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Training Kick-Off Event

September 24, 2022 (7:30 a.m. start)

Join us as we officially kick-off the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon 13.1 training season with Bart Yasso, Mark Sullivan and our friends at Philadelphia Runner!

We are so excited to have Bart and Mark with us to kick-off the half marathon training season with distances of 3, 5, 8, 10 and 14 miles.

NOTE: You do not need to be a marathon runner to join us - we would love all runners to join us!

Everyone will gather at the bottom of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Steps starting at 7:00 a.m. to warm up and take a photo. The run will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. We will head out as a group and break off according to distance (3, 5, 8, 10 or 14 miles) and pace.

Choose your distance and FINISH on Kelly Drive at Lloyd Hall, where we will have bananas and water for all runners and the opportunity to engage with some of our partners until 9:30 a.m.

If you are new to the area, we will pass the finish area as we run out to the different turnaround areas. It is close to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Runners can park close to either 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130 or along Sedgley Drive, across from Lloyd Hall.

You may drop off any items you may want post-run. There will not be a gear check, but there will be a "gear area' with plenty of space and staff around to watch over “non-valuable” items. Those who do not have anything to drop off can go directly to the base of art museum steps.

We look forward to kicking off the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Half Marathon Training!

About Bart Yasso

Bart Yasso has been dubbed the “mayor of running” throughout his 31 year career at Runner's World magazine, where he served as the Chief Running Officer. He is the namesake of the Yasso 800s and is one of only a few people to have completed races on all seven continents.

Yasso is a member of the Running USA Hall of Champions for both his accomplishments and his work to promote the sport of running. He is also a member of the RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame and the author of "Race Everything" and "My Life on the Run."

Yasso is proud to currently serve as an ambassador for Philadelphia Marathon Weekend.

About Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan is kind of extraordinary. Mark has completed over 176 marathons with an average time under three hours. He is also a Philadelphia Marathon LEGacy Runner and one of only two people to have run every Philadelphia Marathon.