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Frequently Asked Questions

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General

When is the next Blue Cross Broad Street Run?
The next Blue Cross Broad Street Run will be held on May 5, 2019.

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 info@broadstreetrun.com.

Lottery and Registration

When does the lottery open?
The lottery opens each year on February 1, 2019 and lasts until February 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST). Remember, you must enter the lottery to run the race.

Can I change the credit card information I entered for the lottery?
Yes. If you are selected in the lottery, you’ll be given an opportunity to provide a new payment method.

How do I register for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run?
To run in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 5, 2019, 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 info@broadstreetrun.com.

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.

Transfer/Defer Process

How do I transfer my bib to another runner?
It is important to go through the proper transferal channels because every participant needs the correct information in case of a medical emergency. We urge you not to sell or obtain a bib outside of the official race guidelines so that you don’t put yourself or others at risk of incorrect medical information.

You may transfer your bib to someone you know, or you may find a prospective runner through our bib transfer message board.

Transfers can only be initiated by the originally-registered runner. If you already have someone to transfer your bib to, start the process here.

  1. Complete the Transfer Number Form and submit.
  2. You will receive an email with an electronic transfer code within a few minutes. Send this code to the recipient of the transferred bib.
  3. The transferee has 72 hours to complete a race application, using the code you sent him or her. The code becomes invalid after 72 hours.
  4. The transferee will be required to pay a fee of $15.00 while he or she is completing the application.
  5. Once the application is complete, the originally-registered runner will be dropped from the race.

What if I can’t race this year; can I use my spot for another year?
You can defer your registration in exchange for a guaranteed slot in another year’s 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 year in which you have a guaranteed spot.

Defer your spot in this year’s race and guarantee your spot in a future year’s race.

Register for this year’s race after deferring entry in a past year’s race.

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?
There are no pace groups; however, like-paced (based on submitted estimated finish times) runners are placed in corrals together.

Can I change 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.

Where can I buy race gear?
Official race gear will be sold at the Health & Wellness Expo presented by Einstein Healthcare Network, at the Navy Yard during the race, and online.

How do I find training teams, so I don’t have to train alone?
Join Team Philly Race Training led by three-time Top 5 Blue Cross Broad Street Run finisher Ross Martinson. The program is geared towards beginner and intermediate runners wanting to prepare for the most popular 10-miler in the country.

Membership includes:

  • Complete training manual
  • Multiple weekly group runs
  • Interactive group website
  • Dry fit shirt
  • Freebies/discounts

This community program is run by the running experts at Philadelphia Runner and On Running. The cost is only $75.

How do I obtain a USATF Membership card?
Visit mausatf.org for information about obtaining a USATF Membership card.

How can I volunteer?
To volunteer for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, view our volunteer page, call the race hotline at 215-683-3594 or email volunteers@broadstreetrun.com.

Race Day

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?
The Central High School Athletic Field is located at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue approximately one mile north of the Route 1 and North Broad Street Interchange. Board the Broad Street Line at any subway stop to get to the start area. Many trains are crowded and may not stop at some locations going north, so please allow enough time to get to the Broad Street Run start area.

Is there transportation back to start area when the race is completed?
There are no shuttles back to the start area. However, public transportation is available on the SEPTA Broad Street Line Subway. One-way fare is two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50).

For public transportation information contact SEPTA at 215-580-7800 or visit septa.org.

Subway trains from Broad Street and Pattison Avenue will begin running at 5:30 a.m. Express trains will run continuously as soon as they become full. You should board at the Walnut/Locust stop if you are boarding from Center City.

It is in your best interest to board a train before 6:00 a.m. to allow for any delays. It takes approximately 35 minutes for local subway trains to reach the SEPTA Broad and Olney Transportation Center, which is a few blocks above the start. However, express trains when operating take about 20 minutes.

Where is the gear check located?
We provide free baggage and gear transportation from the start area to the finish line area. You will receive a clear plastic bag at the Health and Wellness Expo presented by Einstein Healthcare Network with your race packet. Please use this bag and make sure all items within the bag are visible.

Backpacks and suitcases are not permitted at gear check for your safety and the safety of others.

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. 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 7:45 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?
Call Island Photography 800-869-0908 or visit islandphoto.com.

Are the runners allowed to wear headsets/earphone?
For your safety and insurance considerations, we do not permit headsets or earphones.

How do I obtain applications for Kids Fun Activities?
You can call 215-683-3594 or email info@broadstreetrun.com to get an application.

Where are the best places to watch the race?
Here is a list of great spots to stop and watch:

  • 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?
Yes, strollers are allowed in the Navy Yard. If you are bringing in a child with a diaper bag, the bag may be searched.

Can I bring a bag/backpack/cooler into the Navy Yard?
No bags, backpacks, or coolers will be allowed in the Navy Yard. Any items being brought into the Navy Yard must be in clear plastic bags.

General

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 5, 2019 and starts at 8:00 a.m.

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 info@broadstreetrun.com.

Lottery and Registration

When does the lottery open?

The lottery opens on February 1, 2019 and lasts until February 15, 2019 (11:59 p.m. EST). Remember, you must enter the lottery to run the race.

Can I change the credit card information I entered for the lottery?

Yes. If you are selected in the lottery, you’ll be given an opportunity to provide a new payment method.

How do I register for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run?

To run in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 5, 2019, 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 info@broadstreetrun.com.

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.

Transfer/Defer Process

How do I transfer my bib to another runner?

How the transfer process works

You may transfer your bib to someone you know, or you may find a prospective runner through our bib transfer message board.

Transfers can only be initiated by the originally-registered runner. If you already have someone to transfer your bib to, start the process here.

  1. Complete the Transfer Number Form and submit.
  2. The recipient will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the transfer.
  3. If a transfer is not completed within 72 hours, it becomes invalid and the original recipient will need to begin the process again if he/she still wishes to transfer the registration.
  4. There is a transfer fee of $15.00 which will be paid by the person accepting the transfer.
  5. Once the transfer is complete, the originally-registered runner will be no longer be registered for the race.
  6. Please note that add-on items (iTab, packet mailout) will be transferred along with the registration.  Any monetary consideration between the original registrant and transferee must be handled between the two parties and The Blue Cross Broad Street Run will not refund any money to the original registrant or facilitate any monetary transfers.  
  7. The Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10-Miler 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.
  8. Posts offering or seeking bibs at rates higher than the standard entry fee are subject to removal from the bib transfer message board.
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 2020 race in which you have a guaranteed spot.

  • Defer your spot in this year’s race and guarantee your spot in the 2020 race.
  • Register for this year’s race after deferring your 2018 entry.

Important deadlines

The deferral program closes on April 27, 2019.

If you chose to have your race packet mailed to you during registration, you may not defer your spot after March 31, 2019.

Defer your entry

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?
There are no pace groups; however, like-paced (based on submitted estimated finish times) runners are placed in corrals together.
Can I change 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.
Where can I buy race gear?
Official race gear will be sold at the Health & Wellness Expo presented by Einstein Healthcare Network, at the Navy Yard during the race, and online.
How do I find training teams, so I don’t have to train alone?
Join Team Philly Race Training led by three-time Top 5 Blue Cross Broad Street Run finisher Ross Martinson. The program is geared towards beginner and intermediate runners wanting to prepare for the most popular 10-miler in the country.
 
Membership includes:
  • Complete training manual
  • Multiple weekly group runs
  • Interactive group website
  • Dry fit shirt
  • Freebies/discounts

This community program is run by the running experts at Philadelphia Runner and On Running. The cost is only $75.

How do I obtain a USATF Membership card?
Visit mausatf.org for information about obtaining a USATF Membership card.
How can I volunteer?
To volunteer for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, view our volunteer page, call the race hotline at 215-683-3594 or email volunteers@broadstreetrun.com.

Race Day

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?
The Central High School Athletic Field is located at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue approximately one mile north of the Route 1 and North Broad Street Interchange. Board the Broad Street Line at any subway stop to get to the start area. Many trains are crowded and may not stop at some locations going north, so please allow enough time to get to the Broad Street Run start area.
Is there transportation back to start area when the race is completed?
There are no shuttles back to the start area. However, public transportation is available on the SEPTA Broad Street Line Subway. One-way fare is two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50).
 
For public transportation information contact SEPTA at 215-580-7800 or visit septa.org.
 
Subway trains from Broad Street and Pattison Avenue will begin running at 5:30 a.m. Express trains will run continuously as soon as they become full. You should board at the Walnut/Locust stop if you are boarding from Center City.
 
It is in your best interest to board a train before 6:00 a.m. to allow for any delays. It takes approximately 35 minutes for local subway trains to reach the SEPTA Broad and Olney Transportation Center, which is a few blocks above the start. However, express trains when operating take about 20 minutes.
Where is the gear check located?
We provide free baggage and gear transportation from the start area to the finish line area. You will receive a clear plastic bag at the Health and Wellness Expo presented by Einstein Healthcare Network with your race packet. Please use this bag and make sure all items within the bag are visible.
 
Backpacks and suitcases are not permitted at gear check for your safety and the safety of others.
 
Here’s how gear check works:
 
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Gear must be checked onto a bus by 7:45 a.m.
  4. 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.
  5. Don’t forget the bus number in which you checked your gear, because buses will not be loaded by bib number.
  6. 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?
Call Island Photography 800-869-0908 or visit islandphoto.com.
Are the runners allowed to wear headsets/earphone?
For your safety and insurance considerations, we do not permit headsets or earphones.
How do I obtain applications for Kids Fun Activities?
You can call 215-683-3594 or email info@broadstreetrun.com to get an application.
Where are the best places to watch the race?
Here is a list of great spots to stop and watch:
 
  • 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?
Yes, strollers are allowed in the Navy Yard. If you are bringing in a child with a diaper bag, the bag may be searched.
Can I bring a bag/backpack/cooler into the Navy Yard?
No bags, backpacks, or coolers will be allowed in the Navy Yard. Any items being brought into the Navy Yard must be in clear plastic bags.