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Phils Tavern
Quarter Marathon

The Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the Phils Tavern Quarter Marathon on Sat., July 13th at 7:30 AM - a unique race created by runners for the running community . The race course is mostly local roads, with two short sections of flat trails/cross-country grass to keep things fun! We feature flexible registration options. You pay $25 for race registration, add an optional shirt and make an optional donation to our 2019 beneficiaries: Pennypack Farm & Education Center, Salvation Army Children's Services, Wissahickon Valley Boy's & Girl's Club and Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.


Proceeds from our 2019 races will be donated to these worthy charities selected by AARC members. Please give generously.


Pennypack Farm & Education Center

Pennypack Farm & Education Center (PFEC) is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit whose mission is to Grow, Give, and Teach about organic food and sustainable agriculture. We grow seasonal vegetables using sustainable growing practices. We give thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local food cupboards, helping to provide nutritious food to community members who are food-insecure. We teach the community about the value of sustainable agriculture, where their food comes from, how to grow food organically and sustainably and how to improve family health through cooking and eating well.

In 2018, we donated over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to local organizations that serve our food-insecure neighbors. We have educated over 1,000 community members about sustainable agriculture and health-related topics.

Additional information about our organization and programs is available here.  


Salvation Army Children's Services

The Salvation Army Children’s Services provides foster care and adoption services and support programs that take a holistic approach to care and provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children we serve.
In 2019, we plan to launch our Team Is Family Sports Scholarship Program to provide access to sports for foster and adoptive children in our program. We greatly appreciate the support from the running community in funding this program for the children we serve in Montgomery County.
Children in foster care face enormous stress and difficulty in their lives, and participation in sports can give them an outlet to relieve stress, build confidence, learn important social skills and support their physical and emotional well-being. Many children entering the foster care system may not have had the opportunity to participate in a sport before, so this program will provide an important opportunity.


Wissahickon Valley Boy's & Girls Club

Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in
Ambler, PA. It is the newest branch of the North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Club, The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The organization’s activities directly involve the promotion of athletics & fitness in addition to the promotion of education, character & leadership, health & life skills, and arts & technology.
The Wissahickon Valley branch services 60 to 70 1st through 8th grade students from the Wissahickon School District. September through June, club members participate in our after school homework assistance program. During the summer months, members attend our day camp program. For more information about available club member openings, career and/or volunteer opportunities contact us at (215) 542-5856 or


Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

The founding of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association in 1957 grew out of the collective concern of area residents whose goal was to protect the land in the Watershed from the devastating effects of floods from the Wissahickon Creek. They recognized the inseparable link of land and water and adopted the protection of these natural resources as the organization’s key mission.
Today, over 1,200 acres of protected land and 21 miles of natural wooded trails are available to the public for year-round enjoyment. This Green Ribbon of walking trails begins near the headwaters in North Wales and meanders along the Wissahickon connecting with Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive, until the confluence of the Creek with the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.



Register here on Run The Day.  Registration is only $25 through July 12th.  Please note that T-shirts are available for purchase only through Sunday June, 23rd.

Early packet pick-up & in-person registration - Thursday July 11, 6-8 PM at The Phil's Tavern, 931 Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Cash or check. $30.

Race day packet pick-up & in-person registration - Sat. July 13, 6-7 AM at Temple University Ambler gym. Cash or check. $30.



Wheel measured quarter marathon course.  
Chip timing for the most accurate results.
Extra timing mat for 10K split.
Water stops.
Indoor restrooms.
Cash prizes for the top finishers.
Edible awards - Pies!!

A sumptuous breakfast provided by
The Phil's Tavern.



Awards will be presented to male and female overall winners and for first, second and third place finishers in each age group.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:
$75 to overall Male and Female
$50 to 2nd Place overall Male & Female
$25 to 3rd Place overall Male & Female
$50 to Top Male & Female Masters
Pies!! for age group winners

Our Sponsors

We thank our sponsors who regularly support AARC, our races and our race beneficiaries.
Click here for a description of sponsorship levels and benefits or to print a registration form. Click here to register onine as a sponsor for either or both of our annual races.


Training Runs

Phil's training runs are Sundays at 7:30AM beginning May 12th. It's a great way to get to know the course and meet other local runners. We'll meet in front of the red barn for a quick photo and run the first mile together before splitting up into different pace groups. Group leaders make sure that everyone stays on course and finds their way back to the starting area without incident. Here's a link to the course map.

Countdown to Race Day


Temple University Ambler 
580 Meetinghouse Rd
Ambler, PA 19002


Howard Cohen, Race Director
Mobile: 267-679-9657

Race Day Instructions 

Directions to the Temple University Ambler Campus are available here.  When you reach the campus please park in the student parking lot.  There are entrances to the student parking lot on both Meetinghouse Rd. and on Butler Pike.  Volunteers will be available to provide directions and answer any questions.