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Parking on the Plateau is very limited. When possible, we recommend alternative methods for getting out to the race:
If you HAVE to drive (carpool, if possible), this is the situation:
This is where the running ends, and the celebration begins!
If you aren’t sure if you can do it in Fairmount Park, here are all the rules:
http://www.phila.gov/ ParksandRecreation/aboutus/ Pages/RulesandRegulations.aspx
You can find a map of the Plateau (including parking lots, check-in area, and porta-potty locations) here.
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): 8:25am*
5 Mile Road Race: 8:45am
5K Cross Country: 9:15am
Kids Run: 10:15am
*The 10K will have a staggered start, with men starting 10 minutes prior to women to reduce crowding on the single-track trails.
The courses are unchanged from 2017. More course information can be found here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/PA/Philadelphia/PhiladelphiaMayorsCup
Colored Direction Signs: All large direction signs will be marked with colored arrows. The color on your race bib indicates the color of your race distance; this will also be the color you should follow on the signs.
For the loop around the plateau (each race will complete at least 3/4 of a loop to finish their race) and the trail courses, directions will be marked with orange cones, colored discs (on the ground), and orange surveyor flags.
Want to “watch” your teammates race out on course? Runners with their phones can download the (free) RaceJoy App. The app allows you to watch multiple teammates in real-time with GPS tracking and splits, as well as giving you the option to send them virtual “cheers” along the way. Bonus: All course are loaded into RaceJoy, so in the event that you are concerned you’re off-course, you can view your location in relation to the course. View the “How-To” on RaceJoy.