12 Philadelphia Fall Races You Can Still Sign Up To Run
Ready to resume shopping in person? Here are all of our favorite local races still in the process of being entered this season.
After months of rescheduled or canceled races and traded for virtual races, in-person road racing is back, Philly. Whether you’re a long-time runner looking to get back to it or a beginner hoping to put it to the test, there is a run for you on the calendar this fall – full 10k and 10k marathons. You are not registered yet ? Without fear! Below is a list of fall long distance races in the Philly area that you still have time to register for. Good formation !
October 16 and 17
The Atlantic City Marathon is the third-oldest continuous marathon in the United States and is certainly one of the finest. Pass through the seaside towns of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport, and see the promenade’s iconic casinos, glaciers, and arcades. Register for the October marathon, half-marathon, 10 km or 5 km before October 9 to reserve your place.
No race is more Philly than the Broad Street Run. This ten mile race takes runners down historic Broad Street from North Philly to the Navy Yard. Broad Street is the nation’s largest, fastest and most popular 10-mile race, drawing thousands of spectators each year. While the race usually takes place in May, this year it takes place in October, due to COVID-19. The lottery to win a bib is now open until August 7. Selected runners will be notified on August 9.
November 13 and 14
Delaware’s Favorite Marathon is back and invites runners from all over to experience the beauty of Rehoboth Beach. The flat and fast 5km, 9km, half marathon and marathon courses include the beach and boardwalk, Delaware State Parks, historic landmarks and the streets of charming Lewes, Delaware. Whether you are just starting out or are a professional competitor, the Coastal Delaware Running Fest has options for all runners. Runners can register until November 13 or until events are sold out.
The Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Half Marathon isn’t just a race, it’s a real history lesson. This 13.1 mile trail along the Lehigh River begins at Northern Lehigh High School and continues on the Slate Heritage Trail, the former site of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, an 1800s railroad that reached its peak in the golden age of America. As you run, pass through lush fall forests, listen to freshwater streams, and spot piles of old railroad lumber. Registrations close on Tuesday, November 2.
In the past, mule drivers, or “muleskinners,” walked alongside their animals as they ascended and descended the Delaware River, distributing important supplies across the region. Muleskinners preferred mules to horses because mules (much like marathon runners) managed not to overheat and tire. Today, Muleskinner endurance races (a marathon, a 50-mile run, and a 100-kilometer run) take runners through that same beautiful valley of the Delaware River. This round-trip route follows in the footsteps of Bucks County history just as the leaves begin to change. Registration closes September 30.
Not sold on the Pennsylvania Woodland Races this fall? Ocean City, New Jersey, welcomes runners for their half marathon and 5K. The races pass through the pretty streets of Ocean City, the downtown business district, the beaches and the boardwalk. Discover the shoreline out of season and run to the sound and smell of waves and salt water. Register online for the half marathon, 10 mile non-competitive run / walk, and 5k until 4:00 p.m. on September 23 or in person at the parcel pick-up point September 24-25. Runners can also register on race day for the 5K.
Think you can go the distance? This September, the historic (and Best of Philly!) Philadelphia Distance Run returns. After its start in 1978, the race quickly became a favorite among record runners. After a stint under the leadership of the Rock ‘n’ Roll racing team, local bands are relaunching the race for the first time in years, hoping to bring its energy and history back to the racing scene. walk to Philadelphia. Runners can register for the race until September 15th.
The official Philadelphia Marathon started as a small local race with 1,500 participants in 1994. Today it is one of the top 10 marathons in the country with a lively urban route and thousands of participants. Join some of the nation’s top runners as you salute Rittenhouse townhouses, cross the Schuylkill, and channel Rocky to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration closes Tuesday, November 16.
Wissahickon Valley Park is a Philadelphia favorite and a lush green oasis in the city’s concrete jungle. This 2,042-acre park will host a marathon and half-marathon in October. Runners will complete a 13.1 mile loop (marathon runners will complete the loop twice) on hiking trails, short climbs, and the gravel road to Forbidden Drive. Registration ends on October 10 or when places are sold out.
The Pocono Half Marathon and Fall Running Spectacular is located at Promised Land State Park in Greentown, Pa. In the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Although the park is about 2.5 hours from the city center by car, it is definitely worth a visit. This race takes runners through oaks, maples and hemlocks, two lakes, bubbling streams and the vibrant colors of fall in the mountains. Registration closes October 10.
Run the Bridge is a great run with an even better mission. This 10K starts at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the New Jersey side, crosses the bridge, goes back and takes runners through the Camden waterfront. All profits are donated to support the Larc school, a local New Jersey nonprofit that cares for severely disabled children. Registration closes October 22.
The Run the Vineyards Half Marathon is unlike any other race in the Philly area. Pass through Blue Cork Winery and Vineyard, an Italian and Greek vineyard, located in the heart of South Jersey. While this course is only 35 minutes from downtown by car, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside or Napa Valley. Then, sip a glass of (what else?) Free wine and enjoy food from the food trucks. Registration ends when places are full, usually around mid-October.