Calling all runners: Broad Street Run Opens Lottery for Fall 2021 Race

General registration opens Sunday August 1 for a chance to be part of the nation’s largest 10 mile road race this October


PHILADELPHIA — Today, the City of Philadelphia announced that it will open a general registration lottery on August 1 for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run. This year the Blue Cross Broad Street Run will take place on Sunday, October 10.

Anyone interested in taking part in the 10-mile race should register interest at starting 12:01 a.m. Sunday, August 1. Registration will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, August 7, and selected runners will be alerted of their status by email on Monday, August 9. The registration fee is $57.

Due to the global pandemic, 2021 is the first time the Broad Street Run will take place in the fall. The City expects the run will return to its traditional date on the first Sunday of May in 2022.

“We can’t wait to welcome runners, spectators, and volunteers back to be part of one of our City’s greatest sporting traditions,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “The 2021 Broad Street Run will be held in October this year, but that is where the differences end. Runners and fans can expect the familiar traditions and sense of community that has characterized this incredible race for the last four decades.”

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 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.


Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through stewardship of nearly 10,200 acres of public land and waterways, and management of 500 recreation buildings, 166 miles of trail, and 250 playgrounds. PPR offers safe,  enjoyable  recreation, environmental and cultural programs and events throughout Philadelphia’s parks and recreation system. PPR promotes the well-being and growth of the city’s residents by connecting them to the natural world, to each other and to fun, physical and social opportunities.

In 2017, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, set about implementing the park system’s first strategic plan: Our Path to 2020 and Beyond. As a result, PPR is undertaking a period of historic change, setting the department on a course to become a modern, equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system. Visit us at, and follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.