A Spectator’s Guide To The 35th-Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run Which Races Into Town This Sunday, May 4

Cheer on the participants as the 35th-annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns to Center City Philadelphia this Sunday, May 5. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

On your mark, get set, go!

The annual Broad Street Run, the largest 10-mile race in America, returns to Philadelphia — and closes down Broad Street — this Sunday, May 4.

The race begins at Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue, from there, more than 35,000 runners head down Broad Street to the finish line at Broad and Farragut streets at South Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.

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 views, and a more festive vibe, than others.

Throughout the race sidelines, find live entertainment from cheerleading squads, drill teams and musical groups.

Temple University: The majority of Temple University’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. Cheer on friends, family and strangers, too!

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.

Finish Line: For those looking to sit and watch the participants, the Finish Line at the Navy Yard is slated to have a limited number of bleacher seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, the finish line is home to a number of vendors and festivities.


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.

Browse an array of items from sport-specific vendors like Modell’s for official race apparel. Also enjoy festive offerings like family-friendly games and caricatures.

More information, below.

Also root for the finishers as the top participants are honored on the nearby Awards Stage.

The finish line area also provides guests with a designated refreshments area for snacking and sipping throughout the festivities.

Metro Kids Fun

Children are invited to take part in their own type of Broad Street Run merriment at Metro Kids Fun at the finish area 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. Look forward to face painting, games, a balloon bounce, rides, petting zoo and a magician. All activities begin at 7:30 a.m.

In addition to fun and games, children are encouraged to show off their best sprint in an assortment of age-based races of all different lengths. Click here for the breakdown of kid-friendly runs.

Super Spring Weekend

The Broad Street Run comes on the heels of a huge day of festivals — a day we’ve dubbed as Super Spring Saturday.

In addition to major festivals on Saturday, May 3 — like the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival and the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Carnival on the Parkway, Sunday also holds its own with a number of awesome festivals.

Beyond the Broad Street Run, Sunday, May 4 promises the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village and SundayOUT! At The Piazza.

Broad Street Run
When: Sunday, May 4, 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

The Broad Street Run brings a ton of festive energy to all parts of Philadelphia. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

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