The Blue Cross Broad Street Run has long been a favorite race for both avid runners and the somewhat less experienced. It has been a Philadelphia tradition since the early 1980’s and holds the place as the largest ten-mile road race in the United States with 40,689 runners at the starting line in 2012. Not to mention the masses of people throughout the race cheering on the runner.
Starting in the Logan neighborhood at T.S. Park the runners pass by areas such as Temple University, City Hall, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The Broad Street Run finishes at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. As a participant, one really gets to see a lot of the city. One of the reasons the race is so popular is because of its nearly flat route. It doesn’t matter if runners finish 1st or dead last every participant receives a medal.
With only three week until the Broad Street Run, seminars have been available through The Drexel University Center for Running Performance and Research. Drexel experts have been lending their expertise regarding nutrition, the psychological and physical demands of training, and how to prevent injuries while running. A few pieces of advice were: Hydrate adequately the night before. If you over-hydrate on the day of the event it can lead to electrolyte imbalances and discomfort. Another important piece of advice was to think positively during the entire race. Finally, of course to enjoy the race!
After finishing The Broad Street Run, don’t sit on the couch. There are many races throughout Philadelphia in the summer. And don’t forget about The Philadelphia Marathon in November!