If there’s one thing we can be sure of with regards to the 2013 Broad Street Run, it’s this: registration will be handled with a lottery for the first time ever and, if last year is any indicator, getting a spot for the May 5th race isn’t going to be easy. While there are still question marks about how the race will handle veteran runners (I’ve been stalking race director Jim Marino for a few weeks—sorry Jim!—and finally heard back on Monday that he has no news for me on this front. Womp woooomp.), one thing we do know is that Broad Street’s charity partners do have bibs for runners who are willing to fundraise, but those bibs are going fast.
Yesterday, I checked in with the charity reps to get a remaining bib count, since their spots went up for grabs starting in early November. Heather McDanel and Kristin Daly-Barnes at Students Run Philly Style reported that of the 250 bibs they had to dole out, only 80 remain. The American Cancer Society, which began with 750 bibs, has 173 left. And at Back on My Feet, only 15 bibs remain of the group’s 250. Runners who decide to sign up with a charity must commit to raising at least $500. The good news is, collectively, charity runners have raised over $70,000 for the three causes so far—not too shabby, considering we’re still four months out from race day.
If you want to risk it, the Broad Street lottery will open sometime in February. More details on how it’ll work as I have ‘em.
UPDATE: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training just informed me that they have charity bibs for Broad Street, too. Of the 80 slots allotted them, 39 remain. Sign up with Team in Training here.