Thank you for your support of the 2019 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, America’s Largest Ten Miler!
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START AREA INFORMATION
PLEASE NOTE – THE START TIME IS 8:00 A.M.
2019 Corral and Wave Line Up
Corral Assignments and race bib numbers were based on the anticipated finish times that were provided when you registered.
All runners must be in their proper corral by 7:40 am.
Any runner not starting in the proper corral may not get scored for the race and their time may be withheld from the results. If you are planning to run with a slower runner, please line up in their corral. Slower runners should not move up to a faster corral.
IPICO Timing Device – It Stays on the Bib!
We will be utilizing the IPICO timing system, a single use bib tag. The timing device is imbedded in the race bib. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm your race bib is:
Clearly visible on the front of the torso unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
Pinned in all four corners and not covered (jackets, runner belts, etc.)
Gear Check Procedure for 2019 – Arrive Early to Avoid Delays!
All gear check buses will be located at the start area on Olney Avenue, Ogontz Avenue, Old York Road, and Somerville Avenue.
YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO BRING AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE WITH YOU TO THE START OF THE RACE.
ALL ITEMS MUST BE VISIBLE.
NO BACKPACKS ARE PERMITTED IN THE START AREA.
CLEAR PLASTIC BAGS MUST BE USED FOR GEAR CHECK IN.
YOU CANNOT PLACE YOUR BACKPACKS IN THE CLEAR BAGS.
ALL ITEMS BROUGHT INTO THE START AREA ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH AND/OR CONFISCATION.
Buses will NOT be loaded by BIB NUMBER, you can check your gear on any bus. To have your extra clothing and gear transported from the start of the race to the finish area, you must use a clear plastic bag and mark it with the official gear check identification wristband that will be provided at the gear bus. Look for the yellow school buses at various locations around the start area. At the finish, display your gear check identification wristband to the volunteers, and your items will be returned to you. Runners should place a business card or mailing label and phone number inside their bag to help with identifying it after the race.
ALL GEAR MUST BE CHECKED ONTO THE BUSES BY 7:30 A.M. SO THEY CAN DEPART FOR THE NAVY YARD.
When you check your gear, you will be handed two matching wristbands and a sticker. The wristbands and sticker have your bus number and individual bag number printed on them.
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 find your bus and claim your bag at the finish area.
Please put some form of identification in your bag in case we need to ship your bag to you after the race. Be sure to include your name, address, and telephone number.
RACE DAY PARKING
Driving down to the race? Below is some information so you know where to leave your car and how you can get to the start area.
There is no parking available at the Start area.
For the Finish Line area, we suggest that all runners park at the Stadium Complex in the Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center parking lots. ALL RUNNERS MUST BE OUT OF THESE LOTS NO LATER THAN 12:00 P.M.
Runners and spectators may also park at FDR Park (enter from Pattison Avenue, across from the Novacare Complex). Parking along the roadway in FDR Park is only permitted on one side of the road. Illegally parked cars are subject to towing by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. All lots will open no later than 5:30 a.m. and will be closed as they are filled. No vehicles will be permitted in the Navy Yard without credentials at all entrances.
All running clubs that are planning post-race gatherings are asked to refrain from using the Citizens Bank Park or Wells Fargo Center lots. Instead, please plan to arrive early to park under I-95 in the rear of FDR Park. ALL RUNNERS MUST BE OUT OF THESE LOTS NO LATER THAN 12:00 P.M.
Runners and spectators must park in designated areas and are subject to parking regulations. The Philadelphia Parking Authority and the Philadelphia Police Department will enforce normal parking restrictions. Please observe all parking regulation signs and directions from the parking lot attendants. There is no parking available at the start area, on Pattison Avenue, or inside The Navy Yard. Parking areas are not controlled by the Blue Cross Broad Street Run and made available at the courtesy of various sports facilities. Some gates will be left closed to control traffic.
GETTING TO THE START
Check www.septa.org for more information. Runners can ride free on the Broad St. Line only by showing their race bib.
The Broad Street Subway will be running on a special race day schedule. For more information please check out www.septa.org and the race website on race weekend. You are strongly encouraged to board a train no later than 6:30 a.m. Most trains will be express trains; however, a limited amount of trains will be starting out from the Walnut-Locust station for our Center City participants.
Additional Shuttle buses will also be available on Little Broad Street just north of Pattison Avenue to take runners to the start area.
Getting to the Start via Regional Rail
SEPTA is pleased to announce that participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run have Regional Rail service alternatives to reach the Race route directly. Early morning train service from Glenside and Jenkintown will connect runners to the Broad Street Line at Fern Rock Transportation Center. Take the Broad Street line one (1) stop to Olney Transportation Center, where signs will direct them to the warm-up area at Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue.
At the end of the Race, riders should take the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station where they can connect to Suburban Station and Regional Rail service.
Travel time from Glenside and Jenkintown Stations to Fern Rock Transportation Center is 9 minutes. Both stations offer free parking on weekends and frequent return service on several SEPTA Regional Rail Lines.
For more service information consult the Glenside Combined Regional Rail timetable – Sunday service at www.septa.org.
FINISH LINE INFORMATION
In order to provide a better finish line experience, after you finish the race please proceed through our finish area in a cooperative manner. This year you will be directed by our volunteers to one of our two runner food tents. After moving through the food tent you will get your RACE MEDAL at the rear of the Food Tent. Once you go through the food tent and pick up your medal, please proceed to gear buses, the Marine Parade grounds or the Shuttle Buses.
Locating the Gear Buses at the Finish
Gear pick up at the Navy Yard will be located at the south end of the Marine Parade Grounds in the parking lot directly across Constitution Avenue.
Shuttle Buses at the Finish Line
After the race, Shuttle Buses will be available to take runners and spectators back to the stadium parking lots or FDR park. These buses will be located on Normandy Place east of 13th.
Those attending the Official After Party at FDR Park should take the shuttle buses with green placards marked “FDR Park”. These buses will be located at 12th Street and Normandy Place.
To catch a shuttle bus, please exit from the northeast or southeast exits of the Marine Parade Grounds.
Pick Up Lot:
In an effort to accommodate those runners who wish to be picked up after the race and to avoid congestion in the Navy Yard with unauthorized vehicles, we have established a parking lot similar to a cell phone waiting lot at the airport. The hours for this lot are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Runners wishing to be picked up in this manner should board the FDR shuttle buses to be transported to the pickup lot located on West Pattison Avenue between 20th Street and the NovaCare Complex (Eagles training facility). The shuttle buses to FDR park and the pickup lot will be located at 1th Street and Normandy Place.
Instructions for drivers picking people up are as follows:
Family members or friends only coming to pick up runners at the completion of the race are urged to use this cell phone waiting lot. Drivers must enter this lot from the west at the Police checkpoint located at Pattison Avenue and Penrose Avenue. Drivers communicate to the Police that they are there to pick up runners. All drivers must remain with their vehicle the entire time. ANY VEHICLE LEFT UNATTENDED WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TOWED.
All spectators at the Navy Yard will be required to go through security check points to enter the Marine Parade Grounds. No backpacks, duffel bags or coolers are permitted in the Navy Yard. If you bring items into the Navy Yard, they must be in one gallon size clear bags. All items are subject to search by security.
RACE DAY FAMILY FUN
Dunkin’ Munchkin Zone at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Once again, the whole family is welcome on race day to the Dunkin’ Munchkin Zone at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.
Bring the kids down to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where the festivities start at 7:30 AM. Events for your little runners include the Diaper Derby, the Dunkin’ Munchkin Run, and dashes for all ages, face painting, clowns and more. Commemorative T-shirts are available for the first 500 participants and all Kids Fun participants will receive refreshments. Entry fee is just $5 per child (Ages 2 and under FREE).
Fun Miler Participants must be ages 6 to 12.
Register in advance at the EXPO, or starting at 7:00 AM on Race Day.
All Kids Fun Activities will end by 10:00 a.m.
Runner tracking will be available in 2019 – to sign up, click here
In 2019, no age group awards will be given on race day. Age group awards will be mailed after the results are final.
PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department are coordinating security measures with all law enforcement agencies – city, state and federal, to create a safe, enjoyable experience for all runners, workers, volunteers and spectators.
Please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 9-1-1 or to law enforcement personnel. Do not store, hide or leave any personal items, backpacks or packages along or near the race course, including the start and finish line areas near Central High School or the Navy Yard. No backpacks, coolers, or non-clear bags permitted. Necessary exceptions, such as diaper bags, will be subject to search.
As part of our public safety protocol, we encourage you to sign up to receive emergency information on Race day. You can sign up to get notifications by texting RunPHL to 888-777.
Spectators and guests entering the Navy Yard have the following restrictions: Only clear bags will be permitted into the Navy Yard with the exception of diaper bags and photographers’’ bags (for those with authorized Photographer credentials, subject to verification). No backpacks, luggage or coolers will be permitted and will be confiscated at the checkpoints and will not be returned. These items should remain in your personal vehicles and should not be brought to the Navy Yard.
Thank you for helping to keep yourself and those around you safe.
BECAUSE WE CARE
We will be collecting all discarded clothing at the start corrals. All apparel will be distributed to local men’s women’s and family shelters.
Sneakers can be dropped off at the Back On My Feet Booth at the Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the Expo hours.
The American Cancer Society has been the charity partner of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run for over 30 years! To date over $6,000,000.00 dollars have been raised for the American Cancer Society by the participants of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.
This year the Blue Cross Broad Street Run is taking steps to ensure sustainability at our event this year. Our goal is to reduce the event’s carbon footprint and continue to make environmental strides by implementing green initiatives that reduce waste, reuse resources and recycle materials.
How you can help:
Walk or take SEPTA to get around the city
Ask your hotel to not change your sheets and towels with each cleaning service
Make use of our Big Belly solar-powered trash cans while exploring Center City Philadelphia
Visit local businesses-local production leaves less of a carbon footprint
Return cups and other products to the proper containers for recycling/composting after use.
Volunteer as a Waste Watcher. We are partnering to create a team of volunteers who help educate race attendees about recycling and compost. At the race Start, water stops, and spectator areas, Waste Watcher volunteers will help event goers sort their trash, recycling, and compost into the right containers. You will also receive a free volunteer t-shirt!
Even our Health & Wellness Expo is “going green.” The Pennsylvania Convention Center, which hosts the Expo, performs single stream recycling to divert waste from landfills. The recent expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center achieved LEED® certification in 2011.
Don’t stop after the Blue Cross Broad Street Run!
Mark your calendars for another City run event. The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend is November 22rd to November 24th. Visit http://www.philadelphiamarathon.com for details!
Make sure you hydrate throughout race weekend. Have a Great Race!
Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Please note error in the printed version of the 2019 Race Guide. The Philadelphia Challenge fleece is not applicable to 2019, but stay tuned for details on the 2020 Philadelphia Challenge.