14,000 Articles of Clothing Discarded at the Broad Street Run Will Go to the Homeless

The local nonprofit Clothes-Pin picked up all the cast-offs at the starting line.

Clothes-Pin collected old shoes at this year's Broad Street Run Expo

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I’m happy to report that one of those 14,000 items was a purple hooded sweatshirt I left behind at the Orange Corral.

We’ve been digging the folks over at Clothes-Pin for a few years now, ever since we got the inside scoop on what happens to discarded clothes at the Philadelphia Marathon. As we learned, teams from the local charity sweep up the race-day cast-offs and redistribute them to local homeless shelters.

In addition to its race-day cleanup, Clothes-Pin was on hand at the Broad Street Run expo this year, where they collected bags and bags (and bags and bags) of old running shoes to give to those in need. I snapped the photo above at about noon on Saturday; I’m sure even more donations rolled in after I left. Good job, runners!

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