Broad Street Run

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Broad Street Run
DateFirst Sunday in May
(Canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
LocationPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Event typeRoad
Distance10 miles (16 km)
Primary sponsorIndependence Blue Cross
Course recordsMale: Patrick Cheruiyot  KEN, 45:14, 2007
Female: Catherine Ndereba  KEN, 53:07, 1999

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run, which has taken place in Philadelphia on the first Sunday in May since the early 1980s, is the largest (40,689 runners in 2012[1]) 10-mile road race in the United States.


The race starts at T.S. Park, in the Logan neighborhood, on the front lawn of historic Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and at the athletic fields at Central High School. The course stretches south along Broad Street.[2] Runners pass Temple University, Roman Catholic High School for Boys, 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 for those working to establish personal best times. All finishers receive a medal.


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 1990s and exploded by the mid-2000s. Since 2013, registration of single runners (though not teams) has been handled by lottery, with about 40,000 entrants, and roughly 35,000 runners finishing the race, the majority of them women.[4]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 race did not occur on the first Sunday of May as planned. It was postponed until at least Sunday, October 4th, 2020.[5] This is the first time in the event's history that it didn't occur on the first Sunday of May.

Course records[edit]

  • Open Male: Patrick Cheruiyot, 45:14, 2007[6]
  • 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, 35:59, 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)
1st 1980  Mike Bradley (USA) 52:45  Jan Yerkes (USA) 1:03:45
2nd 1981  Jack Kruse (USA) 50:34  Sheila Dalo (USA) 1:03:25
3rd 1982  Jack Kruse (USA) 49:01  Pat Shiffert (USA) 57:48
4th 1983  Jack Kruse (USA) 49:46  Roberta Anthes (USA) 1:00:33
5th 1984  Kevin McGarry (USA) 48:23  Lena Holman (USA) 59:58
6th 1985  Jack Kruse (USA) 50:53  Renie Shields (USA) 59:02
7th 1986  Jim Van Blunk (USA) 49:05  Renie Shields (USA) 57:27
8th 1987  Jim Van Blunk (USA) 49:22  Renie Shields (USA) 57:51
9th 1988  Bob Schwelm (USA) 48:31  Shelly Steely (USA) 54:11
10th 1989  Briane Ferrari (USA) 49:10  Jane DiMarco (USA) 57:56
11th 1990  Jim Norris (USA) 47:53  Jan Yerkes (USA) 1:03:45
12th 1991  Brent Barnhill (USA) 47:55  Jillian Beschloss (USA) 56:22
13th 1992  Simon Peter (TAN) 47:43  Carol Haux (USA) 57:37
14th 1993  Khalid Kairouani (MAR) 47:13  Elaine Van Blunk (USA) 53:15
15th 1994  Eric Lorenz (USA) 49:21  Lori Roch (USA) 57:14
16th 1995  Joseph Kamau (KEN) 47:26  Gordon Bakoulis (USA) 55:18
17th 1996  Joel Onwonga (KEN) 47:27[7]  Lisa Vail (USA) 55:38
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[8] 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 [9] 2013  Ayele Feisha (KEN) 47:03  Askale Merachi (ETH) 53:46
35th 2014  Mourad Marofit (MAR) 47:06  Bertukan Germame (ETH) 55:25
36th 2015  Haile Mengesha (ETH) 47:54  Tigist Jabore (ETH) 53:34
37th 2016  Abebe Mekuria (ETH) 48:43  Crystal Burnick (USA) 57:07
38th 2017  Dominic Korir (KEN) 47:38  Askale Merachi (ETH) 53:49
39th 2018  Daniel Kemoi (KEN) 45:43  Sophy Jepchirchir (USA) 55:43
40th 2019  Daniel Kemoi (KEN) 47:20  Susan Jerotich (KEN) 54:47

Winners by Country

Number Country Last Time
36 United States 2018
28 Kenya 2019
9 Ethiopia 2017
3 Morocco 2014
2 Russia 2006
1 Tanzania 1992

Top Philadelphia Finsher (Richard Lagocki Memorial Award)[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
5th 1984   (USA)  Lena Holman (USA) 59:58
7th 1986   (USA)  Renie Shields (USA) 57:27
8th 1987   (USA)  Renie Shields (USA) 57:51
21st 2000  Rick McGarry (USA)  Andrea Niggemeier (USA)
22nd 2001  Rick McGarry (USA)  Andrea Niggemeier (USA)
23rd 2002  Bob Schwelm (USA)  Abby Dean (USA)
24th 2003  Matt DiPretore (USA)  Abby Dean (USA)
25th 2004  Matt Byrne (USA)  Andrea Niggemeier (USA)
26th 2005  Tom Haxton (USA)  Veena Reddy (USA)
27th 2006  Tom Haxton (USA)  Emily Kroshus (USA)
28th 2007  Macharia Yuot (USA)  Renee Gunning (USA)
29th 2008  Tom Haxton (USA)  Abby Dean (USA)
30th 2009  Tom Haxton (USA)  Sheila Klick (USA)
31st 2010  Gregory Bielecki (USA)  Emily McGregor (USA)
32nd 2011  Gregory Bielecki (USA)  Claire Hewitt (USA)
33rd 2012  Gregory Bielecki (USA)  Abby Dean (USA) 1:02:30
34th 2013  Paul Matuszak (USA) 51:11  Lauren Kelly (USA) 59:23
35th 2014  Geraint Davies (USA) 51:06  Catherine Campbell (USA) 1:01:46
36th 2015  Stephen Schelander (USA) 50:27  Claire Hewitt (USA) 58:33
37th 2016  Justin Garrard (USA) 50:07  Jessica Fragola (USA) 58:12
38th 2017  Patrick Richie (USA) 49:44  Margaret Vido (USA) 56:56
39th 2018  Duriel Hardy (USA) 49:31  Margaret Vido (USA) 57:01
40th 2019  Paul Matuszak (USA) 49:21  Samantha Roecker (USA) 55:38



  1. ^ Beautiful Weather Makes For A Perfect Day For The Annual Broad Street Run. CBS Philly (May 1, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-1-10.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2008-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Blue Cross Broad Street Run".
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2008-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Pray, Rusty (May 6, 1996). "Kenya's Onwoniga lonely at the top in Broad Street Run". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D3.
  8. ^ Fleischman, Bill (1999-05-03). Kitur Outduels His Kenyan Teammate. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved on 2011-10-13.
  9. ^ This year, Broad Street Run was more than just a race. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
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