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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Please note: The start line will close after the last runner in the last corral crosses the timing mat.

Be sure to watch "26 Days to 26.2 Miles" and "13 Days to 13.1 Miles" for the inside scoop on both the AACR Philadelphia Marathon and the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon courses!

 

Travel Tips FAQ

By Car: Philadelphia is conveniently located just 2 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Washington, D.C. Major access routes include I-95, I-76, I-476, along with the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes.

By Rail: Amtrak operates from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia with service along the Northeast Corridor. 30th Street Station is just a few minute cab ride from Center City.

By Air: Philadelphia International Airport is served by most major airlines. Several new discount air carriers provide affordable and convenient flights into Philadelphia. A cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City takes approximately 20 minutes for a rate of $30. Or, take the high-speed SEPTA train departing the airport every 30 minutes with service to Center City. One-way train fare is $7.00.

The AACR Philadelphia Marathon will begin and end near our world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art at the head of the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway- right in front of those famous steps that Rocky sprinted up, inspiring countless imitators ever since.

Center City is compact and very walkable. However, if your feet get tired, we encourage runners and spectators to use public transportation on race day. Philadelphia's mass transit system, SEPTA, offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city. Several SEPTA buses (Nos. 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48) currently serve the Museum area.

Please check with SEPTA at (215) 580-7800 for information about schedules, drop-off and pick-up locations, and route detours. Also, if you're planning to do a lot of "running around" on race day, please ask about SEPTA's unlimited access one-day pass.

Runners and fans should be aware of street closures taking place throughout the city on Race Weekend.

No on-street parking is allowed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning on Saturday, November 17, but there are several parking lots and garages conveniently located in the area. Below are several options. Call ahead as rates and availability may have changed.
  1. 23rd & Cherry Streets, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 751-9696 – Closed on Sundays
  2. 22nd & Walden Streets, SP+ Parking, (215) 568-4025
  3. 19th & Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia Parking Authority, (215) 683-9813 *
  4. 23rd & Arch Streets, Central Parking System, (215) 563-3650
  1. 222 North 20th Street, Standard Parking, (215) 448-1391
  2. 1815 Cherry Street, LAZ Parking, (215) 567-3744
  3. 16th & Race Streets (Sheraton Hotel), Standard Parking, (215) 196-0293
  4. 1815 JFK Boulevard, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 405-0790
  5. 1901 JFK Boulevard, Central Parking System, (215) 568-4018
  6. 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Windsor Suites, (215) 569-0899
  7. 36 S. 19th Street, Central Parking System, (215) 561-1187

Here’s why we say that coming to the AACR Philadelphia Marathon just may be the best time of your life: there is so much to do here. Whether you are an athlete, art and music lover, history buff, outdoor adventurer, food and wine connoisseur, or a kid who just wants to have fun—or all of the above—there’s plenty of everything for all to enjoy. If you're running in this year's race, encourage your friends and family to come along. They’ll be glad you did.

If you're looking for an authentic Philly cheesesteak, remarkable museum collections, endless tax free shopping on shoes and apparel, tours of Independence Hall, or vibrant nightspots, you'll find some terrific recommendations and information at the official visitor site for Greater Philadelphia, visitphilly.com.

Shuttle bus service will be available on both Saturday and Sunday mornings for race participants and spectators. Most hotels will be within walking distances of one of our shuttle routes. Note that race participants will receive priority boarding over spectators.

Shuttle bus information letters will be provided to runners upon check in.  Please look over the information ahead of time in order to plan your morning.  When the last bus leaves the hotel, runners are responsible for getting to the finish line on their own.

View shuttle schedule.

Race Day FAQ

Please note: The start line will close after the last runner in the last corral crosses the timing mat. Be sure to arrive early (we recommend at least an hour to an hour prior)

 

  • 22nd St. & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (north and south sides)
  • 24th St. & Park Towne Place
  • Kelly Drive & Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 23rd St. & Pennsylvania Avenue
  • MLK Drive & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The race Start/Finish area between 21st & 25th Sts on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be a secure zone. Everyone will be screened in order to enter the Start/Finish area.

  • Arrive early so you have time to get through security- entrances open at 5 a.m.
  • Plan ahead, allowing time to get through designated entry checkpoints.
  • All runners should have bibs visible and fastened on the chest front of your attire.
  • All bags are subject to inspection.
  • Only clear plastic participant bags will be accepted at Gear Check.
  • Runners should arrive with the event-issued gear check tag (top of bib tear-off strip) affixed to their bags.
  • The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at security checkpoints
  • Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting).  This will include firearms, knives, pepper spray, etc.  NOTE: Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will not be permitted into the venue.
  • Fireworks (includes flammable liquids, fuels or explosives)
  • Suitcases
  • Bulky items or packages larger than 12”x12”x6”
  • Containers (glass, aluminum or otherwise) that can hold more than 1 liter of liquid. (Water bottles are permitted).
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or illicit substances of any kind
  • Bicycles or scooters (bikes/scooters may be parked outside the venue, in the protected Bike Valet zone on River Field, south side of Eakins Oval
  • Masks of any kind (except religious headwear)
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS/Drones)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Animals or reptiles (dogs and cats are permitted)
  • Large blankets, comforters or sleeping bags
  • Props (includes flagpoles, military or fire gear, sporting equipment or other hard objects)
  • Backpacks, handbags or shoulder bags of any kind (clear plastic participant bags are permitted)
  • Coolers
  • Action cameras
NOTE: All persons entering this venue will be screened via walk-through magnetometers, and/or by security agents equipped with hand-held magnetometers. All items being carried into the venue will be thoroughly searched by security agents at each checkpoint.
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.
The start line for both the AACR Philadelphia Marathon and Dietz & Watson Half Marathon will be on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just east of Eakins Oval.
  • Arrive early so you have time to go through security (all Entrances open at 5:00 a.m.)
  • Allow time to get to your designated entry checkpoint and time to wait in line.
  • All runners should have bibs visible and fastened on the check front of their attire.
  • The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at security checkpoints.
  • Be patient.
  • Please note: The start line will close after the last runner in the last corral crosses the timing mat.

    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.
    Yes, the Philadelphia Runner Pace Team will have pace groups for the Half and Full Marathon.
    At each of the hydration stations along the course and at the finish line, Gatorade® Endurance Formula, the official energy drink of the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, will be offered at the first tables of the station, with water offered in the next section. Hydration stations near Miles 10, 17, and 22 also offer Gatorade Energy Gels®.

    Saturday, November 23– Rothman Orthopaedics 8K

    1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near Sweetbriar Road - Mile 2.6 and 3.4
    2. Finish Line

    Saturday, November 23 – Dietz & Watson Half Marathon

    1. Columbus Blvd. & Race Street - Mile 2.7
    2. Front Street & Washington Ave. - Mile 4.3
    3. Juniper & Walnut Streets - Mile 6.3
    4. 33rd & Market Streets - Mile 7.8
    5. Reservoir Drive (Smith Memorial Playground) - Mile 10.4
    6. Kelly Drive & Sedgley Drive – Mile 12.6
    7. Finish Line

    Sunday, November 24 – AACR Philadelphia Marathon

    1. Columbus Blvd. & Race Street - Mile 2.7
    2. Front Street & Washington Ave. - Mile 4.3
    3. 6th & Walnut Streets - Mile 5.1
    4. 31st & Walnut Streets - Mile 7.1
    5. 34th Street & Fairmount Ave. - Mile 8.3
    6. Avenue of the Republic at Belmont Ave. - Mile 10.2
    7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at Conor-Wood Memorial Fountain - Mile 11.9
    8. Kelly Drive & Sedgley Drive - Miles 14.4 & 25.7
    9. Kelly Drive & Fountain Green Drive - Miles 15.5 & 24.6
    10. Kelly Drive & Ferry Street - Miles 17.8 & 22.3
    11. Main Street & Ridge Avenue - Miles 18.7 & 21.3
    12. Main & Cotton Streets, Winnie's Manayunk - Miles 19.8 & 20.2
    13. Finish Line
    There will be Gatorade Endurance gels available at the following locations:
    • Dietz & Watson Half Marathon: Between mile 9 and 10.
    • AACR Philadelphia Marathon: At mile 10 and again between miles 18 and 22.
    • The gels will be in apple pear, blackberry, vanilla and mango flavors.
    • The gels are available for purchase at retail outlets.
    Online information is updated as the race progresses. Official race results will be posted online 24 hours from the time of the final finisher. View results page
    The rule prohibiting headphones is no longer enforced by USATF; however, the AACR 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.
    When it comes to costumes, we ask that you keep the safety of yourself and others in mind. If your costume is questionable or offensive to others, we reserve the right to either have you change into something more appropriate or remove you from the event. All costumes must also adhere to the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend’s security restrictions – no large backpacks or bags of any kind will be allowed on the course.
    For the safety of both participants and spectators, the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend discourages the use of action cameras and selfie sticks while on the course.
    No. These items are all strictly prohibited from the race course.

    Gear check is provided free of charge in UPS trucks located on the southside of Eakins Oval. Only clear bags (such as the runner bag we are providing) will be accepted at the gear check stations. You are free to use any of the trucks at gear check. You will be given a wristband and a sticker with the truck number of the truck where you dropped off your bag to keep and one wristband will be placed on your bag. Simply go to the truck where you dropped your bag off to pick it up. You will need your wristband or sticker number to retrieve your bag. Please enclose complete contact information inside your race bag. The AACR Philadelphia Marathon is not responsible for any unclaimed, stolen, or lost items.   

    Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon and Rothman Orthopaedics 8k:  5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    AACR Philadelphia Marathon:  5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    DISCARDED CLOTHING AT RACE START
    Pass clothing to the left over the fence to discard. To avoid creating a tripping hazard for fellow participants, DO NOT discard clothing on the ground or on the course. The AACR Philadelphia Marathon will again collect discarded clothing for donation.

    NEW IN 2019:  After you finish your race, please recycle your heat sheets at the Comcast Sustainability Tent located in Vendor Village near the finish line.

    About Philadelphia

    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.

    Many hotels in Philadelphia offer special rates for the Race Weekend, but each has its own policies on check-in/check-out times. Please check with your hotel.

    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

    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.
    Yes. On race day, credentialed members of the press can visit the media tent at Eakins Oval to meet the winners. You are also welcome to download photos and press releases from the media page.

    Click here for more information on how to become a vendor or exhibitor at the Health & Fitness Expo.

    Your iTaB will be produced and posted to you 15 business days after the event.

    Application Process & Registration

    Any registered runner can join his/her organization’s Comcast Business Corporate Challenge team after signing up.

    1. Sign into your account at runsignup.com by clicking on the little face in the circle (upper right of screen). 
      -> First time, choose SIGN IN.  The system can remind you of your information if you have forgotten it.
      -> Second time, choose PROFILE
    2. Scroll down to UPCOMING EVENTS to find your Philadelphia Marathon Weekend event and click to MANAGE REGISTRATION (on the right)
    3. On the next screen, choose QUESTIONS from the options at the top (or bottom) of the screen.
    4. Scroll down to the question about the Comcast Corporate Challenge (near bottom) and select your organization from the pull-down list.
    The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend has adopted the following age participation policies by event distance: 16 and older for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon; 14 and older for the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon; 12 and older for the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K; and 6-12 for the Dunkin' 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.
    No. There is no race day registration for the Challenge events, AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Dietz & Watson Half Marathon or Rothman Institute 8K. Only the Dunkin' Munchkin Run allows race day registration.

    QUESTION: How do I change my Event, t-shirt size, estimated finish time and/or my responses to the registration questions?

    1. Go to runsignup.com
    2. Click on the little circle in the upper right twice:
      • First time: choose SIGN IN. The system can help you sign in if you have forgotten your information
      • Second time: choose PROFILE
    3. Scroll down to UPCOMING EVENTS to find your Philadelphia Marathon Weekend event and click on MANAGE REGISTRATION, found on the right.
    4. On the next screen, choose from the options at the top (or bottom) of the screen:
      • TRANSFER EVENT: follow the on-screen instructions to move to a new event
      • QUESTIONS: is chosen to change estimated finish time, t-shirt size, join the Comcast Corporate Challenge, etc.

    Please note that the opportunity to make most registration changes will expire at midnight on Monday, September 30. Transfers into longer events will remain open until midnight on November 17.

    No. As noted in the application waiver that you signed during registration, bibs/registration(s) are non-transferable.
    Yes. Your chosen representative can pick up your race materials for you if you provide him/her with a copy of your government-issued, photo ID. He/she will also be asked to show his/her own government-issued photo ID.
    The deadline to register for your packets to be mailed to you is September 30.

    Race packets will be mailed the first week of November by the United States Postal Service. You can expect to receive your packet no later than November 7.
    No, there are no team relays in any of the events.
    Yes. The AACR 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.
    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. It may also be helpful to add [email protected] to your contact list.

    Yes. Contact [email protected] for the 2019 mail-in registration form. There is a processing fee for a paper entry.

    If you have not registered yet, the VIP package is available as an add-on during registration.

    If you have already registered, you can upgrade your existing registration.  Log in to your account and go to ADD-ONS tab at the top to add the VIP package.

     

    We at the Philadelphia Marathon very much value the integrity of our results and work closely with the Boston Marathon on verifying qualifying runner times. We do everything in our power to verify and get them correct. With that said, no system is perfect. Day of results are just that and any updating or adjusting is done post race, and held in our data base. Unfortunately, we can not update the day of results ongoing due to the amount of races timed per year.

    On average the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend has around 24,000 finishers. In 2019, timing showed us missing 4 runners, 3 of which we corrected shortly after the event, but this report didn’t update in the results dashboard.

    Here’s some general info information that is not on the results site:

    Of those 24000 runners. We immediately caught and corrected
    - 453 people drop down to the Half that were assigned to the Marathon.
    - 8197 people that started in the wrong wave and gave them their correct time based on their correct start wave so that we didn’t have to DQ them
    - 147 people that cut the course, mostly because they were tired or injured and not trying to cheat. We don’t embarrass people we try and help.
    - 93 People that didn’t hit the turn-around in Manayunk but finished the race. We have a split that we don’t report there.

    We may not get everything 100% but we do our best to be a 100% in all that we do. We want everyone to have a great experience at our event. We look forward to seeing you next year. Have a great upcoming 2019 running season.