Health & Fitness Expo: Fri, Nov 20, Noon-7 p.m.; Sat, Nov 21, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
• More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the two-day Expo, which is free and open to the public, to enjoy exhibits, events and seminars. It is the official location to pick up the race packet, but offers much more, including the Verizon Kid Zone, a Fan Pass that offers discounts at local retailers, and expert advice from leaders in the field.
•The complete schedule of seminars for Saturday, November 21 is as follows:
o 11:00 a.m.: “How to Run Your Best Philadelphia Marathon” with Bart Yasso
o Noon: “Yoga on the Run” with Keira Winters
o 1:00 p.m.: “Staying Injury Free for a Lifetime of Running” with Bill Rodgers o 2:00 p.m.: “Etiquette on the Race Course” with Michelle Stanten and Lee Scott of Prevention Magazine
o 3:00 p.m.: “Yoga on the Run” with Keira Winters
o 4:00 p.m.: “Finding Your Best Race Distance” with Bill Rodgers
Verizon Kids Fun Run: Sat, Nov 21, 10:30 a.m.
• To kick off Saturday, round up the kids, lace up the sneakers and come to the Verizon Kids Fun Run, a short-distance, non-competitive event for future Philadelphia Marathoners ages 4-12. Convenient to the Expo, the Kids Fun Run will be on Saturday, November 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. On-site registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the Fun Run commences at 10:30 a.m. There is an entry fee of $15 and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be plenty of prizes for the kids and fun for all.
Runners’ Buffet Dinner, Sat, Nov 21, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
• The much anticipated carbo-loading dinner, an annual Philadelphia Marathon tradition, will be held this year at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1201 Market Street, a short distance from the Convention Center. Due to its popularity there are two seatings, one at 5:00 PM and another at 6:30 PM, on Saturday, November 21. The feast will include fresh meats, pastas, salads, vegetables and desserts. The price is the same as last year, $30 for adults and $20 for children 6-12, with children 5 and under for free. Featuring Running Expert Bart Yasso, of Runners World magazine, Former Olympian Bill Rodgers and popular race announcer Rob Powers.
Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon, Sun, Nov 22, 7:00 a.m., wheelchair start at 6:45 a.m.
Rothman Institute 8K, 7:30 a.m., Sun, Nov 22, wheelchair start at 7:25 a.m.
•More than 20 Cheer Zones will be set up throughout the race courses, which feature unobstructed, transportation accessible, fan-friendly locations. The Zones also feature live entertainment, from the Philadelphia KiXX to a Mummers’ string band to Rinky the Penguin, RiverRink’s mascot. The atmosphere will be fan and family friendly. Some zones will include hot chocolate and pretzels, and several are located near cafes offering discounts and specials.