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In-person and Virtual and Registration Now Open

We are pleased to announce the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend is scheduled to return to the streets of Brotherly Love November 20-21, but with a 50 percent reduction in runners this year.

We are hopeful that capacity will increase as restrictions ease. All deferred runners are included in the fifty percent capacity and will receive an email today with instructions on how to defer.

We are excited for the return of an iconic Philadelphia running event and are committed to creating the safest environment possible for our staff, athletes, volunteers and partners.

Race weekend serves as a proud moment for Philadelphia to shine on the national and international stage, as this marathon is considered one of the most historic racecourses in the country and has been ranked as one of the top 10 marathons as a result of the scenic and historic landmarks the city has.

New this year is a virtual race option to participate in the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K, and the Liberty/Freedom/Patriot and Independence Challenges. Participants can run from a location of their choice and will have the month of November to complete their event. 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.

Details on the Dunkin' Munchkin Run will be determined closer to event weekend.

Sign up today for the lowest in-person rates, or, go virtual!

Note that the 2021 the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon in-person event will begin 30 minutes earlier than normal (7:00 a.m.)

Register today!


Some of the pre-event and event day precautions will include:

  • 50 percent reduction in runners for each of the four events: AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman 8K, and the Dunkin’ Munchkin Run.
  • Potential for runner participation to increase if COVID-19 restrictions ease.
  • Restricted access to start and finish lines exclusively for runners; spectators will be limited to spectator zones located throughout the course of the race.
  • The Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon will begin at 7 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. to allow for increased distancing between runners. All other race event times will remain the same.
  • Hydration and nutrition stations will follow public health safety guidelines.
  • Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be modified to public health safety guidelines.
  • A pre-event questionnaire will be sent to all registered participants assessing their exposure risk in advance requiring them to disclose known symptoms.
  • Participants and planned spectators who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms in the week leading up to race day will not be allowed to attend.
  • There will be no registration or packet pick-up on event day.
  • Runners will be required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose in the start line corral and after crossing the finish line.
  • Runners will be assigned into eight corrals with 10 runners starting in waves every 10 seconds to allow for more distance between runners. Runners will be spaced three feet apart in starting corrals.
  • Traditional high fives and other significant celebratory points of contact will not be permitted at the finish line.
  • Runners will be required to remain socially distanced from others when they cross the finish line.

(As of May 12, 2021)