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Overall Rating (18 Reviews)
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(18 Ratings)(18 Reviews)
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series rocks the City of Brotherly Love. It’s fast, flat and fun. Don’t miss the American Association for Cancer Research Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon! Enjoy live bands, music and entertainment along the 13.1 mile course – as well as plenty of cheering fans to … MORE
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    erikxadams FIRST-TIMER '18

    It's a flat course and the weather was cool starting off, but it got hot towards that last few miles. Make sure to eat a philly cheesesteak while you are … MORE

    It’s a flat course and the weather was cool starting off, but it got hot towards that last few miles. Make sure to eat a philly cheesesteak while you are there.

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    MandaLee3 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is my first RnRPhilly. It was a large production race with the early expo pick up. Corrals were large and really no adherence to where people should be at … MORE

    This is my first RnRPhilly. It was a large production race with the early expo pick up. Corrals were large and really no adherence to where people should be at the start made for a slow first mile. Otherwise, it was a flat and fast course. Last mile was next to the river and in full sun. On the fence about doing another.

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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my 4th year running RnR Philly. This year, a few changes were made such as reverting to a course much like the original which takes out the huge … MORE

    This was my 4th year running RnR Philly. This year, a few changes were made such as reverting to a course much like the original which takes out the huge hill up past the Eastern State Penitentiary, the mile markers play music, and more bands on the course.

    However, the expo was smaller than in years past with fewer vendors and the vendors they had did not have very good giveaways.

    I was very excited to see the course was changed back. Not just because the huge hill is now gone, but you get to see more of the landmarks in Philly.

    Weather was nice…until the sun came out. The last 1.5 miles or so basically have no shade so it got hot fast.

    There was no security that I could see aside from a sniffer dog and the corrals were in no way secured or policed. At one point, a vendor with a shopping cart full of pretzels and water was *in* the corrals.

    I ran this as part of a Remix weekend (ran the 10k the day before) for an extra medal, so I’m happy with that time all things considered.

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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '18

    I ran the 5k last year, but the medal was meh this year so I did the 10k. The course is an out and back along the Delaware River, so … MORE

    I ran the 5k last year, but the medal was meh this year so I did the 10k. The course is an out and back along the Delaware River, so the only thing to see is the river and the trees along the course. The course is basically flat with the occasional upward incline, but no real hills.

    There were about 2 water stops on the course and a few music stops, but the only spectators were really at the finish line.

    I’m not sure I’d make a point to run the 5k or 10k at RnR weekend, but it’s a nice race for the Remix Challenge.

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    runningg8r FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course is not challenging and there is PLENTY to look at while you run. The course balanced downtown views with more scenic views along the river. There were a … MORE

    The course is not challenging and there is PLENTY to look at while you run. The course balanced downtown views with more scenic views along the river. There were a lot of runners but I never found myself in any bottleneck situations or traffic jams where I couldn’t get around people. I really like Rock n’ Roll marathons new gel (SIS). They had 2 available on the course which was awesome!

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    pvshelle FIRST-TIMER '12

    Not at all what I expected. Just a large crowd...didn't compare to my only other Half which was the Missoula Half Marathon. Disappointed in all...organization, swag, food, medal. Won't be … MORE

    Not at all what I expected. Just a large crowd…didn’t compare to my only other Half which was the Missoula Half Marathon. Disappointed in all…organization, swag, food, medal. Won’t be doing another Rock & Roll.

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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I really like running in Philadelphia. The organization of the race is good and there was a lot to look at running through the park. The medal was really nice. … MORE

    I really like running in Philadelphia. The organization of the race is good and there was a lot to look at running through the park. The medal was really nice. Would definitely recommend this race.

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    bayna6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I really enjoyed this race. There are so many statues and they ran us through some great parks. It was one of my favorite races of the rock n roll … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race. There are so many statues and they ran us through some great parks. It was one of my favorite races of the rock n roll series, I would definitely recommend it.

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    bjfuller2000 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Everything about this event was fun!!!! The RnR race series is a class act from top to bottom at all of there events and this one was no different. Plus, … MORE

    Everything about this event was fun!!!! The RnR race series is a class act from top to bottom at all of there events and this one was no different. Plus, I got to run the same streets as Sylvester Stallone did in “Rocky”. What more could you ask for????

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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Once again, RnR Philly was a well executed race. The expo was about the same as usual, not huge, but of a good size. The shirt this year was generic … MORE

    Once again, RnR Philly was a well executed race. The expo was about the same as usual, not huge, but of a good size. The shirt this year was generic and the medal was smaller than in years past and smaller than the photo the race released made it seem. In fact, the 5k medal (okay it was a different shape) seemed larger than the medal for the half.

    The course is the same not going through the historic district with the Liberty Bell, so I wish there was more to see as I don’t find the Eastern State Penitentiary to be a “sight to see” (though it was decorated for Halloween). The course itself is pretty fast with one monster hill going past the Penitentiary (but then you get to go down it).

    I did the remix challenge again this year and this year’s remix medal was an improvement. It was bigger and more interesting than last year’s.

    This year was more hot and humid than in years past, but med tents were handing out bags of ice and there were cold towels at the finish. There was also plenty of water on the course and water and food at the finish. However, the race was handing out Glukos around mile 8.5 and I never saw it being towards the back of the pack. They had never run out in years past, but apparently did this year. Either that, or the volunteers stopped handing it out.

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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This year was warm and humid. For me, this was a very good time as I'm on the slower side and I managed to finish in the top 50% of … MORE

    This year was warm and humid. For me, this was a very good time as I’m on the slower side and I managed to finish in the top 50% of the field. The course itself isn’t very exciting. It’s just an out and back along the Schuykill river (so it’s flat), but you get a nice view of the Philadelphia skyline on the way back to the finish.

    The shirt this year was generic, but the medal was nice.

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    DrewNYC REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is my 2nd Rock N Roll Philadelphia race (and I've run the Philadelphia marathon once) and Philly is one of my favorite running towns. It is mostly flat. You … MORE

    This is my 2nd Rock N Roll Philadelphia race (and I’ve run the Philadelphia marathon once) and Philly is one of my favorite running towns. It is mostly flat. You run near/through parks and the river.

    RnR Philly has multiple events over the course of the weekend. 5k and 10k on Saturday and then the half marathon on Sunday. If you run one of the Saturday races plus the Sunday race you get an extra medal (the “Remix Challenge” medal).

    RnR generally has good swag – nice shirts and medals. While I wouldn’t say these were the best RnR medals, they were nice.

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    RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The expo for this race is big and awesome. If you run the 5k the day before you get a third medal (which is cool). My hotel was an easy … MORE

    The expo for this race is big and awesome. If you run the 5k the day before you get a third medal (which is cool).

    My hotel was an easy walk to the start/finish. The course this year was a little disappointing. They had changed it so you no longer run past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Instead, you run over to the Eastern State Penitentiary (which brings with it a long hill).

    There are a decent number of bands on the course as well as the usual RnR cheer stations and inflatable Brooks rocker dude.

    The tech shirt and medal were nice (as usual with Rock ‘n’ Roll races) and post finish, walking to the Reading Terminal Market for breakfast isn’t so long a walk.

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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '16

    I ran the 5k as part of the remix challenge this year (running both the 5k and 13.1). The shirt and medal were awesome (Ben Franklin with a running headband). … MORE

    I ran the 5k as part of the remix challenge this year (running both the 5k and 13.1). The shirt and medal were awesome (Ben Franklin with a running headband). The scenery is okay. It’s just an out and back along the (closed) road overlooking the river and Art Museum. Going out you aren’t really looking at anything, but coming back you’re chasing the Art Museum.

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    runbullardsrun FIRST-TIMER '16

    We think running a half marathon is the best way to see a city, and running Rock n Roll Philadelphia proved this philosophy true once again. Though we'd been to … MORE

    We think running a half marathon is the best way to see a city, and running Rock n Roll Philadelphia proved this philosophy true once again. Though we’d been to Philly a number of times, our two night stay (car-free) allowed us plenty of time to see the city on foot, both during the half marathon and during our down-time before and after race. Some things we loved about the race:
    1. Hotel rooms within walking distance to the start and finish lines were easy to find and not exorbitantly priced.
    2. Staying in just the right spot means easy walking or cheap Ubering to places like the art museum, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and Spruce Street Harbor Park.
    3. Course was beautiful! Runners get about 4 miles of city running and 9 miles of running along the Schuylkill River, and all the views an old city affords runners.
    4. The race expo had just the right vendors. We took three trips through it: twice by ourselves and a third time with family members. It was their first expo and a memorable event for them.
    5. Rock n Roll is both a race and a party. Philly is no exception.
    6. Wow! What a finish line! This might be the best Rock n Roll finish: right in front of the famed Rocky Balboa/Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps.
    7. We scored so many freebies from running this race we had an extra bag with us when we flew back home.
    All in all: don’t overlook Philadelphia as a running destination. Ten years ago the city made news as one of the fattest cities in America. This can’t possibly be true now with Rock n Roll in town and the beautiful Schuykill River Trail available to residents. This was our favorite Rock n Roll event and we’ll definitely be back.

    For more information on Rock n Roll Philadelphia visit: http://www.serialrunner.com/half-marathon-race-recaps/rock-n-roll-philadelphia-half-marathon

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 21, 2016 at 9:39pm

    So helpful, thanks! And absolutely agree that the best way to see a city is to run through it—nothing compares to having the streets of a major city all to yourself, without having to share them with either traffic or other pedestrians (I actually remember thinking this at Rock 'n' Roll Dallas in 2010, another fun course). Here's to the de-fattening of America!

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    fwreviewer FIRST-TIMER '16

    The water stations/gatorade stations were abundant and in all the right places. The volunteers seemed really pretty tired of it all (for the most part) by the time I came … MORE

    The water stations/gatorade stations were abundant and in all the right places. The volunteers seemed really pretty tired of it all (for the most part) by the time I came through, but then I was at the back of the pack. TONS of photographers (maybe too many?) but overall a good experience. Checked a bag and picked it up without a problem. One comment re: the course: for about 2 miles when running by the river, the road itself is on a pretty sharp slope. For some folks, that’s not going to be an issue; for me with my ankles and knees (I’m 60) I wasn’t too fond of it. But overall–had a good time. Well organized and the woman they had sending runners off had great energy and was really bouncing around up there (despite being maybe 5-6 months pregnant–she was fun). I didn’t rate the swag as particularly good but the truth is I couldn’t care less about stuff like that. I participate for the experience itself and the stuff you get to take home with you is gravy at best. (BTW–I’d like to see the Rock n Roll folks do something that shows some variation from race to race…I’ve now been in 3 or 4 this year and except for different color shirts with slightly different logos, they all look a like. They’re all made from the same material and they’re just getting boring as such.)

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '12

    I completed this race in 2012. The race starts in the center of Philly at 8am. The first couple of miles are through the city streets. You pass many tourist … MORE

    I completed this race in 2012.

    The race starts in the center of Philly at 8am. The first couple of miles are through the city streets. You pass many tourist landmarks including City Hall. The rest of the course is pretty flat. At one point you run over the River Falls Bridge which is a beautiful view.

    The worst part of the race was at mile 13. There is a blown-up underpass that you have to run under. I thought that this was the finish line. It was quite deceiving, and made me pissed. However, I took that energy in the right direction to finish the race!

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '15

    This race is typically run in September. It was moved to Halloween due to the Pope's visit to Philly. This is good race for travelers - hotel, expo, and start/finish … MORE

    This race is typically run in September. It was moved to Halloween due to the Pope’s visit to Philly. This is good race for travelers – hotel, expo, and start/finish lines all within walking distance of city hotels and 30th Street (train) Station.

    Similar to other Rock ‘n’ Roll races, there are a lot of people. For runners in the later corrals (this race went above 30 corrals), it takes a long time to cross the start line. Less bands than other RnR races. Decent shirt and nice medal. I ran the RnR Brooklyn half three weeks ago and received a free hoodie for running both RnR races – a nice bonus! The course is mostly flat. Nice fall foliage. Ran along the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row.

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