What Runners Should Expect at the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Expo – NBC10 Philadelphia

What there is to know

  • The 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run – held annually since 1980 – takes place in person in the fall for the first time when the 10-mile run kicks off on Sunday, October 10.
  • Runners must prove their COVID-19 vaccination status to participate in the race on Broad Street.
  • The 20-miler 2021 has a different course and finish line. There are also limits on who can attend the race show.

This Sunday, October 10, 2021, thousands of runners (including this author) will put on their sneakers for the annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

“It is the largest, fastest and most popular 10-mile race in the country, attracting more than 40,000 participants from around the world,” race organizers said on their website.

But, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed this year’s road race through the heart of Philadelphia to make it like none of the previous four decades of racing with a new course, a different finish line and a mix of participants. virtual and in person.

Basically it won’t be your normal Blue Cross Broad Street Run. ??

Here are the answers to 10 questions that runners can ask themselves in the last hours before the race and the answers that each of you should know:

When, where does the race start?

The Large Blue Cross 2021 begins to 8 a.m. on Sunday at the normal location at North Broad Street and Fisher Avenue in North Philadelphia. It’s near the Einstein Medical Center.

Unless you’re an elite runner or a wheelchair athlete, don’t expect to start at 8 a.m. The rest of us will be divided into seven waves based on the estimated time of arrival.

Click here for maps of the starting area and waves.

Still want to run, but haven’t registered? Sorry, but you will have to wait until BCBSR 2022 as registrations for the 2021 race are closed. You can even start your workout now to make sure you’re ready.

When, where can I pick up my bib, my running shirt?

The 2021 Penn Medicine Health and Wellness Expo takes place at its usual location (the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia) in the days leading up to the race.

The the expo takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 8 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 inside Hall F at 1101 Arch Street.

You can pick up your race bib and shirt, purchase official race merchandise, and consult with suppliers – as usual – but there are changes due to COVID. Well-fitting masks are required for everyone inside the convention center, and expect fewer people at the exhibit (more on this below).

It is not clear what the freebie situation will be, you will just have to find out for yourself.

Click here if you need another registered rider to collect your equipment.

Can I bring my non-racing family members to the race exhibit?

Nope. Only fully vaccinated runners and volunteers are allowed to visit the exhibit due to changes related to COVID. So, leave the kids, friends and loved ones at home (unless they’re running the race).

When should I upload my proof of COVID vaccination?

Runners must upload proof that they have received Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines and are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Runners must upload proof of vaccine using this web page by Friday October 8. You can verify that they have your vaccine information by clicking here.

If you’re not fully vaccinated – or if you don’t want to share your vaccination status – then you can participate virtually, race organizers said.

What is the weather like on race day?

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team closely follows your race day forecast. From Wednesday, light rain and drizzle are seems likely on Sunday morning with temperatures in the 60s. It will also be quite humid, so be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after the race, even if your clothes are wet from the rain.

Dress appropriately – including protecting yourself from irritation – and make sure the soles of your sneakers are not worn, as this could cause your feet to slip along the way.

The best bet is to keep checking (here’s a link to our first weather alert page) throughout the week and through the weekend for specific weather details. Also download the NBC10 app for all race day weather updates.

How to get to the start line?

There are many options to get to the start line. Just a reminder for newbies or those who haven’t run the race in a while, that the BCBSR starts in a different part of town (North Philadelphia) than it ends (South Philadelphia).

SEPTA offers free rides on its Broad Street Line subway to the start area and for runners after the race as long as they have on their bibs. Basically, you can park for free at the Stadium Complex in South Philly, get on at the NRG station, and take the train to departure near the Olney Transport Center. The journey normally takes around 35 minutes, SEPTA says.

For those planning to access the subway along Broad Street, be warned: “Many trains are crowded and may not stop in some places heading north, so please allow plenty of time to get to the Broad Street Run start area, ”the race website says. .

Runners can also drive to the start area (parking can be difficult, however), get dropped off by friends or family, take an Uber or Lyft, ride a bike or even walk to the start.

The Central High School athletic field at North Broad Street and Somerville Avenue is the traditional warm-up / meeting area. However, non-runners are not allowed to be there this year.

If you want to check on your extra stuff (maybe a rain jacket), the Equipment Check Buses will be near the start line and then carry your stuff to the finish line as you run.

What is the route for the 2021 race?

The start line is the same, but the finish is not and the race deviates from its namesake route. along the way.

Instead of kissing Philadelphia City Hall like in previous years, downtown runners will turn right onto JFK Boulevard. The race website picks up the change from there:

“They will turn left on 16th Street; head south to Market Street; turn left on Market Street one block before following 15th Street south to South Penn Street in order to return on Broad Street. “

The descent to South Broad Street is the same to the stadium complex. This year, the race will not end at Navy Yard and instead will pass Citizens Bank Park (no Phillies playoff baseball) on the last mile of the race. To do this, runners will turn left before Pattison Avenue.

“The course follows Hartranft Street to Citizens Bank Way, where runners turn right before hitting Pattison Avenue,” the race website says. “The final stretch of the 2021 race route is along Pattison Avenue, and runners will cross the Broad Street intersection just before reaching the finish line.”

Click here for the course map.

The route is different, but you can still expect plenty of water stations along the way. And, the course is still sanctioned and certified by the USATF.

What should I expect in the new finish line area?

The Navy Yard is out, the NovaCare complex is in for BCBSR 2021.

Due to the construction of Navy Yard, the finish line is moved from the west side of South Broad Street to Pattison Avenue. The medals and awards ceremony will take place in the parking lot next to the Philadelphia Eagles training center.

Only runners will be allowed in the finish line area, so don’t expect the same party atmosphere you might be used to seeing after finishing the race.

Click here for the map of the finish area.

Do you still want to celebrate afterwards? Chickie’s & Pete’s, located at 1526 Packer Avenue in South Philly, will host the “Official Blue Cross Broad Street Run After Party”.

Are spectators allowed to cheer on runners?

Nounlike all previous Broad Street Runs, this year spectators are welcome to stay at home. There will be no cheering zone along the course or family meeting area at the finish line in 2021.

Friends and families can watch the race live on NBC10 and Telemundo62 Sunday morning instead.

“Spectators and families are encouraged to cheer on the runners virtually this year, by tapping into the livestream online or on NBC10,” race organizers said. “Spectators are strongly discouraged from attending the race in person this year.”

A good bet for runners is to set up the race to record it on your DVR and then relive your experience with your loved ones while wearing your finishing medal. You can even share your experience on social media using the # ibxrun10 hashtag.

What if I chose to run the race virtually?

You can choose to run your 10 miles anytime by Sunday. You must submit your results by Monday, October 11, 2021.

The virtual results will eventually be merged with the in-person race results. However, virtual racers are not qualified to win any prizes or money. So be honest when uploading your results as there is no incentive to lie and many of us are not in the same form of racing during this pandemic.

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