The Philadelphia Marathon: Where You Can Run Past History

Run the classic race that tours historic Philly with a fast course and a boatload of new improvements for '07. The event consists of the historic marathon, a co-located half marathon, the Rothman Institute 8K (five miles) and the Verizon Kid's Fun Run.

The Course--A Grand Tour of Where Liberty Began

The Philadelphia Marathon course is a one-of-a-kind experience. The first half of the marathon runs through the historic center of the city where you'll be treated to Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell. The second half heads out along the Delaware River for a flat, scenic meander, where you'll be treated to the leafy lanes of the Philadelphia Waterworks and the Schuylkill River. On the course the spectators are numerous and boisterous, and organizers have established a number of designated "cheer zones" where your support crew can hang out to boost your spirits when you run by.

For the race-minded out for a qualifier, the Philadelphia Marathon course is flat and fast for a good qualifying time. If you already have an early fall marathon qualification attempt scheduled, you can use Philly as the fall-back if you need it--it's late enough in the calendar. Remember, a good run at Philly qualifies you for two Boston Marathons.

Last year's race was a smoker with cool weather. Kenyan Hosea Kimutai won with a 2:17:09. Seconds behind him at 2:17:50 was local Michael McKeeman, while Russian Maryina Bychkova took the women's division with a 2:40: 31.

The City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia is a storied old East Coast city with plenty of local character. It may be hard to squeeze in the marathon with all the distractions in Philadelphia. There are world-famous museums and exhibits, lots of family-oriented activities and excellent dining and nightlife after you've had your fill of history.

What's new at the 2007 Philadelphia Marathon?

The Philadelphia Marathon is an event that listens to the runners and makes changes each year to keep the race fun and rewarding. This year's changes focus on making the race better organized throughout for all participants:

  • A new health and fitness expo location
    The expo starts on Friday and runs through Saturday. This year the venue has moved to Temple University's Liacouras Center on the Avenue of the Arts. The new location will provide plenty of elbowroom for you to spread out and enjoy the multitude of vendors offering their latest wares.
  • Changes to the pre-race area
    An expanded gear check area has been added so you won't have to hassle with your bags. New information kiosks have also been added to make sure all your pre-race questions are answered.
  • More room at the start
    Thanks to separate corrals and an entirely separate timing system for the marathon and half-marathon, there will be more room at the start. Both races will still start at the same time, but the increased corral space will create more room to move at the start, where runners are trying to settle into a pace.
  • Improvements on the course
    Marathoners and half-marathoners will use the same course up to the 13-mile mark and all the course markings will be the same to prevent confusion. Additionally, all the mile markers will be bigger and higher for better visibility, 5k markers will be added, and the finish line will stay open an hour and a half longer for a generous seven and a half hour limit.
  • Finish Line improvements
    The family meeting area size will be doubled and more barricades will be positioned to keep the area organized and efficient. A significantly greater number of volunteers will be present to help you in the finish area.
  • Food improvements
    Food items will be individually bagged to make sure no runner is neglected.

Whether you're looking for a qualifying time or a grand adventure, head over to Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18. The city is easy to get to--located right between NYC and Baltimore. There are a number of area airports and direct rail service up and down the east coast.

The event always draws an enthusiastic crowd of runner and spectators. You'll see one of the birthplaces of American democracy and have a blast. Go ahead. Give it a try.

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