Our goal at the Philadelphia Weekend is to bring the active diabetes community together – in person – to partake in learning opportunities, camaraderie, and a variety of race distances for the whole family. Not sure if you’re ready to break a sweat with us? Take a look at our beginner’s 8k walking plan or join us at our Saturday Symposium.
Event Overview |
Attending the Philadelphia Weekend? Download the participant guide.
Our goal at the Philadelphia Weekend is to bring the active diabetes community together – in person – to partake in learning opportunities, camaraderie, and a variety of race distances for the whole family. Not sure if you’re ready to break a sweat with us? Take a look at our beginner’s 8k walking plan or join us at our Saturday Symposium. Download the event flyer OR download the participant guide.
Member Benefits |
Become an IN Member today and receive complimentary admission to the Saturday Symposium.
For those wishing to cheer on race participants, Insulindependence will meet 45 minutes prior to each race at the Northwest Eakins Fountain. See the participant guide for a map. Check back for details and follow @IN_Revolution for updates.
Previous Years |
Insulindependence became an official charity of the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012. Our team represented over ten states and had participants in all race distances.
The Philadelphia Weekend is an opportunity to network with other people living an active life with diabetes, learn new strategies for race day, and celebrate your accomplishments. Join us at one or all of the following events! Fundraisers and IN Members receive complimentary admission to the Saturday Symposium.
|Friday, November 15|
7:00 p.m. Casual Dinner at El Vez
|Saturday, November 16|
7:30 a.m. Rothman 8k
10:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run
11:00 a.m. Casual no-host lunch at the Tenth Floor Grill at the Hilton Garden Inn
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Northeast Symposium on Diabetes and Exercise
|Sunday, November 17|
7:00 a.m. Philadelphia Marathon/Half-Marathon race start
Northeast Symposium on Diabetes and Exercise |
Join Insulindependence and special guests for an afternoon of learning and networking. Meet the 2013 Insulindependence Athletic Achievement Award Winner, gain knowledge for beginner and experienced athletes, and learn more about the artificial pancreas project from a study participant.
Saturday, November 16 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration & Expo | 1:00 p.m.
Symposium begins | 1:30 p.m.
Granola bars, fruit, water, iced tea, and coffee to be provided.
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City
1100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration is free for all Insulindependence members and $20 for non-members. Please register in advance, as seating is limited.
Speakers and Sessions |
Scottsdiabetes.com, 2013 Insulindependence Athletic Achievement Award Winner
The Everyday Hero | 1:30 p.m.
You have diabetes? And you do what it takes to survive each and every day? You’re an everyday hero, too! Add exercise to the mix?! Watch out now! You’re taking your game to the next level! Let’s take a break, reflect a bit, and talk about how awesome you really are.
Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE
Owner and Clinical Director, Integrated Diabetes Services LLC, AADE 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year, Author of Think Like A Pancreas
The WHY’S & HOW’S of BG Management During Sports & Exercise | 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Managing glucose levels during sports & exercise is one of the greatest challenges we face. This session focuses on the role glucose levels play in physical performance, as well as effective strategies for optimizing glycemic control during all forms of physical activity.
Networking & Expo | 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments as you visit exhibitors and connect with other athletes living with diabetes.
Community Outreach Manager at the T1D Exchange
The Bionic Pancreas: Experiential Learning Through Glu | 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Anna will discuss her perspective and experience while participating in the Beacon Hill Study using a Bionic Pancreas for 5 days. Anna will then incorporate her work with the T1D Exchange/Glu to cover the importance of understanding the value of online research and community participation in helping turn research into reality.
Dr. Matt Corcoran, MD, CDE
CEO, Diabetes Training Camp; Medical Director, Joslin Diabetes Affiliate at Atlanticare
Seven Must Haves for the Endurance Athlete With Type 1 Diabetes | 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
The expo hall will be open during the entirety of the event, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with most attendees visiting the exhibitors during 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Exhibitors may set up at 12:30 p.m.
This portion of the Philadelphia Weekend is hosted by Diabetes DESTINY. Youth will be encouraged to check their blood sugar before and after the race. Families will gather for lunch and a learning opportunity about diabetes management and nutrition related to exercise.
|Featuring Marcus Grimm ||
|Marcus Grimm has been thriving with Type 1 diabetes since 1984. A marathoner and ultra runner who has qualified for and completed the Boston Marathon, he completed his first one hundred mile race in 2013. He was the 2011 Amateur Athlete of the Year for Team Type 1, and currently coaches for Diabetes Training Camp. He lives with his wife and children in Lancaster, PA and blogs about his experiences at www.pumprunner.com.|
Insulindependence members are eligible to receive a free Kids Fun Run race entry. A limited number of entries are available. To register, please contact Diabetes DESTINY at email@example.com.
Run/Walk Philadelphia with Scott Johnson! Scott is a self-proclaimed “Average everyday guy wrestling with type 1 diabetes and finding a way to stay active.” Recently, he completed a 102-mile bike ride and continues to play basketball every day to keep his diabetes under control. Scott is an internationally recognized diabetes advocate and winner of the 2013 Insulindependence Athletic Achievement Award.
8k Team Benefits |
- Free training plan and Training Peaks account for logging your workouts
- Access to other participants via Facebook group
- Complimentary admission to the Saturday Dinner Symposium
- No fundraising requirement
- Insulindependence singlet to wear on race day
- Opportunity to share your stories and photos - submit here
- Spectator’s cheering section at 8k, Kids Fun Run, half and full marathon
Download the plan that fits you best.
Join the Philadelphia Weekend Facebook group. Learn from your peers, share strategies, ask questions, and get to know your teammates before race day.
Insulindependence half and full marathon team members raise funds to support our mission of uniting, expanding, and supporting the active diabetes community. To thank our fundraisers, we provide complimentary benefits.
The minimum fundraising goal for the Insulindependence team is $250.
*Race entry must be purchased directly from the Philadelphia Marathon.
Benefits for Fundraisers |
|$250||Complimentary admission to the Northeast Symposium on Diabetes and Exercise
Insulindependence Race Singlet
|$2,000||Hotel reimbursement up to $150 per night for two nights|
All fundraisers will be asked to place a $25 deposit which will be collected within seven business days after registration to reserve their place on our roster.
|Join our Team ||
|STEP 1: Purchase your race entry from the Philadelphia Marathon (Half Marathon is sold out)|
|STEP 2: Register as a Fundraiser or Pay Now to complete fundraising goal at time of registration|
|STEP 3: RSVP for Weekend Events|
Event Guests |
(not planning to race)
|Pay Now and RSVP for Weekend Events *|
*IN members receive complimentary admission to the Saturday Symposium
We are pleased to provide training plans through Training Peaks and Coach Jim Vance. Insulindependence offers 12 week half-marathon plans and 20 week full marathon plans for both beginners and intermediate runners. Twelve week plans start on August 25, 2013 and twenty week plans start on June 30, 2013. Half marathon plans are $45 and full marathon plans are $55.
Half Marathon Plans $45
12 Week Beginner Half-Marathon Plan (Begins August 25)
12 Week Intermediate Half-Marathon Plan (Begins August 25)
Marathon Plans $55
20 Week Beginner Marathon Plan (Begins June 30)
20 Week Intermediate Marathon Plan (Begins June 30)
Insulindependence events are made possible by our volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering on our Philadelphia Race Planning Committee or on the day of the event, please contact our Clinical and Outreach Coordinator.
Insulindependence welcomes event participants from across the United States and beyond. Please consider the following suggestions for travel and accommodations. If you would like to stay with the team at our preferred hotel, please do not delay in making your reservation, as space is limited.
By Air: Philadelphia International Airport
By Train: Amtrak stops at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, just minutes from Center City.
By Car: 2 hours from New York, 90 minutes from Baltimore and 2.5 hours from D.C.
Hotel: Insulindependence has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia City Center for November 15-17, 2013. Reservations should be made as soon as possible, as availability is limited. Reservations are available by calling AC Reservations at 877-643-0047. Please ask for Pat or Nancy.
2 Double Beds $189/night; 2 night minimum. Booking code: 22038
1 King Bed: $189/night; 2 night minimum. Booking code: 22036
For more information on hotels, lodging, and transportation please see the Philadelphia Marathon Website.
How do I become a fundraiser?
Fundraisers may set up their fundraising page here.
How do I register for the symposium?
Event registration is available here.
If I’m fundraising do I have to register for other events?
No, fundraisers are given complimentary admission into events and do not need to register again. Please do register friends and family members who will be attending the events with you.
If I’m fundraising does my spouse, significant other, child or friend have to pay to attend the symposium?
Yes, only the fundraiser’s admission is complimentary. However, have your family members sign up for an IN membership! IN members also receive complimentary admission. Please sign up for membership here.
I fundraised more than the minimum amount; does my spouse, significant other, child or friend still have to pay to attend the Saturday Symposium?
Yes, donations received on your Insulindependence fundraising page are tax deductible and cannot be applied to any “goods and services” received – symposium tickets fall in this category. However, have your family members sign up for an IN membership! IN members also receive complimentary admission. Please sign up for membership here.
I donated a lot to a friend’s donation page; do I still have to pay for the Saturday Symposium?
Yes, donations received on your Insulindependence fundraising page are tax deductible and cannot be applied to any “goods and services” received – symposium tickets fall in this category. IN members also receive complimentary admission, Please sign up here.
I think I can fundraise for one of the higher levels ($250 or $2,000) but don’t know if I can meet the goal, will I be held to this?
No. Fundraisers will be given a visor and/or hotel reimbursement based on meeting those minimums, but will not be charged anything above $150 ($175 minus $25 deposit) if the goals are not met.
What if I want to simply pay the full fundraising goal?
You may do that. Please select the “pay now” option.
How will Insulindependence charge my $25 deposit?
When registering to fundraise on Stay Classy, you will be asked to provide your credit card information. Insulindependence will charge the $25 deposit to that card within seven business days.
How will Insulindependence hold me to the fundraising minimum?
Insulindependence will charge the remaining amount to the credit card used to make your deposit, roughly five days before the event.
The fundraising goal is $250, does that include deposit?
Yes, your $25 deposit is applied to your fundraising campaign, so you are only responsible for an additional $225.
Is my $25 deposit tax deductible?
No, this money is used to reserve your dinner symposium ticket, making it so that “goods and services” will be received, disqualifying the $25 from tax deductability.
Does my fundraising include race registration?
Fundraising does not include race registration. Please register on the Philadelphia Marathon website.
I want to fundraise but don’t want to run in the race. Is that okay?
Yes, of course! Thank you for your support. However, we welcome beginners to walk or run the race with us as well!
What events does the Philadelphia Marathon offer?
All of the events can be found on the Philadelphia Marathon Website.
Do I have to have diabetes to participate?
Of course not, we appreciate support and participation from anyone at our Regional Events. In fact in Carlsbad, CA nearly half of our 108 runners at the 2012 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon did not have diabetes.
I’m not currently an Insulindependence member, can I still fundraise or participate?
Yes, however, there is a free membership option! Members receive complimentary admission to the symposium. Please sign up here.
What will my fundraising support?
Please see our donations FAQ.
I started a fundraising page but am not sure how to manage it (change the picture, edit my profile, tell people my story).
Insulindependence hosts fundraising pages through Stay Classy, they have a very helpful tool kit for editing and managing your fundraising page here.
Can I fundraise as a team?
Yes, team fundraising is encouraged. Having others help your fundraising is a great way to earn more donations. You can find more about that on the Stay Classy website. However, because only one deposit was taken there is still only one spot reserved for the symposium and Saturday dinner and one singlet provided. This is to comply with IRS rules. Donations received on your Insulindependence fundraising page are tax deductible and cannot be applied to any “goods and services” received – dinner tickets fall in this category. Please purchase additional tickets for your additional fundraisers here.
I fundraised, but can’t attend all the events, is that a problem?
We will miss you, but of course this is not a problem. We encourage everyone to attend the events to get to know one another, but don’t worry, you are still on the team.
Where will I pick up my running singlet? (and visor for those above $500)
Running singlets for the Kid’s Fun Run and Rothman 8k can be picked up at the dinner on Friday. Half Marathon and Marathon singlets can also be picked up at the dinner symposium on Saturday.
I can’t attend the dinner, can I get my running singlet in the morning at the race?
Insulindependence will have a very limited selection of running singlets during the group picture the morning of the race, meaning not all runners may be able to pick up a jersey. We encourage all runners receiving a running singlet to pick up his/her jersey at the dinner.
Is there an age limit?
We encourage people of all ages to join us. Please check with the race to make sure you are old enough to compete, but there are no age restrictions to being a fundraiser or part of the team for Insulindependence.
What if I have an additional question not answered above?
Please contact the Insulindependence Clinical and Outreach Coordinator.