Lorraine Cephus read about the first-ever Broad Street Run in the Daily News. It was 1980, and she’d been running for a few years at that point, entering the many 5Ks and 10Ks that were popping up around Philly in those early years of a national running boom. So she clipped out the registration form from the paper, mailed it in with the registration fee—two dollars—and showed up at the start line alongside 1,575 other runners. Well, almost alongside them: Her train stalled just before the Olney station, and she had to sprint to make the run. She missed the starting gun by five minutes.
Yay! You’re running Broad Street! Good for you! Let the celebration begin … after you cross the finish line.
Friends, I’m here with a Broad Street PSA: Please do not wear the 2014 Broad Street Run race shirt at the 2014 Broad Street Run. As tempted as you may be to don your shiny new shirt, under no circumstances should you yield to that temptation. Here are five reasons why.
If you’re a newbie to distance running and Broad Street is your first big race, you might be feeling a tad lost on what you should and shouldn’t be doing to fuel up before and during the race. Should you eat mounts of spaghetti? Lay off high-fiber veggies? Down a cup of pre-race coffee? Lots to think about.
I talked to Unite Fitness VP and nutrition director Juliet Burgh about how she fuels up for a race and what she recommends to clients. “I take a balanced approach,” she says. The key? A good mix of protein, healthy fats and carbs, which, together, pack a wallop nutrients that your body can use for energy, muscle repair and more.
Let’s look at the three race fuel-up phases—the night before, the morning of, and during the race—in more detail, shall we?
The Broad Street Run has been held on the first Sunday of May since 1980, making this the 35th year. It is the largest 10-mile race in the United States with over 40,000 runners competing this year. The race starts at Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue at 8:30 a.m., and finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street in South Philadelphia. The run is known for its flat, even slightly downhill course, making it a favorite for athletes trying to set new personal records. Patrick Cheruyiot holds the men’s course record at 45:14 in 2007, and Catherine Ndereba holds the women’s course record at 53:07 in 1999. This year, the awards ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
Where to Park Near the Finish Line
• Behind the stadium complex in the Citizens Bank Park lot. Note: There is a Phillies game in the afternoon, so make sure to move your car by 1 p.m.
• FDR Park (enter from Pattison Avenue), located near the Pattison stop of the SEPTA Broad Street line
• Wells Fargo Center lots
Broad Streeters can breathe a sigh of relief: The torrential rain and flooding we’ve experienced these past 48 hours—and, that, according to my weather app will continue to plague us through Friday—shouldn’t be an issue for the Sunday’s Broad Street Run. In fact, when I talked to 6ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan yesterday, she was super upbeat about the prospects for the race.
I heard from few readers earlier this week who are worried about running Sunday’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run because of some lingering shin split pain from their months of hard training. So I wondered: Is there anything they can do at this point, just four days (!!) out from the race, to help them get to the finish line in one happy, strong, pain-free piece?
Good news: Yes, there is.
Not only did the Broad Street Run get a shiny new website this year (it’s so much better than the old one, don’t you think?), race organizers also just launched a new app.
Your post-Broad Street plans just got infinitely more awesome, runners. After you have your free beer at McFadden’s, head over to FDR Park, where Philadelphia Runner, Shake Shack, Philadelphia Brewing Co. and the Fairmount Park Conservancy are setting up a post-Broad Street Run tailgate party with—you guessed it—free beer.