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 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.
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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Dates and Start Times
Rothman Orthopaedics 8K
Sat, Nov 21, 2020
10:40 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
10:45 a.m. - Runners/Walkers
AACR Philadelphia Marathon
Sun, Nov 22, 2020
6:55 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
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.
* 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
- 6th & Walnut Streets - Mile 5.1
- 31st & Walnut Streets - Mile 7.1
- 34th Street & Fairmount Ave. - Mile 8.3
- Avenue of the Republic at Belmont Ave. - Mile 10.2
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at Conor-Wood Memorial Fountain - Mile 11.9
- Kelly Drive & Sedgley Drive - Miles 14.4 & 25.7
- Kelly Drive & Fountain Green Drive - Miles 15.5 & 24.6
- Kelly Drive & Ferry Street - Miles 17.8 & 22.3
- Main Street & Ridge Avenue - Miles 18.7 & 21.3
- Main & Cotton Streets, Winnie's Manayunk - Miles 19.8 & 20.2
- Finish Line
Start Line, Benjamin Franklin Parkway * (5:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) Rise and shine! Meet us at the starting line to help get our runners off on the right foot as they begin their journey!
EAST OF CENTER CITY
16th & Arch Streets @ Café Cret (6:55 a.m.–7:40 a.m.) Located right by City Hall and Dilworth Park, you are in the heart of it all. Grab a breakfast treat and a cup of coffee at Café Cret while you are here.
10th & Arch Streets @ Friendship Gate in Chinatown (7:00 a.m.–7:55 a.m.) The Friendship Gate is internationally known and represents cultural exchange and friendship between Philadelphia and its Sister City, Tianjin, China. Chinatown is one of Philadelphia’s many neighborhoods that is rich with culture and diversity. Grab some dim sum or a bubble tea while you are in the neighborhood!
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, stand 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!
6th & Walnut Streets * (7:05 a.m.–8:40 a.m.) Cheer like its 1776! Hang out by the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Historic Philadelphia and celebrate the nation’s birthplace.
Broad & Chestnut Streets (7:10 a.m.–9:00 a.m.) Located right in Center City, you’ll be in the perfect location to grab breakfast in Midtown or Rittenhouse Square after watching the race.
WEST OF CENTER CITY
21st & Chestnut Streets @ Caffeination (7:10 a.m.–9:00 a.m.) Warm up with a hot treat from Caffeination, make a sign at the station, and shake your groove thang. The tunes will be pumping!
UNIVERSITY CITY/WEST PHILADELPHIA
Chestnut Square @ 32nd and Chestnut Streets (7:10 a.m.–9:19 a.m.) The Shops at Chestnut Square and Drexel University serve as a perfect backdrop and welcome as the runners enter University City. Plus, for spectators, there’s everything from fish tacos, burgers, shakes, and coffee all on one block!
34th & Chestnut Streets @ Domus (7:10 a.m.–9:15 a.m.) University City is home to colleges, universities, science and innovation. Stop by this always energetic Cheer Zone, where some special guests are bound to pop up.
34th Street & Fairmount Avenue (7:15 a.m.–9:30 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 (7:15 a.m.–9:30 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.
Please Touch Museum (West Memorial Drive & Avenue of the Republic) (7:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.) This is the site of the first official World’s Fair in 1876. One of the only buildings still standing since the Fair, Memorial Hall now houses the Please Touch Museum, a museum dedicated to creating learning opportunities for children through play.
States Drive and Belmont (7: 18 a.m.–9:55 a.m.) Take in the 27-acres of Centennial Arboretum. Many of the trees you’ll be surrounded by were planted in 1876 for the American Centennial Exposition. Plus you can catch a glimpse of the enchanting Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden.
Martin Luther King Drive & Black Road (7:20 a.m.–10:00 a.m.) A runner favorite, the Vaudevillians NYB return again for a wild and quirky time to keep runners energized.
Sedgley Avenue & Kelly Drive * (7:25 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) Rooted in the LGBT and Ally community, the Philadelphia Freedom Band welcome all! Be prepared for all-around high spirits, tons of energy, and, if you’re lucky, a cover of your favorite Lady Gaga song.
Kelly & Fountain Green Drives * (7:30 a.m.–1:45 p.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.
Hunting Park & Kelly Drive @ Laurel Hill Cemetery (7:35 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) A 78-acre cemetery segmented into three sections, Laurel Hill lays rest to many prominent figures and is a must-see historic destination in Philly. Parking is also available at the top of the hill making it very accessible for spectators.
Kelly Drive & Ferry Streets * (7:35 a.m.–1:15 p.m.) Come cheer with lululemon athletica! Meet them at the corner of Kelly Drive and Ferry Street for a morning jam-packed with music, dancing and cheering! Be warned, you’ll likely break a sweat before the runners do
Ridge Avenue & Kelly Drive (Near I-76 Off Ramp) (7:40 a.m.–1:15 p.m.) Cheer on the runners as they approach the historic Wissahickon Creek to enter the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Main Street & Ridge Avenue * (7:40 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) One of Philadelphia’s many charming neighborhoods, Manayunk is packed with great shopping and dining along Main Street. At this zone, you can bring a chair and stretch out. There’s plenty of music and fun to go around.
Main & Cotton Streets @ Winnie’s LeBus * (7:40 a.m.–12:40 p.m.) Every year, you can rely on Winnie and her crew to keep runners hydrated and spectators cheering all morning long. All of this certainly works up an appetite so be sure to grab a seat and a delicious, locallysourced meal at Winnie’s LeBus Restaurant after the race.
Main & Carson Streets – Mile 20 (7:45 a.m.–12:40 p.m.) The fun just doesn’t stop! There will be local bands keeping the runners motivated as they turn around and head back to the finish line.
Finish Line Kelly Drive near Spring Garden Street
* Indicates a water stop location