The 2011 Philadelphia Marathon begins tomorrow, the event has unofficially kicked off today with the running of the Rothman Institute 8k. The 8k was launched in 2005 to accommodate those amateurs interested in being a part of race weekend, but weren't at the level needed to run the 13.1 half or the 26.2 mile full marathons on Sunday.
The Rothman Institute 8K is a near 5 mile course that starts on the Ben Franklin Parkway, near the art museum and runs along the Schuylkill River. Several runners will compete in the 8k on Saturday as a warmup for the full marathon on Sunday. More than 3,000 runners will participate.
The full and the half marathons are scheduled to begin tomorrow at 7 a.m. ET. The annual race will begin at 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA.
The Philadelphia Marathon was first run in 1954 and serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, one of the world's five major marathons. Produced and hosted by the city of Philadelphia, the events of the marathon weekend are expected to draw 25,000 participants.
For those searching for detailed information, the Philadelphia marathon's official site is a bevy of great information for participants and casual viewers alike.
Here is a summary:
Maps: There are three sets of maps you can download. The certified course map (PDF), the regular course map (PDF), and an elevation chart (PDF).
Rules: Besides "run" of course, the marathon's official organizers name few rules. The official site uses one sentence to describe the rules: "Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates and roller blades are not permitted on the course, which will remain open for seven hours from when the last runner has crossed the start line."
Past results: The 2010 Philadelphia Marathon winners were the United States' Daniel Vassallo and the Netherlands' Mariska Kramer. You can view all past winners here.
Weather forecast: Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.
Social media: The marathon's organizers have a Twitter account here and they are tweeting out news and interacting with runners on a daily basis. There are also plenty of people interacting on the Philadelphia Marathon's Facebook page.
Prize money: The cash prize breakdown looks like this:
- 1st Prize: $3,500 one male & one female
- 2nd Prize: $2,000 one male & one female
- 3rd Prize: $1,000 one male & one female
- 4th Prize: $750 one male & one female
- 5th Prize: $500 one male & one female
- 1st Masters: $1,000 one male & one female
- 1st Philadelphian: $1,000 one male & one female
Stay tuned to this Storystream for more updates as the week goes on. We'll have live results and coverage over the weekend as well.