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.Read More
Map: Best Places to Watch the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon
Columbus Boulevard & Race Street
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.
6th and Walnut Sts.
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.
Second and South Sts.
Shout it out in South Philly at Bridget Foy's, then grab a beer or brunch. It's mile 4.5 for runners.
34th and Chestnut Sts.
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.
34th Street & Girard Avenue
Got kids? You can catch the runners here at mile 8.3 and then head right to the Philadelphia Zoo.
Hunting Park Avenue & Kelly Drive
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.
Main Street & Ridge Avenue
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive & Black Road
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.