It’s going to be a week earlier than usual.
PHILADELPHIA –- Philadelphia Marathon officials announced that the date of the race has been changed from the weekend of November 22-24 to the weekend of November 15-17 — one week earlier than planned — to adjust to the scheduling of a prestigious national trade convention on sustainability in Philadelphia and to ensure the best experience and amenities for race participants.
Now during the weekend of the 22nd, the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a sustainable building conference, will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City — the venue where the marathon’s key pre-race Health & Fitness Expo activities traditionally have been held. The Greenbuild Conference is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.
Philadelphia Marathon Executive Director Desiree Peterkin-Bell said that the race-date change provides an opportunity for two highly visible events to take place on back-to-back weekends. She said it would showcase Philadelphia as a desirable world-class destination for both marathoning and other large-scale attractions.
“The Philadelphia Marathon decided to move the date for the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon to secure space in the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCCA) for the Marathon Health & Fitness Expo,” said Peterkin-Bell. “As we have been informed by authorities at the Convention Center, it would have been difficult for the City to host the Philadelphia Marathon and the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, while providing the hotel space needed for nearly 60,000 combined attendees at the PCCA on the same weekend. As we do every year, we have worked with our hotel partners citywide to set aside a number of rooms at a favorable rate for our runners. On April 1st, registration for the Marathon will open, and participants will be able to reserve reduced-rate hotels rooms available through our website.”