It may not be the New York City Marathon, but at least the Philadelphia Marathon gives those runners somewhere else to complete their 26.2 miles.
This weekend's sold-out marathon and half marathon will afford an opportunity to those runners who missed out on running through the boroughs of New York a couple of weeks ago due to Hurricane Sandy.
The marathon in Philly was already sold out when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the NYC Marathon, but Philly Executive Director Melanie Johnson directed those runners to the charity spots still available in Philly.
Johnson told NBCPhiladelphia.com:
The charity openings offer runners a great way to still get in the race, while giving back to the community. Philadelphia Marathon organizers work with a number of charities at the beginning of each year. We anticipate that the charity bibs may sell out quickly, as runners who are training for the New York City Marathon look for an alternate race.
According to BusinessWeek.com, the nearly 1,500 runners who entered a lottery for Philly were all accepted.
And for those Philly natives planning on running, at least this weekend's marathon will give them something to do that will distract them from watching the Michael Vick-less Eagles.
The Philadelphia Marathon will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18. The weekend's festivities in Philly also include a half marathon (Nov. 18), an 8K (Saturday, Nov. 17) and a Kids Fun Run (Nov. 17).
|Marathon||Nov. 18 at 7 a.m. ET|
|Half Marathon||Nov. 18 at 7 a.m. ET|
|8K||Nov. 17 at 7:30 a.m. ET|
|Kids Fun Run||Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. ET|
For more information, visit PhiladelphiaMarathon.com.
According to the marathon's official website, the Philadelphia course is usually listed among the best courses in the country by runners because it's mostly flat, and also by fans who love showing up to cheer on the runners.
Participants will pass Fairmount Park, the Schuylkill River, University City, Manayunk and the Art Museum.
Runners should also expect to see thousands of fans along the course, eager to cheer.
You can see a course map below, but for additional angles and information, check out these others at PhiladelphiaMarathon.com.
According to Weather.com, as of Wednesday morning, the forecast looks a bit dreary for marathon day. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 50 degrees and a low of 42 degrees, and there's a 30 percent chance of rain with winds blowing form the northeast at 9 mph. Humidity is expected to reach about 71 percent.
What They're Saying
For those of you in Philly, here's some helpful information about road closures on race day, courtesy of @Philly311:
Here's the list of Streets Closures and Parking Options for 2012 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, November 16-18 ow.ly/fgpcz— Philly311 (@philly311) November 13, 2012
For anyone who has plans to run the marathon and is still a bit tentative about the huge undertaking, you're in luck: According to Philly Mag's Emily Leaman, on Wednesday night, Philadelphia Marathon medical director and Rothman Institute surgeon Steven Cohen will host a web chat to answer all of your queries.
Cohen will be around from 7 to 8 p.m. To take part in the chat, click here.
If you don't plan on running but want to get out on Sunday to cheer on the runners, here's a list of the best places to take in the action and support the marathoners.