The Philadelphia Marathon will run through the City of Brotherly Love on November 23, with events occurring the whole weekend of November 21-23. More than 30,000 participants are expected, so Philly will be bustling with energy, excitement and, most of all, endorphins!
On Friday November 21and Saturday November 22, head to the Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This is a great place to snag Philadelphia Marathon-related gear and sway, as well as a fantastic place to learn more about the latest innovations and products in the running, fitness and nutrition realm.
The Philadelphia Marathon festivities continue on Saturday November 22 with something for the entire family. The day is comprised of multiple races starting with the Rothman Institute 8K which starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run, which begins at 10:30 a.m. from 22nd street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Sunday the fun continues with the main event: the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon. Runners depart from 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a scenic 26-miles. After a long day of racing it’s party time — head to the Finisher Festival which continues until 2:30 p.m.
Runners should definitely stop by Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street) one of the best local running stores to get their shoes. Expect friendly service and a wide offering of running shoes and supplies. There is even an onsite treadmill where they assess your running stride and walking gait.
Participating in the race and looking to carbo-load? There are host of great Italian options in the city. One of our favorites, located adjacent to the Independent Hotel is Little Nonna’s. Little Nonna’s is owned by local restaurateurs and 13th street mavens Valerie Safran and Chef Marcie Turney who serve up delicious home style Italian in the heart of the gayborhood. Osteria (640 N Broad St.) is another favorite Italian restaurant in Philly. Chef Marc Vetri serves everything from wood-fired pizzas to grilled octopus at this North Broad Street gem. For more fantastic Italian restaurants head to South Philly’s famed Italian market. Villa Di Roma (936 S. 9th Street) is cash only and serves outstanding Italian classics like Chicken parmesan, meatballs and veal picante. Dante & Luigi’s (762 S. 10th Street) serves homemade pasta and decadent desserts.