PHILADELPHIA: Today Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell announced that the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Philadelphia’s premier 10 mile race, will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021. 

Over the last 40 years the Blue Cross Broad Street Run has become the largest 10 miler in the country, the largest municipal-led race, and the nation’s sixth largest road race. Like many races across the country, last year’s Broad Street Run was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Philly’s premier road race back to the city this fall,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. “The Broad Street Run is one of our city’s signature events, and we can’t wait to see everyone back on Broad Street in October. You don’t have to run to be a part of the race to enjoy the excitement of the Broad Street Run. Enjoy all the fun and festivities and the spirit of Philadelphia that makes our 10 mile race the best in the country.”


Participants in the May 2020 Broad Street Run are guaranteed entry into this year’s race. Registration for the 2021 Blue Cross Broad Street Run will open on July 15, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. for those who are guaranteed entry.  All runners who are guaranteed entry must complete their registration by July 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The 2021 race fee is $57.00. 2020 participants will receive a 20 percent discount at registration. 

In the event that all spots are not filled by 2020 registrants, there will be a limited lottery to fill any remaining spots. 

“As we celebrate our 25th year of sponsorship of the iconic Blue Cross Broad Street Run, we look forward to a successful – and safe – event,” said Gregory E. Deavens, Independence president and CEO. “Our support is particularly special this year because we are not only promoting exercise and good health, but also Philadelphia’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The race will be broadcast live in its entirety on Sunday, October 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on NBC10 and Telemundo62, and streamed live on the stations’ digital platforms. 

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run began in 1980 with 1,500 runners racing the 10 miles from Broad Street and Somerville Avenue to the old JFK Stadium. The route now ends at the Navy Yard and attracts upwards of 40,000 runners. Last year, runners completed the event virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Independence Blue Cross hosts a very active Blue Cross Broad Street Run Facebook page at and a popular Twitter account at @IBXRun10. Race updates are posted regularly, and runners can connect with one another, exchange training tips, and share stories.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of its people through stewardship of nearly 10,200 acres of public land and waterways, and management of 500 recreation buildings, 166 miles of trail, and 250 playgrounds. PPR offers safe, enjoyable recreation, environmental and cultural programs and events throughout Philadelphia’s parks and recreation system. PPR promotes the well-being and growth of the city’s residents by connecting them to the natural world, to each other and to fun, physical and social opportunities. In 2017, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, set about implementing the park system’s first strategic plan: Our Path to 2020 and Beyond. As a result, PPR is undertaking a period of historic change, setting the department on a course to become a modern, equitable and exceptional parks and recreation system. Visit us at, and follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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