July 21 - December 31, 2020

Philadelphia Trail Marathon

Marathon, 1/2 Marathon

Registration closes: Thu, Dec 31 @ 12:00AM

Going Virtual

Hello Runners;

As some of you may have heard, today the city of Philadelphia announced, that no permits for large gatherings will be issued for the next 6 months. 
This effectively closes the door for us to have this race in person this fall. We have been working on this race since the spring of 2019 and because the pandemic started 
within weeks of the planned original date a lot of supplies have been ordered and paid for already. This puts us in a very bad spot. Needless to say, we are really disappointed, but we respect the decision 
of the city and hope this will help to keep the number of new infections low.

So moving forward the Philadelphia Trail Marathon and Halfmarathon will go virtual. We will put together an awesome package for you. 

You will receive:

- a finisher medal, which turned out great.
- a very high quality 1/4 zip performance top.
- commemorative bib

If you had previously registered for the original event, you are automatically entered into the virtual event, however, if you are not registered yet, you may register for the virtual race for $39.

I understand this is not the perfect solution, but we are hoping this is a compromise that is acceptable to you. By participating in the virtual race you are helping us to offset
the cost we had preparing for the race and also allows us to come back stronger in the near future , when in person races are safe again. 

Please allow a few weeks for us to setup the virtual race. You should receive another email in 2-3 weeks with instructions on how to get the miles in, report your result and receive the swag package , which we will start shipping out in August.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at

In the meantime, stay healthy, keep running and be kind to each other.



13.1 Miles
26.2 Miles

Bib Pickup:

There will be no expo. Bibs and swag will be mailed to you for 2020 virtual event

Start Time:

26.2 8:00 AM
13.1 9:00 AM

These times may change, as more logistical details become available.


13.1: $39 till 12/31/2020 (virtual event)
26.2: $39 till 12/31/2020 (virtual event)


Due to unforseen circumstances, beyond our control, we are currently unable to process refund requests due to the negative impact of the corona virus.
This event will be held virtually from Aug 1st - Dec 31st 2020.

Feel free to contact me at, if you have any questions or concerns.


Every finisher will receive an awesome Philadelphia themed finisher medal.
No overall/age group awards in 2020. Top 3 overall and Top 5 age group 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & Top 3 60 plus

Time Limit: (no limit in 2020)

Every runner has to be finished by 5pm. This makes the 13.1 super hiker friendly, and one should be able to hike the marathon within the 9 hour time limit as well.


Self reporting for 2020 virtual event. We will post link shortly.

Aid Stations: (back in 2021)

Aid station are spaced between 3 and 4 miles apart.

Trail runners usually carry a bottle to keep hydrated between aid stations. Gatorade and water will be available at all the aid stations. There will be the usual snacks and carbs to keep you fueled at the race (bring your own gels, if you rely on them).


The 13.1 course will be 90% plus single track trail at the Wissahickon. The exact layout is not finalized yet, but the course will not be flat and fast. Many rolling hills and some technical sections with rocks and roots. Need to be a bit gritty to get this done :-).
The 26.2 course will utilize most of the 13.1 course, but also sections of the forbidden drive, but the majority of the course will be single track trail.

Post Race Party: ( sorry, has to wait till 2021)

We will celebrate all things Philly. We will feature multiple Philadelphia style foods, and also will partner with a Philadelphia craft brewery. Hang out and listen to some awesome live music.

Local time: 9:21 PM


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