Broad Street Run Back-Up Plan
The winners of the Broad Street Run lottery were announced today. The winners received a $43 charge to their credit cards and entry into Philadelphia’s trademark race. The Broad Street Run has a capacity of 40,000 participants. But, what about the participants that didn’t get in? If you’re one of the many that weren’t a part of the lucky 40,000 there is still hope! Check out the many ways you can still run the famous Philadelphia Broad Street Run:
Sign-up with a Charity
Maybe not getting into the Broad Street Run via lottery was a blessing in disguise. These options here make it so that you can run AND some Broad Street partners can benefit as well! Click here for the full list via the Broad Street Run page.
Run fast. Save lives. Easy enough right? The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program offers guaranteed entry into the race as well as providing fantastic training groups leading up to race day. Currently the ACS DetermiNation program list is currently FULL, but you can still add yourself to their WAITLIST. Even if you’re not a part of the DetermiNation squad you can still run with them. Their weekly group runs start at the Rocky Statue. Tuesdays 6:30pm and Saturdays 9:00am. All paces and athletes are welcome!
Fairmount Park Conservancy
This one is for the nature lovers or those that just love the amount of open space to run in Philadelphia. Sign up to run with this organization for GUARANTEED ENTRY. You’ll be supporting the preservation and improvement of the historic Belmont Plateau trails in Fairmount Park! By joining this group you’ll have access to many perks such as membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy at the $50 level, six training runs scheduled for 2/21, 3/1, 3/14, 3/38, 4/11, and 4/19, 10% off your purchases at Philadelphia Runner through May 4th, access to the Fairmount Park Conservancy after party, and more. Check them out with the link above and sign-up!
Back On My Feet
Equality, respect, discipline, teamwork and leadership. Those are the words that BoMF Philly lives by. Back on My Feet is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Support this group and get GUARANTEED ENTRY into the Broad Street Run and train with an amazing group leading up to BSR race day!
Students Run Philly Style
Students Run Philly Style transforms students’ lives through running and mentorship. They pair volunteer Running Leaders with teams of students to inspire them to push themselves further than they ever imagined. For many of these students, completing the Blue Cross Broad Street Run is unimaginable. Help them see what’s possible by signing up with this group AND get GUARANTEED ENTRY into Broad Street.
*Be aware that the spots in these groups do have a maximum capacity and will fill-up, so register fast!
Runner-to-Runner Bib Transfer
If you would like to explore other options than supporting one of the organizations then a bib transfer may be for you. If you find a runner that is unable to run the race they can transfer their bib to you. Read the correct way to transfer your bib with the link HERE. There is a $15.00 fee you will need to pay to transfer your bib to another runner and the deadline for this to be completed by is April 17th. The Blue Cross Broad Street Run does not permit the charging of fees over the standard entry fees for each event for a transferred registration. Overcharging will cause offenders to be banned from future races.The Broad Street Run will be opening up an official message board here for people wishing to transfer their bib on March 1st.
WHAT NOT TO DO
If you didn’t receive entry into the race DO NOT bandit the race! Runner’s World featured an article talking about why running a race without paying the entry is wrong and how it can be harmful for other participants. With all options available to get into the race why cause problems?
I’m in the Broad Street Run, but I’m Still Reading This…
If you have entry into the Broad Street Run already and are reading this article then this section is for you. Well, you have entry into this ten mile race, so you should probably train. The Bryn Mawr Running Company has opportunities to run four times during the week with a mix of experienced and beginner runners. We welcome all paces and focus on keeping the running community inclusive and fun for all. If our Bryn Mawr and/or Media locations are a little out of the way for you there are plenty of other training groups available to join. Two resources available to runners are RUN215 and RunPhil.ly. These two resources will help you find the perfect running group that fits you and will keep you active and informed in the running community.
If you are running the Broad Street Run we invite you over to the Bryn Mawr Running Co. after party in FDR park after the race. Follow us on Facebook for after party details as the race gets closer. Happy training everyone!