The Philadelphia Marathon is one of a kind because it offers all the conveniences of a large metropolitan marathon while yet being a friendly, low-key affair for runners. All the information you need to know about the Philadelphia Marathon weekend can be found here, thanks to Race Director Kathleen Titus.
In 1994, when the Philadelphia Marathon as we know it now had just 1500 participants, it was a much smaller event. During race weekend, about 30,000 runners compete in the marathon, half-marathon, and 8k, making it one of the top 10 marathons in the country.
The Philadelphia Marathon has grown and changed over the years to include all the “extras” you’d find at larger marathons in Boston or New York without the complicated organization. Additionally, the event stands out since it is one of the few marathons that is managed totally by the host city.
Philadelphia Marathon Race Director Kathleen Titus
Race Director for the Philadelphia Marathon, Kathleen Titus, joins us on the podcast this week. Kathleen has worked in the field of event organizing for over a decade and has over 25 years of expertise in the area of marathons, ultra-distance races, and triathlons. She is the boss of All Fitness Events, an online event promotion company.
I was thrilled to finally meet Kathleen at the Endeavorun Boulder conference last August since the Philadelphia Marathon has a particular place in my heart as the site of my personal best. Because to her enthusiasm, knowledge, and meticulous planning, this marathon turned out better than expected.
Kathleen and I talk about everything from the logistics of getting to the event to the finish line to the smallest nuances of the route itself.
- Why is the Philadelphia Marathon so Special?
- How to arrive to the race’s starting line quickly and easily before the gun goes off.
- This is why Philadelphia is one of the best potential qualifiers for Boston.
- Where do you find the most difficulty in the course?
- When and how fast to run each segment of the race
- The ways in which the finish line of the race does not detract from the runner’s experience
I implore you to include the Philadelphia Marathon on your list of potential future events if it isn’t already! Together, we can ensure that you make the most of this amazing opportunity.
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