Ponchos, umbrellas and duct-taped sneakers: Scenes from 2019’s rainy Broad Street Run

Congrats to everyone who braved wet weather for Philly’s famous 10-miler.

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Updated 1:50 p.m.

The Broad Street Run once again took over Philly’s central thoroughfare Sunday morning. Held annually since 1980, it’s considered one of the largest and fastest 10-mile road races in the country.

Cold, wet weather didn’t stop the more than 40,000 runners from packing their poncho-draped selves into the seeded corals at Broad and Somerville Avenue in North Philly. Some shielded themselves with classic rain gear, while others poked holes in big trashbags to keep their torsos dry as their feet pounded the pavement on their way to the Navy Yard finish line.

For the first time in more than a decade, there was a back-to-back winner of the men’s race: Daniel Kemoi, who notched 47:25, a rain-slogged minute-plus slower than his 2018 time of 45 minutes and 44 seconds. First for the women was Susan Jerotich, with 54:44. Wheelchair racer Rony Noguira won his section for the eighth year in a row. Check out all the results in the online database here.

Here’s a selection of the best fun pics folks posted from the waterlogged race down the center of Philadelphia.

More than usual, preparing your footwear was key.

Even sneaks designed for the rain got an upgrade.

SEPTA’s never been so well protected from the elements.

When you and your squad create a rainbow of slickers.

Some folks went further with their rain costumes than others.

A sea of colorful plastic at the starting line.

Left in the race’s wake was a ponchopalooza.

Those shed raincoats won’t go to waste — they’ll be donated to Chosen 300.

At least the trees looked like they were loving all the water.

Just past the halfway point is the loop around City Hall.

South of City Hall runners split around the Broad Street median.

Sometimes, being soaked through doesn’t matter a bit.

Wet pavement makes for colorful reflections, anyway.

Slicked pavement didn’t deter the wheeled racers any more than those on foot.

Game of Thrones fans got some extra encouragement.

Old Zion Lutheran’s pastor was giving out high fives.

A very dedicated spectator.

A marching band never hurts.

Pitter-patter at mile marker 8.

Passing by South Philly’s Mario Lanza mural.

Who needs a banana to refuel when you can have a soft pretzel?

Or better yet, Stock’s pound cake.

Satisfaction made braving the rain worth it for most finishers.

Everyone who participates gets a medal. Congrats to all the runners!

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