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The Independence Challenge

Start off with the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K Run as a Saturday warm up for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday.

The Rothman Orthopaedics 8k begins on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by the Philadelphia Art Museum and takes you down the picturesque landscape of Kelly Drive. If you like river views, you won’t want to miss this race along the Schuylkill River.

On Sunday even more of our beautiful city will emerge when you run the AACR Philadelphia Marathon through the Historic District. When you complete both events you will earn the Independence Challenge Medal.

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.

Dates and Start Times

Rothman Orthopaedics 8K
November 23, 2024
10:55 a.m. – Push rim wheelchairs
11:00 a.m. – Runners/Walkers

AACR Philadelphia Marathon
November 24, 2024
6:55 a.m. – Push rim wheelchairs
7:00 a.m. – Runners/Walkers


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

Finishers Will Receive

In addition to the give-aways from each race, each finisher will receive the Independence Challenge Medal.

Registration Rate

$120 (until April 14)