For Runners

Pre-race Email to Registrants

Following is the content of the pre-race email sent to all registrants. For your bib number and corral assignment, please click here.

2012 Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K & Kids Fun Run
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 & Sunday, November 18th, 2012
22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thank you for registering for the 2012 Rothman Institute 8K or Kids Fun Run held on Saturday, November 17th and/or the Philadelphia Marathon and Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday, November 18th.

This email contains your bib number assignment and important information regarding your registration. Please save, print and read the information and follow the instructions. BRING THIS CONFIRMATION TO THE EXPO WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR BIB NUMBER AND RACE PACKET. You will receive separate emails for each registered event if you have registered for more than one event.

ROTHMAN INSTITUTE 8K PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP THEIR RACE PACKETS AT THE EXPO ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16. MARATHON & HALF MARATHON PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP THEIR RACE PACKETS AT THE EXPO FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 OR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17. THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP FOR THESE EVENTS. KIDS FUN RUN RACE PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE FRIDAY AT THE EXPO & SATURDAY AT THE RACE SITE.

Please review your personal information below. If any corrections are needed to this information, please tell the Registration Volunteer when you pick up your number. Be sure to bring this confirmation with you to pick up your bib number at the Health and Fitness Exposition. Bring photo identification, as it may also be required. If you are picking up a packet for another participant, you MUST present your photo ID and a printed copy of the first page of this confirmation.

Name: $FIRSTNAME$ $MIDDLENAME$ $LASTNAME$
Address: $STREET1$ $STREET2$
City, State, Zip: $CITY$, $STATE$, $ZIP$
Event: $EVENT$
Bib Number: $BIBNUMBER$
T-Shirt Size: $TSHIRTSIZE$
Gender: $GENDER$
Age: $AGE$
Birthdate: $BIRTHDATE$
Estimated Finish Time: $ESTIMATEDFINISHTIME$
Corral Assignment: $CORRALASSIGNMENT$
Registration ID: $REGID$

Packet Pickup at the Expo

All runners must come to The Philadelphia Marathon Health and Fitness Expo to pick up their race numbers, timing devices, race packets and shirts. In your race packet you will also receive the 2012 Official Race Guide to assist you with race day details. However, be sure to check the website www.philadelphiamarathon.com before you come to the race for any last minute updates.

The Expo is open on Friday, November 16th, from 12 noon to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 17th, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall A, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

  • ROTHMAN INSTITUTE 8K PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP THEIR RACE PACKETS AT THE EXPO ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16.
  • MARATHON & HALF MARATHON PARTICIPANTS MUST PICK UP THEIR RACE PACKETS AT THE EXPO ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, OR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17. THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP FOR THESE EVENTS.
  • KIDS FUN RUN RACE PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE FRIDAY AT THE EXPO & SATURDAY AT THE RACE SITE.

Registration

The Marathon and Half Marathon are closed to new registrations. The Rothman Institute 8k and Kids Fun Run will close on November 11—or when full registration is reached. A special incentive award will be given to pre-registered multiple event participants (marathon or half marathon AND the Rothman Institute 8K). Please remember that registrations/bibs are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Corral Line Up on Race Day & Wave Start

The color block on your race bib corresponds with the expected finish time you provided on your application. You can review the color corral groups at the bottom of this email, in the number pick-up area at the Health & Fitness Expo, as well as in the corral area on race day. Be sure to position yourself in your assigned color corral area at the race start. There will be a wave start according to color corral position. Marathoners and half marathoners with the same pace will line up together in the same color corrals. PLEASE ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE 1ST START. DO NOT COUNT ON DELAYS There is no color corral associated with the Rothman Institute 8K race. held on Saturday, November 17. The race is self-seeding.

Bib Transfers

As noted in the application waiver that you signed during registration, bibs are non-transferable and cannot be transferred from one person to another. Your bib provides the Philadelphia Marathon with very important identifying information for the purposes of our medical program as well as scoring and timing. Transferring the bib would compromise these processes severely. We appreciate your cooperation with honoring this important guideline. Violation of this rule may prohibit you from participation in future Philadelphia Marathon events and disqualify you from awards and prize monies. Thank you for your understanding.

Changing Corral Assignment

  • Runners are free to move back to a slower corral as desired. No official action is needed.
  • If you wish to move up to a faster corral, please pick up your assigned bib number and bring it to the Solution Center in the Number Pick-Up area at the Expo. Do not wait until race day to request a corral change. Corral changes will not be made on race day.

Discarded Clothing at Race Start

Clothing receptacles will be provided for discarded clothing at the race start. Pass clothing to the left over the fence. To avoid creating a tripping hazard for fellow participants, DO NOT discard clothing on the ground or on the course. The Philadelphia Marathon will again collect discarded clothing for donation to the Bethesda Project, a network of supportive facilities serving Philadelphia's homeless and at-risk population.

Switching Events

All runners are expected to participate in the event for which they are officially registered. If you requested a change of event before the September 30th deadline and it is not reflected in this confirmation email, please bring a copy of your original email to the Solution Desk in the registration area at the Health & Fitness Expo where your request will be reviewed.

Need to run a shorter distance?

If, for some reason, you need to run a shorter distance on Race day, you WILL be officially timed and scored and WILL BE ELIGIBLE for awards at the shorter distance. However, at the Expo, you will receive the bib number and shirt from your original event. Your official event is printed on the race number that you were issued.

Want to run a longer distance?

Runners who run a distance longer than the one for which they are officially registered WILL NOT be timed and scored and WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE for awards at the longer distance. Your official event is printed on the race number that you were issued.

Hydration Stations

At each of the 17 hydration stations along the course and at the finish line, Gatorade the official energy drink of the Philadelphia Marathon, will be offered at the first section of the station, with water offered in the next section. Hydration stations near Miles 9.8, 16.9, and 22.3 also offer Clif Shots.

Gear Check

Gear check is provided free of charge in UPS trucks. Bags are checked in alphabetical order by your last name. You will need your bib number to retrieve your bag. Race Day gear check will be available in the Eakins Oval area beginning Saturday, 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Sunday 5:15 a.m. to closing at 2:00 p.m. A lost and found station will be located at the information tent. Please enclose complete contact information inside your race bag. The Philadelphia Marathon is not responsible for any unclaimed, stolen, or lost items.

FOR THE ROTHMAN INSTITUTE 8K:
Gear Drop off & Pick up: Eakins Oval

FOR THE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON:
Gear Drop off: Eakins Oval
Gear Pick up: Benjamin Franklin Pkwy between 20th & 21st Streets

Event Start Times

It is recommended that you arrive at the race site 1 hour ahead of time so you can hydrate, check your gear and utilize the porta-johns at a leisurely pace. You should be in your start corral at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your event. You should plan extra time to deal with traffic congestion in the race area due to closed roads and volume of traffic.

Saturday, November 17th
Rothman Institute 8K: 7:30 a.m./Wheelchair & Handcycles: 7:25 a.m.
Kids Fun Run: 9:00 a.m. onsite registration/ 10:30 a.m. race starts

Sunday, November 18th
Marathon and Half Marathons: 7:00 a.m./Wheelchair & Handcycles: 6:57 am.

Getting to the Race

Center City is compact and very walkable. However, if your feet get tired, we encourage runners and spectators to use public transportation on race day.

Philadelphia's mass transit system, SEPTA, offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city. Several SEPTA buses (Nos. 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48) currently serve the Museum area. Please check with SEPTA at 215-580-7800 or at septa.org for information about schedules, drop-off and pickup locations, and route detours. Also, if you're planning to do a lot of "running around" on race day, please ask about SEPTA's unlimited access one-day pass.

Kids Fun Run& Kids Fun Zone

The Kids Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th, 10:30 a.m. - Rain or Shine. The START location is 22nd & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the official marathon, half marathon and Rothman Institute 8K start/finish line. T-shirts, medals and refreshments will be awarded to the first 500 registered participants in this non-competitive event for kids ages 6-14. If you haven't signed up your junior runner(s) for the Kids Fun Run yet, you can still do so until Sunday, November 11, by clicking here. Registration is also available at the Kids Fun Zone at the Health & Fitness Expo from Noon - 9:00 PM on Friday, November 16th and on Race Day at 9:00 a.m. at the start line. Shuttle bus service will be available to and from the Health & Fitness Expo for Kids Fun Run participants between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

Signs will be posted for pick up locations.

Clif Bar Pace Team

We're pleased to have the CLIF® BAR Pace Team join us again this year as the "official" Pace Team of the Philadelphia Marathon and Philadelphia Half Marathon. They are looking forward to helping runners of all abilities achieve their Marathon goals!

If you would like to run with a pace group, be sure to stop by the CLIF® BAR booths #1006-1008 at the Health & Fitness Expo to sign up for the pace team that meets your finish-time goal.

Scoring Technology

The Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K will utilize the Chronotrack System™ B-Tag™, state-of-the-art computer technology for race scoring and timing. Click here to see how the timing device is located in your runner bib.

Realtime Race Tracking

Live Results Leader Board for the race will be available on the Philadelphia Marathon Face Book page. Sign up for Text / Social Media Messaging, Live Results tracking and Map Tracking system to follow marathoners graphically along the course map. Sign up under 2012, Map track for Marathon.

Race results are now as close as your smartphone. By incorporating QR code technology with your race bibs, Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend participants finish times are just a scan away. After completing the race, a participant simply uses their smart phone to scan their bib, and they will be instantly linked to their individual race results.

Choose Your Course for Carbo-Loading

The Philadelphia Marathon is excited to introduce a new way for runners to carbo load on Saturday evening, November 17th. We are working with restaurants throughout Philadelphia, primarily in Center City, Old City, Manayunk and Fairmount neighborhoods to offer runners and their guests a prix-fixe menu. Most menu offerings range from $20-$40 per person. A full list of participating restaurants and their prix-fixe menus can be found under Weekend Activities / Choose Your Course at www.philadelphiamarathon.com. We will provide runners a list of participating restaurants, their menu offerings, along with reservation information, both on the Philadelphia Marathon website and at the Health & Fitness Expo. You pick the restaurant and make the reservation. Be sure to make your reservation early, as available spots are bound to fill up quickly. Visit us at the Expo at the Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality's Marathon Lounge for help with directions to your dining destination.

Volunteers

Volunteers are still needed to support pre-race and race day activities. Click here to visit our webpage to volunteer at one of the activities during race weekend. All volunteers will receive a commemorative shirt.

Official Commemorative Merchandise & Special Offer

The Philadelphia Marathon and EnduraFit are proud to bring you 2012 Philadelphia Marathon official merchandise. Preview all of the offerings on the website. Have your selections mailed, or pick them up at the Philadelphia Marathon Merchandise Area at the Health & Fitness Expo, Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th.

For the third year in a row, EnduraFit has developed a one-of- a-kind sterling silver jewelry bead to commemorate the Philadelphia Marathon. It is similar to the Pandora beads that are so popular right now and there are only 100 available. In addition to the commemorative bead, there are sterling silver 26.2 and 13.1 beads. HURRY AND GET YOURS BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!

Philadelphia Marathon Event Survey

We want to hear about your experience in the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon, Half-Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K! Shortly after the event you will receive an email with a link to an online survey that will ask you questions about your participation in the event. The information gathered from this survey will help us continue to provide you with the best possible running experience in future years. Research on this year's event will be conducted by the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University. Thanks in advance for your participation in this important process.

Good luck with your training and we'll see you very soon!

For event updates, FAQs, race information or questions:

Website: www.philadelphiamarathon.com • Email: philadelphiamarathon@gmail.com • Phone: 215-683-2122

Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon Corral Assignments

Corral Marathon Half Marathon
Elite/Seeds 1 to 200 20,001 to 20,100
Maroon 201 to 1,500 20,101 to 20,900
Black 1,501 to 3,600 20,901 to 22,100
Green 3,601 to 6.500 22,101 to 23.700
Gray 6,501 to 8,900 23,701 to 26,200
Purple 8,901 to 10,500 26,201 to 29,300
Orange 10,501 to 12,800 29,301 to 30,900
Blue 12,801 to 14,800 30,900 to 33,000

Number 14,801+ (Marathon) and 33,001+ (half marathon) are used for late assignments to various corrals.