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It's half the marathon, with all the triumph!

In 2017 the Philadelphia Marathon Team created a new course for the half marathon with almost ten miles in the city. This new course takes runners through most of the same historic areas and iconic neighborhoods that Philadelphia has to offer. The new half marathon course is the most unique and exciting half marathon course in the city.

Have the time of your life in 2021 completing 13.1 challenging miles that wind through Philadelphia’s most scenic and historic neighborhoods. From the history-steeped streets of Old City, through one of the liveliest stretches of Center City, across the Schuylkill, up through the bucolic trails of Fairmount Park, and back down to canvas the banks of the river. The course is also sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

The half marathon was added to Philadelphia Marathon Weekend in 2006 and has seen an increase in runners every year since. Whether as a test-run for first-time marathoners or as a challenging race along a scenic course, the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon has given thousands of runners the opportunity to take on the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend on their own terms.

The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Events are USATF sanctioned and course-certified.

A virtual option is available for those who wish to participate from a location of their choice and 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.

Note that the 2021 the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon in-person event will begin 30 minutes earlier than normal (7:00 a.m.)

In-person Runners

Date and Start Time

November 20, 2021
6:55 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
7:00 a.m. - Runners/Walkers
11:30 a.m. - End time


22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Registration Rate

2021 in-person registration now closed.

Prize Money

(In-person Run)

1st Place: $2,500
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500
4th Place: $250
5th Place: $100

1st Place Master: $500
1st Place Wheelchair: $500
Course Record Bonus: $1,000

Age Group Awards

(In-person Run)

The top five male and female finishers in each age group will receive awards for their performance.

Age group increments are: (14 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75 to 79, 80+)

Finishers Will Receive

(In-person Run)

A technical shirt (women’s cut available)
Post-race refreshments
A finisher medal
An online finisher certificate

Maps (2021)

* Maps subject to change. 

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

Fluid Stations will be set up at the race start and finish and throughout the length of the course.

Lemon-lime flavored Gatorade will be offered in green cups, along with water.

Saturday, November 20 – Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon
  1. Columbus Blvd. & Race Street – Mile 2.3
  2. Front Street & Washington Ave. – Mile 4.2
  3. Juniper & Walnut Streets – Mile 6.2
  4. 33rd & Market Streets – Mile 7.6
  5. Reservoir Drive (Smith Memorial Playground) – Mile 10.4
  6. Kelly Drive just past Girard Ave. Bridge overhead – Mile 12.0.

Virtual Runners

Date and Start Time

Month of November and location of your choice.

Finishers Will Receive

A technical shirt (women’s cut available)
A finisher medal
An online finisher certificate

Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

Registration Rate

2021 virtual registration now closed.