Blue Cross Broad Street Run

Broad Street Run 2012

The first runners pushed off the starting line for the 2012 Blue Cross Broad Street Run at 8:30 a.m. on May 6. Check out all of our coverage of the race, including photos, video, interviews with the winners and profiles of 21 of the runners.

Bolting Down Broad

The Inquirer and presented one profile daily of participants as we led up to the May 6 Broad Street Run. Below are all of the profiles, beginning with a wrap-up from after the race looking at how things turned out for some of those we profiled. 

In the series Bolting Down Broad, we profiled 21 runners in 21 days leading up to the Broad Street Run. Many reported in after the race. Here are some highlights.


You think they just run? One foot in front of the other - meaningless, boring, monotonous? Hah! The annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a declaration of independence, an act of revolution for so many.

Ironman triathlete Jonathan Lieberman and Crossfit devotee Paul Comuso are serious about getting fit - in their own way. They'll challenge each other again in Sunday's Broad Street Run - this time for charity.

Joe Whelen thought he could impress a girlfriend by running in the Broad Street Run several years ago. That effort helped spark two new loves.

Sarah Matthews and Layla Gray went to grade school together in Ambler and were both overweight children. They lost contact after they switched schools.

When Chad Phillips graduated from high school, he was already 300 pounds, and his weight went up from there. After losing his girlfiend, he made up his mind. Run in the 2012 Broad Street Run. 


In 2009, Tom Kramer turned frustration and desperation into inspiration. He would turn what he loved into a cause that could save the life of his wife, Pam, and the lives of many like her.

For months, the woman Joseph Jesiolowski was interested in had no interest in him. The only way he could spend time with her was through running. So, that's what he did. 

Dan and Ron meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 a.m. at St. John's Hospice, a homeless shelter at 12th and Race Streets. They're part of a national organization known as Back on My Feet.

In 1998, with three children, a mortgage, and all the other trappings of a middle-class, two-income family, Tim Burke started to feel bands of numbness around his chest and abdomen, weakness in his hands, debilitating fatigue, and blurry vision. 

Cynthia Lockett has rebuilt her life after a series of crises, including being sexually abused as a child and years of heroin addiction. She'll cross off another goal when she competes in the Broad Street Run.

This story started on a SEPTA train, the R8, Fox Chase line. Ernest Brown, a Philadelphia police detective, a man who lost 80 pounds as a runner, was reading a running magazine. A woman sat down next to him.

When does the oldest man in the Broad Street Run give it up? Dick Hoban won his age group last year at 80. And don’t laugh; he beat somebody.

Life has turned out beautifully in Philly. At 34, Jeb Woody is a life partner, father, and co-owner of a brunch spot in Northern Liberties. There was one problem. He got fat.

Kate Zalesky, 25, was never an athlete. She was the girl in high school who dreaded the annual day in gym when she had to run a timed mile. She was the kid running a 15-minute mile and dying by the end. She was the typical video-game and book nerd.

What is Carrie Maria's motivation in her second Broad Street Run? "My dog Lola, of course!" she says.

Childhood neighbors Dan O'Neill and Eric Dorn are both 33 now. Eric is a pediatrician, living in South Jersey. But Dan's life changed forever Sept. 16, 2006.

Emily Holian, 20, a junior at the University of Delaware, will run her first Broad Street Run "for a little girl named Parul." Because of Holian, 30 friends are also running.

Michael Adler started running at 22. He was already legally blind - a genetic disease, retinitis pigmentosa, had been advancing since his teens - but he could still see the glow of streetlights.

Brian McShane felt his relationship with his father-in-law, Jim McDonald, was unlike any one else's. Then Jim was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  

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