Several months ago I registered for the May 11 Race to Wrigley 5K. I’m not a very good distance runner, but I ran one 5K last summer and enjoyed it and decided I’d run one 5K a month during the summer of 2013. Shortly after signing up, Nik and I started running in the morning to train for the race and at the same time I was fundraising for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Runners who raised $1,000.00 or more would get to run a victory lap around the Wrigley Field warning track and have their name displayed on the centerfield scoreboard. As a big sports fan I thought this would be a cool experience so I set out to fundraise and reach a goal of $1,000.00. Not only did I reach my goal, but I went above and raised $1,300.00! If you’re reading this and are one of the many who supported me, thank you very much!
The race day turned out to be ok. Not too hot, not too cold and no rain. And of course, I chose to run in Mets gear. Gotta represent! Once I finished the race I had to enter at a certain gate to get access for the lap. I was allowed a guest so Nik came with me to play photographer. There were probably about 12-15 other people who also got to do this lap. Guests were asked to stay behind a rope and not step onto the field. There were also two photographers provided by the Cubs taking a few hi-res pictures of each person on the field with the scoreboard behind them.
I set out to do my lap by jogging up the first base line to the outfield and then I slowed down to take a few pictures and a short video on my phone. I really have to say, it was so cool to be one of a small handful who had this experience. It was eerily calm and quiet as I made my way around the warning track finishing up just between third base and home plate. After the run, we all got to enjoy a complimentary buffet in the Budweiser Bleacher Suite located in centerfield.
Two side notes:
The scoreboard was configured for when the Cubs return home to play the Rockies. On the day of these pictures, they were on the road playing the Nats.
On the walk to the breakfast, we passed an area where the grounds crew keeps their equipment and whatnot. Spotted in this are was the Mets on deck circle! As of this post, the Mets series at Wrigley is set to begin in five days.