The 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17th is expected to be bigger than ever — attracting more than 30,000 runners, 3,000 volunteers and 60,000 spectators.
In order to ensure the safety of all race weekend participants and spectators, officials have released a change in this year’s security measures. Runners and spectators will experience security enhancements designed in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department.
On Sunday, the race start/finish area between 20th the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be designated as a “Secure Zone”. Everyone, no exceptions, will have to be screened in order to enter the Secure Zone. Officials recommend runners arrive early and give themselves plenty of time to go through security checkpoints.
No bags or backpacks of any kind will be permitted in the start/finish area. Runners who wish to check their gear on race day must place that gear in clear bags, which will be provided when they collect their race packets at the expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.