What began in the 1980s as a dash up Broad Street is now the largest 10-mile race in all of America. This spring, the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia, making its way through town on Sunday, May 4.
More than 23,000 people have already registered for a spot in the lottery for a chance to participate in the festive annual race, and lottery registration was recently extended to the night of Saturday, February 15 for a shot at one of the approximately 37,000 race bibs available to the public.
But thanks to the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, folks now have the opportunity to skip the lottery and support Philadelphia parks by fundraising for a Broad Street Run bib.
Just sign up right here before Monday, April 14 and commit to raising $500 in funds that will then benefit enhancements to the historic Belmont Plateau trails.
Besides a guaranteeing runners a spot in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, the fundraising commitment also includes a VIP packet pickup and 10-percent discount at Philadelphia Runner, membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, a ticket to the Glow in the Park event in October 2014, a pre- and post-race tailgate party the day of the race and more.
Those who register to participate in the run for Fairmount Park are invited to a kickoff party at Philadelphia Runner on Wednesday, March 12, as well as to two training runs at the Belmont Plateau trails on March 22 and April 5.
For more information and to register to run for the park, check right here.
Blue Cross Broad Street Run Registration
When: Lottery, entry through Saturday, February 15; Conservancy Fundraising, entry through Monday, April 14; Race, Sunday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Racing start Line, Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue; Finish Line, Broad and Farragut Streets
More info: www.myphillypark.org and www.broadstreetrun.com