Dietz & Watson Half Marathon Information
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 2019 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 Race 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 Half Marathon has given thousands of runners the opportunity to take on the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on their own terms.
The Philadelphia Challenge is now closed! If you registered for the Philly Challenge, registration links for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10-Miler will be emailed to you in February.
VIP Packages are available: Be sure to sign up for our VIP package during registration - it includes private restrooms, changing tents, bag checks, and more!
- VIP packet pick-up area at expo
- Private heated hospitality tent near the start/finish of race
- Pre-race breakfast: Continental light fare to include but not limited to: assorted bagels, muffins, toast, oatmeal, yogurts, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juices
- Post-race brunch with select open bar (must be 21 years old with proper ID)
- Private restrooms, changing tents and bag check
- Recovery zone including padded stretching area with padded mats, self-treatment area, first aid station and massage
- Finishers merchandise and marathon weekend commemorative items for sale
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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
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+)
Half Marathoners Will Receive
A technical shirt (women’s cut available)
Finishers Will Receive
A finisher medal
A finisher certificate (available
online following race)
* Maps subject to change. 2020 maps, water stations and cheer zone information will be released in summer/fall of 2020.
Please note: The start line will close after the last runner in the last corral crosses the timing mat.
- Columbus Blvd. & Race Street - Mile 2.7
- Front Street & Washington Ave. - Mile 4.3
- Juniper & Walnut Streets - Mile 6.3
- 33rd & Market Streets - Mile 7.8
- Reservoir Drive (Smith Memorial Playground) - Mile 10.4
- Kelly Drive & Sedgley Drive – Mile 12.6
- Finish Line
Start Line, Benjamin Franklin Parkway * (5:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) It’s officially Race Weekend! Get warmed up and meet us on the course for the start of the half marathon.
EAST OF CENTER CITY
16th & Arch Streets @ Café Cret (7:25 a.m.–8:45 a.m.) Hang out by City Hall and Dilworth Park to get the runners going on the right foot as they begin their race.
6th & Market Streets * (7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.) Near the birthplace of independence, you can pack your morning cheering on the runners, grabbing a coffee from Dunkin then heading to Independence Visitors Center to plan your day in Philadelphia. You’ll be right across the Liberty Bell, why not stop by and take a selfie!
Columbus Boulevard & Race Street near Fringe Arts * (7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m.) With a beautiful view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and access to Race Street Pier, hand by Fringe Arts and catch beautiful views of the Delaware River and downtown Camden, NJ. Stroll into Old City afterwards and grab a coffee at United By Blue or breakfast at Luna Café.
Washington Avenue between Columbus Boulevard & Front Street * (7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.) Welcome to South Philly – home to the Mummers and some of the best cheesesteaks around. If you live in the neighborhood, roll out of bed and come join us! We’ll have some music to help you wake up.
2nd & South Streets (7:05 a.m.–8:30 a.m.) Once a mecca for artists and beatniks, South Street is now a popular destination for dining, entertainment, and fashion. Stroll down 4th Street for fabrics and boutiques or stop by the Philadelphia Magic Gardens!
10th & Lombard Streets (7:35 a.m.–9:15 a.m.) Enjoy some great tunes from Shadowplay as you pass Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Seger Playground.
13th & Locust Streets (7:35 a.m.–9:15 a.m.) The Drag Queen Mafia will be out in full force to cheer all of the runners on as they pass this location.
Rittenhouse Square (1800 Walnut Street) (7:40 a.m.–9:45 a.m.) Come out and cheer with the lululemon athletica crew as you pass Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s crown jewel, Rittenhouse Square.
33rd & Market Streets – (Drexel Armory) (7:40 a.m.–10:00 a.m.) You will be running through the heart of Drexel’s Campus. Master Jay Fitness and Entertainment will be there to cheer you on along with many Drexel Students.
34th Street & Fairmount Avenue (7:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.) Row homes and murals are common throughout Philadelphia’s residential areas. In Mantua, one of the city’s many neighborhoods, runners will experience this before they head into the lush greens and beautiful river views of Fairmount Park.
34th Streets & Girard Avenue @ the Philadelphia Zoo (7:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m.) Join the Philadelphia Zoo, America‘s first zoo, at this Cheer Zone and be sure to bring the kids! The Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m., just in time for you to check out the race and be the first in line.
Smith Memorial Playground (7:50 a.m.–10:45 a.m.)
Kelly & Fountain Green Drives * (8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.) Kelly Drive is a long stretch of scenic river views and beautiful statue landmarks. Keep an eye out for the General Ulysses S. Grant statue and the “Playing Angels,” set atop 20-foot pedestals and overlooking the Schuylkill River.
Sedgley Avenue & Kelly Drive * (8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.)* Rooted in the LGBT and Ally community, the Philadelphia Freedom Band welcomes all! Be prepared for all-around high spirits, tons of energy, and, if you’re lucky, a cover of your favorite Lady Gaga song.
* Indicates a water stop location