How to Navigate the Broad Street Run Expo

Ah the pre-race expo—that celebrated ritual marked by a lot of excitement, a tiny bit of panic, and annoyingly long lines. Here, the ultimate FAQ for the Broad Street Run Expo to help you navigate the crowds like a pro.

Where is the expo, anyway?

Lincoln Financial Field on the SCA Club Level. (For anyone else who couldn’t care less about sports, that would be the Eagles stadium. Only me?)

What are the hours?

The expo is open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When’s the best time to go?

On Friday, if you can make it out there during the day at a time that doesn’t overlap with lunch hour (i.e. 11:30 to 2ish), you should be fine. On Saturday, it’s a crapshoot. Race organizers are asking people to follow a schedule according to their last names to keep the lines moving: last names starting with G-M should plan to go from 8 to 9 a.m.; N-Z from 9 to 10; and A-F from 10 to 11. All letters should go from noon to 5.

Can I get there without driving?

Yes. There will be free shuttle-bus service from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard (northeast corner) on both Friday and Saturday, running every 30 minutes. The bus will drop off and pick up at the stadium at Lot K off 11th Street. Look for the yellow school buses filled with adults.

On Friday, bus service will begin at 9 a.m., with the last departure from JFK at 4:15 p.m. The last bus you’ll be able to take from the stadium back to Center City will leave at 5:30.

On Saturday, you can catch the bus from Center City starting at 7:30 a.m. The last bus will depart for the stadium from that location at 4:15 p.m. The last bus leaving from the stadium for Center City will head out at 5:30.

Ugh. I have to drive. How do I get there?

Ah, bummer. Well, the good new is, if you have to drive, parking at the stadium is free. There are specific directions here, if you seriously don’t know how to get to the Link, but just know that you should enter at Lot K by turning south on 11th Street from Pattison Avenue.

What do I need to bring with me to pick up my bib?

You’ll need to print off a copy of the confirmation email you got from the Broad Street Run containing your bib number and corral assignment. You may also have to show a photo ID. (It’s not officially in the instructions from BSR, but I was asked for an ID one year, so I always bring it now, just in case.)

Am I allowed to pick up my friend’s bib for her?

Yes, so long as you’re prepared with the right documentation. You need your friend to send you her confirmation email with her bib number and corral assignment. The email should also include a note from her authorizing you to pick up her bib. For this, you will absolutely need to show an ID. One year, I was also quizzed on my friend’s address, so that might be useful to have on hand, too.

Do I get a free t-shirt? Please tell me I get a free t-shirt.

Yup, you’ll get one. Other freebies we usually see at this expo are coffee samples from Dunkin’ Donuts, and things like Power Bars, gels, etc.

What else is in my race packet?

Your race bib with a ChronoTrack B-tag timing device, of course, plus a race info program guide, which has maps of the start and finish area, along with other useful info. This year, organizers are also handing out stickers with a “From Boston to Philly” logo as a show of support for the city of Boston following the bombings. Runners are encouraged to wear the stickers on race day, along with red socks.

Do I need to bring anything else?

Other than an ID, no, not specifically. But the organization Clothes-Pin will be collecting old sneakers to send to local shelters, so if you have any to spare, bring ’em. The group will also collect discarded clothes on race day.