Frequently Asked Questions
What are the age requirements for participation in a Philadelphia Marathon event?
The Philadelphia Marathon has adopted the following age participation policies by event distance: 16 and older for the Marathon; 14 and older for the Half Marathon; 12 and older for the Rothman Institute 8K; and, 6-14 for the Kids Fun Run. All youth race participants under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian's signed authorization on the official event application and waiver. Be prepared to provide proof of age when picking up a minor's race packet.
May I register on race day?
No. There is no race day registration or packet pick-up for the Marathon, Half Marathon or Rothman Institute 8K.
Do you have a mail-in registration form?
Yes, please download here.
May I switch my registration from one race to another?
Yes, as long as you do so before September 30th AND SPACE IS AVAILABLE IN THAT EVENT. A $15 administrative fee plus the additional cost for the event, if applicable, is charged to participants who wish to switch to another Philadelphia Marathon event. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. To make your switch please click here.
Can a friend pick up my packet for me?
Yes. Your friend will need to bring a hard copy of your final confirmation with your signature in order to retrieve your packet. Your friend must show his or her state-issued photo ID in order to pick up your packet.
I am entered in the race but recently incurred an injury and will be unable to compete. Can I defer my participation to next year?
No. We do not offer deferments or refunds.
How many participants do you expect in the Marathon and Half Marathon? Do you expect to reach the maximum field size? This year, we expect to reach our maximum field size of 30,000 participants in the Marathon and Half Marathon, so please register early.
Do I need a qualifying time to enter the Philadelphia Marathon?
Is the Philadelphia Marathon a qualifying race to the Boston Marathon?
Are there Corporate Teams or Team Relays?
No, there are no team relays.
Is the Marathon walker-friendly?
Yes. The Philadelphia Marathon is open to all competitors, with few restrictions. Please note that all participants must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace throughout the course.
Why didn't I receive a registration confirmation email?
Based on your system's personal set up, it is not uncommon that confirmation emails get blocked, go to your SPAM folder, or end up in your junk mail.
I do not have a bib number. Can I run the race as an unofficial entrant?
No. Race amenities provided along the course, including medical assistance, fluid replenishment stations and traffic safety concerns are based on the exact number of officially-entered competitors. Any addition to this number by way of unregistered participants will adversely affect the races. Unregistered participants will be removed from the course.
What are the locations for the Port-a-johns?
Port-a-johns are located at the start/finish line area. Additionally, Port-a-johns will be located at every water stop on the course.
What are the types and where are the locations for the replacement fluids?
Hydration stations will be set up at the race start and finish, as well as throughout the length of the course. All hydration stations will have Gatorade at the first set of tables, then water at the next set of tables. The lemon-lime flavored Gatorade will be served in green colored cups.
Saturday, November 16-Rothman Institute 8k
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near Black Road-Mile 3 turnaround
Sunday, November 17-Marathon/Half Marathon
- Pre race water-Eakins Oval
- Columbus Boulevard & Race Street-Mile 2.2 (Curb Lanes, Runner Left & Right)
- Columbus Boulevard & Christian Street-Mile 3.4 (Runner Right)
- 6th & Walnut Streets-Mile 5.1 (Runner Left)
- 31st & Chestnut Streets-Mile 7.1 (Curb Lanes, Runner Left & Right)
- 34th Street & Fairmount Avenue-Mile 8.3 (Runner Right)
- West Memorial Hall Drive, Please Touch Museum-Mile 9.8 (Curb Lanes, Runner Left & Right)
- Disabled Rowers' Boathouse, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive & Black Road-Mile 11.1 (Center of Road, Runner Left & Right)
- Kelly Drive & Sedgley Avenue-Miles 13.5 & 25.7 (Center of Road, Runner Left & Right)
- Kelly Drive & Fountain Green-Miles 14.7 & 24.6 (Center of Road, Runner Left & Right)
- Kelly Drive & Ferry Street-Miles 16.9 & 22.3 (Center of Road, Runner Left & Right)
- Main Street & Ridge Avenue-Miles 18.7 & 21.3 (Center of Road, Runner Left & Right)
- Main & Cotton Streets, Winnie's LeBus-Miles 19.8 & 20.2 (Center of Road, Runner Left & Right)
- Finish Line, Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Runner Left & Right)
What is the average Temp at Start Time?
Approximately 45°F/7.2°C at start time and at the finish about 54°F/12°C.
Can I use a baby jogger, roller blades, scooter or bike?
No. These items are all strictly prohibited from the race course.
What are the different divisions of the Philadelphia Marathon that receive awards?
Please check the page for your specific race on this website for specific award and prize information.
How long will the finish be open for the Marathon & Half Marathon?
The finish will be open for 7 hours.
How can I review results at the end of the race?
Online information is updated as the race progresses. Official race results will be posted online 24 hours from the time of the final finisher.
Can I use headphones or earbuds?
The rule prohibiting headphones is no longer enforced by USATF; however, the Philadelphia Marathon recommends you do not wear them during the race. Runners' ability to hear and react to situations and directions given by race officials is very important. Your safety is always our topmost concern.
Is there a course time limit for participants? Yes. You must maintain a 16-minute mile. For Marathon participants, you will only be allowed to proceed past the Half Marathon point if you have reached it within the 16-minute-per-mile time frame. If you have not reached that point during the prescribed time, you will be guided to finish at the Half Marathon line.
While I'm in Philadelphia, I'd like to visit different parts of the city. How do I get to South Philadelphia? Fairmount? Old City? Manayunk?
One of the things that makes Philadelphia great is its unique neighborhoods. Information on tours and itineraries are available at www.visitphilly.com. For those who prefer to travel on their own, contact SEPTA, the city's public transportation system at (215) 580-7800 or check out schedules at www.septa.org.
Is there late check-out at the hotels?
Many hotels in Philadelphia offer special rates for the Marathon weekend, but each has its own policies on check-in/check-out times. Please check with your hotel.
Can you recommend a good restaurant?
Philadelphia has some of the best dining in the world, where you can find everything from cheesesteaks to French gourmet. You can review information about many of Philadelphia's fine restaurants at www.visitphilly.com.
For Spectators, Press, Vendors and Shoppers
I am not running but want to know some information about watching the race.
On the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, there is plenty of room for spectators along the street at the start and finish line. We will also have numerous cheer zones along the course. Check back closer to race day for a complete list of Cheer Zone locations.
I'm with the press. Can I interview the winner of the race?
Yes. Members of the press should email email@example.com after October 1st to request credentials. On race day, visit the media tent at Eakins Oval to pick up the press pass and, if you like, be escorted to meet the winners. You are also welcome to download photos and press releases from the media page.
How can I obtain a booth at the Health & Fitness Expo or insert an item into the runners' bags?
Click here for more information on how to become a vendor or exhibitor at the Health & Fitness Expo.