Run, Walk, or Spectate at the Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia is not just known the famous Philly cheesesteak. The city has a host of wonderful places to experience art, culture, nature, and more. For example, the Philadelphia Marathon is consistently listed among the top 10 courses in the country, recognized for mellow weather, level ground for running, and enthusiastic fans. The course boasts gorgeous views of Fairmount Park, along the Schuylkill River, and through historic streets on route to the Art Museum of Philadelphia. It is the perfect course for both seasoned marathon runners or first-timers.

This year, the race will take place on November 19, 2017. The title partner is American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). Runners can join the AACR Runners for Research team to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The first place prize for the marathon is $10,000, second place is $5,000 down to a $1,000 fifth place prize. First place wheelchair prize is $1,000.

However, you do not need to run the race to join the fun. Walkers are welcome to register for the marathon, and there are miles and miles of spectator space for those looking to soak in the positive atmosphere. There will also be various “Cheer Zones” for spectators to motivate runners to keep going. Everyone is welcome to donate to AACR to support cancer research.

Check out the Philadelphia Marathon website for information on registration, maps of the marathon, merchandise, and more. If you are coming from out of town to join the festivities, we recommend checking out famous landmarks and museums such as the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Museum of the American Revolution. The American Revolution museum opened in April of this year and has four exhibits on display separated by time period. It is a great spot for history buffs and casual attendees looking to discover more about Philadelphia’s rich history.

Of course, we also suggest you come by Geno’s Steaks to take a bite out of history with a famous Philly cheesesteak. Check out Geno’s Gear to represent your Philly pride or bring home some t-shirts, hats, or other souvenirs for the family.