The 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia on Sunday, May 1, 2022. The nation’s largest 10-miler will return to its traditional spring date for the first time since 2019.

The 2022 race will be in person, and individuals must be fully vaccinated (one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) in order to participate. Runners also have the option to participate in a virtual run.

Registration for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run will open at 12:00 AM on February 7 for those who are guaranteed entry. Runners in the following categories will be guaranteed entry as long as they register before February 14:

* Runners who have competed in at least 10 races

* Runners who deferred their place in 2020 or 2021

The lottery for all other registrants will open at 12:00 AM on February 14 and close on February 28 at 11:59 PM.

“I’m happy to welcome the Blue Cross Broad Street Run back to Broad Street this spring. This is another sign that Philadelphia is returning to normal, and I thank everyone who has been vaccinated and following public health guidance for helping us get here. I am also grateful to our partners at Independence Blue Cross for their continued commitment to this iconic race and to the health of our residents,” Mayor Jim Kenney said.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 race to go virtual, and the 2021 race took place in fall, runners, sponsors, and the race’s select charitable partners are eager to return to the fun, training, and sense of community that make the Blue Cross Broad Street Run one of the City’s most popular spring traditions.

“The first Sunday in May in Philadelphia has become synonymous with the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. As the title race sponsor for more than 25 years, we’re excited to welcome runners back this spring,” said Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO. “Running is just one of many ways people can get active. It’s important to find an exercise routine you love and one you’ll stick to because fitness is vital to good health.”

Race organizers will continue to work closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to ensure the race prioritizes the safety of runners and community health. In addition to proof of vaccination for runners, COVID-19 protocols will include:

* Mandatory masking for runners at the start and finish line; and

* Mandatory masking required of volunteers throughout the race.

At this time, Cheer Zones and Finishing Area activities have been suspended for the 2022 race, and spectators are encouraged to cheer runners on from home.

“The Blue Cross Broad Street Run represents the best of Philadelphia: hard work, determination, and community spirit. I can’t wait to see all the runners on Broad Street this May,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner.

Guaranteed-entry runners can register for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run HERE starting on Monday, February 7, at 12:00 a.m., and all other runners can register February 14.


About Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
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