The Philadelphia Marathon will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20 starting at 6:55 a.m. ET for participants in wheelchairs or handcycles, with runners and walkers getting underway five minutes later at 7 a.m.
The marathon will be split from the half-marathon, with the shorter race taking place on Saturday at 7:25 a.m., a departure from years past.
The marathon will once again be a tour of some of Philadelphia's most scenic roadways and parks, with the Art Museum serving as the starting point and the race looping around various parts of Center City and its adjacent neighborhoods.
Runners will head toward the Delaware River and run through Penn's Landing, loop back through many of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods and take Chestnut Street all the way to University City before passing the Philadelphia Zoo, heading through Fairmount Park and following the Schuylkill River to Manayunk.
Finally, racers will turn around and retrace their steps on Kelly Drive before closing the race near the Art Museum once again.
You can see the full race course here.
For runners, Mark Sullivan—who will be running the race for the 19th consecutive time—offered an excellent and comprehensive breakdown of the course to Robert Senior of Philly.com. It's a must-read for participants, as it details the quirks of the race, from surprise inclines to areas where runners can expect encouragement from crowds.
RRCA certified coach John Goldthorp also shared a number of mantras runners can repeat to ensure they complete the race, per Philly.com.
As for spectators, there will be a number of cheer zones for fans along the route, including the start line at the Art Museum, the finish line on Kelly Drive near Spring Garden Avenue and a number of locations between that include spots in Center City, University City, the Fairmount area, East Falls and Manayunk.
The full list can be found at PhiladelphiaMarathon.com.
As in years past, streets and major roadways along the course will be closed on a rolling basis, depending on when runners are utilizing that part of the course. Motorists should familiarize themselves with the course and look to avoid those areas during the marathon.
CBS Philly passed along the road closures from last year's race, which should give motorists an outline of what to expect at this year's event. SEPTA detours will also be in place for public transit riders.
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