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Philly Marathon Long Training Run

I am running the Philadelphia Marathon in November. I live in NC and am planning to visiting the city to run one of my long training runs (18-20 miles) on part of the marathon course for some race recon. Would appreciate any info on local running groups that might have an organized training run on the course scheduled. Cheers.

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Re: Philly Marathon Long Training Run

The club's run on Saturday mornings (8am through Labor Day, 9am thereafter) covers the river loop which includes part of the marathon course. The Saturday runs include runners of all paces covering the 8.45 mile loop with some running more and some running less.

And pending what running pace you feel comfortable at, I run with a group at 8:30am on Sundays near the Art Musuem in which a group goes around mid-6 min/miles and a second group at mid-7 min/miles. I'd be happy to tailor the route on one of those Sunday runs to include more of the marathon course too.

Re: Philly Marathon Long Training Run

Hi Paul,

I am interested in running with one of the 8:30 a.m. Sunday groups.

Where do they meet and how far do they go? Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks,


Re: Philly Marathon Long Training Run

The general meet up spot for the group I run with on Sunday is 8:30am at Lloyd Hall for a 13 mile run through Fairmount park and along the drive. Most people add on before or after. Although, many of the guys I've trained with over the years have moved elsewhere, so what used to be a steady group of 10+ runners weekly has become hit or miss. Best bet may be to email me and I can fill you in on whether there's talk of people being there. I'll be at the Philly Runners group run on Saturday (10/14) assuming my son cooperates and wants to get pushed along in the stroller! And I am aware of guys going 20 miles from Lloyd Hall on Sunday (10/15) with drop off points for shorter distance pending interest. Pace will likely be in the range of 6:30-7:30 per mile since it covers a mix of trails and road.

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