Photos Broad Street Run: Philadelphia race attracts 27,000 runners

The popular race attracted nearly 28,000 participants for one of the fastest 10 miles in the country.

Participants of the 2022 Broad Street Run gather at the start of the race at the intersection of Broad Street and Fisher Avenue

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Nearly 28,000 runners put on their shoes on Sunday morning to take part in the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Runners filled corrals lined up on Broad and Fisher Avenue in North Philadelphia for the 8 a.m. race start. Over the next two hours, thousands completed the 10-mile trek, crossing the finish line at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex on Pattison Avenue.

Runners had a virtual option this year, although only in-person entrants were eligible for the Excellence Awards and $27,000 in cash prizes.

Competitors of all ages participated, with some even traveling from out of state to compete in

what the Broad Street Run website says is one of the fastest 10 mile courses in the country. It’s not just local fame: Runners World ranks the Broad Street Run as one of the most iconic in the country, noting that it attracts competitors from around the world.

Some runners donned tutus, one dressed as Charlie Chaplin and another cosplayed as Rick Sanchez from Adult Swim’s “Rick & Morty.” A notable number of attendees wore Bryce Harper’s signature Phanatic headband.

Spectators were strongly encouraged to stay home by city health officials as a precaution against COVID-19. This did not prevent several hundred Philadelphians, who moved along the course to encourage their neighbors.

A spectator at the 2022 Broad Street Run holds up a homemade sign encouraging runners to touch the poster to 'cure' Joel Embiid's eye.  The 76ers player is currently injured following an orbital fracture during a game last Thursday.
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The runners were greeted at the finish line by hundreds of supporters, with family and friends holding up signs, bells, flowers and water – or beer, depending on the mood of the finisher.

Robert Gaitho of Texas took first place overall with a time of 45 minutes and 51 seconds, missing the existing record – and a $1,000 cash bonus – by around 30 seconds. The best time in the history of the 10 miles was achieved in 2007 by Patrick Cheruiyot: 45 minutes, 14 seconds. Sarah Naibe took first place in the women’s race with a time of 52 minutes, 3 seconds.

In addition to title sponsor Independence Blue Cross, the Broad Street Run partners with several nonprofits and charities to help fund their efforts through donations and pledges from runners, including the American Cancer Society, the American Association of Cancer Research, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Students Run Philly Style and Get Back on My Feet.

Scroll down for more photos from the race.

Participants of the 2022 Broad Street Run gather at the start of the race at the intersection of Broad Street and Fisher Avenue
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A runner wears a pink tutu and matching tank top that reads 'Brunch'
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A participant of the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run dressed as Charlie Chaplin heads for the finish line
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A runner at the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run takes a drink of water from volunteers
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A participant in the 2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run dressed as Rick Sanchez from Adult Swim's 'Rick & Morty'
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Runners participating in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run approach their final mile in South Philadelphia
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Spectators hold a sign near the finish line of the 42nd Broad Street Run
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A girl is holding a sign saying
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Spectators with a sign representing their running club sit at the side of the course as participants complete their final mile of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run
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Participants in the 2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run are reflected in the window of a ticket kiosk outside Citizens Bank Park
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Runners head to the finish line at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run with the Philadelphia skyline in the background
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Participants in the 2022 Blue Cross Broad Street race pass the aid stations at Citizens Bank Park
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Runners participating in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run approach their final mile in South Philadelphia
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Runners taking part in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run around the Broad Street bend in Citizen's Bank Park to finish the race
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Robert Gaitho of Grand Prairie, Texas runs his final mile of the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Gaitho finished the race first with a time of 45 minutes and 41 seconds.
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Runner reunites with family after completing 10 mile run
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A runner takes a short break on the final mile of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run to hug his children, who were cheering from the touchline
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Runners enter Citizens Bank Park for their final mile
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Participants of the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run make their way to the finish line as a runner who has finished the race heads in the opposite direction
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Runners approach the finish line of the 42nd Blue Cross Broad Street Run as participants who have already finished head in the opposite direction
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A participant in the 2022 Blue Cross Broad Street Run wears his medal and holds a pretzel as he walks away from the course after finishing the race on Sunday May 1, 2022.
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