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:
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! 🙂