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August 12, 2013 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
On Monday, I start training for the Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon, which will be held on Nov. 9. It will be the sixth half-marathon that I have run in the last four years. I'm not the only fan of this distance. Last year, half marathons had 1.85 million finishers, far surpassing marathons, which had 487,000, according to Running USA. Since 2003, the half marathon has been the fastest growing race in the country, and the number of finishers has quadrupled since 2001. Today, 60 percent of half marathon finishers are women.
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March 17, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When I ran my first half-marathon in 2009, I considered it a triumph. My longest race had been 10 miles. I'd never run 13.1 miles in my life, not even in training. When I crossed that finish line, I felt a lot of things - tired, sick, cold - but the overwhelming feeling was accomplishment. "Yeah, but you ran just the half, right?" a friend asked when I told her my results. "Just the half" - the toilet paper stuck to the 13.1-miler's shoe. Have you ever run 13.1 miles? It's not a short distance - Center City to Gladwyne, a lap around the island that holds Avalon and Stone Harbor, give or take.
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May 1, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 22, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Sept. 15, and organizers expect more than 20,000 participants from all 50 states and 19 countries. The 13.1-mile race, which will feature more than a dozen bands along the course, will start and finish at Eakins Oval near the Art Museum and pass by Independence Hall and along the Schuylkill. Known for 32 years, as the Philadelphia Distance Run, the event became a part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series in 2010.
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January 10, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
The 2015 Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon may not happen this year, for one very big - and holy - reason: the Pope. This fall's visit from the Pope Francis is his first visit to the U.S. and the first papal visit to Philadelphia since 1979. He will appear in conjunction with the World Meeting of Families, the world's largest gathering of Catholic families, which runs Sept. 22 to 27. The conference and his appearance overlaps with what would have been the 38th running of the race, which has traditionally been held on the third Sunday in September.
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October 17, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 8, 2007 | By Barbara Stavetski
When my daughter slyly suggested running the Disney World half marathon, I sweetly suggested she was nuts. I ran track in high school. Now I'm in my walking phase of life. My daughter, currently on her high school track team, thought a run through the Magic Kingdom sounded like fun. After much debate, I told her we could sign up, and start training. If we completed the training (ha!), we'd do it. People who run marathons say the exhilaration is unbelievable. Run one, and you're hooked.
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September 18, 1992 | By Art Carey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the lovable, charming things about Philadelphia is that we always do things in our own lovable, charming way. Boston, New York and Los Angeles have their gaudy, full-scale marathons, but here in Philadelphia, the big road race of the season is a half-marathon. There used to be a marathon here, too, but somehow it never took root. Probably because of our town's Quaker heritage, we Philadelphians have always eschewed excess (and 26 miles of running is excess; remember, it killed Pheidippides, the ancient Greek who inspired this madness)
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November 14, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
On Nov. 1, the Philadelphia Marathon shut down registration for its marathon, half marathon and 8k. This was done three weeks before race weekend despite the full marathon and 8k still having 900 and 300 spots open, respectively. The half marathon sold out in the last few hours registration was open. This should not be happening. The fifth-largest city in the country should have sold-out races, especially at a time when the sport of running is booming. Registration was closed Nov. 1 so that race officials would "have an accurate count when ordering runner food, water, and other supplies," Lauren Cox, race spokesperson, wrote in an e-mail.
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May 2, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
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...
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May 2, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
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...
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May 1, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 17, 2016 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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November 24, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 21, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
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.
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November 2, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 31, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 17, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 10, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 27, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
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.
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