4 Things To Know About This Weekend’s Philly Marathon

It’s the city of brotherly love and the home of 2 amazing races…The Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon. Here are 4 things you should know:

1 The kids at Drexel University are amazing. What’s better than hundreds of pajama-clad students cheering your name at the crack of dawn? drexel

2 Channel your inner Rocky Balboa! Apparently, there was some boxing movie in the 1970’s about some guy from Philadelphia. It’s known for some of the most exciting running footage ever. When you need a little extra motivation, channel your inner Italian Stallion and run tough. mr balboa

3 Start Last…As mediocre/middle of the pack runners, we accidentally came up with a brilliant strategy that improved our running forever. At the 2008 Philly Marathon, we arrived late (thanks to my 1997 Ford Ranger for not starting that morning). So we ended up having to start the race dead last..and it was the best idea ever. Normally we would start races in the middle of the pack, in the corral we were supposed to be in. That means we would pass about the same number of runners that would pass us. However, by starting last, we ended up passing hundreds more people than normal and our egos were greatly inflated by running faster than mostly everyone around us. Now, we start last in every distance race we do and it all started in Philly. So feel free to try our strategy and your ego will thank us.  phily start

4 Just enjoy it. Duh. Whether you have 13.1 or 26.2 in you this weekend, have fun. You are running in one of the rowdiest sports cities on the planet. The course has tons of iconic sites to see and its full of people. You have been training hard for months to prepare for this race, so run hard and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Hopefully, our tips help you have an amazing race.

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