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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


If health mandates related to a resurgence of COVID-19 compel us to cancel the October 10, 2021 Broad Street Run, we will hold a virtual run and no refunds will be issued.

Pre Race Related Questions

(Updated September 20, 2021)

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Vaccinations are available at City-run vaccine clinics, pop-up vaccine clinics, and partner vaccine clinics throughout Philadelphia.
Blue Cross Broad Street Run partner ACME Markets will host four free vaccination clinics. Please look for future social posts and the website,, for the date and location announcements.

Pharmacies across the city and region offer COVID-19 vaccine. Most local pharmacies will give second shots to people who are due or overdue, regardless of where you got your first dose. Check with your local pharmacy for details. More information can be found at the Department of Public Health COVID-19 vaccine website.

Will proof of vaccination be required to attend the expo?

Yes, all runners must submit proof of vaccination by October 8 to attend the Expo and in-person race.

You can learn more about how to upload your vaccination information at this page:

When is the latest I can upload my completed vaccination card to be eligible for the in-person race?

Your vaccination series must be complete by September 26. The Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine is one dose. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks afterward. Learn more about Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose. Learn more about the Moderna vaccine and Pfizer vaccine.

You must upload your vaccination card by October 8 to ensure participation in the 2021 in-person race. Registered runners who do not complete this step will be able to complete the virtual race option.

You can learn more about how to upload your vaccination information at this page:

When will we get instructions on how to submit our vaccine cards?

You can learn more about how to upload your vaccination information at this page:

What about runners under 12, who are ineligible for the vaccine? (Updated 09/20/21)

We’re sorry – the City of Philadelphia now requires all participants, regardless of age, be fully vaccinated. We will contact affected participants.

Will masks be required?

Masks are required for runners at the Expo, at the start of the race, and at the finish line. Preparations will align with evolving guidance and requirements from the Department of Public Health.

Vaccinations are strongly recommended for volunteers, and double masking is required for anyone not fully vaccinated.

Will proof of vaccination be required?

Yes, runners will be required to show proof of vaccination by October 8 in order to participate in the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run in person.

You can upload your proof of vaccination at

The virtual race is available to all registered runners.

Will the Dunkin’ Munchkin Run and children’s activities be available for families of runners this year?

No, the Children’s Zone, diaper dash, and other race day activities and amenities will be suspended to discourage spectators gathering.

Virtual Run Questions

(Updated July 14, 2021)

Will you be offering a virtual option for the 2021 race?

Yes, we are offering a virtual option for the 2021 race. The cost of the virtual event is $45.

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 October 15, 2021 (note revised date). 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 in mid-September.

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]m 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 that wish to switch to the virtual race can reach out to [email protected] and we will switch your event from the in-person race to the virtual race.

Can I defer my entry to 2022 if I am selected in the lottery?

Yes, you can defer your 2021 entry to 2022 if you are selected in the 2021 lottery.  Please be aware, deferring your entry guarantees you a spot bypassing the 2022 lottery, but you will still be required to pay the 2022 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?


How do I submit my virtual race results?

Participants in the virtual Blue Cross Broad Street Run can submit their results by October 15 (note revised date) by going to this URL and logging in to their Run Signup Account.;perpage:100

General Questions

(Updated August 25, 2021)

What if I am selected in the lottery and the race is canceled?

If health mandates related to a resurgence of COVID-19 compel us to cancel the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on October 10, 2021, we will hold a virtual run and no refunds will be issued.

If I am selected in the lottery and my plans change, can I transfer my spot to another runner?

Yes, those selected in the lottery may transfer their spot to another runner until September 7, 2021. If you transfer your spot, the new runner will be required to pay the $15.00 transfer fee, in addition to the $57 registration fee. They must complete the transfer by September 9, 2021. Once the new runner is registered, you will be refunded your entry fee through the RunSignUp system.

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 October 10, 2021 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.

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].

Will training programs (like Team Philly Race Training and Runcoach) still be available until the new date?

Yes, both programs will be available. Go to our training page for more details.

Will the 2022 race be moved back to May?

Yes, the 2022 race will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Do you currently offer race packet mailing for in-person event registrations?

No. We have closed the race packet mailing add-on option for in-person events.

Expo Related Questions

(Updated August 25, 2021)

Will there be an expo this year?

Yes. Attendance is limited to fully vaccinated registered runners and volunteers. Masks will be required. Family members and supporters are not permitted in the Expo this year.

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

This option is no longer available.

When and where will the Expo be held?

The Health & Fitness Expo “Presented by Penn Medicine” will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Hall F, Philadelphia, PA  19107.


Event Day Questions

(Updated July 14, 2021)

Will the race be held in the same location?

A new finishing line (Updated 09/25/21)

Due to planned construction in the Navy Yard along League Island Boulevard, this year’s race will end on Pattison Avenue just west of Broad Street. As a result, the course was adjusted to maintain the race’s 10 mile distance.

The awards ceremony, medal distribution, and other finishing line activities will take place in the parking lot next to the NovaCare facility (1566-1999 Pattison Avenue).

The scenic route

At City Hall runners will be diverted off Broad Street to John F. Kennedy Boulevard. They will run west on John F. Kennedy Boulevard toward 16th Street. They will turn left onto 16th Street; run south to Market Street; make a left on Market Street for one block before following 15th Street south to South Penn Street in order to return to Broad Street.

Runners will again be diverted off Broad Street in South Philadelphia, turning east at Hartranft Street. The course follows Hartranft Street to Citizens Bank Way, where runners make a right before hitting Pattison Avenue. The final stretch of the 2021 race course is along Pattison Avenue, and runners will cross the intersection at Broad Street just before they reach the finish line.

What will be the best ways to get to the race?

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

Will the race be a mass start or waves?

The race has wave starts based on your finishing time. There will be seven waves.

Will there be buses for gear check?

Yes, gear check buses will be provided at the start.

Will there be any provisions for the water stops?

The typical water station set up is being used for the 2021 race.

Post Race Related Questions

(Updated August 27, 2021)

Will there be post-race festival activities?

Only runners will be permitted to participate in the post-race activities at the Finish Line.

Chickie’s & Pete’s will be hosting the Official Blue Cross Broad Street Run After Party.

Will there be a meet up area for my family?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a family meeting area at the finish line this year.

Are spectators and families allowed at the finish line?

Spectators and families are encouraged to cheer runners on virtually this year, by tuning into the livestream online or on NBC10. Spectators are strongly discouraged from attending the run in person this year.