The Fairmount Park Conservancy has signed on as a Broad Street Run official charity partner and is expected to make an announcement later this week about the new fundraising effort. The group is offering entry to the May 5th race for runners willing to raise $500 in support of the Conservancy’s programs. Funds raised by Broad Street runners will be earmarked for the restoration of the Belmont Plateau Cross Country Course, a nearly 40-year-old course that’s a favorite among local runners and a place where many high-school distance runners get their start.
“We want to restore it and create an NCAA course there,” says Kathryn Ott Lovell, executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy. “We definitely want to do immediate improvements, like signage or flags along the course. But we want to think much bigger than that. It’s an iconic landmark for the running community. [Fundraising through the Broad Street Run] is a great way for runners to kill two birds with one stone.”
She wouldn’t share exactly how many bibs her group is making available for Broad Street but said it’ll be “enough to get a good team together.” Runners who fundraise for the Conservancy will get extra perks, like a post-race tailgate in FDR Park, raffle prizes and more. Details and a registration page will be posted on the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s website by the end of the week.