City Issues Statement on Medical Emergency at 2019 Blue Cross Broad Street Run

PHILADELPHIA — The City issued the following statement from Mayor Kenney and Race Director Leo Dignam regarding a runner who suffered a medical emergency and passed away after the 2019 Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 5:

“The City of Philadelphia and Blue Cross Broad Street Run organizers extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Brian Smart, a race participant who lost his life yesterday. We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and our thoughts are with his loved ones. Brian suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. We are grateful to our first responders and the hospital staff who tried valiantly to save his life, and those who were there to aid and comfort his family. The entire city stands with Brian’s family and friends in the wake of their loss.”

The Medical Examiner’s Office is currently investigating the cause of death. Because the investigation is still ongoing, the City cannot disclose anything further about his passing.