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The Philadelphia Marathon (aka the Philadelphia Independence Marathon), founded in 1954, is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the third Sunday of November each year. The Philadelphia Marathon ranks top ten in the nations largest marathons with over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers. The 30,000 runners come from all 50 states and over 40 countries. The course is a certified 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi), and is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field. The Philadelphia Marathon, who collaborated with Green Mountain Energy partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement to turn the race into an eco-friendly sporting event.
Some of the sustainable initiatives include:
In 2011, two competitors died. One was a 21-year-old student; the other was a 40-year-old experienced triathlete.
The course begins and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Philadelphia Marathon course is relatively flat and offers a view of many historical landmarks that include Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell. The course travels the streets of Old City on Penn’s Landing, parallel to the Delaware River, along the Schuylkill River and out to Manayunk. The highest elevation in the course is approximately 148 feet. The terrain presents many uphill and downhill challenges for the runners.
The event also serves as a qualifying race for entry into the Boston Marathon for participants whose times meet age group bracketed standards. The race also features a state of the art timing system, using a small chip that attached to the back of each runner's bib that provides a 'chip time' for when the person has crossed the start and finish lines, as well as giving a traditional 'gun time'.
Health and Fitness Expo
Runners pick up their race packets that include a race bib, timing tag, T-shirt and bag at the free two-day health and fitness expo located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Cheer Zones – Spectators can select from more than 20 cheer zones throughout the course to show support to the runners.
Detours throughout parts of the city begin at 3AM and run until 1PM 
Several cash prizes are awarded.
All runners receive a Philadelphia Marathon T-shirt, a Finisher Medal, a result postcard with individual information, and a Finisher Certificate.
The Rothman Institute sponsors an 8-km (about 5 miles) companion race to the Philadelphia Marathon. This race follows a shorter loop of the marathon. Each runner receives a T-shirt and a postcard with his/her results.
|Year||Men's time||Men's winner||Country||Women's time||Women's winner||Country|
|18 Nov, 2012||2:17:49||Michael McKeeman||United States||2:35:37||Irina Mashkantseva||Russia|
|20 Nov, 2011||2:19:16||Folisho Tuko||United States||2:35:46||Mariska Kramer||Netherlands|
|22 Nov, 2010||2:21:28||Daniel Vassallo (MA)||United States||2:38:55||Mariska Kramer||Netherlands|
|22 Nov, 2009||2:17:15||John Crews (NC)||United States||2:46:44||Jutta Merilainen||Finland|
|23 Nov, 2008||2:19:57||Andrey Toptun||Ukraine||2:44:02||Vera Ovcharuk||Ukraine|
|18 Nov, 2007||2:25:01||Timothy Psitet||Kenya||2:42:05||Kristin Price (NC)||United States|
|19 Nov, 2006||2:17:09||Hosea Kimutai||Kenya||2:40:31||Maryina Bychkova||Russia|
|20 Nov, 2005||2:21:02||Joseph Ndiritu-2||Kenya||2:43:07||Emily Kroshus||Canada|
|21 Nov, 2004||2:19:43||Michael Korir-2||Kenya||2:41:57||Larisa Mikhailova||Russia|
|23 Nov, 2003||2:16:47||Joseph Ndiritu||Kenya||2:45:05||Seana Carmean (MA)||United States|
|24 Nov, 2002||2:18:43||Michael Korir||Kenya||2:39:47||Tatyana Maslova||Russia|
|18 Nov, 2001||2:21:07||Gennadiy Temnikov||Russia||2:41:05||Elena Plastinina||Ukraine|
|19 Nov, 2000||2:18:03||Brian Clas (NY)||United States||2:41:56||Elvira Kolpakova||Russia|
|21 Nov, 1999||2:25:46||Tesfaye Bekele||Ethiopia||2:37:59||Anne Marie Lauck (NJ)||United States|
|22 Nov, 1998||2:24:12||Ryan Grote (NJ)||United States||2:44:59||Jan Wanklyn-2||United States|
|23 Nov, 1997||2:19:03||Gavin Gaynor (PA)||United States||2:41:35||Sarah Hunter||Canada|
|24 Nov, 1996||2:19:55||Nikolic Srba||Yugoslavia||2:50:01||Bea Marie Altieri (MD)||United States|
|19 Nov, 1995||2:20:15||Mark Andrews (NC)||United States||2:39:54||Jeanne Peterson (NY)||United States|
|20 Nov, 1994||2:21:22||Charles Crabb (PA)||United States||2:52:08||Jan Wanklyn (PA)||United States|
|Not held 1990-93|
|1989||2:22||Tim Wunch||United States|
|1988||2:32:23||Fred Schneck (PA)||United States|
|29 Nov, 1987||2:24:08||Tim Wunsch||United States||2:54:12||Lori Lawson||United States|
|23 Nov, 1986||2:25:25||Ira Meyers (PA)||United States||2:47:15||Doreen Mastalli (NY)||United States|
|24 Nov, 1985||2:18:27a||Derrick Adamson-2||United States||2:38:30a||Sandra Mewett||Bermuda|
|25 Nov, 1984||2:16:39a||Derrick Adamson||Jamaica||2:42:30a||Barbara Filtuze (PA)||United States|
|27 Nov, 1983||2:15:26a||Sam Pelletier (ME)||United States||2:36:38a||Jane Welzel||United States|
|28 Nov, 1982||2:14:59a||William Scholl (NJ)||United States||2:34:28a||Jan Yerkes-2||United States|
|29 Nov, 1981||2:17:25a||Dave Patterson (PA)||United States||2:39:11a||Jan Yerkes (PA)||United States|
|30 Nov, 1980||2:26:18||William Devoe||United States||3:04:36||Pam Borowsky||United States|
|25 Nov, 1979||2:30:06||Richard Hayden||United States||3:05:21||Chris Schilling||United States|
|26 Nov, 1978||2:22:38||Richard diSebastian-2||United States||2:56:05||Carol Geig||United States|
|1977||2:25:59||Richard diSebastian||United States|
|1976||2:24:59.6||Dave Patterson||United States|
|29 Nov, 1975||2:26:12||Carlo Cherubino &|
|United States||3:04:44||Nancy Kent||Cornell|
|01 Dec, 1974||2:21:57||Bill Rodgers (MA)||United States||3:25:33||Mary Devlin||United States|
|25 Nov, 1973||2:29:44.4||Bill Bragg||United States|
|26 Nov, 1972||2:27:29.5||Rick Bayko||United States|
|28 Nov, 1971||2:26:44.8||Moses Mayfield-2||United States|
|29 Nov, 1970||2:24:29||Moses Mayfield||United States|
|30 Nov, 1969||2:32:52.4||Leo Duart||United States|
|1968||2:36:35.6||Jim McDonagh||United States|
|03 Dec, 1967||2:24:23||Bill Clark (CA)||United States|
|18 Dec, 1966||2:24:43.4||Amby Burfoot (CT)||United States||3:58:49||Sue Morse||United States|
|26 Dec, 1965||2:34:07.6||Tom Osler (NJ)||United States|
|24 Jan, 1965||2:37:23||John Kelly (NY)||United States|
|19 Jan, 1964||2:20:05||Adolf Gruber-2||Austria|
|27 Jan, 1963||2:39:49||Adolf Gruber||Austria|
|28 Jan, 1962||2:33:13.6||Ted Corbitt -4||United States|
|Not held 1960-1961|
|25 Jan, 1959||2:29:43||Ted Corbitt-3||United States|
|05 Jan, 1958||2:26:44||Ted Corbitt-2||United States|
|27 Jan, 1957||2:31:19||Jack Barry-2||United States|
|29 Jan, 1956||2:36:09||Jack Barry (PA)||United States|
|30 Jan, 1955||2:25:23||Johnny J Kelley||United States|
|31 Jan, 1954||2:36:06||Ted Corbitt (NY)||United States|