Midnight Broad Street Run in 2019

Dear Jim and Jim,

Hats off to another beautiful 10 mile race downhill for the 38th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run! In the last 10 years, I have only missed this race once. As I said in 2007 when I started this race with just 15,000 people, Broad Street Run is the best race in the country BY FAR!!! Of course, I would say that as I pass my Alma Mater, Temple University, TWICE in North Philadelphia — once for the hospital and again for the University. I would say this as I fondly remember all the years, I got off the Broad Street line at Spring Garden Street to attend Masterman Middle school. I would say that as I run pass the top of William Penn’s hat to the Clothes Pin (http://www.visitphilly.com/music-ar...) that is the central meeting place for many who love and adore the city of Brotherly LOVE and sisterly affection. I would even say this at mile 9 when I am so focused on the finish line that I forget I am passing the Spectrum, the Linc and Citizen’s bank park!

I fondly remember the year 2010. It was so hot that we ran the sprinklers to cool us off. We were freezing cold walking back to the subway after finishing the race. I fondly remember last year when we ran all 10 miles in the pouring rain listening to PRINCE. I fondly remember 2007, my first year of racing downhill, with a tail wind that gave me my best time ever! As always, 35,000 runners have no problem running 10 miles but suffer on the mile walk back to the Pattison Avenue subway station!!

As I plan out the next 3 -5 years of racing, my streak is soon to be interrupted by Ramadan. The last 2 years and next year, I will miss my 2nd favorite ODDyssey 13.1 mile race that happens 1 month after Broad Street Run in beautiful Fairmount park. Nicole Newman has been known to ask for what I want. I see a win-win in the making. Can we add a midnight run to the Broad Street Run race weekend?

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/01/06/a-new-estimate-of-the-u-s-muslim-population/ reports “Since our first estimate of the size of the Muslim American population in 2007, we have seen a steady growth in both the number of Muslims in the U.S. and the percentage of the U.S. population that is Muslim. Our projections suggest the U.S. Muslim population will grow faster than the Hindu population and much faster than the Jewish population in the coming decades. Indeed, even before 2040, Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the U.S., after Christians. By 2050, the American Muslim population is projected to reach 8.1 million people, or 2.1% of the total population.”

In 2010, The Daily Beast, http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2010/08/10/america-s-muslim-capitals.html, ranked Philadelphia as #4 largest Muslim City. Broad Street Run is quickly capping out at 45,000 runners. Mayor Jim Kenney and Race director Jim Marino, how many signatures do I need to petition for a Midnight Broad Street Run? Ramadan 2019 is expected to start in the United States of America the evening of Sunday, May 5 and end in the evening of Tuesday, June 4. Can we add an additional revenue stream, in terms of a second race after sunset on the same day, to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly affection? #thinkwinwin

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