May 2, 2016 |
By Saturday, 201 days separated runners from the starting gun of the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon. Yet some are now claiming they don't have enough time to make proper arrangements for the November classic because of a change announced Friday. Organizers disclosed that this year's marathon and half marathon - events traditionally held concurrently, on the same course through Philadelphia - would be held on separate days. The marathon will be held as planned on Sunday, Nov. 20, but the half marathon is being moved up a day to Saturday, Nov. 19. Coordinators heralded the change as a way to boost participants' experiences by decreasing the number of runners on the course each day. "Half Marathon participants will be able to take on a challenging but scenic course on Saturday, and Full Marathoners will have the course all to themselves Sunday as they strive to set their own personal records...
May 1, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Marathon and half marathon will be run on different days, creating a race weekend in November, organizers announced Friday. In the past, the half marathon and marathon were run together. This year, the half marathon will take place on Nov. 19 and the full marathon will be run the next day. "This will give the opportunity to increase both races and give both their full justice," new race director Jim Marino said in a telephone interview. "Everybody could be part of the marathon experience without it being as crowded.
January 17, 2016 |
Kyle Dawson's first marathon will be a big one. On Feb. 13, he is to run in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. The top three male and female runners are to go on to represent the United States this summer in the Rio 2016 Olympics. "I've been working towards this goal for a while and to finally achieve it is pretty incredible," he said of qualifying for the opportunity to try out for an Olympic team. Dawson, 27, is from Coatesville and ran for Penn State. Since graduating in 2012, he's run for the Bryn Mawr Running Company, but he didn't set his sights on the marathon.
November 24, 2015 |
When Kristina Hanrahan crossed the finish line, she turned to her boyfriend, Brad Verrico, who met her at the last mile and ran alongside to cheer her on. She gave him a kiss. "I wanted to say thank you for all his support," said Hanrahan, 43, of Kennett Square. She hadn't seen anything yet. Verrico, 46, also of Kennett Square, spun her around. There was her family and his, holding a sign: "Kristina, will you marry me?" Down on his knee he went, ring in hand. She broke into tears.
November 21, 2015 |
Two types of people will flood Philadelphia this weekend: elite runners and the people who support them. Both can have a great time at the 22d Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon - with the right planning. It's easier for the more than 25,000 runners. They'll enjoy a scenic course Sunday - either a full 26.2 miles or a slightly more reasonable (ha) 13.1 miles - that passes through such neighborhoods as Chinatown, Society Hill, University City, and Manayunk. They'll be welcomed at the start line, celebrated at the finish, and applauded and inspired by the crowds at "cheer zones" throughout the course.
November 2, 2015 |
Since the music was loud and constant, the location Philadelphia, and the event the 2015 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, Tim Ritchie's question after crossing the finish line first Saturday morning made sense. "How come I never heard any Springsteen?" Ritchie asked after crossing the Museum of Art finish line with a Rocky-like jab. The 28-year-old Massachusetts resident never did find out. But winning the 13.1-mile race through Center City and along the autumn-colored banks of the Schuylkill provided an even more important answer.
October 31, 2015 |
The city has allowed ESPN to close a block of Market Street near Independence Mall for more than 48 hours to set up its roving weekly football College GameDay live telecast. ESPN chose Philadelphia because of the interest in undefeated Temple University's game Saturday night against Notre Dame. The sold-out event at Lincoln Financial Field is this weekend's prime-time college football game. Hosting the show offers great exposure for Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald said Thursday night, calling it "an excellent opportunity to market the city to a national audience.
October 17, 2015 |
When Jen Rhines built up her mileage training for the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials, she kept running the same route over and over again: through Fairmount Park around the Schuylkill. When she lines up to run the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll half marathon on Oct. 31, she'll consider it a kind of homecoming. "This is exciting for me and I can't wait to get out there," she said. Rhines, 41, is bringing major running star power to what has been Philadelphia's largest half marathon.
October 10, 2015 |
When Noel Sarah Dietrich was a kid, she wanted to be Vicki Huber. Huber, like Dietrich, was from Wilmington, De., and Dietrich watched the Villanova all-American's path to the 1988 Olympics in awe. One problem though: Dietrich enjoyed running, but she didn't think she was really good at it. "I was typically an overachiever and wasn't used to things that didn't come easy to me," she said. In high school, she went to one track practice then dropped out. At the University of Delaware, she knew running helped relieve stress, but she never really got into the sport.
September 27, 2015 |
Ocean City's Half Marathon is no idle Rumer The shore's not closed yet, at least not for the running crowd. This Sunday will be the sixth running of the OCNJ Half Marathon in Ocean City, N.J., an event weekend that now includes a 5k and a 10-mile walk. It's not an entirely new event, though, says Lisa Rumer, who has also been putting on the town's Labor Day race for 25 years. In the mid 1970s, Ocean City's recreation department organized the Stenton Carey Half Marathon. "They were few and far between back then," Rumer said of half marathons.