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Frequently Asked Questions about the ODDyssey Half Marathon

Location, Location, Location!

The 7th annual ODDyssey Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016.  The ODDyssey both starts and finishes in front of The Please Touch Museum, in the Belmont Plateau section of Fairmount Park.

Please Touch Museum:
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, 19131

The race starts promptly at 7:00 a.m.

Relay Half Marathon

The 2016 ODDyssey Half Marathon includes a new relay option where teams of two runners can split the course.

Both the traditional half marathoners and the starting runners of the relay teams will start at the same time in corals assigned by projected finish time.

So....What Makes you so ODD?

The ODDyssey has some fun surprises in store for you to make your experienece more than just a half marathon!

CHALLENGES– Challenges will be revealed on race day! As a reminder, all challenges are OPTIONAL and will not interfere with runners who do not wish to participate. Challenges will be placed near water stops and are meant to add a fun element into the race. Don your best costume and come have some fun!

COSTUME CONTEST –Be sure to stop by the starting line tent before the race begins to have your photo taken and enter our costume contest. The top three winners will be given a fancy trophy and gloating glory for an entire year!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - Local bands will be featured along the course to help you push through to the finish line. Keep your eyes peeled for at least 6 acts out there and look forward to some rocking tunes!

FINISH LINE BASH - Hands down the best post-race celebration around. Not only to we have the standard food, fruit and water but we also feature a beer graden, free massage, food carts, live music and awesome contests!

What Do We Do After the Race?

Stay for the post-race bash, of course!

We will have some great entertainment and fun activities available to runners of all ages after the race. Stick around, mingle with other runners and celebrate your victory!

Award ceremonies will begin at approximately 9:30AM. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers overall, top male and female in each age group and top three costume contest winners.

Sly Fox Brewing Company is hosting a free beer garden for all adult finishers!  The beer garden will open promptly at 8:00am.  All runners over the age of 21 will receive a free pint of the beer at the post-race bash! Finish the race, collect your medal AND official pint glass and head on over to the beer garden to toast your success.  Prost!

Phila Massages will also be present after the race to help you relax and tend to those sore muscles. They will be offering all runners a free 5-10 minute massage following the race. Massages are free but tips are greatly appreciated for our hard working masseuses.

Live Entertainment - we will have live music courtesy of the finish line band for your listening pleasure.



All finishers will receive an official ODDyssey Half Marathon pint glass AND a finishers medal! 

Use your pint glass to toast your victory! And, when you see our medal, you will have an excuse to drag it out over and over again.

In addition to the finishers prize we will be passing out awards in the following categories: 

  • Age Group awards
  • Best costume
  • Prizes for the Top 5 men and women from Philadelphia donated by Philadelphia Runner!

 Look for other creative prizes at the post-race bash!

Cash awards are given to the top three men and women overall!


Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following categories:

Age Groups
11 to 19

20 to 24

25 to 29

30 to 34

35 to 39

40 to 44

45 to 49

50 to 54

55 to 59

60 to 64


Optional Challenges!

The ODDyssey strives to make this the most fun race of your life!  Some run for time.  Some run for beer.  But, some of us don't care about time and the beer can wait.  So, along the course, runners will find several optional challenges to make the race more fun.  Some challenges even have cool prizes.

The challenges are secret until the expo.  

Sound like fun?


Race Photos

The ODDyssey Half Marathon is proud to partner with Penn Images as the official race photographers of the 2016 race. Penn Images will photograph all athletes and make these photos available on the web a few days after the event.

Best of all, Penn Images will be providing all photos to our runners for free!

So what do you need to do?

1.   Be sure to have your race bib/number visible at all times!

2.   SMILE when you cross the finish line!

3.    Visit  view & order your photos!

Best of luck and we’ll see you at the finish line!


Will there be any registration on race day?

No, registration will close the day prior to the race at 6:00PM if not sold out earlier. (Race has sold out before the expo for last three years).

I registered but incurred an injury or am unable to run for another reason.  Can I get a refund or can my registration be transferred or defered to next year?

No, we do not offer refunds or transfers for any reason. Unfortunately, the logistics of race preparation do not permit the ODDyssey to allow deferments, transfers or refunds.

Can I use headphones or earbuds?

We ask that runners refrain from using headphones during the race. But, they are not banned. This is for safety of everyone on the course.  The ODDyssey will be run on closed  roads to ensure safety but  runners will need to be able to hear announcments from course marshals, volunteers and other runners.  Live music will be provided along the course.

Is there a course time limit? 

Yes, we have a limit of 3:15 hours on the course.  All participants must finish the 13.1 mile course in 3:15 hours or less.  To finish a half marathon in 3:15 you must keep a 15 minute per mile pace.

What if my information listed in the pre-registration list is incorrect?

Please e-mail with your name and correct information and we will do our best to correct it before Packet Pick-Up.  Run Sign Up, our registration provider, also allows you to edit your registration if you move or something changes between registration and race day. Just log into your account to make changes.

If I am progressing in the race slower than 15:00 minutes per mile, will I be removed from the race course?

The ODDyssey course is spectacular because it ventures through three of the most beautiful and popular areas of Fairmount Park.  In order to close roads, ensure the safety of the participants, and inconvenience other residents as little as possible, we must have a course time limit. Similar to other races across the country with time limits, you will be given a one mile cushion to recover and get back to the cut off or better. If you cannot recover, a race vehicle will pick you up and bring you to the finish line.

Will registration close?

The ODDyssey is growing in popularity every year, we sold out in 2012 the week before the race and one month before the race in 2014.  So, if you wait, you may miss your chance!

Where will the water stops be located?

Water stops will be located at the following mile markers for your hydrating pleasure: Mile Markers - 2, 3.5, 4.2, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5,10, 11 and 12

We will be offering Gatorade at mile 4.2 and 11!

Where can I park on race day?

We encourage all participants to take the FREE shuttle from center city. If you're driving there is ample parking available on the street and in all lots between Belmont Avenue and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Fairmount Park. Parking is free to all runners all day!

The Mann Center is a half mile away from the starting line and is easily accessible.

5201 Parkside Avenue Philadelphia, PA

Do I have to wear a costume to run?

No, but we think you're more fun if you do!!

Notice - The use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times in Fairmount Park.

FREE Shuttle will be providing a free shuttle service for all runners and spectators from the Sonesta Hotel (1800 Market Street) in center city Philadelphia.  The shuttle will transpost participants from with six trips to the starting line.


  Returning shuttle service will begin at 10:30AM and transport runners and spectators back to center city.

  Shuttles will run on a first come first serve basis and will transport as many runners as possible. 


2016 Packet Pickup date, times and location.

The ODDyssey will be holding a one-day runners' expo for all participants!  The expo will take place the Saturday prior to the race!

The expo is the primary location for runners to pick up t-shirts, timing bibs, goodie bags and other great surprises!  We will also have a variety of vendors, runners will be able to pick up race day gels, apparel and other items at the expo.   

Expo Dates and Times:

Saturday, June 11th - 10:00am-7:00pm


Dorrance Hamilton Hall

University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

What if I cannot make the expo?

We have received a lot of questions from runners who have a conflict like a wedding or a job that prevents them from coming to the Expo.  If you cannot make the expo for reasons out of your control, you have two options.

1.  Have a friend pick up your bib. - You just need to send your friend with a copy of your id and a note.

2.  Have your bib mailed to you.  We have hired a company that will mail your bib to you a week in advance.  There is a $15 fee associated with this option.  You can pay for that option when you register.

ODDyssey Race Course!