Broad Street Run: Beautiful Weather, Inspiring Stories, and a Proposal

The ten-miler, the biggest race of its kind in the country, attracts over 40,000 runners.

May 7, 2018

It's ten miles down Broad Street, from Central High School to South Philadelphia.  Over 40,000 runners flock to the city, entering lotteries and fighting over a limited number of bibs to compete.  It's the Broad Street Run, a literal institution in our city, and it happened on Sunday in the early-morning sunshine.

The Broad Street Run is all about positive emotions...achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, endorphins and pure adrenaline, and some heartwarming stories, to boot.

Take the story of Edith Lewis, from Newark, Delaware.  This was her second Broad Street Run, and she had a wonderful time, stating the time she spent training and the beautiful weather had her feeling strong even through the finish line.

It's when she's being interviewed for the news about her accomplishment, however, that you see her composure waver.  Why is that?  It's because her nattily-dressed boyfriend suddenly joins her on camera...warranting only a brief "Hey" from the racer...before he drops to one knee, offers her a gorgeous diamond, and asks for her hand in marriage.

Or, how about the story of Emelia Perry?  Emelia finished first in the wheelchair portion of the race.  She had run Broad Street for the past three years, before suffering a spinal cord injury after a fall from a ladder last summer.  Emelia, whose determination and resolve we can't even FATHOM over here, finished the race in 1:08:38.  For comparison, Sophy Jepchirchir, the female winner of the foot race portion, finished in 55:44.

Or, what about the story of those who are running for something which has sadly touched far too many of us...those who run to fundraise for the American Cancer Society?  It's the survivors, their families, students, advocates...all coming together for a common cause that the run helps facilitate.  For example, there's John St. Omer from Burlington.  He's a two-time survivor of stomach cancer, and a five-time Broad Street Run finisher.  He runs to raise money for the organization which is responsible for saving his life, saying, "Every nickel counts.  Every dime counts."

Says Michael Harker, also a five-year racer, “My uncle passed away from glioblastoma about 10 years ago.  If I can do something I enjoy while helping other people, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

The Broad Street Run is iconic, so Philadelphian that you expect to see Rocky pop up to run a leg.  The race attacts runners from all over, and, equally as importantly, keeps them coming back year after year.  Over at 96.5 TDY, we have such pride in this race, in our runners, in the city, and in the character of the sport which this event embodies.  Congratus to all those who participated, be you newly-engaged, running for a cause, or just the proud new owner of that coveted medal.  Well done!