The 39th annual Blue Cross Broad Street run kicks off in North Philly and proceeds 10 miles south to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.
Spectators are encouraged to head out to Broad Street to watch the race and cheer on the runners. Entertainment and refreshments are available along the course and at the finish line.
According to the official event website, some of the best places to watch the racers in South Philly include:
- South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts);
- South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School);
- South Broad Street at Bigler Street;
- South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie & Pete’s
- Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex.
Extra trains, bus delays
Racers are encouraged to park at the Sports Complex and take the Broad Street Line to the race start. To accommodate the crowds, according to SEPTA, “Participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run may ride the Broad Street Line for free before the race and until 9:00 a.m. Participants must display their official competitor’s race bib number to a SEPTA cashier to gain entry.”
Beginning at 4:10am ten additional Express Broad Street Line Trains will operate every 10 minutes to transport racers from the parking lots near AT&T (Pattison) Station to stops near the race start Olney Transportation Center and Fern Rock Transportation Center.
Many bus routes in South Philly will be temporarily detoured due to the race. Check SEPTA’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run Service Information page to see which routes will be detoured. During the race, check TransitView for up-to-date detour information.
Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will provide Broad Street run-related transit, weather and safety information. To receive mobile alerts, text RUNPHL to 888-777 or visit OEM’s ReadyPhiladelphia page.
Parking will be restricted on Broad Street before and during the race – watch for posted signs!