Ribbon cutting kicks off 27th Philadelphia Marathon Weekend ahead of Sunday’s big race – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Marathon weekend has arrived. Some 21,000 runners make their way through the city, but living along the route can present challenges.

All three races start at North 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Winds are expected to die down and temperatures will be moderate – which is perfect weather for running.

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“The city looks fantastic. The runners, they are ready to run,” said race director Kathleen Titus.

And off we go, to another marathon weekend. Saturday is the half marathon and 8K, and Sunday is the full marathon. It’s the 27th running of the race and it’s the city’s only full marathon.

“Thank you on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, thank you everyone for making this weekend a success,” said City Representative Sheila Hess.

The marathon weekend started Friday afternoon with the expo in the Convention Center. The runners come from all 50 states, 38 countries and range in age from 11 to 90 years.

“There’s an energy and excitement that just makes it worth doing,” said marathoner Mark Sullivan.

Sullivan has run in every Philadelphia marathon dating back to 1994. The race was held pretty much last year because of the pandemic.

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“Philly is a big sports city and when you run the marathon on Sunday, you are the home sports team,” said Sullivan.

But the cheers can turn to cheers.

The parkway’s middle lanes were closed Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning there will be dozens of other road closures and parking will be banned along the routes.

Cars parked around Pennsylvania Avenue, the Art Museum, and Parkway must leave at 2 a.m. Saturday and be rescheduled until 5 p.m. Sunday. SEPTA bus lines are also being diverted.

Despite the inconvenience, the race organizers say they are ready for a successful weekend.

“It’s absolutely wonderful. The atmosphere is exciting,” said Titus.

Unlike the Broad Street Run a few weeks ago, they encourage people to come out and cheer on the runners.

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For a complete guide to race day closures and info, click here.


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