The 2019 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Race Guide is now available! (revised 11/20/19)View Guide
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Hotel and Travel

Registering for the big race this week? Don’t forget to book your hotel room while you’re at it! By using our official housing page, you can get your room at the lowest-available rates guaranteed!

Benefits of booking in the Official Philadelphia Marathon Weekend block include, but are not limited to:

  • The lowest room rates available for 2019 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend participants
  • Ability to wait-list online for extra nights needed at your preferred hotel
  • No prepayment required to secure your reservation

CLICK HERE! to BOOK NOW for the best selection and rate during the 2019 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend.

Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the 2019 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Improper solicitation of hotel reservations from any company or housing provider is not approved. Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may appear to be for lower rates, however they may be illegitimate and not have the rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable.

Please be aware of, and report any unauthorized solicitation to your organization or the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. For help, contact Customer Service at [email protected] or toll free at 800.967.8852. For international registrants, please call 847.996.5832.

Finally, if you are cancelling a reservation made through Experient in the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend room block, please email [email protected].

 

Shuttle Service

(revised 11/15/19)

Shuttle bus service will be available on both Saturday and Sunday for race participants and spectators who are staying in or near a host hotel. Hotels will be grouped together for the morning pick-up as well as the post-race return trips. Note that race participants will receive priority boarding over spectators. Write your bus loop/route number on the back of your bib so that you catch the correct bus post-race.

Shuttle routes for both days are designated as:

Route A - Aloft Hotel - 101 North Broad Street
Route B - Double Tree Center City - 237 South Broad Street
Route C - 13th & Filbert Street
Route D - Sonesta, 1800 Market Street
Airport - Double Tree Airport, 4509 Island Avenue (ONE PICKUP ONLY at 5:30 a.m.)
Dunkin' Munchkin Run – Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from the corner of 12th & Arch Streets.

Additional Notes:

  • Runners arriving on or parking near the PATCO Hi-Speed Line should walk to the Doubletree Hotel at Broad & Locust Streets to board Route B.
  • Runners using or parking near the Broad Street Subway or Market/Frankford El should go to 13th & Filbert Streets to board Route C.

Shuttle Service on Saturday, November 23

Pre-Race Hotel Shuttle: Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon

Saturday hotel pick-ups begin at 5:30 a.m. and the last bus will leave at 6:30 a.m. As buses fill, they will loop to the race site and back to designated pick-up points (above). Last pre-race shuttle for the half marathon will leave designated pick up points at 6:30 a.m.

Pre-Race Convention Center Shuttle: Rothman Orthopaedics 8k & Dunkin’ Munchkin Run

Shuttle buses will depart the Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from the corner of 12th & Arch Streets, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The last pre-race shuttle for Dunkin’ Munchkin Run leaves at 11:00 a.m.

Buses will drop participants off at 24th Street & Park Towne Place.

Buses will run on a continuous round-trip loop until 2:30 p.m. The last bus will leave 24th Street & Park Towne Place at 2:30 p.m. to return to the Convention Center.

Saturday Post-Race Shuttle Service

As runners complete the race, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, buses will leave River Field (24th Street & Park Towne Place) to take people back to the pick-up points. The return trip will combine several stops on the loop. Return buses will run continuously, with the last bus leaving River Field (24th & Park Towne Place) at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Write your bus loop/route number on the back of your bib so that you catch the correct bus post-race.

Shuttle Service on Sunday, November 24: AACR Philadelphia Marathon

Pre-Race Hotel Shuttle: Marathon

Sunday hotel pick-ups begin at 5:00 a.m. and the last bus will leave at 6:00 a.m. As buses fill, they will loop to the race site and back to designated pick-up points (above). Last pre-race shuttle for the marathon will leave designated pick up points at 6:00 a.m.

Sunday Post-Race Shuttle Service

As runners complete the race, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, buses will leave River Field (24th Street & Park Towne Place) to take people back to the pick-up points. The return trip will combine several stops on the loop. Return buses will run continuously, with the last bus leaving River Field (24th & Park Towne Place) at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Write your bus loop/route number on the back of your bib so that you catch the correct bus post-race.

Bike Valet @ Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend

Bike Valet will be available at River Field for anyone who wishes to bring their bike to the event. River Field is located at 24th Street & Park Towne Place (440-442 North 24th Street).

The Bike Valet area can be accessed on the south side of Eakins Oval and will be accessible from Park Towne Place, Schuylkill Trails, MLK Drive or from West Philadelphia via the Spring Garden Street Bridge.

Bikes will be subject to screening by the Philadelphia Police Department and will be held in a secure area during the events.

Bike valet hours

Saturday (November 23, 2019): 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday  (November 24, 2019) 5:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

TRAVEL TIPS

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.