Last but not least in my historical recap of races past: the Gore Tex Philadelphia Marathon! This race was a special one because it was my husband’s first (and he says, last) marathon! He never wanted to run a marathon until a few of his friends were talking about entering the New York City Marathon lottery. None of us got in to NYC (that lottery is BRUTAL), but somehow we took that momentum and he signed up to run in Philly–his hometown. (For the record, I’d still love to get into that NYC lottery with or without my husband!)
Time of Year: Sunday at the end of November, the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Location: Philadelphia, PA. Start and finish are conveniently located at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Size: 30,000 runners across all events. Half-marathon offered on the same day as the marathon.
Weather: QUITE chilly in the morning. I rarely check a bag, but I did for this one because we had so many layers to store. It sure was hard to part with those sweatpants 30 minutes before the race… Once we got running, the weather was perfect.
Size: 30,000 runners across all events (full, half, 5K).
Time of Year/Weather/What I Wore: Saturday at the end of April. My weekend was quite warm, so be prepared. I was nervous about overheating but drank ample water and sports drinks, and I ate ice and put it down my sports bra. It was fine.
Race Logistics: This race is easily accessible via air, being in big city Nashville. Just fly in if needed and Uber about as necessary. Start and finish are conveniently located downtown. There are lots of hotels nearby and lots of restaurants and attractions within walking distance of the race and the hotels. It is nice that the race was on a Saturday, so runners could go out on Saturday night and relax around town on Sunday before heading out.