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Map: Best Places to Watch the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon

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Every runner knows that the best thing about running a race—besides crossing the finish line—is the crowd of spectators cheering them along every step of the way. So if you're sticking to the sidelines for Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon or Half Marathon, we've got the best spots to catch the action along the course besides the insanely crowded start and finish lines. And for a full list of cheer zones and more information on the race in general, visit the Philadelphia Marathon's official website.

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1. Columbus Boulevard & Race Street

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Race St & N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Avoid the crowds at the start and finish lines and head to this 2.2-mile marker right by the Ben Franklin Bridge and Race Street Pier instead.

2. 6th and Walnut Sts.

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Walnut St & S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nothing says "'Merica!" like cheering on runners at with views of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall at mile 5.1. Grab a coffee at La Colombe while you're waiting.

3. Second and South Sts.

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South St & S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Shout it out in South Philly at Bridget Foy's, then grab a beer or brunch. It's mile 4.5 for runners.

4. 34th and Chestnut Sts.

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Chestnut St & S 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

As the runners hit mile 7.5 and make their way into University City, camp out at this corner spot. Some special guests may even pop up at this cheer zone, according to the marathon's official website.

5. 34th Street & Girard Avenue

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N 34th St & W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Got kids? You can catch the runners here at mile 8.3 and then head right to the Philadelphia Zoo.

6. Hunting Park Avenue & Kelly Drive

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W Hunting Park Ave & Kelly Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Stick around here for miles 17 and 23—the runners need all the support they can get at this point. You can park at the top of the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

7. Main Street & Ridge Avenue

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Ridge Ave & Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Runners hit miles 18.7 and 21.3 at this point, where you can camp out for the day along Main Street and hit the shops and restaurants in Manayunk.

8. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive & Black Road

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Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Black Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19131

It's always a good time at the Vaudevillians NYB's cheer zone. Expect music, costumes, and lots of cheering at mile 11.3, where the half-marathoners will head off to the finish line.

1. Columbus Boulevard & Race Street

Race St & N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Avoid the crowds at the start and finish lines and head to this 2.2-mile marker right by the Ben Franklin Bridge and Race Street Pier instead.

Race St & N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. 6th and Walnut Sts.

Walnut St & S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Nothing says "'Merica!" like cheering on runners at with views of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall at mile 5.1. Grab a coffee at La Colombe while you're waiting.

Walnut St & S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Second and South Sts.

South St & S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Shout it out in South Philly at Bridget Foy's, then grab a beer or brunch. It's mile 4.5 for runners.

South St & S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

4. 34th and Chestnut Sts.

Chestnut St & S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

As the runners hit mile 7.5 and make their way into University City, camp out at this corner spot. Some special guests may even pop up at this cheer zone, according to the marathon's official website.

Chestnut St & S 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

5. 34th Street & Girard Avenue

N 34th St & W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Got kids? You can catch the runners here at mile 8.3 and then head right to the Philadelphia Zoo.

N 34th St & W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

6. Hunting Park Avenue & Kelly Drive

W Hunting Park Ave & Kelly Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Stick around here for miles 17 and 23—the runners need all the support they can get at this point. You can park at the top of the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

W Hunting Park Ave & Kelly Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19132

7. Main Street & Ridge Avenue

Ridge Ave & Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Runners hit miles 18.7 and 21.3 at this point, where you can camp out for the day along Main Street and hit the shops and restaurants in Manayunk.

Ridge Ave & Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19128

8. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive & Black Road

Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Black Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19131

It's always a good time at the Vaudevillians NYB's cheer zone. Expect music, costumes, and lots of cheering at mile 11.3, where the half-marathoners will head off to the finish line.

Martin Luther King Jr Dr & Black Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19131