FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Press Contact: Maita Soukup, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, [email protected]
Ruth Stoolman, Independence Blue Cross, [email protected]
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Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Welcomes Back the 41st Annual Broad Street Run 

The nation’s largest 10 miler will take place on Sunday, October 10

 

Today Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell announced that the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Philadelphia’s premier 10 mile race, will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021. 

Over the last 40 years the Blue Cross Broad Street Run has become the largest 10 miler in the country, the largest municipal-led race, and the nation’s sixth largest road race. Like many races across the country, last year’s Broad Street Run was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Philly’s premier road race back to the city this fall,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. “The Broad Street Run is one of our city’s signature events, and we can’t wait to see everyone back on Broad Street in October. You don’t have to run to be a part of the race to enjoy the excitement of the Broad Street Run. Enjoy all the fun and festivities and the spirit of Philadelphia that makes our 10 mile race the best in the country.”

Registration 

Participants in the May 2020 Broad Street Run are guaranteed entry into this year’s race. Registration for the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run will open on July 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for those who are guaranteed entry.  All runners who are guaranteed entry must complete their registration by July 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The 2021 race fee is $57.00. 2020 participants will receive a 20 percent discount at registration. 

In the event that all spots are not filled by 2020 registrants, there will be a limited lottery to fill any remaining spots. 

“As we celebrate our 25th year of sponsorship of the iconic Blue Cross Broad Street Run, we look forward to a successful – and safe – event,” said Gregory E. Deavens, Independence president and CEO. “Our support is particularly special this year because we are not only promoting exercise and good health, but also Philadelphia’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The race will be broadcast live in its entirety on Sunday, October 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on NBC10 and Telemundo62, and streamed live on the stations’ digital platforms. 

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run began in 1980 with 1,500 runners racing the 10 miles from Broad Street and Somerville Avenue to the old JFK Stadium. The route now ends at the Navy Yard and attracts upwards of 40,000 runners. Last year, runners completed the event virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Independence Blue Cross hosts a very active Blue Cross Broad Street Run Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ibxrun10 and a popular Twitter account at @IBXRun10. Race updates are posted regularly, and runners can connect with one another, exchange training tips, and share stories.

General FAQs

(Updated July 14, 2021)

All 2020 participants will have guaranteed entry into the 2021 race. Please note that although your entry is guaranteed, you will still need to pay the race fee for the 2021 race. You will receive a 20 percent discount at registration.

Please note: THERE ARE NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
If health mandates related to a resurgence of COVID-19 compel us to cancel the October 10, 2021 Broad Street Run, we will hold a virtual run and no refunds will be issued.

When is the next Blue Cross Broad Street Run, and what is the starting time?

The next Blue Cross Broad Street Run will be held on October 10, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

The Run is in close communication with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to ensure the race is conducted with public health and safety as our top priority.

When will registration open?

Registration for the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run will open on July 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for those who are guaranteed entry.

All runners who are guaranteed entry must complete their registration by July 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

I was a team captain in 2020. I plan on running with my team in 2021. What do I need to do?

Registration instructions for team captains who are running with their team.

Use the race registration link to register:

https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/BlueCrossBroadStreetRun

(Registration opens July 15 at 12:01 a.m. EDT).

If you signed up for multiple teams and are planning on running with one team, you need to purchase your teams and then you can join the team you plan on running with after that team is purchased.

You must use the first name, last name, email, and DOB that you used last year to register when signing up as a team captain.

All teams that are not claimed by July 29, 2021 will be removed.

 

I was a team captain in 2020. I do NOT plan on running with my team in 2021. What do I need to do?

Registration instructions for team captains who are not running with their team.

If you are a company or sponsor that will purchase a team/teams on behalf of your employees you must register through this special link here.

https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/BSRTeamPurchases

(Registration opens July 15 at 12:01 a.m. EDT).

Detailed instructions on how to purchase teams are listed here:

https://runsignup.com/Race/BSRTeamPurchases/Page/BulkTeamPurchases

You must use the first name, last name, email, and DOB that you used last year to register when signing up as a team captain.

All team members must register by July 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Will the race be held in the same location?

Yes. The race will start at Broad & Fisher and finish in the Navy Yard on the Marine Parade Grounds.

Does the Blue Cross Broad Street Run benefit charity?

Yes, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run has five charity partners: the American Cancer Society, The American Association of Cancer Research, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Students Run Philly Style, and Back On My Feet.

Partners benefit through the runners’ donations and pledges.

Who do I contact if I want to share my own Blue Cross Broad Street Run experience?

If you have a story to tell about why you are participating in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, we would like to hear it. Send your story to [email protected].

Will training programs (like Team Philly Race Training and Runcoach) still be available until the new date?

Yes, both programs will be available. Go to our training page for more details.

Will the 2022 race be moved back to May?

Yes, the 2022 race will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Lottery, Deferral and Transfer FAQs

Will there be a lottery for the October 10, 2021 race?

In the event that all of the guaranteed spots are not filled, there is a possibility that we will hold a lottery for any remaining spots.

If we hold a lottery, it will open on August 1, 2021 and close on August 7, 2021.

Those who are selected will be notified by August 9, 2021 if they have been selected.

I didn’t participate in the 2020 race. Can I register for the 2021 race?

Unfortunately, we are not taking new registrants at this time due to the 2020 virtual race participants being guaranteed entry.

In the event that all of the guaranteed spots are not filled, there is a possibility that we will hold a lottery for any remaining spots.

If we hold a lottery, it will open on August 1, 2021 and close on August 7, 2021. Those who are selected will be notified by August 9, 2021 if they have been selected.

Participants with guaranteed entry can opt to transfer their bib to another runner, for a transfer fee of $15.

Additionally, our charity partners will have limited spots available. For more information, please visit the charity page on the charity page on our website.

I registered a team for the 2020 race, how will my team members register?

All team creators will be sent an e-mail with instructions on how to register.

Teams must register between July 15, 2021 and July 29, 2021.

All team members must be registered by July 29, 2021.

I was guaranteed a spot in the 2021 race but cannot attend. What are my options?

All runners who were guaranteed a spot in the 2020 race that cannot attend can either defer their entry to 2022 (you will be required to pay the 2022 registration fee during your 2022 registration with a 20% discount).

If you plan to defer your entry, no action is required on your part. We will reach out to you prior to the opening of the 2022 race with instructions on how to register.

You can register for the 2021 race and transfer your spot to another runner.

You will be refunded your entry fee through the RunSignUp system once the new runner registers.

If you transfer your bib, the new runner will be required to pay the transfer fee along with their registration fee.

**Please note, you will not be able to transfer your spot until July 30, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Covid Related FAQs

Are vaccines and mask required?

No. In accordance with guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks.

Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Make a vaccine appointment today by visiting: https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/get-vaccinated/sign-up-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine/.

Race staff are in regular communications with the Health Department to stay informed about the threat level of the virus in Philadelphia.

The health of prospective participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff is and will remain the top priority and the race will follow all applicable public health guidance at the time.

What if the in-person race on October 10th is cancelled due to COVID?

If health mandates related to a resurgence of COVID-19 compel us to cancel the October 10, 2021 Broad Street Run, we will hold a virtual run and no refunds will be issued.

Will there be any security restrictions or changes that are COVID related?

Not at this time.

Race staff are in regular communications with the Health Department to stay informed about the threat level of the virus in Philadelphia.

The health of prospective participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff is and will remain the top priority and the race will follow all applicable public health guidance at the time.

Expo Related FAQs

I can no longer attend the Expo to pick up my bib. How can I request to have it sent by mail?

Go into your RunSignUp profile to add the packet mailing option. This option closes on August 31, 2021.

When and where will the Expo be held?

The Health & Fitness Expo “Presented by Penn Medicine” will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Hall F, Philadelphia, PA  19107.

 

Event Day FAQs

What will be the best ways to get to the race?

The Central High School Athletic Field is located at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue 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 area.

Many trains are crowded and may not stop at some locations going north, so please allow enough time to get to the Broad Street Run start area

Will the race be a mass start or waves?

The race has wave starts based on your finishing time. There will be seven waves.

Will spectators be allowed along the course?

Yes, spectators are permitted along the course.

Will there be buses for gear check?

Yes, gear check buses will be provided at the start.

Will there be any provisions for the water stops?

The typical water station set up is being used for the 2021 race.

Post Race Related FAQs

Will there be post-race festival activities?

Yes, we are planning on having our traditional post race activities.

Will there be a meet up area for my family?

There will be a family meeting area on the Marine Parade Grounds in the Navy Yard.

Are spectators and families allowed at the finish line?

Yes, spectators and families are permitted at the finish line on the Marine Parade grounds.