Monday, August 19, 2013

Recapping Fifteen's 5K

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a charity 5K race with connections to the Twins organization. Glen Perkins and his wife, Alisha, have sponsored this race for the last two years. They are passionate about raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because two sets of close friends have children with CF. The race uses the slogan "Race today for more tomorrows."

People signing up for the race received one free game ticket for this weekend's series with the Chicago White Sox. Most of the seats were out under the giant scoreboard in left field and it gave runners a chance to enjoy all that Target Field had to offer in a game day setting. Unfortunately, the Twins weren't very successful in the three game series but that wasn't the point of this weekend.

On race day, runners gathered near Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis. The race path went parallel to the Mississippi River for about a mile and a half before turning to head towards Target Field. There were a few hills near the end of the course that were tough to navigate but the best part of the race was at the end.

The finish line was near home plate inside Target Field. Runners didn't actually get to touch home plate but they came in near the bullpens in center field and followed the warning track all the way up past the visitor's dugout. Fans dressed like Minnesota Twins players were randomly given autographed memorabilia as they crossed the finish line.
As part of their entry fee for the race, participants received a Fifteen's 5K shirt and a medal with a baseball theme. This was on top of the ticket to the Twins game at some point in the weekend. At the end of the race there were plenty of snacks and other local products such as bags of Angie's Kettle Corn, Fisher Peanuts, and Old Dutch Potato Chips.

In the second year of the race, the turnout for the race was fantastic. They were able to double the amount of runners from 600 last year to over 1,200 this year. Every member of the Twins pitching staff with the exception of Sunday's starter Sam Deduno was able to take part in the race in some capacity. Most players were handing out medals to the race finishers at Target Field.

For me, it was a great weekend. I finished in the first grouping of people to cross the finish line with a time of right around 20 minutes. I received an autographed Glen Perkins baseball at the end of the race since I was dressed completely in Twins gear. Perkins was also nice enough to take a picture with me as he was handing me my medal.
If you are interested in donating money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, here is a link to help get you started and the money will be added to the totals raised this weekend. You can also follow Fifteen's 5K on Twitter and Facebook also has a Fifteen's 5K page.

It was a wonderfully organized event for a very worthy cause. I encourage all Twins fans to make an attempt to be there for this race next year. Let's try and double their total runners for the second year in a row.

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