The City of Philadelphia is preparing for the 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, November 18-20, 2011, which will welcome more than 25,000 runners and more than 60,000 spectators to the city for an action-packed three days. The marathon weekend features the Philadelphia Marathon, Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K, Health & Fitness Expo, Kids Fun Run and more than 20 spectator Cheer Zones to catch all of the competition.
Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend will attract thousands of athletes from more than 30 countries worldwide – from Canada to Costa Rica and France to Finland – for the opportunity to run through the city’s streets and to get a real taste of hip and historic Philadelphia’s beauty, culture, heritage and hospitality, as part of a fun weekend for the whole family. Also, for the first time in the race’s history, the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon have been selected by Runner’s World magazine as the fall Runner’s World Challenge races for 2011 providing participating runners with personalized training schedules, tips on nutrition and injury prevention, inspiring notes and weekly emails throughout their training from running legend Bart Yasso and other fist-class runners and coaches. The RW Challenge will draw runners and enthusiasts from around the world to compete, making Philadelphia the runners’ destination this fall.
Running’s best host city welcomes more than 25,000 athletes to Philadelphia for a family-friendly series of events over Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend – always held on the weekend before Thanksgiving – November 18-20, 2011. Produced and hosted by the City of Philadelphia, Marathon Race Weekend features four races in a city “born to run” — the 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon and Philadelphia Half Marathon, preceded by Saturday’s Rothman Institute 8K and the Kids Fun Run. Other activities to welcome runners, families, friends, spectators, businesses and residents include a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo; a free course map complete with retail discounts and promotions; more than 20 spectator cheer zones; and a pre-race pasta party. Runners pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting www.philadelphiamarathon.com.