This weekend, the Philadelphia Marathon took place through the streets of Philly–despite cold temperatures and extreme wind. Both the male and female winners set course records, and there was even a surprise engagement at the finish line. Though this year’s event surely contained more surprises than most, the history of this annual event is fascinating in itself. Read on to find out more interesting facts about the Philadelphia Marathon.
1.) The Philadelphia Marathon was created in 1954. This weekend’s race marked the 62nd year that it is has been held.
2.) With approximately 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers, the Philadelphia Marathon is one of the top 10 largest marathons in the country.
3.) Runners in the Philadelphia Marathon come from all 50 states and over 40 countries.
4.) This year, for the first time, the half marathon and the marathon were held on two different days–the half marathon on Saturday (in 60-70 degree temperatures) and the marathon on Sunday (30-40 degree temperatures).
5.) Taylor Ward, who won the women’s race on Sunday in 2:36:25, was running in the Philly Marathon for the first time. It was also her first trip to Philadelphia. (Talk about a great first visit to Philly!)