Today I ran the Broad Street Run. Ten flat miles through the city of Philadelphia. In the pouring rain. Not spitting. Not drizzling. Total downpour!  I did it, and I’m happy with myself. More than a little annoyed that the app on my phone and the chip on my running bib don’t match up. One says 1:59. The other 2:04. Which would you choose? Here’s a clue; I seriously wanted to beat 2 hours!

But my biggest take away from this is the same that it always is after I’ve run this race. This City, and the people in it are AWESOME!

It started with the volunteers in the SEPTA station, directing us and telling us to have a great race. And smiling!

The volunteers who stood in the rain handing out Gatorade and water, laughing, cheering us on. And smiling!

The Temple University Band, with the adorable young woman with the sign that said, “Worst parade ever”. Made me laugh out loud!  We made eye contact, I gave her the thumbs up and yelled thanks!

The church and school members who danced and sang as they held cups of water to people who grabbed them and ran. When I thanked them, they thanked me.

The Church members who stood outside of their churches, under umbrellas cheering and telling us to keep going, we were almost done. At mile 3!

The police officers who stood in the intersections. And cheered for us as we ran by.

The people holding the signs as they waited for their loved ones. They were hilarious!   Some of the ones I remember:                                              
  • Why do the cute ones always run away?
  • It’s okay, I peed my pants a little, too!
  • I’m wearing my lucky underwear, too!
  • I run so I don’t kill my husband.
  • Run now, wine later! (truly a personal favorite!)
  • Hey there random stranger, I’m cheering for you!
  • Just keep swimming! (Not really sure how funny I think that was today!)   
  • Hey Liz, can you run faster? We’re cold!
Even on this miserable day, people lined the race route, cheering, calling out to us, telling us we were awesome. This was no easy fete, getting 40,000+ runners and their cheering fans through the city. I’m sure there were a few glitches, but it sure seemed like it went off without any!  And all with the help of thousands of volunteers who showed up with smiles and rain ponchos!