This was my first Broad Street 10 Mile Run. Unfortunately it was the week following my half marathon. I definitely was not recovered from that.
I think this was the largest race that I participated in (40,000 runners). While it was nice to see so many people in Philadelphia bonding and running together, I hated having to weaving in and around so many people. I definitely should have given a more accurate pace time. I got stuck with the largest corral at the end.
I picked up my packet at the expo during lunch and it was ridiculously packed. There was no direction from the staff. They separated us in lines and it was unfair how they let one side in even if those in the other side were waiting longer. *Know your bib number before you go. It will save you waiting in line.
I upgraded to the tech shirt for $15. While it wasn't that appealing, the line was the regular shirt wrapped around and around. So it definitely was good to bypass that. There were a good amount of vendors to check out.
Race day: There is free ride on the Broad Street subway (Orange) to the starting line. Imagine being a sardine, that's exactly how it was. Try to jump on the express line. At the starting line, there were porta potties but the lines were very long.
The course was straight down Broad Street until the Navy Ship Yard. There were some entertainment and lots of people with signs. Though people say it's mostly downhill, there is a noticeable incline in the route.
The finish line is not where you see the Navy Ship Yard sign. Don't get your hopes up too early. I think there was another .25 mi left. There were so many people running, don't expect a good picture of yourself at the finish line.
The medal was nice and pretty this year. But once you get your medal, you head into a tent to get your food bag. I finished earlier than my friends so I was fine. But my one friend did not get a food bag because people were taking multiple bags and there were all gone! The staff didn't even pull the tickets off the bibs.
Make a plan with your friends to meet somewhere beforehand because so many people couldn't get a signal on their phones, myself included. If you took the subway, unfortunately you have to walk about a mile back to catch the train but it's free for the runners.