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Live Coverage from the Broad Street Run

The winner of the women's Broad St. Run. Askale Merachi, crosses the finish line at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia on Sunday, May 5, 2013.  ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
The winner of the women's Broad St. Run. Askale Merachi, crosses the finish line at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia on Sunday, May 5, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )Read moreDaily News/Inquirer

11:43 a.m.

Heather Garay-Yoder, running with husband Jarett's dog tags, ring and spirit, is happy and triumphant at BSR.

Read her story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer

11:38 a.m.

Getting around challenges

Long lines at the AT&T subway stop near the finish line.

11:28 a.m.

Nutter at the finish...race nearing its end

Two hours and 36 minutes into the race, last runners strolling toward the finish.

Final runners are at Broad and Snyder

10:26 a.m.

A different vibe

Runners high five Army Reserve and National Guard at the finish.  "That was awesome" said Christy Pegg of Malvern. "A different vibe this year."

10:04 a.m.

One lane opens on I-95 northbound

As the race winds to a close, the nightmare on I-95 starting to improve. Police have opened one northbound lane. Charred remains of tractor-trailer remains on that side of the highway.

10:02 a.m.

Eyes to the sky

"We need our eyes in the sky," Nutter said at Walnut Street, the six-mile point of the race, referring to the police helicopters securing the race from above. He confirmed federal agents are helping. "Everyone has really cooperated well."

9:49 a.m.

Mayor Nutter: "No problems so far"

"Everything so far has worked very very well...It's been really good, " Nutter tells reporters at press conference. "There have been no problems so far....No one has done anything they shouldn't do so far."

"There's been tremendous about of emotion. There's resilience and resolve....whoever is against us we will fight back that much harder."

Speaking at Broad and Walnut with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey,  Nutter says no arrests have been made at the run and there's been full cooperation.

9:47 a.m.

Ed Rendell and Broad Street Run

Ed Rendell wearing Red Sox tee as he greets runners outside Bellevue, sporting Boston gear, slapping hands at

9:42 a.m.

Back in North Philly...

Residents of Broad Street  pulled out folding chairs and perched on stoops as they cheered runners on.  Dianne Canery, 57, who has lived in the neighborhood around the starting line for 36 years, makes a point of cheering them on each year along with sister Sharon Lewis.

"It's so beautiful to see so many people running despite Boston," Lewis said. "You can't dampen the spirit of real Americans."

Outside Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church on Broad Street,  about 500 feet from the starting line, parishioners waved signs and cheered for no one in particular.  The church hosts a runner's Mass at 7 a.m.  each year before the race and keeps its bathrooms open in a pinch."

"It's the house of God and it's their house too," said. Father Efren Esmilla, the pastor. "It's a joy to see so many people here."

Police report no incidents.

9:40 a.m.

Organizers say all is going well

Race director Jim Marino said all was well so far. Been intense since Boston. "I want a cold one! 2 o'clock!"

9:30 a.m.

And more!

And then there was the guy in the green bodysuit. 

9:28 a.m.

Spectators having their fun

This guy keeps yelling "Slow down!" at the runners.

9:26 a.m.

Waiting for loved ones at the finish

Chris Manieri of West Chester and Olivia wait at finish. "You gotta worry but keep alert, see those around you."

9:25 a.m.

Many others running with message

One of several runners carrying flags during

9:22 a.m.

10 miles in 47:01 minutes!

The winner of Broad St Run finishes....24 year-old New Yorker originally from Ethiopia.

9:18 a.m.

First are there!

First three runners reach the finish line.

9:16 a.m.

Getting rid of that shirt

At the start, runners just threw off their sweatshirts and other attire. Clothes being cleaned off Broad Street by race staff and will be donated.

9:15 a.m.

Runners passing City Hall

The race past City Hall.

9:14 a.m.

Getting to the finish

Top racers with four miles to go:

9:13 a.m.

South Philly bound...and traffic woes continue

With the lead runners expected to cross the finish line in about four minutes, traffic remains a mess nearby on I-95. A fiery crash near Broad Street involving a tractor-trailer around 6 a.m.  that injured the truck's driver still has northbound traffic closed and southbound traffic restricted to two lanes.

9:08 a.m.

Running first

Top racers with four miles to go:

9:05 a.m.

Cell towers jamming

Reports from Inquirer staffers having trouble getting service

9:04 a.m.

Passing the Bellevue

The first four runners, passing the Bellevue.

Elite runners expected to finish in 10 minutes

9:02 a.m.

Elite runners in Center City

They are now south of Broad and Walnut amid cheers from spectators.

Police pedaling alongside

8:52 a.m.

Waiting in safety

Kathyayini Bela Godu of Bensalem waits at finish with grandson. "We are confident in our safety"

8:49 a.m.

Red socks (Sox) everywhere

The runners are in all shapes and sizes, but common among them are the red socks being worn by many as a tribute to Boston, where the baseball team is, of course, the Red Sox.

8:41 a.m.

Police pedaling around City Hall

As runners make their way down Broad Street, Philadelphia Police are biking down Broad as begins

Outside Union League building near Mile 6, band playing tribute to classic rock -- and the Red Sox. 

8:39 a.m.

Waiting at the fear

Pat Gibson of Easton waits at the finish for husband Larry who runs for Boston after 6 bypass surgeries.  No fear!

8:35 a.m.

"Sweet Caroline"

Runners taking to the course to the sounds of "Sweet Caroline" in honor of Boston. The green corral is underway with others following behind. The third corral is also on the race course.

8:32 a.m.

Traffic troubles abound

Traffic on Old York Road parallel to Broad Street is being carefully redirected by police onto Tabor Road, detouring them away from Broad.

Meanwhile, in South Philly, there are lots of complaints on twitter that parking down near the finish line is a mess because the Phillies have blocked off  lots in preparation for this afternoon's game.

8:30 a.m.

Race is underway...

The wheelchair racers have taken to the race course for the official start

8:23 a.m.

Helicopters hovering at the starting line at Olney Avenue

8:21 a.m.

Runners travelling through Center City say they aren't worried

Near City Hall, with police visible in street, runners on way to start of say they're not worried in light of Boston

8:04 a.m.

Nutter visits with runners at the starting line

Mayor Nutter shook hands and posed for photos with runners at the starting line at Broad and Fisher Streets. He was dressed appropriately in black running gear, red socks (he's not running) and sporting the "From Philly to Boston With Love" sticker given out to all runners.

This year's 40,000 runners is the largest in the race's history, he noted. "People love the course," he said.

Nutter said there were no security issues this morning.

7:56 a.m.

I-95 traffic still a problem; Pattison jammed

Whether you're a runner or spectator, getting to the race has been complicated by a fiery crash on I-95 around Broad Street involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. All northbound traffic is stopped as the charred truck remains on that side of the highway. Police recently reopened one lane on the southbound side around Pattison Avenue.

7:54 a.m.

Undercover police part of security plan

Homeland Security Philadelphia Police officers showing their presence near the race start as part of the stepped up security.

Tom Nestel, chief of transit police, says SEPTA police are out in volume riding on the trains, some undercover.

7:46 a.m.

Runners taking security seriously

Runners were heeding the prohibition on backpacks. Six runners on 8th Street headed to the Market-Frankford El and ultimately the starting line were carrying nothing but their race bibs. One of the women in the group also toted one more essential: a roll of toilet paper.


Police putting security measures in place

There's proof all along the route that police are setting up intense security for this 10-mile run.

"We have all of our bomb disposal dogs out there. We're trying to let people know they are safe," said Tom Nestel, chief of transit police.

All stations have SEPTA police. some are riding on the trains and some are undercover.

He wouldn't disclose the manpower numbers of transit cops. "This is a regular event for us," he said.

He said Transit Police ramp up deployment on high volume events -- July 4 and Labor Day weekend, for example. The Broad Street Run is another high-volume event.

"We plan for what happened in Boston. We have the resources to handle that type of disaster," he said, saying the transit police presence for this year's Broad Street Run isn't different than previous years.


Traffic on I-95 slows runners enroute to South Philly

Runners enroute to the Broad Street Run Saturday got a slower start if their travel plans included I 95.

A tracker trailer accident northbound closed the highway in both directions clogging up exits around Broad Street as runners aimed at parking around Citizens Bank park.

Set up continued in North Philadelphia as runners prepared for the 8:30 a.m. start.