Philadelphia Marathon Unveils New Half-Marathon Route

New Route Keys on Historic Sites, More City Running

PHILADLEPHIA – June 7, 2017 – Runners who sign-up for this year’s Philadelphia Half-Marathon, to take place Saturday, Nov. 18, will be running in the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers. City officials are unveiling an exciting new route for the Half-Marathon race, which takes runners through Philadelphia’s Historic District and past many of our Nation’s most treasured symbols.

“The new Half-Marathon course features almost 10 miles of city running and promises to be the most exciting Half-Marathon course in city history,” noted Jim Marino, race director for the Philadelphia Marathon. “The new route includes dozens of historic points of interest, while providing more opportunities for crowds to lend their support.” 

The new Half-Marathon route takes runners past many of Philadelphia’s most historic sites, including The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, City Hall, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Ben Franklin’s Grave, the U.S. Mint, the National Constitution Center, Mother Bethel AME Church, the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square, the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Zoo, across the Girard Street Bridge and its sweeping vistas of the Schuylkill River, then on to Mount Pleasant Mansion, Boat House Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and many historic points in between.

A map of the Half-Marathon route is available for viewing online at:

In addition, Philadelphia Marathon officials announced that in honor of Global Running Day (June 7) registration fees will be reduced for both the Full Marathon (-$20) and the Half Marathon (-$10) for the 24-hour period beginning at 12:00 a.m. tonight and ending at midnight, June 7th. Interested runners can register online at:

Runners can sign up for the Philadelphia Marathon, to be held Sunday, Nov. 19; as well as the Half-Marathon and the Rothman 8K, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 18.

About the Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon weekend welcomes nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers each year. Race Weekend 2017 features the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 19; the Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 18; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by registering at

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