Philadelphia Marathon 2014 Spectator’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia Marathon, held on November 23rd this year, will fetch nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and thousands of volunteers. So, yes, it will be a busy, crowd-filled day. If you’re planning on watching, clapping and cheering your brains out, here’s an at-a-glance look at what you need to know.

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13 Things To Do In Philly This Week: Volunteer at the Philadelphia Marathon, Get Drinks With The Sphinx, See BalletX Fall Series and More

 

Where to Grab a Beer (and Brunch!) After the Philadelphia Marathon

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Fact: There’s no reward for 26.2—or 13.1, for that matter—quite like an ice-cold beer. Marathon runners often swear off the stuff for weeks or months leading up to the event. It dehydrates. It slows recovery. But, gosh, does it taste good.

So if you’re jonesing for a brew after you cross the finish line on Sunday, here’s a list of watering holes (most serve brunch, too!), all of which are no more than a half-mile from the finish line. You earned it.

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5 Reasons You Should Volunteer at the Philadelphia Marathon This Year

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The Philadelphia Marathon is looking for volunteers who are willing to pitch in on race weekend, November 21st through 23rd. There are all kinds of opportunities available, from registration and t-shirt pick-up at the Expo to food distribution at the Rothman 8K to water hander-outer (that’s what they should be called, anyway) at the marathon.

Volunteers will get free race swag for their efforts, of course, and the satisfaction that comes with pitching in. But if that’s not enough incentive, I asked a few runner friends why volunteers are so important at races and how they contribute to the magic of the event. (If you’re rolling your eyes at the word “magic,” I will assume you’ve never run a race before. Because the energy of race day—from the spectators, volunteers, race organizers and runners—is nothing short of magical.)

Here, five reasons you should sign up to volunteer.

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Feeling Training Fatigue? 10 Reasons to Get Hyped for the Philly Marathon Now

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by Jim McWilliams

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by Jim McWilliams

The Philadelphia Marathon is less than seven weeks away, you guys. Considering we’ve been talking about it since registration opened back in the spring, it feels like the intervening months have just flown by.

To get you through the final stretch of your training, we thought we should take a few minutes to remind you of all the reasons you signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon in the first place and help you celebrate all that you’ve accomplished so far. So if you’re starting to lose sight of your goal and need to refocus, keep reading. You can do it!

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Philadelphia Marathon Training with Team Philly Kicks Off This Weekend

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

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.

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Reminder: Philadelphia Marathon Registration Fee Increases Tomorrow

2013 Philadelphia Marathon| Photo via Facebook

2013 Philadelphia Marathon| Photo via Facebook

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.

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