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31st Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run

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Broad Street RunFor 31 years Blue Cross has been sponsoring the Broad Street Run, a 10-mile, half marathon race down Broad Street in Philadelphia. The run benefits the American Cancer Society through runners' donations and pledges. Runners start at Central High School Athletic Field on Broad Street and Somerville Avenue, and continue south along Broad Street all the way to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The south-bound lanes of Broad Street are closed off to traffic for the runners. 

starting line of the Broad Street RunThe course has been named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country by Runner's World. There are eleven water stations, digital clocks at each mile point, aid stations, port-a-potties, entertainment and numerous ambulances on the course, in addition to the police that monitor the entire event.

This year there will be over $18,000 in prize money! There will be a $1,000.00 course record bonus paid to the male or female winner if they better the existing course records (from the start gun time to the finish line, not the "net" time for each runner). According the Broad Street Run website, "All prize money winners must have a 2010 USA Track & Field (USATF) membership before prize money is awarded (except wheelchair winners.)" 

The course record to beat is Patrick Cheriuyot's 45 minutes 14 seconds in 2007 for men, and Catherine Ndereba's 53:07 in 1999 for women. 

Last year, on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 the Blue Cross Broad Street Run honored six runners who have participated in every Blue Cross Broad Street Run, along with six Department of Recreation Employees who have worked at every race for its 30 year existence. 

A weather advisory went into place this morning due to unseasonal heat. Fire hydrants were used as sprinklers to cool the runners down. 

The Broad Street Run is not the only race going on today. In Cincinnati, Ohio, the Flying Pig Marathon took off this morning, as did the Pittsburgh Marathon in Pittsburgh, PA.