The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is America’s largest 10-mile race and takes place on one single street in Philadelphia; Broad Street. Due in part to its nearly flat–and even slightly downhill route, it has become a favorite race among the running community for beginners and seasoned participants alike. If you’re thinking of running Broad Street this year – here are 5 reasons to run with Fairmount Park Conservancy:
1. GUARANTEED ENTRY
Since we are an official charity partner of the race, when you register with us, you get a guaranteed bib! Didn’t get a bib through the lottery? No problem – you can still join our team.
2. GUIDED TRAIL RUNS & HAPPY HOURS
When you join our team, you get the perk of attending group trail runs through amazing trails in different areas of Philadelphia’s parks. You’ll get to know some great trails that you can return to with your running buddies and see some of our trail improvements first hand!
Saturday, March 11 BELMONT PLATEAU (meet at Car Barn Lot)
Sunday, March 19 BELMONT PLATEAU (meet at Car Barn Lot)
Saturday, April 1 BOXERS TRAIL (meet at Mt. Pleasant)
Sunday, April 9 HORT CENTER (meet at Hort Center)
Saturday, April 22 COBBS CREEK (meet at Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway)
Saturday, April 29 BELMONT PLATEAU (meet at Car Barn Lot)
Sunday, May 21: BOXERS TRAIL (Meet at Mt. Pleasant)
Saturday, June 17th: BELMONT PLATEAU (meet at Car Barn Lot)
Sunday, July 30th: HORT CENTER (meet at Hort Center)
Saturday, August 12th: BOXERS TRAIL (Meet at Mt. Pleasant)
You’ll also have a chance to meet fellow runner/park lovers at our Group Run and Happy Hours at Philadelphia Runner on:
Wednesday, March 29 – 6PM at Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street)
Wednesday, April 19 – 6PM at Philadelphia Runner (1601 Sansom Street)
3. MAKING A DIFFERENCE
When you run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run with Fairmount Park Conservancy you are asked to pay a $25 registration fee and raise $475 by June 15th, 2017. The funds you raise help us fulfill our mission to make Philly’s parks the best they can be and make a difference for our work in Philadelphia parks – including trail improvements. By joining our team, you are making a difference for our parks! Learn more about some of the improvements our Broad Street teams have made since 2014.
4. YEAR LONG MEMBERSHIP
When you sign up to run with us, you get a $50-level membership to the Fairmount Park Conservancy which includes lots of great perks:
- Printed copy of our new 50 Unique Experiences in Fairmount Park map
- Free and discounted member events including guided hikes, runs, and more! Upcoming events listed here.
- Fairmount Park Conservancy stickers
- Members e-newsletter with exclusive member-only events and first chance to register for events.
- The exclusive Park Perk Pass! Includes discounts for park institutions and partners such as museums, cafes, and cultural and recreational attractions.
Click here for a full list!
5. COOL SWAG
We are still finalizing what our “cool swag” item will be this year – but in the past we’ve given our runners some pretty swanky New Balance singlets so you can bet that you’ll get something awesome!
Ready to sign up? Click here and you’ll be registered for the 2017 Blue Cross Broad Street Run in no time! And remember…don’t just run in the park, run FOR it!