Just a reminder to all you folks with the Philadelphia Marathon ahead of you: The race is 14 weeks away! If you’ve been slacking off on your running schedule, we’ve got just the thing to get you in gear: Team Philly, which some of you might remember from the slew of marathon training groups we posted a few weeks ago, officially kicks off their training program this Saturday morning at Philadelphia Runner in University City.
Just a friendly reminder that the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon on November 23rd is just less than 18 weeks away, so it’s time to get your butt in gear if you’re planning on running it.
Here are some of your training options, whether you’re running the full or half:
Attention prospective Philly Marathoners! If you’re planning on participating in the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon this November but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on registration, now’s the time to do it. The entry fee increases as it gets closer to race day, and at midnight tonight the price will go up another $20—from $125 to $145 for the full marathon, and from $105 to $125 for the half.
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.
For marathoners who like to really, really plan ahead, mark your calendar for November 23rd, the official date of the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon.
• 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]
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.