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GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Details on event transportation, parking, security and cultural institutions near race route.

Please
see information below and attached concerning the Philadelphia
Marathon this weekend. 

For the love of running
   
     
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RELEASE

City and GORE-TEX® Philadelphia
Marathon officials announce plans for upcoming
20th annual race on the Ben
Franklin Parkway

Details on event transportation, parking,
security and cultural institutions near race route
.

(Philadelphia, November 8, 2013)– City and
Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon officials released details about plans for the
20th annual race on November 15-17 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and areas
across the city.

The City of Philadelphia
will welcome 60,000 spectators and more than 30,000 runners – the largest
field in its history  –  at the 2013 The GORE-TEX Philadelphia
Marathon Race Weekend. Beginning Friday, November 15, and running through
Sunday, November 17.  Race Weekend offers an action-packed series of
activities featuring three competitive races as well as history exhibits at
City Hall and the Marathon Health & Expo.

Races through the city’s hip and historic streets,
activities, and fun for the whole family will allow runners and spectators to
get a taste of Philadelphia’s
beauty, culture, heritage and hospitality. From a high five with Mayor Michael
A. Nutter at the starting line to a Philly Finish near the Philadelphia Museum
of Art on the Benjamin Franklin
Parkway — and all the scenic miles in between —
the Philadelphia Marathon ensures  runners and guests a great Race Weekend
experience.

“We are excited to show marathoners and spectators that
we are a premiere destination city with a great sports tradition,” said
Mayor Nutter. “This year, we welcome our new title sponsor, GOR-TEX®
Running Footwear, as well as an expanded schedule of activities to celebrate
the Marathon’s 20th
anniversary.  The Philadelphia Marathon continues to grow as a top-10
national marathon featuring a scenic course, enthusiastic spectators, more than
3,000 dedicated volunteers, community involvement, special discounts for
runners around the city, and fun weekend of activities for the entire
family.”

The following is pertinent information about
parking, transportation, weather alerts, the cultural institutions in the
Parkway area and security in conjunction with the GOR-TEX Philadelphia
Marathon:

 RACE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16:
Health & Fitness Expo

        Noon to  9 p.m., Friday,
November 15; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 16;
       Pennsylvania
Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Hall F/ First Floor
 
Saturday, November 16: The Rothman Institute
8K

        7:30 a.m., 22nd
Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway  near the Philadelphia Museum of
Art
 
Saturday, November 16: Kids Fun Run

        10:30 a.m.,
22nd Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the
Philadelphia Museum of Art
 
Sunday, November 17: The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia
Marathon and Half Marathon

        Wheelchair and hand cycle
participants begin at 6:57 a.m.; competition for runners begins at 7 a.m.,    22nd
Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

ROAD CLOSURES  

Streets will be closed in many parts of the city in connection
with the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon on the weekend of  November
15-17. Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to use alternate
routes, avoid areas along the race course, allow for extra driving time and to
proceed with extreme caution. Due to increased security, parking and
traffic regulations will be strictly enforced.  


 

Some of the
major areas impacted include:
·         The Benjamin
Franklin Parkway on Friday, November 15
through Sunday, November 17

·         Citywide along the
26.2-mile route of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17
·         The I-676
off-ramps at 22nd Street (westbound) and 23rd Street (eastbound) will be closed
on Sunday, November 17 at 3 a.m.
for security preparation.

Due to enhanced security, City “no-parking”
regulations will be enforced strictly and all vehicles along the race course
will be towed, beginning at 3 a.m. on Sunday, November 17. Signage labeled
“no parking” will be posted in the Parkway area and elsewhere along
the race course in advance.

Here is a
complete list of GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Weekend street closures in
the immediate area of the race start and finish area on the Benjamin Franklin
Parkway and citywide
.  http://philadelphiamarathon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Marathon-streets-closures-release-20131.pdf.  

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Runners,
spectators, Parkway cultural institution patrons and those with business or
recreational plans are encouraged to use public transportation to get in and
out of Center City during marathon weekend. SEPTA
will operate under normal weekend schedules citywide. However, bus routes will
be detoured during Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Runners, Parkway cultural
institution patrons and others with business or recreational plans in areas
affected by road closures and bus detours are urged to use SEPTA’s rail
transportation including the Broad Street Line subway, the Market-Frankford
Line subway/elevated, trolley routes and Regional Rail lines. Regular SEPTA
fares will apply for these trips .For updates and information about public transit
in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas, including various public
transit options, visit http://www.septa.org/  and www.njtransit.org;
 or
contact SEPTA customer service, 215-580-7800.

The bus detours are in effect for Saturday’s activities,
from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, from 3 a.m. through early evening

Here is complete information about bus detours, rider options
for alternative services and related public-transit information to accommodate
road closures during the GORE-TEX®
Philadelphia Marathon Weekend http://philadelphiamarathon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Marathon-public-transit-info.-20132.pdf
. Also visit SEPTA’s website at: http://www.septa.org/events/philadelphia-marathon.html.  

In addition, please refer to the System Status feature on the
SEPTA website at http://www.septa.org/realtime/status/system-status.shtml
for more information and real-time updates on detours. Also, real-time updates,
schedules and more information are available on the new official SEPTA App for
iPhone. For more information on the SEPTA App for iPhone, visit http://www.septa.org/service/septa-app.html,
or download it at the App Store.

PHLASH TROLLEY
Be advised that the Philadelphia PHLASH trolley is not in
operation during winter months and will not be operating during
Philadelphia Marathon weekend. When in operation, the PHLASH trolley offers
transportation to many popular attractions in Center City
and other areas citywide.

PARKING INFORMATION

Center
City
— the start and finish location of the marathon — is compact and walkable. On
Marathon weekend, runners and spectators are
encouraged to walk to the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway or use public transportation,
particularly on Sunday, November 17. No on-street parking is permitted along
the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
starting Saturday, November 16. Paid parking lots and garages conveniently are
located on or near the Parkway. Please call ahead for rates (which begin at $8)
and availability, or visit the
Philadelphia Parking Authority website at http://philapark.org/.
                     
             

Here is a sampling of parking options on or
near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

GARAGES
        21st Street and Benjamin Franklin
Parkway, Standard Parking, (215) 448-1391
        1815 Cherry Street (Logan Square),
LAZ Parking, (215) 496-1070
        16th and Race streets, (Sheraton
Hotel), Standard Parking, (215) 496-0293
        1900 and 1901 JFK Blvd., Central
System Parking, (215) 564-3707 and 215-557-3721
        1815 JFK Blvd./ Sterling Building,
Patriot Parking, Inc., (215) 405-0790
        1616 Chancellor St., Patriot
Parking, $20, (215) 735-0834
        2040 Market St. (20th
and Market streets), Patriot Parking Inc., (215) 563-1059
        2102 Sansom St., Patriot Parking,
(215) 599-3000 / 215-772-1511
        1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The
Windsor Suites, 215-569-0899

PARKING LOTS
        151 N. 23rd St. (23rd
and Cherry streets), Patriot
Parking, Inc., (215) 772-1511
        1919 Arch St., Central Parking
System,(215) 568-2755
        22nd and Walden streets, Central
Parking System/Standard Parking, (215) 563-3650
        19th and Callowhill streets,
Philadelphia Parking Authority, (215) 683-9813
        18th and Vine streets, Parkway
Corporation, (215) 575-4000
 
      23rd and Arch streets, Central Parking System, (215)
563-3650
 
      100 N. 19th St. (19th and Arch streets),
Patriot Parking, Inc., (215)
772-1511

The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia
Marathon is not affiliated with any of these
parking facilities. Some lots have an automated teller unit, upon exiting.

CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
 

The cultural institutions along or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will experience
the greatest impact of the race.
Most of the cultural institutions in the Parkway area will be
open, maintaining regularly- scheduled hours of operation during marathon
weekend. These institutions include: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel
University, Barnes Foundation, Fairmount Water Works, The Franklin Institute,
Free Library of Philadelphia / Parkway
Central Library, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and
Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art and
the Perelman Building Annex, Rodin Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary.

Parking is available at or near the cultural institutions, but
using public transportation is strongly encouraged. However, parking (including
metered parking) is not permitted directly on the Parkway on Saturday, November
16 and Sunday, November 17. For additional information regarding current
exhibitions, ticketing, parking accommodations and links to Parkway-area
attractions, visit www.parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org,
or consult the
institutions’ individual websites. For extended
information, visit http://philadelphiamarathon.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Marathon-cultural-museums-Parkway-info.-20131.pdf.

MARATHON VENUE DETAILS

Spectators, motorists, runners, patrons of the cultural institutions
and all visitors to the Parkway district are urged to proceed with caution,
arrive promptly and expect delays.  

SECURITY
On Sunday, November 17, there will be enhanced public safety
efforts designed in partnership with the City of Philadelphia add the
Philadelphia Police Department to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone
at the race. Runners and attendees may experience delays upon entering the
starting area, and authorities urge patience.

The race Start/Finish areas, spanning the entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
from 20th and 25th streets, will be a Secure Zone.
Checkpoints have been established for those entering the starting area and ALL
visitors and runners will be screened in order to enter the Start/Finish area.
 All items are subject to inspection and re-inspection at entry and beyond
that point.

Allow time for possessions to be thoroughly searched by
security detail at checkpoints along the Parkway perimeter. It is strongly
recommended that spectators and runners limit what they take into the race
area, bringing only essentials (no bags).

ENTRY GUIDELINES:

        Runners should arrive by 5 a.m. for
entry to the start-finish line areas.
        Runners should plan ahead, allowing
time to get through designated entry checkpoints.
        The start of the race will not be delayed due to lines at
security checkpoints.
        Runners should have their race bibs
fastened and visible on the front of their jerseys at arrival.
        Spectators are strongly discouraged
from carrying bags.
        Only clear bags will be allowed
within the race areas, which will be subject to inspection.
        Only clear plastic Marathon-issued
bags will be accepted at the runners’ Gear Check.
        Runners should arrive with the
event-issued gear check tag (top of bib tear-off strip) affixed to their bags.

        No backpacks or satchels of any
kind will be allowed (exceptions may be made for diaper bags, after a search).

        Small personal-item or hydration
packs/bags/belts are permitted but subject to a search.
        Factory-sealed, plastic water
bottles (1 per person – up to 1 liter) permitted.
        No coolers.
        All items deemed dangerous or
inappropriate will be confiscated or denied access at the sole discretion of
security personnel.

Attendees are encouraged to visit www.philadelphiamarathon.com for information on items
that are permitted at the venue, as well as other pertinent event information.
 

WEATHER ALERTS
The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon is a rain-or-shine event;
however in the case of severe weather or other occurrences, information will be
available. Sign up at www.readynotifypa.org
for text or email alerts, or text PHILA to 411911 to sign up. Plan a safe
informed race weekend, and sign up today.  

The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Weekend attracts
more than 3,000 volunteers, 30,000 runners and 60,000 spectators to Philadelphia to
experience “20 Years, For the Love of Running”.  Race Weekend
features the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday,
November 17; the Rothman Institute 8K 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 qualifier. Take
the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and
excitement by visiting
www.philadelphiamarathon.com. Be sure to connect with
us on Facebook (
facebook.com/philadelphiamarathon),
Twitter (@philly_marathon) and Instagram (@philly_marathon) to stay up-to-date
with the latest GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon news.
 
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