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On Wednesday, April 1 at 12 a.m. (midnight EDT) registration for the 2015 GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K, and Kids Fun Run will open. Evolving from a small, local race more than 20 years ago into what Competitor.com named the best marathon in the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2014, GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend offers race participants, volunteers, and fans a dynamic experience. Interested race participants can register for the three main races, along with the Kids Fun Run athttp://www.philadelphiamarathon.com.
“Our goal is to make the 2015 GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon the best one yet,” said Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Race Director of the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon. “We are excited to have GORE-TEX® footwear sponsoring the Marathon for the third year in a row, and we look forward to giving runners the best Race Weekend experience possible.”
Race Weekend 2015 opens Friday, November 20 and ends Sunday, November 22. Events include a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City, carb-loaded dining options from participating restaurants throughout Philadelphia, and the Kids Fun Run, a short distance non-competitive event for kids ages 6-12 years old.
The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon takes runners through 26.2 miles of different neighborhoods in Philadelphia and is a Boston qualifier. The course displays a unique mix of historic landmarks, gorgeous scenery, and vibrant neighborhoods — starting and finishing along the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s GORE-TEX®Philadelphia Full Marathon and Half Marathon will both take place on Sunday, November 22. The Rothman Institute 8K will occur Saturday, November 21. All three races are USA Track & Field-sanctioned.
Last year, 29 year-old Dan Vassallo of Peabody, Massachusetts, captured the men’s marathon crown for the second time with a time of 2:17:28. In 2010, Vasallo took first place in the men’s marathon with a time of 2:21:36. Competing in her first full marathon, Leonara Patrina of Bayport, New York, came in first place in the women’s marathon with a time of 2:40:00.
The two champions were among more than 30,000 registered runners to participate in the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Race Weekend. The races attracted participants from every state and 53 countries.
“GORE-TEX® footwear is excited to serve as the title sponsor for the Philadelphia Marathon for the third consecutive year,” said Kirk Christensen, GORE-TEX® Running Footwear Global Leader. “With many runners training in cold or wet weather, the connection between our brand and a race like the Philadelphia Marathon is clear. Having waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® product technology in your running shoes during your training allows you to focus on your run and not the weather. We're proud to help these runners have the best training and racing experience possible, rain or shine.”
Pricing and Fees
The first 500 participants to register for the Full Marathon on April 1 will pay a registration fee of $80. After the first 500 are registered, the price from April 1 to April 15 will be $100. April 16-30, the cost will be $110. For the month of May, the registration price will be $120.
Registration for the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Half Marathon will start at $60 for the first 500 registrants. After the first 500 participants are registered, the price of registration from April 1 to April 15 will be $80. From April 16 to April 30 the registration fee increases to $90, and for the month of May the price will be $100.
From April 1 to May 31, the registration price for the Rothman Institute 8K will be $25. The price of registration for the Kids Fun Run will be $15 from April 1 to November 21.
*Additional pricing information and promotions will be available on the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon website,www.philadelphiamarathon.com, at a later date.
GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend attracts more than 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers. Race Weekend features the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 22; the Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 21; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. 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 visiting www.philadelphiamarathon.com. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/philadelphiamarathon), Twitter (@philly_marathon) and Instagram (@philly_marathon) to stay up to date with the latest GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon news.