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May 1, 2013

A Spectator’s Guide To The Annual Broad Street Run, Returning To Philadelphia This Sunday, May 5

The Broad Street Run closes down Broad Street this Sunday, May 5 and welcomes more than 40,000 talented runners from all over. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

Little known fact, the largest 10-mile race in America takes place right here in Philadelphia and is none other than the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

The Broad Street Run is truly a sign of spring, and it’s scheduled for this Sunday, May 5.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue. More than 40,000 runners head down Broad Street to the finish line at Broad and Farragut streets at South Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.

The participants are broken up in to eight categories based on their expected finish time and each jet off at different times. The first group to go is the Elite and Seeded Corral at 8:30 a.m.

The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department are coordinating security measures to create a safe and fun experience for all. For more on safety, runners and spectators can check race weekend information here and visit www.readynotifypa.org.

Read on for our guide to watching the annual Broad Street Run complete with a map and insider tips.

Where To Watch

As long as you line up along Broad Street, you’re guaranteed a view of the tens of thousands of runners. But there are a few spots along the course that boast better (and maybe even less crowded) views than others.

Temple University: The majority of Temple’s North Broad Street campus surrounds a section of the course. Set up shop along Broad Street wherever you see the Temple flags flying. Temple’s Broad and Oxford Streets marks the second water station after the start line for runners.

City Hall: The west side of City Hall (at Dilworth Plaza) is another key spot to catch the Broad Street Run festivities. It’s just past the halfway point at Broad and Spring Garden streets, so runners are bound to be in good spirits.

Avenue of the Arts: South Broad Street’s Avenue of the Arts is home to a number of great places to watch the Broad Street Run. Whether you’re crowding on the edge of the sidewalk or watching from the top of the stairs at the University of the Arts’ Dorrance Hamilton Hall.

Broad Street and Washington Avenue: The big intersection at Broad and Washington is a spacious spot for attendees to watch and cheer on runners as they are well past the half-way mark, but still have a few miles to go. Cheer on friends, family and strangers, too!

Broad Street and Pattison Avenue: Cheer on runners in the final leg of the race. The Sports Complex allows for plenty of open space for crowds to gather and root for the masses.

Navy Yard: Head down to the finish line to check out all of the epic finishes first hand. While spectators are not allowed on the sidewalk by the finish line, bleachers will be set up for a view of the very last leg of the race in-between Intrepid Avenue and Farragut Avenue (the finish line) on Broad Street.

MetroKids Fun at the Broad Street Run

Children are invited to take part in the Broad Street Run merriment at Metro Kids Fun at the Broad Street Run located at the Navy Yard. Registration for Metro Kids Fun begins at 7 a.m. and is $5 per child, children under 2 are free. The fun and games are for children 12 and under. Activities begin at 7:30 a.m. In addition to face painting, games, a balloon bounce, rides, petting zoo and a magician (woah). Plus, children are encouraged to show off their best sprint in an assortment of age-based races of all different lengths.

Vendors and More

The Navy Yard is home to runner’s favorite part of the race (the finish line) and a number of booths and vendors for Broad Street Run attendees. Refreshments will be available for spectators at the Navy Yard in addition to a booth from Dunkin’ Donuts, family-friendly games, arts and crafts and a Modell’s booth for official race apparel. The full map of the Navy Yard offerings is available, below.

Cheerleading squads, drill teams and live music fill the race course as well. Look out for these spirit-raising groups along the course of the race.

Broad Street Run
When: Sunday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Start Line, Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue; Finish Line, Broad and Farragut Streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.broadstreetrun.com

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