What are the security/entry guidelines for Race Day?
The race Start/Finish area between 21st & 25th Sts on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be a secure zone. Everyone will be screened in order to enter the Start/Finish area.
Arrive early so you have time to get through security- entrances open at 5 a.m.
Plan ahead, allowing time to get through designated entry checkpoints.
All runners should have bibs visible and fastened on the chest front of your attire.
All bags are subject to inspection.
Only clear plastic participant bags will be accepted at Gear Check.
Runners should arrive with the event-issued gear check tag (top of bib tear-off strip) affixed to their bags.
The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at security checkpoints
NOTE: All persons entering this venue will be screened by security agents equipped with hand-held magnetometers.
I do not have a bib number. Can I run the race as an unofficial entrant?
No. Race amenities provided along the course, including medical assistance, fluid replenishment stations and traffic safety concerns are based on the exact number of officially-entered competitors. Any addition to this number by way of unregistered participants will adversely affect the races. Unregistered participants will be removed from the course.
What is the location of the start line?
The start line for both the AACR Philadelphia Marathon and Dietz & Watson Half Marathon will be on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just east of Eakins Oval.
What are the locations for the Port-a-johns?
Port-a-johns are located at the start/finish line area. Additionally, Port-a-johns will be located at every water stop on the course.
Will there be a pace team?
Yes, the Philadelphia Runner Pace Team will have pace groups for the Half and Full Marathon.
What are the types of refreshment fluids and where will they be located on the courses?
Hydration stations will be set up at the race start and finish, as well as throughout the length of the course. All hydration stations will have Gatorade Endurance Formula at the first set of tables and water at the next set of tables. The lemon-lime flavored Gatorade Endurance Formula will be served in green colored cups.
Saturday, November 18 – Rothman Institute 8K
Saturday, November 18 – AACR Philadelphia Half Marathon
Sunday, November 19 – AACR Philadelphia Marathon
Will energy gels be made available on the AACR Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon courses?
Yes, Gatorade Energy (Blackberry, Apple Pear and Vanilla) gels will be available on the Half Marathon course at mile 10 and along the Full Marathon course at miles 10, 17, and 22.
What is the average temperature at Start Time?
Approximately 45°F/7.2°C at start time and at the finish about 54°F/12°C.
Can I use a baby jogger, roller blades, scooter or bike?
No. These items are all strictly prohibited from the race course.
What are the different divisions of the AACR Philadelphia Marathon that receive awards?
Click on your event in the list below for specific award and prize information.
How long will the finish be open for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon?
The finish will be open for 7 hours.
How can I review results at the end of the race?
Online information is updated as the race progresses. Official race results will be posted online 24 hours from the time of the final finisher. Click on For Runners > Race Results
Can I use headphones or earbuds?
The rule prohibiting headphones is no longer enforced by USATF; however, the AACR Philadelphia Marathon recommends you do not wear them during the race. Runners' ability to hear and react to situations and directions given by race officials is very important. Your safety is always our topmost concern.
Can I wear a costume during the race?
When it comes to costumes, we ask that you keep the safety of yourself and others in mind. If your costume is questionable or offensive to others, we reserve the right to either have you change into something more appropriate or remove you from the event. All costumes must also adhere to the AACR Philadelphia Marathon’s security restrictions – no large backpacks or bags of any kind will be allowed on the course.
Can I wear an action camera during the AACR Philadelphia Marathon?
For the safety of both participants and spectators, the AACR Philadelphia Marathon discourages the use of action cameras and selfie sticks while on the course.
Am I allowed to run with my pet?
No animals are allowed on the course, with the exception of service animals.
Is there a course time limit for participants?
Yes. You must maintain a 16-minute mile pace.
What is the AACR Philadelphia Marathon's policy on drug testing?
Although it is not required for all athletes to undergo testing prior to the competition, as a USATF Sanctioned Event, athletes who participate in the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF and/or IAAF Rule. Athletes found positive for a banned substance, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and will lose eligibility for future competitions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications may contain banned substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained on the USATF website.
While I'm in Philadelphia, I'd like to visit different parts of the city. How do I get to South Philadelphia? Fairmount? Old City? Manayunk?
One of the things that makes Philadelphia great is its unique neighborhoods. Information on tours and itineraries are available at www.visitphilly.com. For those who prefer to travel on their own, contact SEPTA, the city's public transportation system at (215) 580-7800 or check out schedules at www.septa.org.
Is there late check-out at the hotels?
Many hotels in Philadelphia offer special rates for the Race Weekend, but each has its own policies on check-in/check-out times. Please check with your hotel.
Can you recommend a good restaurant?
Philadelphia has some of the best dining in the world, where you can find everything from cheesesteaks to French gourmet. You can review information about many of Philadelphia's fine restaurants at www.visitphilly.com.
I am not running but want some information about watching the race.
On the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, there is plenty of room for spectators along the street at the start and finish line. We will also have numerous Cheer Zones along the course. Check back closer to race day for a complete list of Cheer Zone locations.
I'm with the press. Can I interview the winner of the race?
Yes. On race day, credentialed members of the press can visit the media tent at Eakins Oval to meet the winners. You are also welcome to download photos and press releases from the media page.
How can I obtain a booth at the Health & Fitness Expo or insert an item into the runners' bags?
Click here for more information on how to become a vendor or exhibitor at the Health & Fitness Expo.
When will I receive my iTaB?
Your iTaB will be produced and posted to you 15 business days after the event.