Rain, pain, gain: Blue Cross Broad Street Run

May 3, 2009 7:49:34 PM PDT
The rainy weather didn't stop nearly 23,000 people from finishing in the 30th annual Blue Cross Broad Street run.CLICK HERE FOR THE RESULTS

Despite the damp, dreary weather, some 23,000 runners laced up their sneakers this morning to take part in the 30th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

It was drizzling at the starting line at Broad and Somerville streets and even when the elite runners crossed the finish line ten miles away at the old Navy Yard, it wasn't too bad.

The men's winner was first-time participant Linus Mayo, who trains in Norristown.

His unofficial time was 47:22.

"It was a good race because it was my first time to run here and I'm happy I win," Mayo said.

It was a repeat win for women's winner Jane Murage, who set a course record last year.

Her unofficial time was 53:32. Like Mayo, she said the fans gave her energy, and she didn't mind the weather at all.

"This year is better than last year. [I like] the friends and the course also," Mayo said.

6abc was well-represented.

Cecily Tynan finished ahead of Adam Joseph, but both had great runs.

"There was so much support. A lot of people were saying, 'Go Cecily,' during the race. There were marching bands and string bands and gospel singers. It really is a great event and there's so many people crossing the finish line with big smiles," Cecily said.

"That was hard. The weather conditions were perfect, a little slippery, light rain, no sun, but I beat my time last year, so that's all that matters," Adam said.

By the time the bulk of the runners were finishing up around 10:30, the rain was coming down hard, curtailing the post-race awards ceremony and family fun fest.

The Action Cam was LIVE at the starting line at Broad and Somerville streets in the Olney section of Philadelphia for the start of the Broad Street Run, near Central High School as the racers headed out.

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