With large events canceled, Philly races adjust — again

Justin Udo
July 14, 2020 - 5:38 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Philadelphia Marathon has officially been canceled. And while the iconic Broad Street Run is still on, it’s not in its usual form this year.

    The Broad Street run has been a Philadelphia staple since 1980. 

    But this year, the run, which was already postponed from March to October, is moving to a virtual format, where runners are encouraged to do the 10-mile trek on their own.


    “We'll send a package to all of the runners, including a race shirt, a finisher’s medal, a mask you can wear while you're running,” said director Leo Dignam.

    Dignam says the 40,000 plus runners who signed up for the Broad Street Run will not get a refund as they've already paid for the runner's swag. But the 10,000 runners who've already signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon have some options when it comes to a refund.

    “They can defer to the next three years if they want, they can get a refund, or they can donate their registration fee to the American Association of Cancer Research,” Dignam said.

    As a consolation, runners who've registered for Broad Street Run will get 20% off their 2021 registration.