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The Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon

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

In 2021 the Philadelphia Marathon Team revisited the already iconic half marathon course and added even more flare. Now, with over ten miles in Center City and University City, the revised course is the most unique and exciting half marathon course in the city.

Have the time of your life in 2022 completing 13.11 miles! Runners will start along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the cultural Museum District and 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 River into University City, up through the bucolic trails of Fairmount Park, and back down to canvas the banks of the river before finishing in front of the renown Philadelphia Museum of Art. 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.

Due to safety concerns, handcrank bikes are not permitted at any Philadelphia Marathon Weekend events.

2023 registration is now open!

Date and Start Time

November 18, 2023
6:55 a.m. - Push rim wheelchairs
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

2023 registration is now open!
$110 (Until June 14, 2023)


Prize Money

To be determined.

Age Group Awards

Age group increments are: (14 to 15, 16 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

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

Maps (2022)

* 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 19 – 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.