Monday, May 1, 2023

Broad Street Run 2023

Official Clock

And that's a wrap. My 7th time running the Broad Street Run. I never thought this would become an annual tradition for me. They claim that Broad Street Run is the largest 10 mile run in the country. I don't know if this is true but to put the size into perspective, the Boston Marathon was 30,000 participants in 2023 while the Broad Street Run has 37,000 participants.

6am Train
Since the finish line moved again due to the construction at the Navy Yard, I arrived early to make sure I could park. That was a mistake. Since I went where the security directed me to park I thought it was a great spot. However, when the run was over it took almost an hour to get out of the lot. I was farthest from the exit and it seems that rather than direct cars around the back of the stadiums they had everyone wait for Broad Street to reopen.

The nice thing about arriving early was that the train was almost empty. In past years, I've been standing shoulder to shoulder with other runners as people crapped in to fit as many people as possible for the ride to Olney Station. 

The weather stayed decent at the startline and didn't start raining until I reached around city hall. The second half of the race was a downpour so I was soaking wet by the time I crossed the finish line. 

Participating with Team Determination made the start of the race very relaxed. We had a tent at the start where they provided some breakfast items such as fruit and pastries, and juice. They also had a private bag check so when we got to the finish, our stuff was separated from the masses. The nice thing at the finish line was besides finding my bag with ease, they had changing tents setup so I could remove my extremely wet shirt and put on a warm hoodie that I packed.