Phils Tavern
Quarter Marathon

The Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the Phils Tavern Quarter Marathon on Sat., July 11th 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 for race registration, add an optional shirt and make an optional donation to our 2020 beneficiaries: Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Salvation Army Children's Services, CHOP 22q and You Center and Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it impacts races and other organized activities in the area. In early June we will determine if we can hold the race as scheduled, postpone or cancel. At that time we'll provide options for all who have already registered. Thank you to all who support AARC, our race sponsors and our annual beneficiaries. Stay safe and follow the guidance of our state and local governments to help control the outbreak.

Online registration is temporarily closed.


Proceeds from our 2020 races will be donated to these worthy charities selected by AARC members. Please give generously.

Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard

The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard offers food, clothing, employment assistance/job help/resume building, medical referrals, housing referrals and emergency financial assistance.
We are a 501 C (3) non-profit food pantry located in Montgomery County. For over 40 years, the Cupboard has relied on the generosity of the people in the communities we serve. We do not receive federal funding and raise all of our operating costs thru the support of local fundraising efforts.
The Cupboard serves Ambler, North Hills and some of the surrounding area. We offer a once-a-month food supplement to families who fall below the Montgomery County Poverty level. The Cupboard serves one-person-households to large families, most of whom do not have enough income to purchase ample food supplies. Our assistance is available to anyone who lives in our service area and qualifies financially for assistance. We currently help over 3,000 families per year with food, clothing & other services and the number is climbing.

Salvation Army Children's Services

The Salvation Army Children's Services: Foster Care and Adoption Program helps connect children with safe, loving
homes and families. We offer a variety of foster care and adoption services as well as ongoing training, support
services and enrichment activities to help kids from hard places thrive. Our HALO Project 10-week intensive therapy
program helps bring healing to foster and adoptive families struggling with the impacts of childhood trauma. Although
The Salvation Army is a large organization, our Foster Care & Adoption Program is small in size, which allows us to get
to know each family personally so we can meet their needs at a higher level and give each child the special attention
they deserve.

Chop 22q and You Center

The 22q and You Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is an internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of children with a deletion or duplication of the 22q11.2 chromosome — the underlying cause of the medical problems associated with several conditions. Founded following the development of the breakthrough laboratory test to identify submicroscopic deletions on chromosome 22 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1992, the 22q and You Center is also on the cutting edge of research dedicated to a better understanding of the condition and the development of new treatments.
Children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletions or duplication syndrome often have multiple health problems, such as: heart defects, cleft palate, feeding difficulties, immune system problems, growth problems, a unique pattern of learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, autism and more. Families come from all over the world to work with our multidisciplinary team of experts. At CHOP, we not only treat children’s symptoms, we also care about how those health challenges affect the lives of everyone in the family.

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.  

Register Feb 22nd through Feb 29th for only $20!

Please note that T-shirts are available for purchase only through Sunday June, 21st.

Early packet pick-up & in-person registration - Thursday July 9, 6-8 PM at The Phil's Tavern, 931 Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Cash or check. $40.

Race day packet pick-up & in-person registration - Sat. July 11, 6-7 AM at Temple University Ambler gym. Cash or check. $40.


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. Proceeds from our two annual races allow us to make generous donations to non-profit organizations in the community and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at local high schools.

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.