Broad Street Run 101: Everything you need to know about Philly’s largest road race!
When: First Sunday in May at 8AM
Where: Starts at Somerville Avenue and follows Broad Street to the Philadelphia Navy Yard
What: The Broad Street Run is a point to point 10 mile course that starts in North Philadelphia and follows Broad Street to South Philadelphia, passing through the heart of the city. It is currently the largest 10 mile road race in the United States and has been named one of the fastest 10 mile courses by Runner’s World.
How to get there: There are many ways to get to where you need to be on race day but it is important to note: there is no parking available in the starting area of the race.
If you are coming from inside the city, the best way to get to the start area is to take the Broad Street Line free of charge on race day for runners. Just be sure to wear your race bib on the front of your shirt. Post race, you can either walk or take a shuttle from the finish area back to the Broad Street Line or parking areas near the stadiums.
If you are coming from outside the city and driving, you can find street or garages to park in anywhere along the Broad Street Line then take the subway (free of charge to runners on race day) to the start. There is also free parking available at the Stadium Complex located at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. From NRG Station by the stadiums it is about a 35 minute ride to the SEPTA station at Broad and Olney, just a few blocks from the start area. If you are coming from outside the city and plan to take SEPTA’s Regional Rail or Market-Frankford Line into the city, take it to Suburban Station then hop on the Broad Street Line from the City Hall Station. If you’re taking PATCO from New Jersey, get off at the 12th and 13th & Locust Station and walk two blocks west to the Broad & Locust Station on the Broad Street Line. Post race, you can either walk or take a shuttle from the finish area back to the Broad Street Line or parking areas near the stadiums.
What to do with your stuff on race morning: The Broad Street Run provides free gear check and transportation from the start area to the finish line area. On race morning, look for the gear check buses located around the start area on Olney Avenue, Old York Road, and Somerville Avenue. You will receive a clear plastic bag at the Health and Wellness Expo along with your race packet. Use this bag to check any belongings you want to have at the finish line but do not want to carry for 10 miles down Broad Street. Post race, your gear will be available to pick up in the Navy Yard at the south end of the Marine Parade Grounds, in the parking lot directly across Constitution Avenue.
No backpacks, hydration packs, coolers, or non-clear bags are permitted along the route, including gear check, start and finish areas for your safety and the safety of others
Gear must be checked onto a bus by 7:45 AM
Remember which bus number you check your gear on! Gear check is not by bib #.
Where are hydration stations on the course: Water and Gatorade will be available along the course and at the finish. Including the start and finish, there are 10 hydrations stations. There are four stations where Gatorade will be available, look for the bright green cups on the first tables of those stations on both sides of the street. Hydration stations will be located at the following mile marks:
2.2 miles (Gatorade station)
6.3 miles (Gatorade station)
7.8 miles (Gatorade station)
8.5 miles (Gatorade station)
Finish line (Bottled water available, one per runner.
Where can your friends, families, neighbors, pets watch the race: The Broad Street Run is a special day in Philadelphia and not just for runners. The entire city comes out to join in the fun and support the 40,000+ runners making their way down Broad Street. Here is a list of great spots to watch:
The start area near Broad and Fisher Streets
North Broad Street along the Temple University Campus
North Broad Street at Callowhill Street
City Hall — the 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 Street (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts)
South Broad Street at Jackson Street (South Philadelphia High School)
South Broad Street at Bigler Street
South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie’s & Pete’s
Broad Street and Pattison Avenue at the Sports Complex
Finish Line Area in the Philadelphia Navy Yard (bleacher seats are limited)
Please note that no bags, backpacks, or coolers are permitted in the Navy Yard. Any items brought into the Navy Yard must be in clear plastic bags. If you are bringing in a child with a diaper bag, the bag may be searched.
What to do after the race? Party in the park! The Official Broad Street Run After Party is in FDR Park on Sunday! Celebrate crossing the finish line with an iced cold brew from 26.2 Brew or a Truly Hard Seltzer. The after party is open to everyone, not just runners. Bring your ID and some $$! There will be food and beverages for sale. More info: http://ow.ly/acg330oAuul
Race Day Tips + Checklist
Arrive at the start area early to allow yourself enough time to check your gear, use portapotties, stretch and get into your corrals before the start at 8AM
Make a finish line plan to meet up with fellow runners, friends, and family.
The Navy Yard gate is not the finish line! Once you get to the Navy Yard sign, you still have a quarter of a mile left to run.
Bring your ID and some $$ for the official after party in FDR Park!
The Broad Street Run is an iconic Philadelphia experience. Take it all in - high five the crowds, clap for the gospel choirs and bands along the route, and enjoy every step of the way. It’s not too often that you get the chance to run through the heart of the city with 40,000 running friends!