Philadelphia Marathon

Did you know?

  • Of the top 10 marathons in the United States with the highest number of runners participating annually, the Philadelphia Marathon is the only one that is City-run.
  • With the more than 30,000 participants and their families who travel from all 50 states and abroad for the Philadelphia Marathon each year, the weekend generates over 2,500 hotel rooms booked, resulting in an economic impact of more than $700,000.
  • The Marathon’s annual charitable footprint is over $750,000. An average of $250,000 is allocated by the Marathon to the Philadelphia City Fund each year for grantmaking, with an excess of $500,000 raised for title partner American Association for Cancer Research and affiliate charities.

Now in its 31st year, the Philadelphia Marathon is composed of three days of events featuring the Philadelphia Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, the Nemours Children’s Run, the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K, the 13.1 Mile Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, and the 26.2 Mile AACR Philadelphia Marathon.

Each year, this event brings more than 30,000 participants and their families to Philadelphia to participate in one of the top 10 marathons in the United States. This beautiful, fast, and scenic course serves as a qualifying race to the Boston Marathon, with participants traveling from all 50 States, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries around the world. On race day, thousands of enthusiastic onlookers line the 26.2 mile course to cheer on friends and family members as they race along a course that weaves through the historic sites of Philadelphia, ending at the steps of the majestic Philadelphia Museum of Art.

As the fiscal agent for the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, the Philadelphia City Fund provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, technical assistance, and other administrative services to support the success of the Marathon.

The Philadelphia Marathon is the Philadelphia City Fund’s only program that generates unrestricted revenue, a portion of which is allocated for grantmaking to support the Philadelphia community each year. Through its Community Fund, PCF invests those proceeds in charitable projects that improve the quality of life for our residents. PCF and its Board of Directors are proud of the impact that this fund has had as its signature community-focused grantmaking initiative.

Philadelphia is proud to host the 31st Philadelphia Marathon Weekend on November 22–24, 2024.

Registration is open now thru November 12, 2024.

Contact Information

1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19102