PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Broad Street Run is back with some major adjustments due to the pandemic, from required vaccinations to even the number of runners. The Broad Street Run Expo opened Friday at 11 a.m., but batches of athletes lined up before the doors opened.
The competitors got their competition bibs and trackers after proving their vaccination status.READ MORE: Maurice Hill, Man Accused Of Shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers During 2019 Standoff, To Begin Trial Monday
The typical field is around 40,000 runners, but this year cut that number in half. Some have opted to run the 10-mile race virtually instead.
Organizers have adjusted the race in multiple ways, from forbidding in-person spectators to limiting the expo itself. The Convention Center setup is only open to participants.
Doors are officially OPEN and runners are picking up their bibs for Sunday’s Broad Street run!! Runners can drop in til 7pm tonight and tomorrow btwn 9a-6pm. Only registered participants allowed inside the expo this year!! pic.twitter.com/x1XKAU9h82
— Alecia Reid (@alecia__reid) October 8, 2021
There are two new turns to the course this year. One is near City Hall and in the Stadium District to accommodate planned construction.
All of this to say volunteers and racers are excited to get back into a bit of normalcy. Volunteer Sharon Ellison said the people are who make this event special.READ MORE: Shooting Inside Lancaster's Park City Center Mall Leaves Some Employees Feeling 'Not Exactly Safe'
“I love to get out and meet people. I’m glad it’s back out again,” she said.
COVID has added an extra obstacle for some — training and managing that during a global pandemic. Runner Howie Steiner shared his solid plan with CBS3.
“[I’m] just winging it this year, I’ve been doing 4,5 miles so let’s see what happens. It’ll be fun,” he said.
SEPTA is offering free riders for runners on race day. For more information on the event and its changes including road closures, click here.Philadelphia Weather: Coolest Day Since May As Sweater Weather Continues
The expo is open for check-in until 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.