City and GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon officials announce plans for upcoming 21st annual race on the Ben Franklin Parkway
Details on weekend activities transportation, parking, security and cultural institutions near race route.
PHILADELPHIA, November 17, 2014 – City and GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon officials released details about plans for the upcoming 21st annual race on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and areas across the city.
The City of Philadelphia will welcome 60,000 spectators and more than 30,000 runners at the 2014 The GORE-TEX ® Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend. Beginning Friday, November 21, and running through Sunday, November 23, Race Weekend offers an action-packed series of events featuring three competitive races as well as history exhibits at City Hall and the Marathon Health & Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The marathon is fun for the whole family will allow runners and spectators to get a taste of Philadelphia’s beauty, culture, heritage and hospitality. From a high five with Mayor Michael A. Nutter at the starting line to a Philly Finish near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – and all the scenic miles in between – the Philadelphia Marathon ensures runners and guests a great Race Weekend experience.
“Philadelphia is a premier destination for great sports traditions, including events like the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run, the Parx Casino Cycling Classic and the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta,” said Mayor Nutter. “Philadelphia’s Marathon is a top-10 National marathon in its 21st year, and continues to grow in enthusiastic spectators, dedicated volunteers and community involvement. The Marathon course runs through Fairmount Park with its historic landmarks and beautiful views, making it one of the country’s most scenic races. I want to thank the title sponsor, GORE-TEX® Running Footwear, for another year of generous support.”
City officials remind those attending or participating in the Marathon to make a plan regarding public transit, driving, parking, and supervision of children. The following is pertinent information about the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon:
RACE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Ranked as a top-10 marathon nationally, the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon continues to grow impressively each year - now hosting 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators throughout Race Weekend. The annual race attracts everyone from casual runners to top-seeded athletes, and boasts one of the nation’s fastest and most attractive courses.
Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22: Health & Fitness Expo
· Noon to 9 p.m., Friday, November 21; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 22;
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Hall 'F' on first floor
Saturday, November 22nd: The Rothman Institute 8K
· 7:30 a.m., 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
· Kids Fun Run: 10:30 a.m., 22nd Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sunday, November 23rd: The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon
· Wheelchair and hand cycle participants begin at 6:57 a.m.; competition for runners begins at 7 a.m., 22nd Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art
can watch the race from more than 20 perches or designated fan-friendly
marathon Cheer Zones featuring entertainment
and food throughout the course, from University City to Center City and
elsewhere. In addition, through Choose
Your Course, a partnership with some of Philly’s
best restaurants, the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon offers the runners and
general public delicious dining options before the race on
Saturday, November 22nd. New this year is the GORE-TEX
Philadelphia Marathon Finisher Festival offering a
music stage, food, race merchandise for marathon fans and a family area for
runners to reconnect with family after their run -- from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,
on November 23rd. For a schedule of entertainment including a list of
participating Choose Your Course restaurants and Cheer Zones, visit www.philadelphiamarathon.com
Streets will be closed in many parts of the city in connection with the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Delays can be expected; motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas along the race course, and allow for extra driving time and to proceed with caution. Due to increased security in the Parkway area, parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. Police officials urge motorists to refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal. Spectators, motorists, runners and all visitors to the Parkway district are urged to arrive promptly.
Here is detailed information on street closures in the immediate marathon start and finish area on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
Street closures are enforced on a "rolling basis", and will be implemented as runners go by. All closures in the Parkway vicinity will be in effect by the early morning of Sunday, November 23rd.
Saturday, November 22nd
· Inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from Logan Circle to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will be closed between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.
· Martin Luther King Drive, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Montgomery Drive, will be closed between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 23rd
· Kelly Drive to Ridge Avenue will be closed, from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· The entire width of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 18th to 25th streets, including the cross streets, will be closed, from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m.
· The 22nd and 23rd Street Off-ramps, from I- 676 East & West, will be closed on Sunday morning. (Runners should plan to use alternate exit ramps when traveling to the start of the race such as 15th/Broad Street off of I-676 or Girard/Spring Garden off of I-76 .)
· There is absolutely NO PARKING permitted along the race course on November 23rd, beginning at 2 a.m.
· Northbound via 22nd St.: Right on Market St., Left on 16th St., Left on Spring Garden St., Right on 22nd St., then resumes regular route.
· Southbound via 23rd St.: Left on Spring Garden St., Right on Broad St., Right on Vine St., Left on 15th St., Right on JFK Blvd., left on 21st St., then resumes regular route.
· Northbound: Following the regular route to 16th and JFK Blvd., Right on 16th St., Left on Spring Garden St., Right on Pennsylvania Ave., then resumes regular route.
· Southbound: Following the regular route to Pennsylvania Ave. and Spring Garden Ave., Left on Spring Garden Ave., Right on Broad St., Right on Vine St., Left on 15th St., Right on JFK Blvd., Left on 17th, Left on Market St., then resumes regular route.
· Southbound: Following the regular route to 19th St. and Spring Garden St., then via Left on Spring Garden St., Right on Broad St., Right on Vine St., Left on 15th St. to Market St., then resumes regular route.
· Northbound: Following the regular route to 16th St. and JFK Blvd., Right on 16th St., Left on Vine St., Right on 20th St., then resumes regular route.
· Westbound: Following the regular route to 16th St. and JFK Blvd., Right on 16th St., Left on Spring Garden St., Right on Pennsylvania Ave., left on 25th St. into Art Museum Dr., then resumes regular route.
· Eastbound: Following the regular route Art Museum Dr. and Kelly Dr. via straight across Kelly Dr. onto 25th St., Right on Pennsylvania Ave., Left on Spring Garden St., Right on Broad St., Right on Vine St., Left on15th, then resumes regular route.
· Westbound: Following the regular route to Spring Garden and Pennsylvania Ave. Via a Right on Pennsylvania Ave., Left on 25th St.; Cross Kelly Dr. onto Art Museum Dr., Right on Spring Garden St., then resumes regular route.
· Eastbound: Following the regular route to Spring Garden and Art Museum Dr. via a Left on Art Museum Dr. and via straight across Kelly Drive onto 25th St.; Right on Pennsylvania Ave.; Left on Spring Garden St., then resumes regular route.
· Northbound via Arch St.: Right on 16th St., Left on Spring Garden St., Right on 22nd St., then resumes regular route.
· Southbound via 23rd St.: Left on Spring Garden, Right on Broad St., Right on Vine St., Left on 15th St., Right on JFK Blvd., Left onto 17th St., Left on Market St., then resumes regular route.
· South to north (cutback) via 17th St.: Left on Vine St., Left on 13th St., Left on Vine St., Right on 16th., then regular route is resumed.
· North to south (cutback) via 16th St.: Right on Locust St., Left on 13th St., Left on Walnut St., Left on 17th St., then resumes regular route.
· South to north (cut back) via Broad St.: Right on Vine St., Left on 15th St., Left on Vine St.; take layover on Vine St., between Broad St. and 13th St.
· North to south (cut back) via Broad St.: Right on Washington Ave., Left on13th St., Left on Walnut St., Left on Broad St., then regular route is resumed.
The PHLASH trolley also offers convenient transportation in Center City and to other areas citywide. Philadelphia Marathoners can ride the Philly PHLASH transportation for free on Race Weekend (just show your 2014 race bib to the driver) and can hop on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Transit Loop to be connected to key attractions.. (Runners' family and friends pay just $2 per ride or $5 all-day). Find PHLASH on-the-go with live updates at www.RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visit www.phillyphlash.com for a schedule and route details related to Marathon Weekend.
Center City -- the start and finish location of the marathon -- is compact and walkable. On Marathon weekend, runners and spectators are encouraged to walk to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or use public transportation, particularly on Sunday, November 23. No on-street parking is permitted along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, starting Saturday, November 22. If driving is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are located conveniently in the Parkway vicinity. Some lots have an automated teller unit, upon exiting. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at http://philapark.org/ for a list of parking options. The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon is not affiliated with any of these parking facilities.
The cultural institutions along or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will experience the greatest impact of the race. They generally will maintain normal weekend hours of operation during Marathon Weekend. These institutions include: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Barnes Foundation, Fairmount Water Works, The Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia / Parkway Central Library, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Perelman Building Annex, Rodin Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary. Parking is available at or near the cultural institutions, but using public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please refer to the institutions’ individual websites for information on exhibit hours, ticketing and parking accommodations, go to parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org.
Marathon Venue Details
Spectators, motorists, runners, patrons of the cultural institutions and all visitors to the Parkway district are urged to proceed with caution, arrive promptly and to expect delays. Attendees are encouraged to visit www.philadelphiamarathon.com for information on items that are permitted, as well as other pertinent event information.
SECURITY PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION
On Sunday, November 23rd, there will be enhanced public safety efforts by the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Police Department to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone at the race. Runners and attendees may experience delays upon arrival, and authorities urge patience.
The race Start/Finish areas, spanning the entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 18th to 25th streets, will be a Secure Zone. Checkpoints have been established for those entering the starting area and ALL visitors and runners will be screened. All items are subject to inspection and re-inspection at entry and beyond that point. Entry checkpoints are at 18th, 20th, 22nd (south side only) and 25th streets.
Allow time for possessions to be thoroughly searched by security detail at checkpoints along the Parkway perimeter. It is strongly recommended that spectators and runners limit what they take into the race area, bringing only essentials (limit bags, backpacks, or satchels). All bags are subject to search. Leave no bags or items unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package or container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.
· Runners should arrive early for entry to the start-finish line areas.
· Runners should plan ahead, allowing time to get through designated entry checkpoints.
· The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at security checkpoints.
· Runners should have their race bibs fastened and visible on the front of their jerseys at arrival.
· Spectators are strongly discouraged from carrying bags.
· Only clear bags will be allowed within the race areas, which will be subject to inspection.
· Only clear plastic Marathon-issued bags will be accepted at the runners' Gear Check.
· Runners should arrive with the event-issued gear check tag (top of bib tear-off strip) affixed to their bags.
· No backpacks or satchels of any kind will be allowed (exceptions may be made for diaper bags, after a search).
· Small personal-item or hydration packs/bags/belts are permitted but are subject to a search.
· Factory-sealed, plastic water bottles (1 per person up to 1 liter) permitted.
· No coolers.
· All items deemed dangerous or inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of security personnel.
Attendees are encouraged to visit www.philadelphiamarathon.com for information on items that are permitted at the venue, as well as other pertinent event information.
Weather and Alerts
The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon is a rain-or-shine event; however in the case of severe weather or other occurrences, information will be available. Sign up at www.readynotifypa.org for text or e-mail alerts, or text PHILA to 411911 to sign up.
GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon weekend race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Established in 1994, the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon was designated as the USATF Mid-Atlantic Association’s Marathon Championship Race for 2014. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting www.philadelphiamarathon.com. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/philadelphiamarathon), Twitter (@philly_marathon) and Instagram (@philly_marathon) to stay up to date with the latest GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon news.