The Philadelphia Marathon (aka the Philadelphia Independence Marathon), founded in 1954, is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the third Sunday of November each year. The Philadelphia Marathon ranks top ten in the nations largest marathons with over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers. The 30,000 runners come from all 50 states and over 40 countries.
The course is a certified 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi), and is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field. The start of the race is at 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The runners have the option to run half marathon and 8K along with the marathon. In Philadelphia, we redefine the experience of what a marathon should be. A beautiful course, an engaging atmosphere, it’s no wonder we’re consistently listed among the top ten courses in the country, recognized for our flat terrain, mellow weather and spirited fans.
Oh, that’s another thing: the fans. You’d better get ready for the crowds, because each year, thousands of spectators line the course eager to cheer on runners. There’s nothing we love more in this town than a champion…all 30,000 of them.