New Data Shows Philly Marathon Was 8th Largest in the U.S. Last Year

Photograph by Jim McWilliams

Photograph by Jim McWilliams

The Running U.S.A. Annual Marathon Report is hot off the presses, and it features a breakdown of all sorts of fun figures related to U.S. marathons. Two things of local note: With 10,909 finishers last year, the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon was the eight largest 26.2-mile race in the country. Philly also crops up on a list of races with the most sub-four-hour finishers—we come in fourth, behind New York, Chicago and the Marine Corps Marathon in DC, with 4,162 hella-speedy runners.

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The Checkup: It Will Take 14 Days to Recover from the Philadelphia Marathon

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• Runners, congrats on the big finish yesterday! I hope you feel a massive sense of accomplishment; running 26.2 or 13.1 is no small feat. Now begins the recovery phase of your marathon experience. Check out this detailed, science-backed recovery plan for how get your body back in working order the right way. [McMillan Running]

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The Mummers Will Be at Lululemon’s Philadelphia Marathon Cheering Station

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Okay, so now that you’re ready to spectate the business out of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, I’d like to point you to a group of people who will be doing it up right: the folks from our local Lululemon stores, who’ll be gathered at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Ferry Street in East Falls near the 17-and-22-mile mark. (That part of the course is out and back, remember.) They’re going to have a live DJ spinning tunes, cheer signs galore, noisemakers and other surprises they don’t want to spoil (boo).

The pièce de résistance? As many as 30 fully decked out, glittering, sparkling Mummers. “We don’t mess around,” says Gabriella Totokotsopoulos, assistant store manager at Lululemon King of Prussia.

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Where To Grab a Beer (and Brunch) After the Marathon

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If you’re running the Philadelphia Marathon this weekend you’ll have no need for our beer calorie counter. But you probably will be looking for brunch and maybe a beer after your 26.2 miles. Be Well Philly has a good list places for beer and maybe brunch, within a half-mile of the Philadelphia Marathon finish line.

Philadelphia Marathon: Where to Drink (and Brunch) Near the Finish Line [Be Well Philly]

Philadelphia Marathon: The Complete Guide to Being the Best Spectator Ever

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Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Fact: Training for a marathon is hard work. It takes months of rigorous preparation, intense focus, and lots and lots (and lots!) of time spent logging miles. But on Sunday, when the gun goes off for the 20th anniversary Philadelphia Marathon, the runners won’t be the only ones doing the work. Or, at least, they shouldn’t be.

Having run my fair share of races over the past few years, I can tell you without a doubt or reservation that spectators are a ridiculously important ingredient in the magic that is race day. It’s an energy thing, and runners can only generate so much on their own, especially when they’re heading into double-digit milage. So, spectators, simply watching people run past isn’t enough. The runners need you to fully commit to the cause and be a super amazing, spectacularly energetic,  awesomely enthusiastic sideline cheerleader.

In case you need crib notes, I’ve asked some runner friends and readers to share how spectators have gotten them hyped on race day, so you can learn a thing or two. Consider this your Complete Guide to Being the Best Marathon Spectator Ever. And on behalf of the 30,000 runners who’ll be slogging away this weekend: Thank you.

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Cecily Tynan’s Weather Forecast for the Philadelphia Marathon

Our girl Cecily Tynan, the lovely 6 ABC meteorologist, former Be Well Philly cover model and all-around bad-ass runner, just released her Philadelphia Marathon weather forecast. Let me tell you: It looks waaaaay better than the sheets of rain my Accuweather app was predicting two days ago. Here’s what Cecily is forecasting, along with her recommendations for what to wear, as per a Facebook post last night.

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