Broad Street Run

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The Blue Cross Broad Street Run, that takes place in Philadelphia on the first Sunday of May since the early 1980s, is the largest (40,689 runners in 2012[1]) ten-mile road race in the United States.

Course[edit]

The race starts at T.S. Park, in the Logan neighborhood, at the athletic fields at Central High School and goes south along Broad Street.[2] Runners pass Temple University, City Hall, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Kimmel Center.[3] The race finishes at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Due in part to its nearly flat (actually slightly downhill) route, it has become a favorite in the running community, working to establish personal best times.

History[edit]

The race was first run in 1980, with 1454 men and 122 women finishing. In that year and in 1981, participants ran straight through the courtyard of City Hall; since then, runners are diverted around the building.

Until 1989, the race ended with a lap around the field at JFK Stadium in South Philadelphia. After the stadium was condemned and demolished, the finish moved to FDR Park (on the other side of Broad Street), and then to the Navy Yard, about a quarter mile beyond the front gates.

Participation rose steadily through the nineties and exploded by the mid-2000s. Since 2013, registration has been handled by lottery, with about 40,000 entrants, and roughly 35,000 runners finishing the race, the majority of them women.[4]

Course records[edit]

  • Open Male: Patrick Cheruiyot, 45:14, 2007[5]
  • Open Female: Catherine Ndereba, 53:07, 1999
  • Master Male: Andrey Kuznetsov, 50:13, 2002
  • Master Female: Sandra Mewett, 57:56, 1992
  • Open Wheelchair Male: Tony Nogueira, 32:05, 2007
  • Open Wheelchair Female: Jessica Galli, 39:59, 2001
  • Master Wheelchair Male: Tony Nogueira, 33:52, 2008
  • Master Wheelchair Female: Jacqui Kapinowski, 49:19, 2008

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
18th 1997  John Mwai (KEN) 47:42  Elaine Van Blunk (USA) 54:45
19th 1998  John Mwai (KEN) 48:44  Teresa Wanjiku (KEN) 57:13
20th[6] 1999  Elijah Kitur (KEN) 47:41  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 53:07
21st 2000  Ben Kimondiu (KEN) 49:52  Anastasia Ndereba (KEN) 57:10
22nd 2001  Ronald Mogaka (KEN) 46:48  Misti Demko (USA) 55:14
23rd 2002  Simon Wangai (KEN) 45:16  Cassie Byrne (USA) 55:25
24th 2003  Simon Wangai (KEN) 45:19  Kate Fonshell (USA) 56:41
25th 2004  Julius Kibet (KEN) 48:07  Maria Buseinei (KEN) 57:32
26th 2005  John Itati (KEN) 47:59  Marina Ivanova (RUS) 55:37
27th 2006  Nathan Kosgei (KEN) 48:18  Olga Romanova (RUS) 53:21
28th 2007  Patrick Cheruiyot (KEN) 45:14  Naomi Wangui (KEN) 53:43
29th 2008  Philip Koech (KEN) 46:23  Jane Murage (KEN) 54:16
30th 2009  Linus Maiyo (KEN) 47:19  Jane Murage (KEN) 53:29
31st 2010  Alene Reta (ETH) 48:10  Bizunesh Deba (ETH) 55:13
32nd 2011  Ketema Nigusse (ETH) 46:29  Malika Mejdoub (MAR) 55:40
33rd 2012  Henry Kiplagat Rutto (KEN) 47:06  Esther Erb (USA) 55:28
34th [7] 2013  Ayele Feisha (KEN) 47:03  Askale Merachi (KEN) 53:46
35th 2014  Mourad Marofit (MA) 47:06  Bertukan Germame (ETH) 55:25

Deaths[edit]

  • 1998 - Richard Lagocki, 45, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[8]
  • 2007 - Robert A. Massaroni, 29, Holland, Pennsylvania, was a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Shafer Middle School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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