The Philadelphia Marathon is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.
This year’s is extra-special, as Mayor Nutter has announced that the completely sold-out Philadelphia Marathon will be opened for an additional 3,000 race participants who were registered for the cancelled 2012 New York City Marathon.
Here’s how it works: New York City race competitors can enter a lottery to register for the 19th annual Philadelphia Marathon, now through Thursday, November 8 at 5 p.m. The extra slots were made possible by 350 Philadelphia Marathon’s charity partners.
Those runners chosen by the computerized lottery system will be notified by e-mail.
The registration fee for the registered NYC Marathon runners is $200. Half of that will be donated to the Hurricane Relief Fund for the American Red Cross, while the remaining funds cover additional Philadelphia Marathon supplies and resources needed to accommodate the extra marathoners.
It’s pretty cool that even though the Philadelphia Marathon sold out back on October 1 with the largest field of runners in the event’s history, the city is opening its arms to its unlucky northern neighbors who were registered for the a race that was cancelled for the very first time in its 42-year history.
One of the most historic races in the nation, the Philadelphia Marathon covers fast and mostly flat terrain, crossing the heart of Philadelphia and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks — including Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell.
Stay tuned for a thorough Spectator’s Guide to the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon.
When: November 16-18
Where: Runs begin and end at 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free to watch; $200 registration fee for New York City Marathon competitors
More info: www.philadelphiamarathon.com; New York Marathon registrants click here to enter the lottery