Philadelphia Buzzing With The Marathon Spirit

November 21st, 2010 - 9:19 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
philadelphia-marathon11Philadelphia, Nov 21, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Philadelphia Marathon which is about to begin onSunday is being eagerly awaited. The city of Philadelphia has already started to buzz with the spirit of the event, as was quite evident on Saturday.

A race began on Saturday morning from 7:30, with the Rothman Institute 8-K, a small marathon, with around 3,000 runners, marking the beginning of the event, as it started on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The main marathon begins on Sunday. Around 40,000 spectators are being expected in the Center City. Around 20,000 runners from various parts of the globe have come all the way to Philadelphia to be a part of the marathon. The reasons which were cited by the participants of the Philadelphia Marathon are varied. While some of them are here to mark their accomplishments, just because they are excited by the adventurous charm of a marathon race, few others emphasized that as a result of their personal struggle in life which they claim can be solved to a great extent with the victory in the marathon. However, the event is supposed to be participated by both runners and non-runners, who are all set to take part in Sunday’s marathon.

Around 4:30 pm, after Saturday’s race ended , the runners had the privilege to relax down in a pasta party organized at the Spaghetti Warehouse on Spring Garden Street. The Philadelphia Marathon starts on Sunday at 7 in the morning, on 22nd Street at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway which is near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For most of the dwellers of Philadelphia, the event is all set to turn into a complete fun filled weekend.

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