Blue Cross Broad Street Run

North Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Running > 10 Mile

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Event Description

Start Area

The Broad Street Run starting line is at Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue. The race warm-up area is at the Central High School Athletic Field, located at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue, approximately one mile north of Route 1 and the North Broad Street Interchange. Portable toilets are located throughout the field for your convenience. A pre-race stretch will held roughly one hour before the start of the race.

Things to keep in mind:

More than 300 portable toilets will be located at the start. Allow yourself enough time to use these facilities prior to the start of the race.
Hydrate prior to the race. Look for Blue Water flags for water stations in the start area.
Please stay off of the surrounding streets
Please show consideration for residents and their property. Keep off the lawns, steps, and porches of residents.
Gear Check
You will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pick up that must be used on race day. ALL ITEMS MUST BE VISIBLE THROUGH THE BAG. NO BACK PACKS ARE PERMITTED IN THE START AREA AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT GEAR CHECK. You may check your gear onto buses that will safely deliver it to the finish line. Please read the following information carefully to avoid confusion at the start area:

Buses will be in various locations near the start area, including Olney Avenue, Old York Road, and Somerville Avenue. There will be no buses on Broad Street.
Check your gear early. All gear must be checked onto the buses by 7:45 a.m.
Buses will not be loaded by bib number.
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.
Do not try to check garments without a bag because they will not accepted.
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. Please make note of the bus number in which you checked your gear.

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.

Race Bibs

You must wear your official competitor's number on the front of your shirt. Please check the information on the bottom portion of your race bib (name, age, gender, etc. ) for accuracy. Please remember to fill out the medical information on the back of your race bib in case of an emergency. Present your small tear-off number to receive a packet of refreshments at the finish area.

If your contact information is incorrect or needs to be changed, or if your age or sex is wrong, please send an email to, or call the race office at 215-683-3594 and state your correction. Errors can also be corrected at the Solution Center at the Expo.

ChronoTrack Systems Timing Device

We will utilize the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system, a single-use bib tag. The timing device is embedded in the race bib.

Corral Positioning

We utilize a corralled, wave system at the start of the race. Corral assignment will be based upon the anticipated finish time that each runner provides when he or she registers. This system is used to ensure a smooth race start. All race numbers and corral assignments will be forwarded to the runners via email in late April.

Finish Line

The race ends approximately one-quarter mile inside the main gate of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, at the southern end of Broad Street.

Shuttle buses will be provided to and from the parking areas to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Look for the yellow school buses to save you the walk to and from the parking areas.

No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Lost Runners Information Tent

All runners should plan to meet up with family and friends at the Lost Runners Information Tent in the center of the Marine Parade grounds. No announcements about missing people will be made from the awards stage. If someone is missing, go to the nearest information booth for instructions.


Runners should remove the food tag from their bib and present it to the volunteers in the food tent at the finish area. Each runner receives one refreshment packet. Please be courteous to your fellow runners and limit your consumption to one refreshment bag.

The runners' refreshment areas will be blocked off from spectators and the general public. Please take your refreshments before you leave this area. Once you have left, please do not return to the refreshment area.

Additional water is available at water tanks around the parade grounds.

We would like the cooperation of all runners in helping to keep the Navy Yard clean. Please put all waste in the proper receptacles.

Runner Perks and Services

Each registered runner will receive a Blue Cross Broad Street Run T-shirt distributed at the Not for Runners Only Expo on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. Shirt sizes are not guaranteed. Please Note: If you upgrade to a tech shirt (the upgrade fee is $15) you will not receive the multi-colored T-shirt.
We provide free transportation to the start.
Entertainment will be provided along the race course (e.g., music, cheerleading squads, drill teams).
We provide free baggage/gear transportation to finish.
There will be a post-race celebration with music and refreshments.
All runners who finish will receive a medal.

Door Prizes

All registered runners are eligible for random drawings, which will be held throughout day. You must be present to win any of the door prizes! Door prize winners will be announced at the Awards Stage at the Navy Yard.

Drug Testing

Athletes who participate in the competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with the IAAF Procedural Guidelines for Doping Control or the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code. Drug testing, and the adjudication of positive findings, will be carried out by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Athletes found to have committed a doping violation will be disciplined according to USADA Protocol and suspended, if appropriate, according to IAAF rules. Such penalties may result in a period of ineligibility as well as disqualification from the event. Any substance taken by an athlete is at his/her own risk and may result in a positive sample. (This includes cold medicines, nutritional supplements and some over-the-counter medicines).

Information on drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA Drug Reference Hotline at: 1-800-233-0393 or on the USADA website at

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