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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

(Revised April 20, 2022)

If health mandates related to a resurgence of COVID-19 compel us to cancel the May 1, 2022 Broad Street Run, we will hold a virtual run and no refunds will be issued.

What about the guaranteed entry option with the sign-up for the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half or AACR Philadelphia Marathon? Will that happen this year?

There is no guaranteed entry for those who registered for the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half or AACR Philadelphia Marathon.

Will you be requiring vaccination or a negative test?

Runners who participate in the in-person race must submit proof of vaccination. Individuals over the age of 5 must be fully vaccinated (one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine). Runners must provide proof of vaccination during the registration process. Go to our Vaccination Policy page for the latest information.

Negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted in place of proof of vaccination.

How many booster shots will we need?

Registrants are encouraged to stay up to date with current CDC guidelines. The Department of Public Health has published a guide to staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine.

I think I have a direct entry because I deferred from last year. Will I be getting an email soon?

Yes, those who deferred in 2020 and 2021 will receive an e-mail with registration instructions.

When is the 2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, and what is the starting time?

The next Blue Cross Broad Street Run will be held on May 1, 2022, at 8:00 a.m.

The Run is in close communication with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to ensure the race is conducted with public health and safety as our top priority.

When will registration open?

Registration for the 2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run will open for runners who are guaranteed entry on February 7 at 12:01 a.m. All runners who are guaranteed entry must complete their registration by February 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

If I deferred in 2020 or 2021 but have run 10 races in total, am I still guaranteed entry?

Yes, you are guaranteed entry.

How does a club team entry work? Can I create my own team? (Added February 15)

We are not accepting new club teams at this time. Anyone who wants to participate in the race should enter the lottery as an individual.

Can I register as a non-binary individual? (Added February 11)

Yes, there is an option to register as non-binary.

Is there a category for non-binary awards? (Added February 11)

No, there is not a category for non-binary awards. Runners must compete as either male or female to qualify for an award.

Will there be a lottery for the May 1, 2022 race?

Yes, a lottery for all other runners will open on February 14, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

I’m registering with a friend. Does that mean that both of us will be accepted (or rejected) together? (Added February 16)

You can only register as an individual for the race. Participants who would like to run with friends must register individually.

When will I be charged the entry fee? (Added February 15)

Runners will be charged the entry fee after the lottery selections are made.

When will we find out if we have been accepted in the lottery?

Runners will be notified in early March.

Will the race be held in the same location as last year?

Yes. The race will start at Broad & Fisher and finish at the NovaCare Complex on Pattison Avenue west of Broad Street. .

Does the Blue Cross Broad Street Run benefit charity?

Yes, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run has five charity partners: the American Cancer Society, The American Association of Cancer Research, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Students Run Philly Style, and Back On My Feet. Partners benefit through the runners’ donations and pledges.

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 hear it. Send your story to [email protected].

Is there a time limit on the race? (Added February 15)

Yes, runners must be able to keep a 15-minute-per-mile pace.

Virtual Run Questions

(Added February 16)

Will virtual runners receive a bib?

Virtual runners can download their bib by following the instructions here.

 

Will you be offering a virtual option for the 2022 race?

Yes, we are offering a virtual option for the 2022 race. The cost of the virtual event is $47.

When should I run my virtual race?

You can run your race anytime that is convenient for you, but you must submit your results by May 15, 2022. All virtual results will be merged into the in-person results once the in-person results are final.

What is included with the virtual race option?

Your race shirt and medal will be mailed to you after the race on May 1, 2022.

I am registered for the in-person race but would like to move to the virtual race.

You are free to move to the virtual race. Send an e-mail to [email protected] informing them that you would like to be moved to the virtual race.

I deferred my 2021 entry to 2022 but would like to register for the virtual race.

Those who are registered for the in-person race and wish to switch to the virtual race can reach out to [email protected] to switch your event from the in-person race to the virtual race.

Can I defer my entry to 2023 if I am selected in the lottery?

Yes, you can defer your 2022 entry to 2023 if you are selected in the 2022 lottery.  Please be aware, deferring your entry guarantees you a spot bypassing the 2023 lottery, but you will still be required to pay the 2023 entry fee.

If I decide to run in the virtual race instead of the in-person race, am I still eligible for prizes?

No, unfortunately virtual runners are ineligible for any monetary or age group awards.

If I decide to run the virtual race, does it still count toward my legacy races?

Yes.

How do I submit my virtual race results?

 Participants in the virtual Blue Cross Broad Street Run can submit their results by May 15 by going to this URL and logging in to their Run Signup Account.

Click here to submit your virtual result

 

 

COVID-Related Questions

Are vaccines and mask required? (Revised April 20)

Masks are not required for runners at the start or finish line, but they will be made available to anyone who wants one.

Runners also must provide proof of vaccination during the registration process. Go to our Vaccination Policy page for the latest information.

Make a vaccine appointment today by visiting: https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/get-vaccinated/sign-up-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine/

Race staff are in regular communications with the Health Department to stay informed about the threat level of the virus in Philadelphia. The health of prospective participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff is and will remain the top priority and the race will follow all applicable public health guidance at the time.

What if the in-person race on May 1 is cancelled due to COVID?

If health mandates related to a resurgence of COVID-19 compel us to cancel the May 1, 2022 Broad Street Run, we will hold a virtual run and no refunds will be issued.

Will there be any security restrictions or changes that are COVID related?

Not at this time.

Race staff are in regular communications with the Health Department to stay informed about the threat level of the virus in Philadelphia. The health of prospective participants, volunteers, spectators, and staff is and will remain the top priority and the race will follow all applicable public health guidance at the time.

Will masks be available at the finish line?

Yes, masks will be available to those who are crossing the finish line.

Expo Related Questions

Will there be an expo this year? (Revised April 22)

Yes. The Expo is open to runners, volunteers, family members, supporters, and anyone who would like to attend. 

I can no longer attend the Expo to pick up my bib. Can it be sent by mail? (Revised February 16)

Due to the vaccination requirement, no bibs are being mailed.  All runners must pick up their packet at the Expo.

When and where will the Expo be held?

The Health & Fitness Expo “Presented by Penn Orthopaedics” will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Hall E, Philadelphia, PA  19107.

I can’t make it to the packet pickup on April 29 or April 30. Can someone else pick up my race packet?

If you cannot attend the expo, a fellow runner may pick up your packet for you provided:

  • They have your bib number and proof of your vaccination status
  • A brief note from you authorizing them to pick up your packet
  • Photo identification.

Event Day Questions

Run 411 (Added April 27)

Run 411

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

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, as well as 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.

Running virtually? Run your race anytime that is convenient for you! Submit your results by going to the virtual results page by May 15, 2022.

What are the best ways to get to the race? (Revised April 27)

The start area is located on the grounds of the Central High School Field 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 — and it’s free of charge! Simply show your race bib to the cashier at any Broad Street Line station. Check septa.org for more information.

Coming from outside the city: For those taking Regional Rail or the Market-Frankford Line from outside of 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 and 13th & Locust Station, 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 Wells Fargo Center parking lots only)
  • Center City (and use any Broad Street Line station)

Please 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, you can get to the start area one of two ways:

  • Take the Broad Street Line at NRG Station near the Stadium Complex for FREE
  • Take a shuttle outside of NRG Station

All trains travel north to the Olney Transportation Center, right by the start area. Check broadstreetrun.com for updates related to parking and shuttles.

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 5:30 a.m. and will be closed as they are filled.
  • Please dispose of all trash before you leave
What safety and security procedures should I be aware of? (Revised April 27)

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 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.
  • Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will not be permitted.
  • 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 are permitted).
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or illicit substances of any kind
  • Bicycles or scooters
  • Facial costume masks of any kind (except religious headwear)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS or “drones”)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Large umbrellas
  • Animals or reptiles (service animals are permitted)
  • All other items that are deemed unsafe by on-site security staff, race officials or public safety officers.

Surrendered items will not be returned.

Discouraged items

  • Large blankets, comforters or sleeping bags
  • Backpacks, handbags or shoulder bags of any kind (clear plastic participant bags are permitted)
  • Props (includes flagpoles, military or fire gear, sporting equipment or other hard objects)
  • Coolers
  • Action cameras

NOTE: No spectators, please!  Only runners, event staff/vendors, and emergency personnel will be permitted to enter the secured zones at the start and finish areas. Spectators and families are encouraged to cheer runners on virtually this year, by tuning into the live stream online or on NBC10.

NOTE: All persons entering the race start/finish areas and race route will be screened by security personnel equipped with hand-held magnetometers.

NOTE: All items being carried into the start/finish areas will be thoroughly searched by security.

MEDICAL / EMS

There will be numerous ambulances on the course. If you get sick or are injured, remain calm until help arrives. If any runner comes upon an emergency and no help is in the area, please report it to any public safety official along the course.

Einstein, Temple University and Methodist Hospitals are located along the course.

There is one medical tent at the finish line.

Missing Children

Runners should plan to meet with their families/friends away from the race route or finish area since spectators are not encouraged this year. In the event that 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 Lost Child & Items Tent at the PIDC lot on Pattison Avenue 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 Broad Street Run, lost items can be dropped off at the Lost Child and Items Tent located at the PIDC lot on Pattison Ave. All items will be collected and remain in the possession of Broad Street Run staff. Anyone seeking to reclaim lost items can do so at the information booth in the PIDC lot. After event hours, you can contact the Broad Street Run at ([email protected] | 215-683-3594).

Will the race be a mass start or waves? (Revised April 27)

We use a corralled, wave system at the start of the race. Your corral assignment is based on the anticipated finish time that you provided at registration. Runners must be in their corrals by 7:45 a.m.

Start times

  • Wheelchairs: 7:55 a.m.
  • Elite athletes and first wave: 8 a.m.
  • After the first wave, each of the following waves will start every three to five minutes.

Note: Runners inside Central High School field after the green corral starts will not be permitted to exit until after the gray corral departs on Broad Street

Start Corals with times

Will there be a Sunday morning mass service for runners? (Added April 27)

Yes. Once again this year, our friends at Our Lady of Hope Church (5200 North Broad Street) are holding a Mass for our participants at 6:45 a.m.

Will spectators be allowed along the course? (Revised April 20)

Spectators are encouraged to watch the race live on NBC10 and discouraged from gathering along the course.

Gear Check Questions

How will gear check work? (Revised April 27)

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 ship the bag back to 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 start map below for specific locations.

2022 Start Area

  • Check your gear by 7:45 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 PIDC parking lot toward the exit. See finish line map below for specific locations.

2022 Finish Area

  • 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

Course Related Questions

I'd like to track one of the race participants. What do I need to do? (Added April 29)

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is offering race day tracking of runners to friends, family and love ones.

Receive alerts as runners cross timing equipment at various points on the course.

Note: There is no set up required for the runner.

Please be sure to use the email tracking, not text messaging.

Go to http://results.xacte.com/track?id=2432 to receive email notifications.

What restroom and water facilities are available for this race? (Revised April 27)

There will be more than 225 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. Water stations will be located at the following mile marks:

2.2 miles
4.2 miles
6.3 miles
7.8 miles
9.1 miles
Finish line

Nuun® will be in Nuun branded cups on tables at two hydration stations at the following mile marks:

2.2 miles (Broad & Master Streets)
7.8 miles (Broad & Mifflin Streets)

Bottled water will be available at the finish line.

Post Race Related Questions

What do I need to know about the post-race portion of the event? (Added April 27)

The race will end on Pattison Avenue, in between FDR Park and the NovaCare Complex. After crossing the finish line, make sure to continue moving into the runner refreshment area within the PIDC lot.

Refreshments: At the end of the race, 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.

We ask all runners to help keep the area clean.

Please put all waste in the proper receptacles.

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

Exiting the finish area: All runners will exit the finish area on the west side of Pattison Avenue.

Shuttle buses will be located at 20th Street and Pattison Avenue.

After the race: There will be a designated pick-up location at Darien Street and Pattison Avenue.

You will be able to take a shuttle from 20th Street and Pattison Avenue back to the designated pick-up spot or to the Sports Complex parking lots. Shuttle buses will leave every ten minutes.

The pick-up lot will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Please tell your driver to enter the lot at the police checkpoint located at Pattison Avenue and Penrose Avenue. Drivers must remain with their vehicle at all times. Any vehicle left unattended will be towed immediately.

Rideshare at the Finish Line Area: There is a designated rideshare pick up / drop off point on Pattison Ave near S. Darien St and another pick up / drop off point on S. 20th St near Hartranft St. All rideshare passengers and vehicles will be directed to that area.

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

Will there be post-race festival activities?

At this time, post-race activities at the finishing line will be limited to registered runners.

Following the race, you can join us at the official Broad Street Run After Party at Chickie’s & Pete’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The event will be at Chickie’s & Pete’s (1526 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145). All ages are welcomed, but alcoholic drinks will only be served to those 21 and over. Be sure to bring your ID.

The after party will include specials featuring Dogfish Head Beer, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Ketel One Botanical. Shuttles will be provided from the finish line. 

Will there be a meet up area for my family?

There will not be an area for runners to meet up with family.

Are spectators and families allowed at the finish line?

At this point, spectators and their families are not allowed at the finish line.

Kids events are postponed from the 2022 race activities.