Race Day Details
Getting to Belmont Plateau
Parking on the Plateau is very limited. When possible, we recommend alternative methods for getting out to the race:
- Public Transportation: Several Septa bus routes run close to the park (including the 38, 40, 43, and 65), and the 15 will drop you off about 1 mile from the start line. Check Septa.org before race morning for any potential delays or detours.
- Personal Bike: If you choose to ride your own bike out, leave a little extra time to find a safe spot to lock it up – there are options, but it can sometimes take a little creativity. If you have someone from your club watching the stuff at your area in the Athlete Village, you can ask them if they feel comfortable keeping your bike over there.
- Uber/Lyft or Cabs: Cabs are relatively available in the city; from the park, you will need to either call one or utilize the Uber or Lyft Apps.
If you HAVE to drive (carpool, if possible), this is the situation:
- There is public parking in a small lot on Belmont Mansion Rd, as well as in the Car Barn Lot off of Montgomery Drive (between Belmont Ave & MLK Drive). There are VERY limited spots in these lots; I recommend leaving plenty of time for an alternative option in case you cannot park in either.
- Other options within a mile of the start can be found at the Horticultural Center (opens at 8:00am), as street parking by the Please Touch Museum/Memorial Hall, or on N. Georges Hill Dr (by the Mann Center).
- The Army Rd parking lot on Belmont Mansion Drive will be reserved for event staff and for Club Captains to distribute to the club members responsible for bringing their items for the Athlete Village. Cars will not be able to access (in or out) this lot between 6:20am and the close of race (11:00am); a parking permit will be required for access prior to 6:30am.
This is where the running ends, and the celebration begins!
- Pop up tents, blankets, etc, are encouraged for your comfort, but not required
- Please make sure that your setup is not tearing up the grass or in any way damaging the property
- Food and beverages are fair game (and highly recommended!) – we encourage sharing your surplus with other teams to get to know each other!
- Please be respectful of any group electing not to have alcohol in their area
- We are generally trusting of our running community, but you leave items in your group area at your own risk.
If you aren’t sure if you can do it in Fairmount Park, here are all the rules: Parks & Rec Rules
You can find a map of the Plateau (including parking lots, check-in area, and porta-potty locations) in the drop-down menu above.
Race have staggered start times to allow most runners to end within 2 hours of each other. Start times:
Half Marathon Trail Race: 6:30am
10 Mile Road Race: 7:30am
10K Trail Race (Men): 8:15am*
10K Trail Race (Women & Non-Binary): 8:25am*
5 Mile Road Race: 8:45am
5K Cross Country: 9:15am
Kids Run: 10:30am
*The 10K will have a staggered start, with men starting 10 minutes prior to women & non-binary runners to reduce crowding on the single-track trails.