The Philadelphia Marathon Course Guide, with Race Director Kathleen Titus

The Philadelphia Marathon is unique in its ability to provide big city race amenities coupled with an accessible, runner-focused event. Race Director Kathleen Titus is here for an all-inclusive guide to the Philly marathon weekend.

Kathleen Titus (left), race director for the Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon as it is known today had a humble beginning in 1994, with only 1500 runners.  Over the past several decades, it has grown to become one of the top ten marathons in the country, with over 30,000 runners taking part in the marathon, half-marathon, and 8k on race weekend.

Over the years, the Philadelphia Marathon has continued to evolve with all the “extras” you’d expect from an event like Boston or New York, without the challenging logistics that those races necessitate. The race is also unique in that it is one of the few marathons that is organized entirely by the city itself.

Race Director Kathleen Titus on the Philadelphia Marathon

On the podcast this week is Philadelphia Marathon Race Director, Kathleen Titus. Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience in the marathon, ultra-distance and triathlon world, coupled with extensive work in event planning. She owns All Fitness Events, a digital marketing firm that specializes in endurance events.

The Philly Marathon has special significance to me as the home of my personal best, so I was excited to meet Kathleen at the Endeavorun Boulder retreat last summer. Her energy, experience and attention to detail have made this marathon a top notch event.

Kathleen and I discuss all aspects of the event, from pre- and post-race logistics to intricate details of the course itself, including:

  • What makes the Philly marathon so unique
  • The best way to get to the start line on race morning
  • Why Philly is a top Boston qualifier
  • What part of the course is most challenging
  • The best pacing strategy for each section of the race
  • How the race finish remains focused on the runner experience

If the Philly Marathon isn’t on your radar yet, you should definitely consider it! Our conversation will help you get the most from this fantastic event.

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