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The Freedom Challenge

This is the ultimate fitness challenge!

Make sure you bring extra pairs of running shoes because you won’t stop running all weekend. Start with the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon early Saturday morning, and keep running in the Rothman Institute 8K a few hours later. 

Then on Sunday compete in the AACR Philadelphia Marathon.

Forget about seeing the sights – you won’t have the time! This is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you finish all three races you will have earned the prestigious Freedom Challenge Medal.

Be sure to sign up for our VIP package during registration - it includes private restrooms, changing tents, bag checks, and more!

  • VIP packet pick-up area at expo
  • VIP parking discounts at designated lots
  • VIP shuttle transportation to and from the headquarter hotel to the race
  • Private heated hospitality tent near the start/finish of race
  • Pre-race breakfast: Continental light fare to include but not limited to: assorted bagels, muffins, toast, oatmeal, yogurts, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juices
  • Post-race brunch with select open bar (must be 21 years old with proper ID)
  • Private restrooms, changing tents and bag check
  • Recovery zone including padded stretching area with padded mats, self-treatment area, first aid station and massage
  • Finishers merchandise and marathon weekend commemorative items for sale


Dates and Start Times

Dietz & Watson Half Marathon
Saturday, November 17, 2018
7:27 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
7:30 a.m. - Runners/Walkers

Rothman Institute 8K
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:40 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
10:45 a.m. - Runners/Walkers

AACR Philadelphia Marathon
Sunday, November 18, 2018
6:55 a.m. - Wheelchairs/Handcycles
7:00 a.m. - Runners/Walkers


22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Finishers Will Receive

In addition to the give-aways from each race, each finisher will receive the prestigious Freedom Challenge Medal.




$220.00 (April 15 through June 14)


*Maps subject to change