunday. During racing hours, people can get to the museum by crossing Spring Garden Street on the Spring Garden Street Bridge and going down Anne D’Harncourt Drive.
Officials from SEPTA also said that their transit system will have detours starting at 6 a.m. Saturday and going through Sunday. Before and after the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, some buses will run on different routes.
Changes to routes can be found below or at SEPTA.org:
- Routes K-12: K, R, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12
- Routes 16-31: 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 31
- Routes 32-47: 32, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42, 43, 47
- Routes 47M-125: 47M, 48, 57, 61, 64, 65, 124/125, Trolley Route 15 (Bus)
Also, Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43, 48, and 49 will take a temporary detour on Ben Franklin Parkway between Eakins Oval and 20th Street while the marathon events are set up.
Fans can take the Regional Rail to either the Suburban or 30th Street stations to get to the start and finish lines of each event.
For the most up-to-date information, riders should visit SEPTA’s System Status page.