Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia in May

Broad Street Race participants are pictured running in the rain

Runners head into the final mile near the Navy Yard on South Broad Street during the 2019 Broad Street Run. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

Philadelphia’s Broad Street Run — canceled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 — will soon return to its traditional time slot: the first Sunday in May.

Officials announced registration details for the 10-miler, now in its 42nd year, on Friday.

Registration will open at midnight on Monday, Feb. 7 for those who are guaranteed entry. That includes runners who have competed in at least 10 consecutive races and runners who deferred their place in 2020 or 2021. Entry for those runners is guaranteed through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13.

The lottery for all other registrants will open at midnight on Monday, Feb. 14, and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28.

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Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement said that the race returning to Broad Street this spring is “another sign that Philadelphia is returning to normal.”

As with last year’s race, in-person runners will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Runners will still have the option to participate in a virtual run.

In addition to providing proof of vaccination, runners will be required to wear a face mask at the start and finish lines. Volunteers will also need to be masked throughout the race.

Race organizers encouraged spectators to cheer the runners on from home, as official Cheer Zones and Finishing Area activities have been suspended for the 2022 race.

COVID-19 concerns pushed last year’s race to October, with an estimated 17,000 in-person participants and another 1,500 people competing virtually.

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Outside of the canceled 2020 race, the Broad Street Run has ushered in upwards of 40,000 competitors every year since 1980.

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