AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Revamps Course

  • New sites include Fairmount Ave and historic Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Annual fall running festival returns to Philadelphia the weekend of September 17 – 18, 2016

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon today announced a revamped route for the 2016 event. The course changes will take runners past new sights including, Fairmount Ave and the historic Eastern State Penitentiary. Philadelphia’s premier running festival returns the weekend of September 17 – 18, 2016.

“Runners can still expect the same flat, fast and scenic route that this race is famous for,” said Ted Metellus, Course Director. “The biggest change is the out and back on mile 4 at Fairmount Ave instead of Spring Garden, which will add new scenery to this already stunning course.”

The half marathon will take place on Sunday, September 18 at 7:30 a.m. The course will continue to start and finish in Eakins Oval, Fairmount Park and participants will once again experience historic and cultural sites including, City Hall, the LOVE sculpture, Boathouse Row, Schuylkill River and more. In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live bands, enthusiastic cheerleaders and spectators will line the race route, concluding with a celebratory finish line festival and post race Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series.

The AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K returns this year on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 am and will start and finish in Eakins Oval, Fairmount Park. Participants who run both the 5K and the half marathon will earn the coveted Remix Challenge Medal in addition to each race’s finisher medal.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo, where exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information, and much more. The Expo takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, September 16, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo is free and open to the public.

American Association for Cancer Research, the first and largest cancer research organization in the world, is the race’s charity title sponsor. The AACR brings together the greatest minds to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, collaboration, and communication. The AACR promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

For more information about AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia or to register for the event, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Philadelphia.

Runners take off at the 2015 AACR Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
Runners take off at the 2015 AACR Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon