Kick-Off Held For Philadelphia's Premier Marathon

Kick-Off Held For Philadelphia's Premier Marathon

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PHILADELPHIA -

Athletes from across the nation and the world are in Philadelphia this weekend for one of the premier races, the 20th annual Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon.

Mayor Michael Nutter kicked off festivities at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday afternoon.

Brace yourself for road closures, and runners, get ready for increased security.

More than 30,000 participants will take part in activities that include an 8K race, a kids' fun run leading up to Sunday's half and full marathon.

"In 1994, the marathon's inaugural year, there were 1,500 runners. This year, 30,000 runners will participate in the Saturday and Sunday marathon weekend," Nutter said.

The Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon features runner from 50 states and 45 countries.

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