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Race Reports for Philadelphia Marathon

[1]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Love this race!
[2]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Really great weekend, solid course, totally PR'able. Nice "big" race with a great local feel too it.
[3]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I really enjoyed this race. The course was great with a few hills to add character but nothing too impossible, and the city really came out to support the runners. The security checkpoint in the morning should have been planned better, but at least the race was delayed (they said due to an accident, but I have a feeling it was because so many racers weren't through by 7am). Post race food was just okay (chocolate milk? pizza? anything with protein??) but when dealing with almost 10,000 people I guess you can't expect gourmet fixings. Didn't have to wait too long for a massage which was great and the live band was a nice touch. Overall a great race!
[4]
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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?No
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Bad
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too easy

  • Comments: My dad had run this race prior years and never had any real complaints. The 2014 race was horribly unorganized and an overall terrible experience, not including my injury during the run.
[5]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great big city race
[6]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a great big city race with tremendous crowds. A really fair course, not too many hills. The people are really encouraging - the city does a great job for this race,
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Well supported, a bit desolate for parts of the second half of the course, but overall a good race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: best feeling finishing this race. hardest thing I have ever done.
[9]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: could have used one / two more water stops on the second half, ideally.
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  • Comments: This is a beautiful race and I always love visiting Philly. It's such an easy trip from DC and there are so many delicious and affordable places to eat. I don't think the race is as flat as they advertise it, but I'm also a flatlander, so grain of salt. The course is gorgeous and well-supported and the race itself is really well-organized. I may look to run it again next fall if I don't get into NYC.
[11]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I absolutely loved this race! Philly is an amazing city and the course takes you through history as you run past all several monuments and museums. The support on the course was spectacular and there were very rarely sections of the course where there were no spectators cheering you on. Parking was easy for the most part and the expo was awesome.
[12]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: great volunteers and crowds. Great seeing so many NYC marathoners enjoying themselves and thanking Philly for letting them participate.
[13]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: POST RACE FOOD: COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. NEED MORE PROTEIN! List of interesting sights/costumes: 1. Trash bag guy; wearing two trash bags, about 70 years old, but hey, he's out there! 2. Power walker starting in first corral!?! Was toward the front of black corral, and we passed him within a mile of the start. 3. Spiderman suit; looked like cycling outfit. Spidey was hurting around 25 miles. 4. Brer rabbit. White rabbit hat, strapped on like a helmet. Over 6 ft tall. 5. (Two) Minnie mouses. 6. Dancing Taco and company cheering us on. 7. Batman playing Rocky tunes on trombone. 8. Drummer with really bored dog in east Manayunk 9. R&B band in Manayunk. Could have been more upbeat.
[14]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Well organized for 25k runners!!...I would highly recommend this marathon..great venue..AWESOME voluteers!!..Just make sure you eat breakfast BEFORE you get to the race or you may be running hungry!!
[15]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I'll take the Philadelphia Marathon over the NYC Marathon any day. It's one of my favorite marathons. It's a tour through American history. It's picturesque. The course is fast. Just an awesome city and awesome race all around.
[16]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: There is no marathon course for which I'd check "too easy."
[17]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race with great volunteers!!!
[18]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The race was good, but being in a city makes somethings like the driving and parking a pain, especially at the race expo. The course was nice and there were plenty of well manned water stops and good crowd support.
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  • Comments: Overall, this was a great first marathon experience. It wasn't a perfect day but that was fine. I learned what it meant to push through feeling crappy. I learned that 26 miles is far, but 26.2 is ridiculously far. And I learned that I really, really adore chicken broth.
[20]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Can't wait until next year!
[21]
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  • Comments: This race was more of a culmination of a spiritual journey for me. I'm happy it happened in such a grand, historic city. The memory of this race will surely last a lifetime for me. Thank You Philadelpia.
[22]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Not sure the price is worth rolling the dice on the potential for bad weather. Its an expensive race if you don't make the early deadlines. I think its time to look into early races or some in warmer climates.
[23]
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Race rating (3)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I feel like this race was too crowded. This year there were over 20,000 for the combined races - at least a 10% increase from past years. During the first 10 miles when the course was on philly streets it was very difficult to pass people at times. Even after the 1/2 marathon finished - the crowd did not thin out very much.
[24]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Excellent race. Great course - enough hills to keep it challenging and interesting, but not too difficult. Great scenery. Very well-organized and no shortage of volunteers or food and water, even for us BOPers. Could have had a little more going on (or at least some finishers' gear for sale) after the race, though quite honestly I don't know if we would've stuck around for it anyway (needed to get back to clean up and check out of the hotel).
[25]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Nothing beats Musselman yet...but I liked having my name on my bib, I LOVED being shoulder to shoulder with other runners the whole race (kind of like drafting in the swim in a tri...I just tried to keep up with the flow, but pick of person by person). That first bathroom pit stop within 2 or 3 miles of the start had me lose the 4 hour pace group, but I had it in my head that I would have done it at some point in the race...I guess when I want to try and qualify for Boston then I'll just have to hold it. I did for my HIM so I can do it for a marathon.
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