AACR Philadelphia Marathon Celebrates its 25th Anniversary as 2018 Registration Opens


​PHILADELPHIA – City officials announced that registration is now open for the races held during the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Runners interested in participating can sign up online

Rated one of the top 10 marathons in the country, the AACR Philadelphia Marathon is celebrating its 25th year as a prime destination for both athletes and history buffs. The weekend begins with the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon, the Rothman 8K run, and the Dunkin’ Munchkin’ Run on Saturday, Nov. 17. The full AACR Philadelphia Marathon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, to round out the weekend. Motivated runners can also compete in various challenges by finishing multiple races during the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and thousands of volunteers attend the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend each year. 

“Runners will be able to see some of the most historic and beautiful sights in Philadelphia while running our events,” remarked Leo Dignam, executive director of the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend of Events. He added, “The AACR Philadelphia Marathon is a USATF-certified course and a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.”

The marathon’s title partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), has introduced a program that enables runners and volunteers to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. The AACR Runners for Research team members will receive VIP entry to the marathon, as well as prizes and free gifts. For more information about the AACR Runners for Research program, contact

“We are excited and humbled to serve as the title partner for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon for the second year in a row—especially as the race celebrates its milestone 25th anniversary,” said Mitch Stoller, AACR Foundation executive director and vice president of philanthropy. “We are determined to make this the largest run in the United States dedicated to cancer research. On behalf of the AACR Foundation, we would be thrilled if you could join our AACR Runners for Research team to truly Make This Run Matter!”

Everyone is encouraged to come to the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend to cheer our runners and enjoy the finish-line festival that features live entertainment, activities for children, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, Dietz & Watson hot dogs and sausages, and famous Philadelphia food trucks. Stay up-to-date with the latest information.