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Philly Marathon: Carbo-Loading At Local Restaurants

Looking for a place to carbo-load before the big race? Philadelphia has you covered.

Philly Marathon: Carbo-Loading At Local Restaurants

Looking for a place to carbo-load before the big race? Philadelphia has you covered.
Looking for a place to carbo-load before the big race? Philadelphia has you covered.

Read all of our coverage of this year’s Philadelphia Marathon at And don't forget to join us there on race day to follow the action.

By Robert Senior

Looking for a place to carbo-load before the big race? Philadelphia has you covered.

This year’s “Choose Your Course” program takes place Saturday night at participating city restaurants (a full list is available here). Runners and their friends and family can choose specialized meals from a select menu.

Winnie Clowry, owner of Winnie’s LeBus in Manayunk spoke with Sports Doc about her restaurant’s offerings. Clowry’s restaurant is located right on the 20-mile mark of the course, and features its own cheer zone and DJ on race day. “We got involved in the Choose Your Course dinner to support these athletes and their families,” says Clowry. “If the runners want to do something special—go out to eat the night before the race—each restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu.

Winnie’s Saturday night menu starts with a choice of homemade soup or a side salad. For the second course, diners have three choices:

  • Butternut Squash Risotto: roasted butternut squash, asparagus, mushrooms, red peppers, fresh spinach and red onions simmered with Arborio rice and topped with parmesan cheese.
  • Chicken Sofrito: chile lime marinated chicken breast, char grilled, topped with a pineapple salsa and served with yellow rice pilaf and fresh broccoli.
  • Penne Daniella: portabella mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, red onion, Calamata olives, capers, oven dried tomato pesto and parmesan cheese.

Dessert is a warmed homemade apple fritter with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. The entire meal costs $25 per diner.

Restaurants throughout the downtown area, as well as Fairmount Park, Manayunk and University City are involved in the event. As of last week, 30 restaurants were registered to participate. Race organizers advise calling your favorite restaurant today to make a reservation, as Saturday is sure to be a busy night in the city.

Winnie’s LeBus 4266 Main Street, Manayunk, 215-487-2663

Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
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Ellen Casey, MD Physician with Drexel University Sports Medicine
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Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
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Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
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Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
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