The annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run is coming to Philadelphia once again and is a great way to see the city while getting some exercise.
On Sunday, May 6, starting at 8 a.m., runners will race a 10-mile stretch down Broad Street from North Philadelphia to the Navy Yard on the Delaware River Waterfront. There will be spectators that line the street along the course to cheer on participants. The event is free for spectators but runners who wish to participate must register online and pay a $53 registration fee. If you’re planning on cheering on a friend of loved one during the race, spectator information including the best views of the race along the race route is available online.
Runners in this race will get to see some of the most important landmarks Philly has to offer along their route, including City Hall, Temple University, The Avenue of the Arts, and the Sports Complex.
This is a USATF-certified race with nearly 40,000 runners expected to participate this year. There will be water stations, port-a-potties, first-aid stations, and numerous ambulances located throughout the course for the runners. There is also free entertainment along the route.
Because of limited parking in the city on the day of the race, runners are being asked to park for free at the Sport Complex near the finish line. The SEPTA Broad Street subway line can be taken from there to the race’s starting area at Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue. Runners who display their race numbers on the front of their shirt will be able to ride the subway free of charge on that day.
The finish line is at the southern end of Broad Street just inside the main gate of the Navy Yard. There will be refreshments and an award ceremony after the race.
But after a long, 10-mile race you will likely need more than just some refreshments. Running can work up quite the appetite and that’s why after the race you and your racing friends should head on over to Geno’s Steaks for the best Philly cheesesteaks in town.
Geno’s Steaks has been serving customers delicious food for more than 50 years and is a staple of Philadelphia cuisine. What better way to finish off a day of taking in the city than eating at one of Philly’s most notable food joints? If you plan on participating in the Broad Street run annually, you can even make a tradition out of grabbing lunch at Geno’s after the race each and every year.
To learn more about the Blue Cross Broad Street Run or to register for the race, visit their website www.broadstreetrun.com.