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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.

Runner referral program: Share your love of the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend!

Refer your friends and family to join you for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, Patriot Challenge, Independence Challenge, Liberty Challenge or Freedom Challenge, and receive money back or runner perks. Learn more

Notes for 2022 registration:

In accordance with guidance provided by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, all 2022 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend runners will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to race weekend. Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is currently defined as having completed a CDC or World Health Organization-authorized vaccination series two weeks prior to race day.

Due to safety concerns, handcrank bikes are not permitted at any of the 2022 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend events.

Be sure to sign up for our VIP package during registration - it includes private restrooms, gear check, light continental breakfast items and more!

Take the stress out of the early morning routine with private restrooms, gear check, light continental breakfast items and more before your big moment.

Offering exclusive access to perks and conveniences, this registration add-on includes:
  • 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
  • Open stretching area and self-treatment area.

Already registered and want to upgrade? It's not too late! Click here to upgrade.

(go to ADD-ONS in your Run Signup account to add the VIP package to your existing registration)

Date and Start Time

November 19, 2022
6:55 a.m. - 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

$120.00 (Jun 15 to Aug 14)


Prize Money

Coming soon!

Age Group Awards

Coming soon!

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.