“It’s just an awesome mental state” – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s Philadelphia Marathon Weekend! Thousands of athletes around the world are preparing for the 27th Annual Philadelphia Marathon.

Some 21,000 runners are registered to participate in the races this weekend. They started showing up at Ben Franklin Parkway on Saturday morning.

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The first this morning is the half marathon, which starts at 7:00 a.m., then the 8k starts at 11:00 a.m.

Running races there is like this great synergy of everyone coming together,” said Francine Neal, who runs the half marathon. “It’s really exciting. And you run off on other people’s momentum and make friends while you run. It’s just a great mental high.

The marathon weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with the Expo at the Convention Center. Runners come from all 50 states, 38 countries, and range from 11 to 90 years old. This is the 27th year of the Philadelphia Marathon, but it is the first time in two years that the runners will be together.

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Last year’s races were virtual due to the pandemic. The race is Philadelphia’s only full marathon and over the past two decades it has become one of the top 10 races for runners.

The marathon is also a fundraiser for the American Association for Cancer Research. So far this year, over $ 380,000 has been raised.

“As a collective community, we are the biggest opponent of cancer,” said Mitch Stoller of the AACR. “Let me repeat that we are the fiercest opponent of cancer. And I mean this because our priority is really to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. And we’re going to do it by raising millions of dollars to fund the best research in the world. “

The race started at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Unlike the Broad Street Run a few weeks ago, they encourage people to come and cheer on the runners.

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Click here for our Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Guide.

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