Seventh in a series of Daily News profiles of runners entered in the 10-mile race on Sunday.

Who: Melinda Czyzewski

Resides: Philadelphia

Age: 28

Occupation: Manager of faculty recruitment and professional development for Peirce College.

Education: Cardinal Dougherty High, West Chester University; master's degree, Temple.

Broad Street history: She ran the race for the first time in 2003 with her father, Mark, a longtime runner. Three years later, with Mark dealing with prostate cancer and unable to run, she recruited her brother, Mark Jr., to run Broad Street. "He had never run a day in his life. I was just so happy it was over with because I had a blister on my foot." She and Mark Jr. plan to run together again this year "to make our dad happy. He's doing really well." (Other family members: mother, Marianne; brother, Michael).

Preparing to run: "I love getting ready for the big day. I download motivational songs on my iPod: 'Eye of the Tiger' from 'Rocky' works well." She also run with her friend Alicia Frustillo.

Broad Street memories: "I'll never forget the sight of a very large man last year. His T-shirt said '500-Pound Machine.' This man reminds me that you can't identify an athlete solely by what they look like, but rather by their determination."

Other races: She's run the Philadelphia Distance Run twice, plus shorter races. She runs at about a 9-minute mile pace. "I'm not a 'time' person."

Other sports: Field hockey, in high school.

Other interests: She'll teach an introduction to sociology course at Peirce this summer. Also, traveling:

A few years ago she backpacked through 13 European countries. Favorite cities: Krakow, Poland, and Barcelona, Spain.

- Bill Fleischman


The 28th Blue Cross Broad Street Run, conducted by the city's Department of Recreation, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue. The finish line is in the Naval Business Center in South Philadelphia. For information, call 215- 683-3594 or go online at