Yes, the American Cancer Society benefits through the runners' donations and pledges.
Learn how to join the American Cancer Society Charity Runner Program, and sign up, donate and send e-mails to family, friends and co-workers for donations.
If you have a story to tell about why you are participating in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, we would like to know about it. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Due to the limited amount of parking in the start area, we recommend that all runners park their cars for free near the finish area (Broad and Pattison) and take the SEPTA Broad Street Line to the start area.
The Central High School Athletic Field is located at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue located approximately one mile north of the Route 1 and North Broad Street Interchange. Board the Broad Street Line at any subway stop to get to the start. Many trains are crowded and may not stop at some locations going north (please allow enough time to get to the Broad Street Run start area).
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There are no shuttles back to the start area. However, public transportation is available on the SEPTA Broad Street Line Subway. One-way fare is two dollars ($2.00).
For public transportation information contact SEPTA at (215) 580-7800 or visit the SEPTA website.
Subway trains from Broad and Pattison will begin running at 5:30 a.m. Express trains will run continuously as soon as they become full. You should board at the Walnut/Locust stop if you are boarding from Center City.
It is in your best interest to board a train before 6:30 a.m. to allow for any delays. It takes approximately 35 minutes for local subway trains to reach the SEPTA Broad and Olney Transportation Center, which is a few blocks above the start. However, express trains when operating take about 20 minutes.
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In 2013 - Only clear plastic bags will be accepted at gear check. No back packs or unbagged garments will be accepted.
Runners are advised to read the following information carefully to avoid confusion at the start area. All gear must be checked by 8:00 a.m.
Buses will not be loaded by bib number. Each bus will have 500 Security Wristbands. When you arrive, you will be handed two matching wristbands and a sticker. You are instructed to place one wristband onto your gear bag and hand it to one of the volunteers for placement on the bus. Please make note of the bus number in which you placed your gear. The second wristband is yours to hold onto along with the sticker that matches. The wristband and sticker will have your bus number and your individual bag number printed on it so you know which bus to go to to pick up your gear.
All runners should put some form of identification inside their clear plastic bag provided by the race in case we need to ship the bag back to you after the race. Make sure that it includes your name, address and phone number so we can contact you.
Gear check buses will be located at various locations around the start area such as Olney Avenue, Old York Road and Somerville Avenue. Runners are asked to check their gear early so that buses can leave on time. When the first buses are loaded, they will depart for the Navy Yard. New buses will be opened up after the first buses are filled. Please move quickly away from the buses to allow more room for the next group of runners. Please move down the street in an orderly fashion to help our 200 volunteers do their job. This is a big task and we request that you have patience with this system.
Gear check pick-up at the Navy Yard will be located at the south end of the Marine Parade Grounds in the parking lot directly across Constitution Avenue.
You must check your gear in the bag provided by the race. Suitcases will not be accepted.
If you cannot attend the Expo, a person you designate with proof of their identification may pick up your packet for you. It would be helpful to give them your confirmation number to expedite the process of pickup.
Typical proof of identification would be one of the following:
- A letter signed by the runner authorizing the person picking up permission to do so. The pickup person should bring photo identification.
- A printout of the online confirmation if the runner registered online.
Call Island Photography 800-869-0908 or visit www.islandphoto.com.
We suggest that you check out any of the running publication websites for this type of information. Many of them are quite helpful, or join TEAM Philly:
Looking for a committed group of locals to run with at your pace? Want professional coaching? This year, join TEAM Philly Race Training led by three-time Top 5 Blue Cross Broad Street Run finisher and marathon crusher, Head Coach Ross Martinson. While Ross is an elite runner, this nine-week program is geared for beginner and intermediate runners needing to prepare for Philly's empowering 10-mile Blue Cross Broad Street Run and includes: complete training manual, coach-led runs on Kelly Drive, interactive group website, guaranteed race registration, Dri-FIT shirt, freebies/discounts, and more.
This community program is run by local fitness and wellness businesses: Philadelphia Runner, Fusion Cross-training and Excel Physical Therapy. The cost is only $75 and the group will donate a portion to Students Run Philly Style. The Team Philly Kickoff Clinic will be held Saturday February 16. Don’t be a lone wolf — run with the pack. Get complete details and join online.
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Go to www.mausatf.org.
For your safety and insurance considerations, no headsets or earphones are permitted.
You can call the Race Hotline at (215) 683-3594, or pick up the April edition of MetroKids at local day care centers and libraries, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find information at any Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department facility.
There are two ways to volunteer for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run:
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E-mail confirmations should have occurred immediately after you registered online. Confirmations will not be mailed. If you haven’t received your confirmation, your registration may not have processed. You will need to go to the Blue Cross Broad Street Run Solutions Center at the Not for Runners Only Expo.
You may also call 215-683-3594 or email email@example.com.
Some of the best places to watch the race along the race course are:
- The start area near Broad and Fisher
- North Broad Street along the Temple University Campus
- North Broad Street at Callowhill
- City Hall — West Side at Dilworth Plaza
- Broad and Walnut 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
- Finish line area inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard (bleachers)
Check out the Weather history of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.
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