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In the birthplace of U.S. history, the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon will feature its own historic milestone in 2013.
GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, November 15-17, will highlight twenty years of competition, growth and excitement. More than 30,000 race participants and 60,000 spectators are expected to join - cementing the event's position among the 10-largest marathons in the U.S.
Race Weekend offers competitors and fans three days of dynamic events - on and off the race course - highlighted by Sunday's GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon. Additional events include:
- A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo
- Rothman Institute 8K
- Kids Fun Run
More than 20 fan-friendly cheer zones line the 26.2-mile race course in unique neighborhoods such as Old City, Manayunk, and University City helping establish Philadelphia as running's best host city.
- GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon
Race Weekend welcomes runners from all 50 states and over 40 countries. Much more than just an athletic competition, the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon acts as a platform connecting local businesses, hotels, charities and government to create a magnificent experience for Philadelphia's residents and tourists.
Created in 1994, the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon launched its first race with about 1,100 participants. In 2012 the event set a record, registering more than 30,000 race competitors. A detailed schedule of 2013 Race Weekend events are below:
Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16: Health & Fitness ExpoNoon - 9:00 p.m., Friday, November 1510:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hallway FEntry is free and open to the public and includes numerous activities, vendors and seminars.
Saturday, November 16: Rothman Institute 8K7:30 a.m.22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.Scenic Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, set along the Schuylkill River, is the site for 3,000 Rothman Institute 8K race participants to kick-off GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon Weekend's running events.
Saturday, November 16: Kids Fun Run*Onsite registration begins at 9:00 a.m.*Races begin at 10:30 a.m. at 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Kids Fun Run is a noncompetitive race promoting health and fitness among children, ages 6-14.
Sunday, November 17: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon and Half MarathonWheelchair and Handcycle competitions begin at 6:57 a.m.; Competition for runners begins at 7:00 a.m.22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon is an elite U.S. race. Sunday is the climax of Marathon Weekend, when thousands of race competitors travel through 13.1 or 26.2 beautiful miles of Philadelphia's race course.
The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon weekend attracts more than 3,000 volunteers, 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to Philadelphia to experience "20 Years, For the Love of Running". Race Weekend features the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 17; the Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 16; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visitingwww.philadelphiamarathon.com.