Buzz building ahead of Broad Street Run

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40,000 runners are expected to run on Sunday morning. (WPVI)

Some 40,000 runners are getting ready for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, and all of those extra feet in town added to the buzz on Saturday night in Center City.

Patrick Sullivan of Fishtown said he was excited for "all the people, the atmosphere. You run through Temple and you have all the student sections cheering you on and motivating you to get to the finish line. It's a great time, a great race."

Mixed in with the theater-goers and people just out on the town, we found runners warming up with a pre-race run, while others were just thinking about that pre-race meal.

When asked if he was eating a lot of carbs, Bill Dann of Chambersburg, Pa. said "At least I'm following that rule, I'm carb loading tonight."

The 10 miler is largest in the country with people lining the route to cheer on racers who start in North Philadelphia and end at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

"It's motivation. Everyone is cheering you on, so it's a lot of fun. It's not just dead air and you're not on your own island trying to run mile after mile," said Rob Davenport of Harrisburg, Pa.

SEPTA says nearly 40 bus routes will be affected and detoured, so it's reminding those running or watching that the Broad Street Line will be the fastest way to get around. 12 additional trains will be providing service.

Runners told us they're ready.

"I did a 13 mile Spartan race two weeks ago and a half marathon last Sunday, so I'm feeling pretty good," said Jared Wilson of Allentown, Pa.

SEPTA also says it will be running express trains up to the starting line between the Olney Transportation Center and Logan station - and runners ride for free!

The big race kicks off at 8 a.m.

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