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In Philadelphia, we redefine the experience of what a marathon should be. A beautiful, fast and scenic course, an engaging atmosphere—it’s no wonder we're consistently listed among the top ten marathons in the country, recognized for our flat terrain, mellow weather and spirited fans.

Expect beautiful views through Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River and neighborhood residents cheering in University City and Manayunk. Weave through the well-traveled streets of our historic district, passing sights familiar to Franklin, Washington and the rest of the gang, and end your race speeding towards the steps of the majestic Art Museum.

Digital splits are provided at the 10K, 13.1 mile and 30K marks along the course, and fluid stations and spectator overlooks are set up throughout the course.

The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Events are USATF sanctioned and course-certified.

A virtual option is available for those who wish to participate from a location of their choice and will have the month of November to complete their run. Virtual participants are not eligible for age group awards or cash prizes, but will receive a long sleeve technical shirt, a finisher certificate (digital) and a finisher medal.

In-person Runners

Date and Start Time

November 21, 2021
6:55 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
7:00 a.m. - Runners/Walkers


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

Registration Rate

2021 in-person registration now closed.

Prize Money

(In-person Run)

1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,500
4th Place: $1,500
5th Place: $1,000

1st Place Master: $1,000
1st Place Wheelchair: $1,000
1st Philadelphian Male: $1,000 *
1st Philadelphian Female: $1,000 *
Course Record Bonus: $1,500

*Must be a current resident of Philadelphia County, determined by zip code on official government ID.

Age Group Awards

(In-person Run)

The top five male and female finishers in each age group will receive awards for their performance.

Age group increments are: (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

(In-person Run)

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

Maps (2021)

* 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.

Additionally, Gatorade Energy Gels will be available after mile 11, before mile 18 and after mile 22 on the marathon course.

Sunday, November 21 – AACR Philadelphia Marathon
  1. Columbus Boulevard & Race Street – Mile 2.8
  2. Front Street & Washington Ave. – Mile 3.7
  3. 6th & Walnut Streets – Mile 5.1
  4. 31st & Walnut Streets – Mile 7.1
  5. 34th Street & Fairmount Avenue – Mile 8.5
  6. Avenue of the Republic at Carousel House – Mile 10.2
  7. Lansdowne Dr. @ Sweetbriar Lane, just after traffic circle – Mile 11.8
  8. Edgley Drive @ Power Corps Headquarters Building – Mile 14.4
  9. Kelly Drive & Fountain Green – Miles 15.8 & 24.8
  10. Kelly Drive & Ferry Street – Miles 17.8 & 22.3
  11. Main Street & Ridge Avenue – Miles 18.9 & 21.3
  12. Main & Cotton Streets, Winnie’s LeBus – Miles 19.8 & 20.2

Virtual Runners

Date and Location

Month of November and location of your choice.

Finishers Will Receive

A technical shirt (women’s cut available)
A finisher medal
An online finisher certificate

Registration Rate

2021 virtual registration now closed.