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November 16, 2011
What: 18th annual Philadelphia Marathon When: Sunday, 7 a.m. Where: The start and finish lines for both the 26.1-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon (also starts at 7 a.m.) are in front of the Art Museum near Logan Circle, and the course runs through the historic district, Fairmount Park and Manayunk. Who: 25,000 runners are expected to compete over the weekend - 12,000 in the marathon, 10,000 in the half marathon and 3,000 in the Rothman Institute 8-kilometer run. More than 60,000 spectators are expected to watch along the marathon course on Sunday.
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November 19, 2012 | BY ANDREW KOOB, Daily News Staff Writer kooba.phillynews.com
RUNNERS FROM all over the world came to race through the city in the Philadelphia Marathon, but in the end, a local runner was the first to cross the finish line. Mike McKeeman, of Ardmore, won the Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 51 seconds, the second best time in the 19-year history of the marathon. Joseph Nderitu set the record in 2003 by completing the course in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 47 seconds. "I was just so happy; it's something I've envisioned a lot of times," McKeeman said.
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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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February 22, 2013 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Philadelphia runners, adjust your schedules. The biggest race of the year is getting trumped by business at the Convention Center. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Marathon announced on its Facebook page that the date of its annual marathon, plus the accompanying half-marathon, is changing from Nov. 24 to Nov. 17. The Rothman 8k run is also moving, from Nov. 23 to Nov. 16. The U.S. Green Building Council's 2013 conference is booked at the Convention...
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November 19, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Irina Alexandrova of Russia was simply following in her agent's footsteps. Nearly a decade after her agent, Larisa Mikhaylova, won the women's Philadelphia Marathon in 2004, the 33-year-old Alexandrova duplicated the feat in Sunday's 20th annual event, which began and ended on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was the first Philadelphia Marathon for Alexandrova, whose winning time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 3.74 seconds was 1 minute, 6.58 seconds ahead of second-place Tezeta Dengersa.
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August 18, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Former Mayor Michael Nutter called City Controller Alan Butkovitz "a liar, a snake, and a hypocrite" Tuesday in response to a controller's report that more than $380,000 in Philadelphia Marathon proceeds were used as a "slush fund" under Nutter's watch. The report, released Tuesday, said the money was used in part for unapproved grants, a trip to Rome by Nutter and his staff, and an open-bar reception last year. The spending was approved solely by the chairwoman of the fund at the time, former City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell, according to Butkovitz, with no oversight by the fund's board of directors, effectively circumventing the board's policies and control checks.
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May 14, 2016
Rain drenched but didn't dampen enthusiasm for last week's 36th Broad Street Run, with nearly 40,000 participants thought to have joined the soggy jog. The 10-miler's runaway success has been in increasingly dramatic contrast to the Philadelphia Marathon, which has been content with a leisurely stroll by comparison. Fortunately, the Kenney administration has begun to correct the flaws that have reduced the latter race to a distant second. As the latest Broad Street Run neared, the city announced that the Philadelphia Marathon's operations would be ceded by the Office of the City Representative - a political appointee with a host of ceremonial, marketing, and special-events duties - to a more logical and experienced agency, the Parks and Recreation Department.
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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
When Margaret Vido and her husband, Mike, last ran competitively in Philadelphia, he had a different role than when the couple will compete in Sunday's Broad Street Run. Unlike the Philadelphia Marathon, in which they competed in November, both runners will be on their own for Sunday's 10-mile race that begins at 8 a.m. In the marathon, Mike Vido ran as a pacer, staying back with his wife, who achieved her goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials...
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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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February 9, 2016
Philadelphia spent $1.7 million last year to keep Forbes' "Under 30 Summit" in the city, according to WHYY, or upward of $1,000 for each of the callow go-getters who attended the October gathering of young entrepreneurs. Was it worth it? Former Mayor Michael Nutter, who tirelessly pursued buzzy events to burnish the city's image, obviously thought so. Mayor Kenney, on the other hand, has expressed mild reservations. While he's weighing the city's substantial investment in the festival, he might also consider its source.
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November 24, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ONE MAN was running his 64th marathon, the other was running his first since he got a prosthetic leg. For both, finishing yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon was an achievement. When William Reynolds' son Malachi, 6, rode his bike for the first time this summer, the father of four ran at his side. And that would not have been possible the previous summer. Reynolds' story, like the legend surrounding the 26.2-mile races called marathons - a messenger ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians in 490 B.C. - involves a war. It's been more than a decade since an IED gravely wounded the Army vet outside Baghdad, leaving his left leg a few inches shorter than the other and with greatly restricted movement after more than 20 surgeries to restore blood flow.
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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 23, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon is expected to bring 25,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to Center City, West Philadelphia, Fairmount, East Falls, and Manayunk. The competition begins at 6:57 a.m., when participants with wheelchairs and handcycles will be allowed to start the race, but roads will be closed earlier. The winding 26.2-mile route starts and concludes at 22d Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Starting at 3 a.m., officials will shut down streets along the marathon route, including the entire length of the Parkway, and parts of Martin Luther King Drive, Kelly Drive, 18th through 22d Streets, Columbus Boulevard, South Street, Chestnut Street, 34th Street, Ridge Avenue, and the 22d and 23d Street off-ramps of the Vine Street Expressway.
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