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The Independence Challenge

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

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 Martin Luther King 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.

Be sure to watch "26 Days to 26.2 Miles" for the inside scoop on the AACR Philadelphia Marathon race course!


Dates and Start Times

Rothman Orthopaedics 8K
Sat, Nov 23, 2019
10:40 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
10:45 a.m. - Runners/Walkers

AACR Philadelphia Marathon
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
6:55 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
7:00 a.m. - Runners/Walkers

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


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

Registration Closed


*Maps subject to change

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive near Sweetbriar Road - Mile 2.6 and 3.4
  1. Columbus Blvd. & Race Street - Mile 2.7
  2. Front Street & Washington Ave. - Mile 4.3
  3. 6th & Walnut Streets - Mile 5.1
  4. 31st & Walnut Streets - Mile 7.1
  5. 34th Street & Fairmount Ave. - Mile 8.3
  6. Avenue of the Republic at Belmont Ave. - Mile 10.2
  7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at Conor-Wood Memorial Fountain - Mile 11.9
  8. Kelly Drive & Sedgley Drive - Miles 14.4 & 25.7
  9. Kelly Drive & Fountain Green Drive - Miles 15.5 & 24.6
  10. Kelly Drive & Ferry Street - Miles 17.8 & 22.3
  11. Main Street & Ridge Avenue - Miles 18.7 & 21.3
  12. Main & Cotton Streets, Winnie's Manayunk - Miles 19.8 & 20.2
  13. Finish Line