Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - 2021
FAQ's on the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend's COVID policy
For the latest information on the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend's COVID policy, please visit our COVID policy page
Application Process & Registration FAQ's (General)
If you transfer to a longer distance, you will be charged the increase in price.
If you transfer to a shorter distance, you will not be refunded the difference in price. We ask that you complete your registration using your deferral code no later than June 15, 2021. You must register for the event you signed up for in 2020.
If you did not receive an email, please contact [email protected].
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run was fulfilled with the virtual event in 2020. Those runners were also deferred into 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Please email [email protected]broadstreetrun.com for more details.
Partial refunds will be determined based on race expenditures incurred by the City leading up to the cancellation date.
At this time, a virtual race weekend is not planned if all race events are cancelled.
In the event the race is cancelled, runners will be offered the option to donate their pro-rated refund to AACR.
If the transaction was less than one year ago, the card used during registration will be refunded.
If your registration is older than one year, you will be sent a check from RunSignUp via the United States Postal Service.
16 and older for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon;
14 and older for the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon;
12 and older for the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K.
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 and vaccination when picking up a minor's race packet.
There is a processing fee for a paper entry.
- Go to runsignup.com
- 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
- Scroll down to UPCOMING EVENTS to find your Philadelphia Marathon Weekend event and click on MANAGE REGISTRATION, found on the right.
- 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.
Please note that the opportunity to make most registration changes will expire at midnight on Thursday, September 30. Transfers into longer events will remain open until midnight on Tuesday, November 16.
Application Process & Registration FAQ's (Virtual Runs)
Virtual runners will have the month of November to complete their run. Virtual participants are not eligible for age group awards or cash prizes, but will receive a long sleeve technical shirt, a finisher certificate (digital) and a finisher medal.
Travel Tips FAQ's
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 minutes 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.
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.
Below are several options. Call ahead as rates and availability may have changed.
- 23rd & Cherry Streets, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 751-9696 – Closed on Sundays
- 22nd & Walden Streets, SP+ Parking, (215) 568-4025
- 19th & Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia Parking Authority, (215) 683-9813 *
- 23rd & Arch Streets, Central Parking System, (215) 568-4018
- 222 North 20th Street, Standard Parking, (215) 448-1391
- 1815 Cherry Street, Logan Square Parking, (215) 567-3744
- 16th & Race Streets (Sheraton Hotel), Standard Parking, (215) 196-0293
- 1815 JFK Boulevard, Central Parking System, (215) 568-8030
- 1901 JFK Boulevard, Central Parking System, (215) 557-3821
- 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Windsor Suites, (215) 569-0899
- 36 S. 19th Street, Central Parking System, (215) 561-1187
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 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.
Race Day FAQ's
Attendees will experience strict security measures. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Start/Finish area along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be a secured zone.
Everyone, no exceptions, will have to be screened in order to enter the Start/Finish area. Security entrances open at 5:00 a.m.
RUNNERS: Please arrive early with your bib fastened and visible on the front of your attire, along with your secure wristband. Give yourself enough time to clear security, take care of personal needs and join your corral before the 1st start.
The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at security checkpoints.
All items deemed dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.
NOTE: Only runners, event staff/vendors, runner guides, handlers and emergency personnel will be permitted to enter the secured zones at the start & finish areas.
NOTE: All persons entering this venue will be screened via walk-through magnetometers, and/or by security agents equipped with hand-held magnetometers.
NOTE: All items being carried into the venue will be thoroughly searched by security agents at each checkpoint.
NOTE: All runners must show their secured wristbands.
- 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 runners must present their secured wrist band.
- 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)
- 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).
- 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, 24th Street & south side of Eakins Oval – Checkpoint #4)
- Facial costume masks of any kind (except religious headwear).
NOTE: All persons entering the secured zone will be required to wear a COVID-19 prevention mask covering both their nose and mouth. Security personnel will deny entry to all persons not wearing this mask.
- Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS/Drones)
- Selfie sticks
- Large umbrellas
- Animals or reptiles (dogs and cats are permitted)
- Large blankets, comforters or sleeping bags
- Backpacks, handbags or shoulder bags of any kind (clear plastic participant bags are permitted)
- Props (includes flagpoles, military or fire gear, sporting equipment or other hard objects)
- Action cameras
Any addition to this number by way of unregistered participants will adversely affect the races.
Unregistered participants will be removed from the course.
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 must wear face masks when entering the runner’s secure zone and keep them on until they enter their corral. Runners may remove their mask in corrals to warm up and prepare for their race.
All runners should have bibs visible and fastened on the check front of their attire and present their runner's wrist band.
The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at security checkpoints.
Please note: The start line will close after the last runner in the last corral crosses the timing mat.
Runners must be masked upon entering the secure zone and remained masked until they get to their corral. Runners may remove their mask in the corral to warm up an prepare for their race.
Runners should be prepared to show their race bib and secured event wrist band to security personnel.
Corral will be monitored and only those with the assigned bib and runner's wrist band will be allowed to enter.
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.
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 where you dropped off your bag to keep and one wristband will be placed on your bag.
You will need your wristband or sticker number to retrieve your bag.
Please enclose complete contact information inside your race bag. The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend is not responsible for any unclaimed, stolen, or lost items.
Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon and Rothman Orthopaedics 8k: 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
AACR Philadelphia Marathon: 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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.
For Spectators, Press, Vendors and Shoppers
Spectators will not be permitted in the runners start/finish line area in 2021.
NOTE: The Expo will be for runners only in 2021. We are anticipating around 25k runners for race weekend.