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Philadelphia Marathon

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:09 AM
A couple kisses after finishing the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson /

If you’re already preparing for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, it might excite you to know that the running calendar continues well beyond the first Sunday in May.

The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon announced last week that the 2014 race weekend will be November 21-23. This year, representatives expect over 30,000 participants throughout the three days of events.

What’s more, registration starts on April 1—and that’s no April Fool.

POSTED: Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:56 AM
Participants on their way back into New Jersey during the Cooper Norcross 10k Run the Bridge event on November 3, 2013. (Colin Kerrigan)

With the Philly Marathon completed and the New Year almost upon us, many people have begun contemplating running their first 5K or committing to running a distance they have never run before. There are many great races in and around Philadelphia, with varying lengths that can challenge even the most seasoned runner—but also lend great triumph to those who just want to begin.

The Broad Street Run 10-miler is a great first distance race and many people use it as such. There are things to keep in mind when you are thinking about running or thinking about training for a new distance that you want to consider. There is also the Love Run, a new half marathon coming to Philadelphia. And just about every weekend, you can get out and support a different charity by running a local 5K.

No matter what distance you pick, there are some basics that you should consider before lacing up and running.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 9:42 AM
A gleeful Gray waves as she secures her best run time to date in her first injury-free marathon. Photo Credit: Levi Rupp

One of the great things about an event like the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon is that every runner has a unique background story, but feels united to other runners by a common goal. Pre-race, we met people who’ve overcome illness, personal tragedy and loss of loved ones to reach the finish line at the Parkway.

But sometimes the stories are a little simpler—overcoming a challenge, an injury, to get back to doing what you love—in this case, running.

Meet Carolyn Gray, a 27-year-old Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. With a background in sprinting, Carolyn decided a couple years ago to take up marathon running. On Sunday, she completed her second Philadelphia Marathon—the culmination of a year-long battle against injury.

POSTED: Sunday, November 17, 2013, 1:42 PM
Kate Thompson, originally from Doylestown and currently a senior at Penn State University, completed the full 13.1-mile half-marathon on crutches.

The motivation to prepare for and run a half-marathon is not to be overlooked or taken for granted. But at an event like today’s, the individual sacrifices can get lost in the crowd—literally.

Meet Kate Thompson, originally from Doylestown and currently a senior at Penn State University. For some time, Kate had planned to run today’s Philadelphia Half-Marathon. But late last month, those plans appeared to be undone. Kate was injured running in the club cross-country championships at Penn State.

It wasn’t until she remembered her friend, Justin Burns, that Kate knew she had a greater reason for doing this race.

POSTED: Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6:00 AM
Ashley (right) and her cousin Maquia in the hospital.

Thousands of people will converge on Philadelphia to watch this weekend’s marathon activities, so we set out to find a pairing of runner-and-spectator who might have an added incentive, or a little something extra to root for than a personal record or finishing in a certain time.

Meet Ashley and Maquia Kincaid, who are first cousins. Ashley isn’t just a spectator—she’s the Assistant Director of Operations for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon. And Maquia isn’t just a runner—she’s a living organ donor.

On March 27 of this year, Maquia donated a kidney to Ashley, who was diagnosed with lupus back in 2002. The condition led to kidney failure, and Ashley received her first donated kidney from her mother, Anita Poteat, in 2004.

POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013, 11:52 AM
Kenichiro Maemura, of Novi, Michigan at the 2012 Philly Marathon finish line: "Adrian!! I did it!" (Ning Shao/

The runners behind Philadelphia's ODDyssey Half Marathon consulted with some of our best local running authorities and asked each of them to provide their top two tips on how to prepare for the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon on November 17.

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to all runners, especially those new to the sport, reminding them of the importance of a good training regimen in order to perform at peak level.

Sports Doc will offer tips from a local running expert daily leading up to the event. Today’s advice comes from Dave Welsh, owner of South Jersey's Haddonfield Running Company and its leading running community advisor,

  • "If you are going to run in a costume make sure it is something light or a short distance. I ran the ODDyssey Half Marathon in basically a heavy red solo cup dress. I sweat about 5 pounds into it and had to carry it around with me the entire race. NEVER AGAIN! You don't need to make 13.1 or 26.2 miles any harder than it already is... unless you are like me and clearly have something wrong with you."
  • "Eating the product Gu during the race Is an absolute life saver. (If anyone reading this article knows someone who works for Gu and wants to give me money for saying that about their product I'd appreciate it.)"
POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:00 AM
Runners race through Main Street in Manayunk during the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon.

The following is a list of roads, streets and public transportation routes that will be closed or otherwise affected for this weekend’s GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon activities.

Street closures are enforced on a rolling basis and will happen as runners go by.

Saturday, November 16

  • Inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30 AM
This Sunday, Summer Barresi runs her first Philadelphia Marathon. But the real story is how she got there.

If you ever want to put your own struggles in perspective, spend a few minutes talking to Summer Barresi. It worked for me.

I was scheduled to speak with Summer one night last week when she got off work. But the truth is, I’d spent the whole day considering postponing the phone interview. I was dealing with a sinus infection, tired and a little moody. Honestly, I worried I’d sound terrible and unprofessional on the phone.

But the appointment was set, so I called her at the appointed hour. She answered, was very understanding of my apologies and we began talking about her story of how she came to decide to run the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon. How did a woman in her 30s, who’d spent her entire life in Orange County, Ca. decide to move to Philadelphia and start a new life six months ago?

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Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
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