clockwise from left: Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN // Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN // The Roots | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Hop Along | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN // King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Dr. Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

On Sunday May 6th, thousands will gather at Broad and Olney and run 10 miles south to the Naval Yard for the 39th annual Broad Street Run.

Many of us runners have been to this rodeo several times, and while no race is the same, I find I have “beats” I follow during the course. First, Olney to the Temple University (around Broad and Cecil B Moore) is when I get warmed up, get used to the runners around me (and sometimes discover with horror that they are not prepared at all). Next, I move on to the more serious stretch, now that I’ve sprinted past the people who took the “fun” part of this a little too much to heart. This lasts until about Broad and Race. Then it’s bottleneck time around City Hall, where the phones come out for selfies with the skyline and where most family members stand to find their loved ones and shout their names repeatedly. I always use this time to slow down and go with it. Sometimes I’ll even spot a celebrity or two along this stretch.

Next up is the second set of “let’s get serious” running as I make my way through South Philly, read the hilarious signs people have held up for motivation and head towards that last stretch, under the tunnel, and through the Yard.

I know it’s not regulation, but I listen to music while running. Since I’m not an elite runner by any means, I need something to help soundtrack my epic journey through the city. This year, I’ve come up with a playlist that’s about 100 minutes long that encapsulates each part of the Broad Street Run. And, of course, it’s all Philly artists, from Vicki Sue Robinson to The Roots, Hurry to Meek Miil, Japanese Breakfast to Patti LaBelle, The War on Drugs to King Britt. Listen below, and use it for training, for race day, or simply for a good sampling of the sounds of Philly.

  1. “Move On,” – Vicki Sue Robinson
  2. “On the Rise,” – Hardwork Movement
  3. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden and Whitehead
  4. The Next Movement – The Roots
  5. Blood and Peanut Butter – BC Camplight featuring Cynthia G Mason
  6. Jamie – Hurry
  7. So Stoned – Thin Lips
  8. Everybody Wants to Love You – Japanese Breakfast
  9. Fogged Glass – Camp Candle
  10. Down – Marian Hill
  11. Far Away – Kindred the Family Soul
  12. Under the Pressure – War on Drugs
  13. Golden – Jill Scott
  14. Happiness (Soul Dharma Remix) – Sylk 130
  15. Never Fail – Chill Moody
  16. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes
  17. Dear Marie – Amanda X
  18. The Order of Things – Field Mouse
  19. Rest of It – Strand of Oaks
  20. The Rabbit, the Bat, and the Reindeer – Dr. Dog
  21. The Fox in Motion – Hop Along
  22. Looking At You – Drgn King
  23. Strawberry Mansion – Lushlife
  24. I Wanna Rock (album version) – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  25. Work – Meek Mill f. Rick Ross
  26. Mike Milligan – Career Crooks
  27. Tambourine – Eve
  28. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (live) – Patti Labelle