The 2013 Philadelphia Marathon will mark the 20th edition of the annual event, and the anticipation surrounding one of the biggest races in the United States has reached a fever pitch.
With an estimated 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators filling the streets of the City of Brotherly Love, per CBS Philly, the races and the festivities involved in each event will spawn one of the wildest parties Philadelphia has ever seen.
Philly officials expecting record field of 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators for this weekends GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon.— jeff kolakowski (@jdkolakowski) November 13, 2013
Not only will the weekend full of races showcase the successes and struggles of the human will, but it will also put the majesty of Philadelphia on full display.
*All stats and information via the Philadelphia Marathon’s official website.
Where: Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17
Watch: Not Nationally Televised
|8K||Saturday, Nov. 16||7:30 a.m.|
|Kids Fun Run||Saturday, Nov. 16||10:30 a.m.|
|Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Marathon||Sunday, Nov.17||6:57 a.m.|
|Half Marathon||Sunday, Nov.17||7 a.m.|
|Full Marathon||Sunday, Nov.17||7 a.m.|
Information via PhiladelphiaMarathon.com
*Map via PhiladelphiaMarathon.com.
As exciting as this event will be, the focus has shifted to the weather and how it will play a role in Saturday and Sunday’s races. According to Weather.com, the Philadelphia area will be dealing with cool temperatures, little wind and no moisture.
That’s the ideal scenario for running a marathon.
Sunday morning could be a bit colder than most professional runners prefer, but as the sun begins to climb and the wind stays calm, the temperature should escalate quickly and give the competitors a chance to finish the marathon strong.
If Mother Nature stays on her current trajectory, the races will be a huge success.
The Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon will run through the streets of the city and feature several of the biggest landmarks in the first capital of the United States.
While it is one of the largest cities in the nation, the race will run through some of the smallest and most influential neighborhoods and feature spectator-lined streets that will make the route even tighter.
The course is flat for much of the event, but there are several portions that will feature uphill climbs—like on the ninth mile and the 18th-21st miles, per Jen A. Miller of Philly.com—and those will push runners to their limits.
The masses of fans attending the marathon along the 26.2-mile course will make this feel like a typical Philadelphia sporting event. This weekend's festivities will make all runners feel like star athletes as they get cheers from the droves of fans.