Yet again this year, runners don't need to make a dash to get in on Philadelphia's beloved Broad Street Run.
The lottery for the May 3 edition of the annual 10-mile run down Broad Street opened Sunday and will remain open through Friday, Feb. 13.
“The lottery registration system has been very successful, and gives all runners an equal chance of acquiring a spot, no matter when they signed up,” said race director Jim Marino from Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation.
This year marks the third straight race where sign-up for the nation's largest 10-miler will be done through a lottery system.
This year marks the 36th running of the race. Anyone who has run at least 10 BSRs can secure a spot using his or her "veteran" status, said organizers.
After demand for the Broad Street Run caused problems for folks trying to sign up the day registration opened, organizers came up with a new plan.
In 2012, it took just five hours for all the spots in the race to go to the 34,000-plus participants. This year there will be about 40,000 spots up for grabs. It costs $43 (or more on the post lottery black market) for a race bib.
There will only be one entry allowed per person and lists of accepted and rejected runners will be posted on BroadStreetRun.com later this month.