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SEPTA Supports Strong Showing and Breaks Record at 35th Broad Street Run

Manuel McDonnell Smith
Public Information Manager

On Sunday, more than 40,000 athletes laced up their running shoes to participate in the nation's largest and most popular 10 mile race, the Broad Street Run. As runners dashed to their own personal bests above ground, SEPTA's Broad Street Line set its own race record for ridership on the subway. About 72,700 entries were recorded Sunday, a twelve-year ridership high, far exceeding even last year's ridership total of 70,900.

While we're proud to be able to provide outstanding service to a record number of riders aboard the train, the one day statistics tell only part of the success story. "Team SEPTA" preparations for the event began weeks in advance with not only planning for extra service, but for additional customer service, security, signage, and even supplementary station "spring cleanings" at key stations in preparation for this event. "Everything looked great this weekend", said Deputy General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel, in thanking all of the SEPTA employees who were involved in the preparation, planning, and execution of the event. Knueppel was also on-hand on Sunday at Olney Transportation Center to greet riders and provide additional support for the large crowds. Also at his request, an additional SEPTA-sponsored bank of ten portable restrooms was installed at Olney Transportation Center, which proved to be a popular option for runners headed to the starting line. "In addition to ensuring that everyone had a safe, speedy ride, we wanted to be sure that there were adequate public restroom opportunities for runners as they began their ten mile journey down Broad Street."

Even before the race, SEPTA was there with support for riders at the Broad Street Runner's Expo, with a booth to provide information and directions to runners planning how to get to the race, and as an official race sponsor, provided free rides on the subway for each runner , all they had to do is just show their race bib.

On race day, runners were joined with by a contingent of SEPTA employees who also participated in the run. SEPTA runners came from departments all across the Authority, from the control center, to bridges & buildings, engineering, & operations. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel was proud that the SEPTA Police Department entered a team into the race. In addition to supporting the day's security efforts, Chief Nestel was also at the starting line to support the Transit Police Running Team. "While none of the transit police runners won the race", he explained, "they will always be #1 with us".

With excellent weather, and record crowds, the fond memories of 35th Annual Broad Street Run will be remembered for a long time to come. Spectators, who added the #iseptaphilly hash tag to their photos along the route, can see the best of their contributions posted online at www.iseptaphilly.org.


About 72,700 entries were recorded on the Broad Street Line on Run Sunday, a twelve year ridership high.



A SEPTA-sponsored "restroom station" proved to be a popular stopping point for runners on the way to the starting line.



Deputy General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel at Olney Transportation Center to greet riders and supervise additional service efforts.



SEPTA Staff Ambassadors were also on hand to lend a hand, give directions, and even snap photos.



Police Chief Thomas Nestel with the Transit Police Running Team at the race starting line