Today, Philadelphia's Office of the City Representative announced that they have formed an official partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation to manage the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon race weekend.
Under this partnership, Jim Marino of Parks and Recreation will function as the Race Director, while City Representative Sheila Hess will act as Executive Director. As the director of the Broad Street Run for 37 years, Marino has a history of successfully managing racing events of this magnitude.
According to the press release, Parks and Recreation will oversee all race operations and logistics, while the Office of the City Representative will continue to handle marketing and promotion, coordination of the charity program, production of the Health & Fitness Expo, as well as management of entertainment-focused parts of Race Weekend.
The partnership has already led to a number of changes regarding race weekend. Most notably, organizers have decided to move the Half Marathon to Saturday, November 19, instead of hosting both the Full and Half on the same day.
Marino said splitting the races between two days will greatly benefit both events in many ways.
"Half Marathon participants will be able to take on a challenging but scenic course on Saturday, and Full Marathoners will have the course all to themselves on Sunday as they strive to set their own personal records on our fast but historic course," said Marino.
In addition, courses on both the Half and Full Marathon will get an upgrade. The Full Marathon will no longer follow an "out-and-back" course at the East Falls Bridge. And for the first time, Half Marathoners will race on portions of Boxers' Trail and also cross Strawberry Mansion Bridge.
Lastly, the Full Marathon prize purse will more than double. First-place finishers will take home $10,000, $5,000 to second-place finishers, and $2,500 to third-place finishers in both the male and female divisions.
Registration for the Full Marathon (Sunday, November 20) is already open. Registrations for the Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K, and Kids Fun Run (Saturday, November 19, 2016) opens Monday, May 2 at midnight.
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