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Race and Course Information

The Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run course is a 10-mile, point-to-point course. Runner’s World named it one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country. Race start time is 7:30 a.m.

The 2024 Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run Official Race Guide comes in three formats for your convenience – you can view as a digital brochure, download as a PDF to your phone, or view as a webpage.

Maps

Text “RUNPHL” to 888-777 for free Blue Cross Broad Street Run text alerts. Stay informed about the weather, emergencies and race alerts!

The start area is located on the Central High School Field grounds at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue.

Changing corrals

Changing corrals

Anyone who wishes to move to a slower corral is free to line up with that later start group. If you would like to move to a faster corral, please bring your bib to the Corral Change Table at the Expo so it can be modified for admittance.

Runners who line up in faster corrals without visiting the Corral Change Table first may be disqualified.

Confirming your 2024 participation status

Confirming your 2024 participation status

You can confirm your participation status by going to our registration status page.

Road closures

Road closures

Phased road closures for the race will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday. No parking will be permitted on Broad Street on Sunday, May 5, from Olney Avenue to the Navy Yard from 2 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The race start area on Broad Street from Olney Avenue to Windrim Avenue will close to traffic at 4 a.m., and Broad Street from Windrim Avenue to Erie Avenue will close at 7 a.m. The remainder of the course along Broad Street will close to traffic at 7:45 a.m.

The following off-ramps on I-76 will be closed on Sunday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Westbound I-76, Exit #349 (PA-611 – Broad Street / Sports Complex) to 1300 Pollock Street

* Eastbound I-76, Exit #349 (PA-611 – Broad Street / Sports Complex) to 1400 Curtin Street

The following off-ramps on I-95 will be closed on Sunday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Northbound / Southbound I-95 (Exit #17)

Roads will reopen as they are cleared and serviced. The City expects the course to reopen by noon. The Philadelphia Police Department will be assigned to the detours around the run route to assist motorists. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas along the race course, allow for extra driving time, and proceed with caution during the race.

Pedestrians can expect delays when trying to cross roads or streets along the race course. Police will allow pedestrian traffic through intersections when possible, depending on the flow of race participants.

Prior to Sunday, “No Parking” signs will be posted at the starting area, along the race course, and in the center median of Broad Street. City of Philadelphia “No Parking” regulations will be strictly enforced. All vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning on Saturday evening, May 4.

Information about public transportation options is available on SEPTA’s website.

Parking
There is no parking available in the start area. Participants can park their cars for free in the Sports Complex parking lots (Broad Street and Pattison Avenue) and take the SEPTA Broad Street Line to the start area.

All vehicles must be removed from the Sports Complex by 12 p.m. to prepare for Phillies Gameday Operations.

Run 411

Run 411

Take the guesswork out of race day with these helpful tips.

Start time: The race start time is 7:30 a.m.

Runner tracking: Tell your loved ones to track your progress. Register at broadstreetrun.com/tracking to receive alerts when you cross the 3-, 5-, and 7-mile markers, and the finish line.

Get instant results: When you cross the finish line, scan the QR code on your race bib with your smartphone to get your race results.

Wave to the folks at home! Once again, NBC10 will broadcast the entire race live from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Getting to the start

Getting to the start

The start area is located on the Central High School Field grounds at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue. You have several options to get there on race day.

Coming from inside the city: The Broad Street Line is the best way to get to the start area — free of charge! Simply show your race bib to the cashier at any Broad Street Line station. Check iSEPTAPhilly.com/broadstreetrun for more information.

Coming from outside the city: For those taking Regional Rail or the Market-Frankford Line from outside the city to Suburban Station, you can hop on the Broad Street Line at City Hall Station. If you’re taking PATCO from New Jersey, get off at the 12th/13th & Locust Street Station and walk two blocks west to the Broad & Locust Station on the Broad Street Line.

If you plan on driving from outside of the city, you should park at one of the following locations:

  • The Stadium Complex (Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park parking lots only)
  • Center City (and use any Broad Street Line station)

Please don’t plan to park near the start area, as no parking is available. There is also no parking on Pattison Avenue. Normal parking restrictions will be enforced.

Once you’ve parked, take the Broad Street Line at NRG Station near the Stadium Complex for FREE.

All trains travel north to the Olney Transportation Center, right by the start area.

Using rideshare: Please have your driver drop you off at either:

  • Broad Street and Chew Avenue
  • Ogontz and Somerville Avenues

Tips for drivers

  • Runners should carpool.
  • Arrive early — Stadium Complex lots will open by 5:00 a.m. and close as they are filled.
  • Please dispose of all trash before you leave.
  • All vehicles need to be removed from the Sports Complex lots by 12 p.m. to prepare for Phillies gameday operations.
Start area

Start Area

Gear check: Use the clear plastic bags you received at the Expo to check your gear for FREE.

Here’s how gear check works:

  • Put some form of identification, including your name, address, and phone number, inside your bag in case we need to contact you after the race. We won’t accept garments outside of the bag.
  • Find a gear check bus located around the start area, including Olney Avenue, Old York Road, and Somerville Avenue. Consult the 2024 Start Area map for specific locations.

2024 Start Area

  • Check your gear by 7:00 a.m.
  • Attach one wristband to your bag and give your bag to the gear volunteer. Keep the second wristband and sticker with you. You will need these to help you find your bus and claim your bag at the finish area.
  • Remember the bus number in which you checked your gear because buses will not be loaded by bib number.
  • Pick up your gear in the finish area. Consult the maps below for specific locations.

2024 Finish Line (detailed)

We will not accept any personal backpacks or other large bags at gear check on race day; you must have a clear bag. For your safety and the safety of others, all bags will be subject to inspection.

Please do not leave personal items at the start line. Any item you do not want to take with you on your run must be placed in a clear plastic bag and checked

Stay informed on race day: Sign up for free emergency alerts from the Office of Emergency Management by texting RunPHL to 888-777.

Sunday morning mass for runners

Sunday Morning Mass for Runners

Once again this year, our friends at Our Lady of Hope Church (5200 North Broad Street) are holding a Mass for our participants at 6:30 a.m. on race morning.

Restrooms and water

Restrooms and water

There will be more than 500 portable toilets at the start. Please allow yourself enough time to use the facilities before the start of the race.

Please remember to hydrate before the race. You can also get water from various locations with blue water flags at the start area and along the course.

Safety and security

Safety and security

If you see anything suspicious, notify a law enforcement officer or call 911.

Sign up for free emergency alerts by texting RunPHL to 888-777.

If your vehicle is relocated, please call your local PPD District Headquarters or 3-1-1. Do not call 9-1-1 for towed vehicles.

SEPTA riders are encouraged to download the Transit Watch mobile app to report security or safety concerns to SEPTA Transit Police.

The Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run and associated events are a “No Drone Zone.” Drone use is prohibited during this event. Please report any drone sightings to the nearest Philadelphia Police Officer.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting). This will include firearms, knives, pepper spray, etc. NOTE: Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will not be permitted into the venue.
  • Fireworks (includes flammable liquids, fuels or explosives)
  • Suitcases
  • Bulky items or packages larger than 12”x12”x6”
  • Containers (glass, aluminum or otherwise) that can hold more than 1 liter of liquid. (Water bottles & baby bottles are permitted). NOTE:  Other than baby bottles, NO glass containers of any size are permitted!
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or illicit substances of any kind
  • Bicycles or scooters
  • Facial costume masks of any kind (except religious headwear).

NOTE:  Persons entering the secured zone may wear a COVID prevention mask covering both their nose and mouth.  Security personnel will NOT deny entry to persons wearing this mask.

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS/Drones)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Props (includes flagpoles, military or fire gear, sporting equipment or other hard objects)
  • Coolers (hard sided; plastic, metal, etc.). NOTE: Soft sided coolers ARE PERMITTED!  Must be hand searched at the entry gate.
  • Large umbrellas (i.e. Beach Umbrellas)
  • Animals or reptiles (Exception: ADA defined service animals (only dogs; refer to ADA fact sheet, below) are permitted for spectators only. No animals are allowed on the race course(s))

DISCOURAGED ITEMS

  • Large blankets, comforters or sleeping bags
  • Backpacks, handbags or shoulder bags of any kind (clear plastic participant bags are permitted)
  • Action cameras

NOTERunners, event staff/vendors, and emergency personnel will be permitted to enter the secured zones at the start & finish areas. After 7:30 AM, spectators will only be permitted to enter the Marine Parade Grounds from the north end (Intrepid Avenue side).

NOTE:  All persons entering this venue will be screened by security agents equipped with hand-held magnetometers.

NOTE:  All items being carried into the venue will be thoroughly searched by security agents at each checkpoint.

Service Animal Fact Sheet

Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.

Emotional support*, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are NOT considered service animals under the ADA. While there are different regulations for these types of animals under legislation such as the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, which covers public spaces, only recognizes task-trained service animals under the law.

* The ADA makes a distinction between psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals. If the dog has been trained to sense that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack or lessen its impact, that would qualify as a service animal. However, if the dog’s mere presence provides comfort, that would not be considered a service animal under the ADA.

In situations where it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions:

  • Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Staff are NOT allowed to request any documentation for the dog, require that the dog demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability. The ADA does NOT require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.

The ADA requires that service animals be under the control of the handler at all times.  If a particular service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or if it is not housebroken, that animal may be excluded. In most instances, the handler will be the individual with a disability or a third party who accompanies the individual with a disability. The service animal must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered while in public places unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the person’s disability prevents use of these devices. In that case, the person must use voice, signal, or other effective means to maintain control of the animal. The dog could be off leash to do its job but may be leashed at other times. Under control also means that a service animal should not be allowed to bark repeatedly in a lecture hall, theater, library, or other quiet place.

However, if a dog barks just once, or barks because someone has provoked it, this would NOT mean that the dog is out of control. If a service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises.

Source: https://www.ada.gov/resources/service-animals-faqs/

Missing children and lost items

Missing Children and Lost Items

Missing children: If a child is missing, please report this to the nearest Philadelphia Police Officer as soon as possible. All lost children will also be taken to the Information Tent (near the awards stage on the Marine Parade Grounds) where they will remain for 45 to 60 minutes. After that time, lost children will be escorted to the Philadelphia Police Department Central Division until reunification can be made with a parent or guardian.

It’s always a smart idea to take a photo of your children before attending a public event and have the child memorize the cell phone of their parent or guardian.

Lost items: During the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run, lost items can be dropped off at the Information Tent (near the awards stage on the Marine Parade Grounds). All items will be collected and remain in possession of Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run staff. Anyone seeking to reclaim lost items can do so at the information tent. After event hours, you can contact the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run at ([email protected] | 215-683-3594).

Start corrals

Start Corrals

We use a corralled wave system at the start of the race. Your corral assignment is based on the anticipated finish time you provided at registration. Runners must be in their corrals by 7:10 a.m.

Start times

  • Wheelchairs: 7:25 a.m.
  • Elite athletes and first wave: 7:30 a.m.
  • After the first wave, the next waves will start every three to five minutes

2024 Start Corals with pace times

Runner tracking

Runner Tracking

The Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run offers tracking to friends and family as athletes cross timing equipment on the course and finish line.

Family and friends can track the progress of athletes this year with either email notifications or push notifications on their web browser.

No app download is required and there is no set-up required by the runner.

Part A: Adding an athlete to be tracked

  1. Go to http://results.xacte.com/?mid=58
  2. Click on the “TRACKERS” tab (upper left hand corner on desktops) or the four parallel bars (upper left hand corner on mobile).
  3. Enter the name of the athlete you would like to track and click on their name.
  4. If you wish to receive email notifications, click on NOTIFICATIONS and enter your email address.
  5. Congratulations! You’ve added them to the list of people you are tracking. You can track multiple people by typing in additional names.
  6. Once you have your list of tracked runners, go to part B.

 

Part B (Sunday): Following tracked athletes on the course on race day with push notifications on your web browser (“Maptrack”).

  1. On Sunday, go to http://results.xacte.com/?mid=58
  2. Click on the four parallel bars on the upper left hand corner and click on “Maptrack” (mobile) or click on “Maptrack” on the navigation (desktop).
  3. You will then receive push notifications on your web browser as your tracked athletes pass the various splits along the course.

Shriners Children’s Fun Zone and Shriners Children’s Run

Shriners Children’s Fun Zone and Shriners Children’s Run

Shriners Children’s Fun Zone and Shriners Children’s Run at the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run are back!

Once again, the whole family is welcome on race day to the Shriners Children’s Fun Zone and Shriners Children’s Run at the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Bring the kids down to the Finish Line in the Navy Yard where the festivities start at 7:00 a.m. Events for your little runners include the Shriners Children’s Run and dashes for all ages. Fun activities like face painting, clowns and more will also be included in the Shriners Children’s Fun Zone.

Commemorative T-shirts are available for the first 500 participants and all Shriners Children’s Run participants will receive refreshments.

Entry fee is just $10 per child (Ages 2 and under FREE).

Children ages 2 to 5 will be in age appropriate dashes. Fun Miler Participants must be ages 6 to 12. This event is for children under 12 only. If you are over the age of 12 you cannot register for this event.

Online registration is now closed, but you can register at the Health & Wellness Expo in the Shriners Children’s Fun Zone (May 3 and May 4) or register at the FINISH line on Pattison Avenue starting at 7:00 a.m. on Race Day.

Event day schedule (May 5, 2024):

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Navy Yard
Festivities or Kids Activities start at 7:00 a.m.
Shriners Children’s Run starts at 7:00 a.m. (ages 6 through 12)
Age-Group Dashes begin at 8:00 a.m. (ages 2 through 5)
All Shriners Children’s Fun Zone Activities will end by 11:00 a.m.

Please note that parents must be present with their children.

Finish line area

Finish Line Area

2024 Finish Line

2024 Finish Line (detailed)

Remove the food tag from your bib and give it to the volunteers in the refreshment tent to receive a refreshment packet. Our preparations included one of each item per runner.

Please be considerate of others and only take one of each item. Please help keep the area clean and put all waste in the proper receptacles.

Medal distribution: All medals will be distributed at the rear of each refreshment tent.

Exiting the finish area: Exit the finish at the designated exit points.

Designated pick-up area and rideshare: The designated pick-up location is the P Lot at next to Citizens Bank Park. Have your ride enter P Lot from the 7th Street gate. If P Lot is full, your ride can park on 7th Street between Pattison and Packer Avenues. Drivers must always remain with their vehicles. Any vehicle left unattended will be towed immediately

Get your race results quickly: After you cross the finish line, you can find out your results shortly after the race by:

Broad Street Run Official After Party

2024 Broad Street Run Official After Party

Presented by Michelob ULTRA

The 2024 Broad Street Run Official After Party presented by Michelob ULTRA at Xfinity Live at 1100 Pattison Avenue.

Join us Sunday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Official Broad Street Run After Party at Xfinity Live!

Families are welcomed, but you must be over 21 to drink alcoholic beverages (ID required for those over 21).

  • Live Bands & DJs
  • Outdoor & Indoor Activities
  • Full service sit down, quick grab kiosks & food trucks
  • Michelob ULTRA specials

A great meeting place for family & friends!

Note: The Official After Party presented by Michelob ULTRA is only accessible via walking, no parking will be permitted nearby, as roads are closed for the race. After the race, post race shuttle buses will be dropping off runners at 11th Street and Pattison Avenue.

Let’s socialize!

Let’s socialize!

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