Sunday, May 7, 2017

Race Review: My first #BroadStreetRun

My first #BroadStreetRun: was a bit nervous about the number of participants, 43k?! Heard the course was fast/flat/decline, ok with the distance (somewhat), biggest concern was crowds/personal space.

Additional back story: this morning thought to myself, this time last yr, wouldn't even think about doing this. Did a 10k last summer that lead me on my way to much bigger things.
Parking: more than ample parking, they have stadium parking lots. But you will need to take the train from parking to the starting line. Be at the stadiums early, the street lights towards parking were backed up. At 6:10 took 20 min to get from Citizens Bank Park to a parking space. The train was packed to the brim. Glad no one had B O, yet. Plenty of time for another port o pottie check when you get to your corral.
Race/elevation/scenery: ppl told me this was a flat/fast course, the majority of the course is either flat or a slight decline. There are a couple tenths of incline, but nothing to worry about. No nature scenery, all city. To begin the course you can see city hall. Oh, it's not that far. Doesn't seem to get any closer, even disappears for a few. There are awesome crowds, signs, dj's long the way. Was sure to slap high five with the Temple owl. We eventually get to city hall, just past the half way point. I hear former gov Ed Rendell was there, didn't stop for a selfie. Course narrows down around city hall, takes a few to open back up. Start to see signs for Phillies, almost by the stadiums, not really. As you do get to the stadiums, the Eagles drum line and Swoop are there, hi five Swoop! Race ends at the Navy Yard, entrance is sure to tell you your not done yet, another 1/4 to go. That was a long 1/4!
Aid: plenty of water along the course. Cops and medics the entire way. Aid stations at the finishing area. Big snack bag after completion of the race. 
The bling! Medal featuring City Hall. The medal also doubles as a bottle opener!

T-shirt included, upcharge to change it from cotton to tech. Image of a person running made up of all the Philly neighborhoods we've run though! 

My only complaint: finisher area, thousands of ppl, no cell or wifi reception, couldn't contact someone I knew was done. Took over an hr to find them.
Overall, would definitely do this again! 43k ppts registered (well managed), tons of great spectators, fast course, so much excitement!

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