Phillies Charities 5K

I was FINALLY able to complete the Phillies Charities 5K this year (after not being able to do it last year due to my heel issues).  I was so excited to be around thousands of other Phillies fans and MOST excited to be able to walk a lap around the warning track and  look up into the stands…

….unfortunately the night before the run, we received this email:

Dear DANA,

Despite the recent snowstorm, the Phillies Charities 5K will go on as planned on Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m.

Unfortunately, there will not be a cool down lap around the warning track on the field as the snow has not yet melted.

For additional race day information, please visit

We appreciate your support of the event and look forward to seeing you at the starting line!


We weren’t going to let this stop us so early Saturday morning, Kevin and I met my sister and brother-in-law and headed to Philly.  It was a beautiful sunny day as we lined up with the crowd to start.  I knew the the Phillie Phanatic usually leads the runners on his ATV at the start of the race, so I made my way through the crowd to take some pictures of him on the sidelines as he zoomed by.

I made my way back to my family and we began the 3 miles, weaving our way around the sports complexes and some of the streets of Philadelphia.  I was surprised how much on course entertainment they had – everything from bands, former players, a guy playing accordion and even Mrs Phanatic – which I didn’t even know was a thing!  Her name is Phoebe Phanatic and is the Phanatics mother – and apparently he once hit her in the face while pitching a baseball.


The course was pretty flat – combine that with all the on course entertainment, the long sleeve shirt, and the 4 game tickets – this run is well worth it!  🙂

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