The countdown is on for the Broad Street Run 10-Miler on May 3, 2020!
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 May 3, 2020. For 2020, the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. (note new time!)
Does the Blue Cross Broad Street Run benefit charity?
Yes, the American Cancer Society benefits through the runners’ donations and pledges. Join the American Cancer Society Runner Program.
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 know about it. Send your story to [email protected].
Lottery and Registration
When does the lottery open?
The lottery opens on February 1, 2020 and lasts until February 14, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST). Remember, you must enter the lottery to run the race.
I'm having problems registering with a guaranteed registration (Philadelphia Challenge, tenured runner or deferred runner). What do I do?
Be sure to use the exact first and last name used during the Philadelphia Challenge, or that you provided as a tenured runner or deferred participant.
I already registered for the lottery, but am having difficulty changing my registration information.
If you are selected from the lottery on February 18th, you will be able to make changes to your registration or purchase additional merchandise directly from your RunSignup profile.
This includes address changes or ordering an in-training shirt.
Here is a tutorial that walks you through editing your registration record on RunSignup (View tutorial)
How do I register for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run?
To run in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, you must enter the lottery. We can only allow a certain number of runners in the race, so we choose runners at random through the lottery.
What do I do if I haven’t received my confirmation yet?
You should have received an email confirmation immediately after you registered online. Confirmations will not be mailed. If you haven’t received your confirmation, your registration may not have processed. You will need to go to the Blue Cross Broad Street Run Solutions Center Health & Wellness Expo presented by Einstein Healthcare Network. You may also call 215-683-3594 or email [email protected].
Is there an age limit to run the race?
There is no age limit for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. The youngest finisher was 7-years-old in 2018.
How do I transfer my bib to another runner?
You may transfer your bib to someone you know.
- If you wish to transfer your bib, it is your responsibility to find someone to transfer it to. Blue Cross Broad Street Run will help with periodic social media postings, but it will be your responsibility to find someone to transfer your bib. We recommend your running club or your running circle.
- Once you find someone to transfer, log in to your RunSignUp account and follow the instructions on transferring.
Notes regarding bib transfers:
- Links do not expire with transfers, but participants can cancel their initiated transfer. However, the deadline to initiate transfers must by made by April 15 and you must complete the transfer prior to April 17, 2020.
- There is a transfer fee of $15, which will be paid by the person accepting the transfer
- Please note that add-on items (iTab, packet mailout) will not be transferred along with the registration. Once the transfer is complete, the original registrant will receive a refund of all fees, minus processing fees.
- The originator will receive a full refund, minus processing fees.
- The Blue Cross Broad Street Run does not permit anyone to charge fees over the standard entry fees for each event for a transferred registration. Anyone found overcharging will be banned from future races.
If you have any questions, call 215-683-3594 or email [email protected].
What if I can’t race this year; can I use my spot for another year?
Defer your entry
The deferral program allows you to give up your spot in exchange for a guaranteed spot in the 2020 race.
You will not receive an entry fee refund for this year’s race if you decide to defer.
In addition, you will still be required to pay the entry fee for the 2021 race in which you have a guaranteed spot.
- The deferral program closes on April 15, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST).
- If you chose to have your race packet mailed to you during registration, you may not defer your spot after March 31, 2020.
Before the race
If I am unable to attend the Expo, how can I obtain my race packet?
If you cannot attend the Expo, you may designate someone to pick up your packet for you. It would be helpful to give them your confirmation number to speed up the pick-up process.
The person picking up your packet must show proof of their identity through a letter signed by the runner authorizing the person picking up permission to do so. The person should also bring photo identification.
Are there pace groups for the race?
Can I change corrals?
Where can I buy race gear?
How do I find training teams, so I don’t have to train alone?
- Complete training manual
- Multiple weekly group runs
- Interactive group website
- Dry fit shirt
How do I obtain a USATF Membership card?
Where do I park?
There is no parking available in the start area. We recommend that all runners park their cars for free in the Sports Complex parking lots (Broad Street and Pattison Avenue). From there, you can take the SEPTA Broad Street Line to the start area.
Are hydration backpacks allowed?
No backpacks, coolers, or non-clear bags are permitted along the route, including start and finish areas. Water stations are located throughout the course.
How do I get to the starting area?
Is there transportation back to start area when the race is completed?
Where is the gear check located?
- Put some form of identification, including your name, address, and phone number, inside your bag in case we need to ship the bag back to you after the race. Any garments without a bag will not be accepted.
- Find a gear check bus located around the start area, including Olney Avenue, Old York Road, and Somerville Avenue. (There will be no buses on Broad Street).
- Gear must be checked onto a bus by 7:00 a.m.
- Each bus will have 500 security wristbands. You will receive two matching wristbands and a sticker when you check your bag. Place one wristband on your gear and hand it to a volunteer. Place the second wristband on your wrist and place the sticker on the back of your race bib.
- Don’t forget the bus number in which you checked your gear, because buses will not be loaded by bib number.
- Pick up your gear in the Navy Yard at the south end of the Marine Parade Grounds, in the parking lot directly across Constitution Avenue.
How can I get a photo taken of me during the race?
Are the runners allowed to wear headsets/earphone?
How do I obtain applications for Kids Fun Activities?
Where are the best places to watch the race?
- The start area near Broad and Fisher Street
- North Broad Street along the Temple University Campus
- North Broad Street at Callowhill near the Philadelphia Daily News Building
- City Hall — West Side at Dilworth Plaza
- Broad and Walnut Streets outside The Bellevue
- South Broad Street along the Avenue of the Arts
- South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts)
- South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School)
- South Broad Street at Bigler Street
- South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie’s & Pete’s
- Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex
Are strollers allowed in the Navy Yard?
Can I bring a bag/backpack/cooler into the Navy Yard?
Independence Blue Cross is the proud sponsor of Philly's premier 10 mile race, conducted by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department.