Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia this spring

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The 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia on Sunday, May 1. The nation’s largest 10-miler will take place on its traditional spring date for the first time since 2019.

The 2022 race will be in person, and individuals must be fully vaccinated—one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines—in order to participate. Runners also have the option to participate in a virtual run.

“I’m happy to welcome the Blue Cross Broad Street Run back to Broad Street this spring. This is another sign that Philadelphia is returning to normal, and I thank everyone who has been vaccinated and following public health guidance for helping us get here. I am also grateful to our partners at Independence Blue Cross for their continued commitment to this iconic race and to the health of our residents,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

The pandemic forced the 2020 Broad Street Run to go virtual, and last year, the race took place in the fall. Now organizers are thrilled to return one of Philadelphia’s most popular traditions to it’s usual springtime date.

“The first Sunday in May in Philadelphia has become synonymous with the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. As the title race sponsor for more than 25 years, we’re excited to welcome runners back this spring,” said Gregory E. Deavens, Independence Blue Cross president and CEO, in a statement. “Running is just one of many ways people can get active. It’s important to find an exercise routine you love and one you’ll stick to because fitness is vital to good health.”

Race organizers will continue to work closely with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In addition to proof of vaccination for runners, Covid-19 protocols include mandatory masking for runners at the start and finish line and mandatory masking for volunteers throughout the race. At this time, cheer zones and finishing area activities have been suspended for the 2022 race, and spectators are encouraged to cheer runners on from home.

“The Blue Cross Broad Street Run represents the best of Philadelphia: hard work, determination, and community spirit. I can’t wait to see all the runners on Broad Street this May,” said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell.

The lottery is now open and will close on Monday, Feb. 28. Selected runners will be alerted of their status by email in early March. For information or to register, visit

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