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Hotel and Travel

Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the upcoming 2017 AACR Philadelphia Marathon and will be managing the hotel reservations.  When you book in the official room block you are ensuring low rates and many additional benefits.  Plus you can still earn points in your hotel membership/loyalty programs.

Benefits of booking in the Official 2017 AACR Philadelphia Marathon block include, but are not limited to:

The lowest room rates available for 2017 AACR Philadelphia Marathon participants
Ability to waitlist online for extra nights needed at your preferred hotel
No prepayment required to secure your reservation

CLICK HERE! to BOOK NOW for the best selection and rate during Race Weekend 2017. 

Experient is the Official Housing Provider for the 2017 AACR Philadelphia Marathon. Improper solicitation of hotel reservations from any company or housing provider is not approved. Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may appear to be for lower rates, however they may be illegitimate and not have the rooms to sell, have unreasonable cancellation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable. Please be aware of, and report any unauthorized solicitation to your organization or Fund for Philadelphia, Inc. For help, contact Customer Service at or toll free at 800.967.8852. For international registrants, please call 847.996.5832.


By Car: Philadelphia is conveniently located just 2 hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Washington, D.C. Major access routes include I-95, I-76, I-476, along with the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes.
By Rail: Amtrak operates from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia with service along the Northeast Corridor. 30th Street Station is just a few minute cab ride from Center City.
By Air: Philadelphia International Airport is served by most major airlines. Several new discount air carriers provide affordable and convenient flights into Philadelphia. A cab ride from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City takes approximately 20 minutes for a rate of $30. Or, take the high-speed SEPTA train departing the airport every 30 minutes with service to Center City. One-way train fare is $7.00.

The AACR Philadelphia Marathon will begin and end near our world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art at the head of the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway- right in front of those famous steps that Rocky sprinted up, inspiring countless imitators ever since.

Center City is compact and very walkable. However, if your feet get tired, we encourage runners and spectators to use public transportation on race day. Philadelphia's mass transit system, SEPTA, offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city. Several SEPTA buses (Nos. 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48) currently serve the Museum area. 

Please check with SEPTA at (215) 580-7800 for information about schedules, drop-off and pick-up locations, and route detours. Also, if you're planning to do a lot of "running around" on race day, please ask about SEPTA's unlimited access one-day pass.

Runners and fans should be aware of street closures taking place throughout the city on Race Weekend. 

No on-street parking is allowed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning on Saturday, November 18, but there are several parking lots and garages conveniently located in the area. Below are several options. Call ahead as rates and availability may have changed.

Paid Lots

23rd & Cherry Streets, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 772-1511
22nd & Walden Streets, Central Parking System, (215) 563-3650
19th & Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia Parking Authority, (215) 683-9813 
23rd & Arch Streets, Central Parking System, (215) 563-3650

Paid Garages

222 North 20th Street, Standard Parking, (215) 448-1391
1815 Cherry Street, LAZ Parking, (215) 496-1070
16th & Race (Sheraton Hotel), Standard Parking, (215) 448-2000
1815 JFK Boulevard, Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 405-0790/ (215) 772-1511
1901 JFK Boulevard, Central Parking System, (215) 557-3721
36 S. 19th Street, Standard Parking, (215) 215-561-1187
1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Windsor Suites, (215) 569-0899

The AACR Philadelphia Marathon has no direct relationship with any of the companies listed. Some lots are available for parking despite no attendant upon entering, with payment upon exit.

Here’s why we say that coming to the AACR Philadelphia Marathon just may be the best time of your life: there is so much to do here. Whether you are an athlete, art and music lover, history buff, outdoor adventurer, food and wine connoisseur, or a kid who just wants to have fun—or all of the above—there’s plenty of everything for all to enjoy. If you're running in this year's race, encourage your friends and family to come along. They’ll be glad you did.

If you're looking for an authentic Philly cheesesteak, remarkable museum collections, endless tax free shopping on shoes and apparel, tours of Independence Hall, or vibrant nightspots, you'll find some terrific recommendations and information at the official visitor site for Greater Philadelphia,

Shuttle Buses

Shuttle bus service will be available on both Saturday and Sunday mornings for race participants and spectators. Most hotels will have dedicated buses for the morning pick-up, while several hotels will be grouped together for post-race return. The Sheraton Downtown and the Logan will not have dedicated shuttle buses as they are within walking distance to the start line. Note that race participants will receive priority boarding over spectators.

Shuttle bus information letters will be provided to runners upon check in.  Each hotel will have specific times and directions.  Please look over the information ahead of time in order to plan your morning.  When the last bus leaves the hotel, runners are responsible for getting to the finish line on their own.

Review the general bus schedules below for the event in which you are participating:

Saturday, November 18 – Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K, & Dunkin' Munchkin Run

First bus pick-up at hotels will begin at 5:30 a.m. and continue as buses fill. Buses will loop to checkpoint entry and back to hotels. Last bus will leave the hotels at 6:30 a.m. There will be only ONE pick-up time for the Sheraton Society Hill and Wyndham Historic District, and Sheraton University City.

Rothman 8K and Dunkin' Munchkin Run Buses will depart the AACR Philadelphia Marathon Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, November 18 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Buses will drop Kids Fun participants off at 24th St. and Park Towne Place. Buses will run on a continuous round-trip loop until 2 p.m. The last bus will leave 24th St. and Park Towne Place at 2 return to the Convention Center.

Sunday, November 19 – AACR Philadelphia Marathon

First bus pick-up at hotels will begin at 5:00 a.m. and continue as buses fill. Buses will loop to checkpoint entry and back to hotels. Last bus will leave the hotels at 6:00 a.m. There will be only ONE pick-up time for the Sheraton Society Hill and Wyndham Historic District.

After the Race

As runners complete the race, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, buses will leave River Field (24th Street & Park Towne Place) to take people back to the hotels. The return trip will combine several stops on the loop. Return buses will run continuously, with the last bus leaving River Field (24th & Park Towne Place) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

Special Post Race Stop

After the race, runners and spectators are welcome to jump on Loop #2 and head to the World Famous Reading Terminal Market to reconnect, refuel and celebrate a successful AACR Marathon.


** Hotels within the Logan Circle area will not have shuttle bus service.

** Runner’s arriving on the PATCO Hi-Speed Line should walk to the Doubletree Hotel at Broad & Locust Streets to board the shuttle bus.

** Runners using the Broad Street Subway or Market/Frankford El should go to the Courtyard or Residence Inn Hotels on the east side of City Hall to board a shuttle bus.

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