I reported on Wednesday that the Philadelphia Marathon will officially open registration for its 2015 races on April 1st. Now I’ve got some new info to add: the just-released entry fees for this year’s races. Read more »
Yup, it’s time to start thinking about the Philadelphia Marathon again: It’s barely spring, and registration is set to open for the November race next week, on April 1st at midnight, according to an announcement today on the race’s Facebook page. Read more »
Mile 12—that’s when I felt it. The familiar pinch in my right hip that is eventually followed by the stinging pain of joint inflammation from overuse. It was a way to poke me—to get my attention—to tell me, “Move to the right, Ellen. You’re not ready for the left lane.”
So I did; I moved to the right, out of the left lane packed with a parade of full marathoners. While making this decision that felt like a combination of remarkable success and exhausting defeat, I jogged into the right lane with the others who registered for the half marathon while glancing to the left, watching my fellow runners, the ones who voluntarily trained and elected to run a distance of 26.2 miles, make their way down Kelly Drive, arms pumping and legs carrying them an additional 13.1 miles toward the finish line. Meanwhile, my unexpected and unplanned finish line sat only another 1.1 miles away.
Ever wonder what happens to all those shirts and gloves discarded at a big race? Here in Philly, a local organization called Clothes-pin, which we wrote about in depth here, sends in a team of volunteers to collect, bag and redistribute the goods to homeless shelters across the city.
They’ve been at it for a few years now, cleaning up at races like the Philly Marathon and Broad Street locally as well as big races in other cities, and cofounder Michael Resnic dropped us a note yesterday to give us the final tally on the massive haul from Sunday’s race. “Clothes-pin broke all previous records for clothing collection and donation at the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon,” he said. In all, the group collected about 22,500 articles of clothing—nearly double what they collected four years ago at the same race.
When you’ve got a weather question—especially when said question relates to running—there’s really only one person in Philly to turn to: 6ABC’s Cecily Tynan.
So yesterday, when I asked for her Official, Official Philadelphia Marathon Race Day Forecast, of course she obliged. She even did me one better: She gave me the outlook and clothing suggestions for the entire Marathon Weekend, including tomorrow’s Rothman 8K (which Cecily is running again) and Sunday’s full and half marathons. Here’s the breakdown:
Heading to the Expo this weekend to pick up your race gear? If you can, time your visit with one (or more!) of the events below. The Expo opens today from noon to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Here, our picks for the don’t-miss events—plus the full list of exhibitors—at this year’s Philadelphia Marathon Expo.
If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ve noticed that we devoted a lot of time to the Philadelphia Marathon. Why? Because this race is awesome, that’s why. And we know a lot of you will be running it this weekend, so we want you to be as prepared as possible.
To save you from having to scroll (and scroll and scroll) through the blog feed, I figured it’d be handy to compile all our coverage and tips in one easy place. Check out our posts below, and check back as we add more to this list today.
Good luck on Sunday! You’re going to crush it.
This week’s workout playlist, like much of our content this week, is all about the Philadelphia Marathon. As we all know, race playlists are seriously important stuff. A bad playlist can be the difference between hitting the PR you’ve been working toward and, well, not. So, to give you guys the best marathon playlist possible, we recruited a Philly runner who really knows his stuff: Jon Lyons of Run215, who will be running alongside you come Sunday. And boy, did he deliver.
Jon, with the help of some of his Run215 pals, put together the ultimate Philadephia Marathon playlist with a whopping six hours worth of music (SIX! HOURS!) to keep you moving toward the finish line. Let’s all scream a collective, “Thank you, Jon!” Check out the playlist below.
I know at least half of you who are running the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday will read this post and shake your head. I mean, for the love, you’re running 26.2 miles in one fell swoop, and here we are telling you where to work out just days after the fact. Next week, I imagine, you’re planning on kicking back and relaxing as much as humanly possible.
So this post is for the other half of you, the half who will run the marathon and, one day later, be itching to move again. I know you exist, because I am related to one of you. (That would be my older brother, Jon, who can’t seem to sit still for more than a couple of hours at a time. For the record, Jon and I are opposites in this regard; I fall squarely into the first camp.)