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April 28, 2016

Everything you need to know about the Broad Street Run

Essential information for spectators and runners

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Broad Street Run G. Widman/Visit Philadelphia™

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philly.

On Sunday morning, about 40,000 runners will trek 10 miles through the heart of Philadelphia for the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Whether you're participating, want to watch or are trying to avoid the whole thing, here's what you need to know:

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When and where?

Sunday, May 1. The start time for the first corral – the race's fastest runners – is 8 a.m. The remaining seven corrals will start on intervals after that. Corral assignments are based on expected finish time and were emailed to runners this week. All runners should be in their proper corrals by 7:40 a.m.

The race begins at the Central High School Athletic Field at Somerville Avenue and Broad Street (duh!), with the finish line at The Navy Yard in South Philly.

Can I still register to run?

Nope, sorry. Registration closed Feb. 12.

What if I already registered?

Remember to pick up your bib and other race gear here: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F, 1101 Arch Street. Pickup will be open Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Can you show me a map that's just a long straight line?

Of course. Here's the route down Broad:

Blue Cross Broad Street Run/Website

Here is the route for the 2016 Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Organizers also have provided more detailed maps of the areas around the start and finish lines.


If you’re registered to run in the race, you get a free ride (!) on the Broad Street Line to the starting line until 9 a.m. The starting location at Central High is between the Olney Transportation Center and Logan Stations. You'll have to display your official bib number to get on the train for free.

Also, several buses will be rerouted because of the run.

The 16 Bus will operate on a detour from 4 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and a bunch of bus routes will be detoured after 7:30 a.m. until the end of the race. You'll want to check your bus' system status if you're commuting Sunday morning. Routes that will be detoured after 7:30 a.m. and more information on using SEPTA to get to the race can be found here

Where do I park?

Runners can park for free at the Stadium Complex in South Philly and take the Broad Street Line (again, also free for runners) down the starting line. Shuttle buses will take runners from The Navy Yard back to the parking lots after the race.

What roads will be closed?

All vehicles must be moved off Broad Street by midnight Saturday. If police send out more detailed road closure information, we'll update this section.

Where can I watch?

Theoretically, anywhere you can get an open view from along Broad Street is a place to watch. But the organizers do suggest a number of places for an ideal viewing experience. They are:

• The start area near Broad and Fisher streets

• North Broad Street along the Temple University Campus

• North Broad Street at Callowhill Street near the former Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer Building

• City Hall — West Side at Dilworth Plaza

• Broad and Walnut streets outside The Bellevue

• South Broad Street along the Avenue of the Arts

• South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts)

• South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School)

• South Broad Street at Bigler Street

• South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie & Pete's

• Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex

Can I track the person I’m there to watch?

Yes. You can sign up for alerts on your friend or family member’s location throughout the race by text, email, Facebook or Twitter here.

Can I watch it on TV?

Yes. NBC10 and Telemundo will broadcast the entire race for the second straight year.


It will be wet and chilly when the first runners step off. Here is the updated forecast from the National Weather Service: Periods of rain with a high near 60. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

This is really early. Where can I get coffee?

The event is sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts, so organizers are obviously encouraging spectators to grab a coffee at one of the chain's many locations along Broad Street (you can find those here.) But if you're visiting from out of town and want something unique and local, here are some other shops near the route:

La Colombe, 1414 S. Penn Square

Square One Coffee, 249 S. 13th St.

Cake and the Beanstalk, 1112 Locust St.

• Elixr Coffee Roasters, 207 S. Sydenham St.

The Last Drop Coffee House, 1300 Pine St.

• Ultimo Coffee Bar, 1900 S. 15th St.

Where's the party?

• A free tailgate with food, beer and massages will start at 9 a.m. at FDR Park. More information on that here

• There’s a free event at Frankford Hall starting a noon, hosted by ACCT Philly. They’ll be collecting donations for homeless pets, and if you RSVP on Facebook, you’ll get happy hour specials from noon to 2 p.m. 

• Three Monkeys Café in the Northeast is hosting an after party starting at 2 p.m.

• XFINITY Live! will be hosting an after party starting at 9 a.m. Admission is free for all runners. The band Bangarang will be performing

Know of an after party we left out? Let us know:

Can I pump my fists in the air like Rocky when I finish?

Please don't ah, sure, why not, you've earned it!