The Philadelphia Marathon's great run continues. April 1 (midnight EST) opens registration for the Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K race as the event celebrates its 20th anniversary. 
 
Emerging from a small local event into a top-10 marathon nationally, Race Weekend offers participants and fans a dynamic experience. Registration kicks off for the three races, along with the Kids Fun Run at www.philadelphiamarathon.com
 
"This year marks a special celebration of a fantastic 20-year-run for the Philadelphia Marathon," said Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Marathon. "We look forward to delivering an unforgettable and fun experience for our runners and race fans, as our event continues evolving into a leading national race."
 
 
The 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon will take runners through a 26.2 mile course featuring historic landmarks, gorgeous scenery and vibrant neighborhoods - starting and finishing along the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Half Marathon, also on Sunday, November 17, will follow part of the same course. The 8K race will be held Saturday, November 16. All three races are USA Track & Field-sanctioned, and the Philadelphia Marathon is a Boston-qualifier. 
 
20th Anniversary Race Weekend opens November 15 and ends November 17. Events include a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo; carb-loaded dining options from participating restaurants throughout Philadelphia on Saturday, November 16; and the Kids Fun Run, a short-distance, non-competitive run for children ages 6-14, also scheduled for that Saturday. 
 
Registration today begins at $80 for the Philadelphia Marathon; $60 for the Philadelphia Half Marathon through April 15; and $25 for the 8K race through April 30. The complete entry fee schedule is below:
 
Philadelphia Marathon, 7 a.m., Sunday, November 17
 

First 1,000 registrants ($80)
Through April 30 ($95)
May 1 - May 31 ($105)
June 1 - June 30 ($115)
July 1 - Nov. 1* ($135)
*= or when registration reaches capacity
 
Philadelphia Half Marathon, 7 a.m., Sunday, November 17
 
First 1,000 registrants ($60)
Through April 30 ($75)
May 1 - May 31 ($85)
June 1 - June 30 ($95)
July 1 - Nov. 1* ($115)
*= or when registration reaches capacity
 
8K Race, 7:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16
 
Through April 30 ($25)
May 1 - May 31 ($30)
June 1 - June 30 ($35)
July 1 - Nov. 1* ($45)
*= or when registration reaches capacity 
 
"We are thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year by offering the first 1,000 race fans an opportunity to join the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon at a lower initial cost than last year," said Peterkin-Bell. "As a top-10 marathon, our goal is to be affordable, accessible and as runner-friendly as possible. While our race continues to be priced competitively overall, participants who register during our final price period will see a minimal increase from last year, reflecting rising costs required to give our runners the first-class experience that they have come to expect."
 
The Philadelphia Marathon is a race with a social conscience. Last year, race organizers implemented new sustainability initiatives to ensure the event was environmentally responsible. New recycling bins donated to the City of Philadelphia by SCA Americas and over 200 Waste Watchers - volunteers stationed at the start/finish line and hydration stops - educated race participants and spectators on how to separate trash, recycle and compost during Race Weekend. The efforts helped the Philadelphia Marathon total more than an 87-percent diversion of waste away from landfills. 
 
Last year, local runner Michael McKeeman captured the men's marathon crown. In her first race on U.S. soil, Russian Irina Mashkantceva set the women's marathon course record with a thrilling victory. The two champions were among more than 30,000 registered runners - the largest number in Philadelphia Marathon history. The race attracted participants from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. 
 
Race packets were available for pick-up at the free Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 15 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 16. Marathon and Half Marathon registrants will receive an official long-sleeve tech jersey, race goodie bag and, at the finish line, a finisher's medal; 8K registrants will receive a goodie bag and a T-shirt. (Race packets for Saturday's 8K must be picked up on Friday). 
 
Registration for the Kids Fun Run, Saturday, November 16, is also online. The entry fee in advance and onsite at the Health & Fitness Expo is $15. All participants receive a T-shirt, goodie bag, and finisher's medal upon completion of the race. 
 
Philadelphia Marathon Weekend attracts more than 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers to Philadelphia to celebrate "20 Years, For the Love of Running.' Course events include he Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 17; the 8K Race and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 16; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 15 and Saturday November 16. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifer. For the Best Time of Your Life, take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting www.philadelphiamarathon.com.