Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
The virtual run is open to all runners registered for the October 10 road race
PHILADELPHIA: Today Philadelphia Parks & Recreation announced that proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for in-person participation in the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run. The vaccination requirement is based on guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. All registered runners have the option to participate in the 2021 virtual run.
The Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Philadelphia’s premier 10-mile race, will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, this year’s race will require proof of vaccination for all in-person runners and volunteers to ensure athletes’ safety and promote public health.
All registered participants who want to run in-person need to have their COVID-19 vaccination series completed by Sunday, September 26, 2021. Proof of vaccination will need to be provided to run organizers by Friday, October 8, 2021. Race organizers will email all registered runners in the coming weeks with a step-by-step process to simply upload vaccination records through a secure online registration system.
“The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is an annual opportunity for Philadelphians to celebrate the health and vitality of our community,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. “Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the single most important thing any of us can do this year to keep runners and our community safe.”
Other new COVID-19 safety measures in place to keep runners and participants safe this fall will include:
The October 8th and 9th Blue Cross Broad Street Run Expo is limited to registered runners only.
Spectators will not be permitted at the start of the race or the finish line.
Spectators are strongly discouraged from attending the race in person, but they can watch live on NBC10.
Activities along the race route (such as cheer zones) will be suspended.
Race organizers will remain in close contact with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to ensure all appropriate health protocols are in place on race day. Organizers will also continue to monitor health conditions as we approach the race day.
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 Blue Cross Broad Street Run was held virtually due to 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. The 2022 race will return to its traditional date, the first Sunday of May.
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.
Pre Race Related Questions
(Updated August 27, 2021)
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccination?
Vaccinations are available at City-run vaccine clinics, pop-up vaccine clinics, and partner vaccine clinics throughout Philadelphia.
Blue Cross Broad Street Run partner ACME Markets will host four free vaccination clinics. Please look for future social posts and the website, www.broadstreetrun.com, for the date and location announcements.
Pharmacies across the city and region offer COVID-19 vaccine. Most local pharmacies will give second shots to people who are due or overdue, regardless of where you got your first dose. Check with your local pharmacy for details. More information can be found at the Department of Public Health COVID-19 vaccine website.
Will there be an expo this year?
Yes. Attendance is limited to fully vaccinated registered runners and volunteers. Masks will be required. Family members and supporters are not permitted in the Expo this year.
Will proof of vaccination be required to attend the expo?
Yes, all runners must submit proof of vaccination by October 8 to attend the Expo and in-person race.
When is the latest I can upload my completed vaccination card to be eligible for the in-person race?
Your vaccination series must be complete by September 26. The Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine is one dose. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks afterward. Learn more about Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose. Learn more about the Moderna vaccine and Pfizer vaccine.
You must upload your vaccination card by October 8 to ensure participation in the 2021 in-person race. Registered runners who do not complete this step will be able to complete the virtual race option.
When will we get instructions on how to submit our vaccine cards?
Race organizers will email all registered runners in the coming weeks with a step-by-step process to simply upload vaccination records through a secure online registration system.
What about runners under 12, who are ineligible for the vaccine?
Race organizers will offer pre-race COVID testing options to the handful of registered runners ineligible for the vaccination due to age.
Will masks be required?
Masks are required for runners at the Expo, at the start of the race, and at the finish line. Masks are required throughout for all staff and volunteers. Preparations will align with evolving guidance and requirements from the Department of Public Health.
Will proof of vaccination be required?
Yes, runners and volunteers will be required to show proof of vaccination by October 8 in order to participate in the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run in person. The virtual race is available to all registered runners.
Will the Dunkin’ Munchkin Run and children’s activities be available for families of runners this year?
No, the Children’s Zone, diaper dash, and other race day activities and amenities will be suspended to discourage spectators gathering.
Post Race Related Questions
(Updated August 27, 2021)
Will there be post-race festival activities?
No, traditional post-race activities are suspended to discourage spectators and keep runners safe.
Will there be a meet up area for my family?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a family meeting area at the finish line this year.
Are spectators and families allowed at the finish line?
Spectators and families are encouraged to cheer runners on virtually this year, by tuning into the livestream online or on NBC10. Spectators are strongly discouraged from attending the run in person this year.
Independence Blue Cross is the proud sponsor of Philly's premier 10 mile race, conducted by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department.