Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon Race Report – Devora Courtney

Race: Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon

Runner: Devora Courtney

Race Date: 03/26/2023

Location: Philly, PA

Results: 1:57:29

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

This race has a fun energy, beautiful course, and is very accessible. It also has a 7.6km option for folks who do not want to run a half.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

The race is advertised as fast and flat but actually has some challenging hills in unexpected places. Mile 10 is not a fun place for a hill!

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

This is a race where running tangents really matter and that’s not something I have significant experience with. Lots of turns especially in the first half of the race.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I ran another sub-2 half in less than 3 months which has never happened for me. I went in looking to have fun and try a new course. Even though I finished a few minutes slower than anticipated, I really enjoyed getting out of NYC!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

The second half of the course is harder than the first. I wasn’t as prepared for the few hills and where they were on the course and that threw my pacing off. Also, run the tangents. If you do that well, let me know! I need help!

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Keep working on not going out too quickly. I got frustrated trying to follow a pacer who was weaving and that led to me. Also, pee a final time before the corrals. No lines for the potty but a final trip would have prevented me from holding my pee from Mile 2 on.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Many sharp turns in the beginning. Surprise hill at Mile 5 and another hill at Mile 10.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?


Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Not necessarily. I had a tough time in the second half because I wasn’t pacing properly.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Very well organized and great swag!

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Never pay attention.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Fairly available until right before the race.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Standard and frequent fare.

Weather and typical race conditions

It was 50 on Sunday.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Typical road race! I always run with a handheld and gels.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?


How’s the Swag?

Great! Mug, Shirt, Beer for those who want!

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?