Thank you Fisher Cats and Northeast Delta Dental!
Outside stadium, pick up numbers
Memorial Day gives us pause to thank and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can have our freedoms. We are truly fortunate and coming together with friends in a race like this reminds me how much we have to be grateful for.
50, debut new AG:
Two weeks ago, I turned 50. I admit, I was secretly hoping to have a strong debut run here in 50 AG. Plus, I love stadium finishes, the 3K distance, know Riverwalk area (late miles of Manchester Marathon course.) Plus, race entry included buffet picnic overlooking left field, (1) complimentary ticket for game following race and Atlas fireworks show!
My secret plan for a good 50 AG showing were shot down Friday when I found out masters & seniors were combined, ugh, 40-59 AG! I dropped my expectations. Oh well, just go and enjoy the fun of the event.
Temps were fortunately in the 60’s, compared to 90’s the day before. Grabbed my number, brief warm up to check sections of the course. Ushered down stadium steps onto the field and nervously did strides for 4:15 start.
Tossed a rosin bag out of the way, like I was clearing a track. Fired up, anticipating, ready… GO!!! We were off, my heart rate increased… sprint, no rest, focus.
At a hairpin turn I saw leaders, Dave Dunham and a youngster together. Ellen Tidd, who has been racing incredibly fast, had a teenage girl nearby. I didn’t think they were within reach… just keep pushing hard. Ellen got by the girl while on Riverwalk, then, surprisingly, I passed Ellen. Keep strong around a left turn and up slight incline. I was vocal at a car poised to cut off runners and kept focus entering the stadium.
Felt the red clay underfoot, with a gratifying push towards the clock… over the finish line!! 12:29, elated, that was quick!!! Jubliant, I checked in with other runners and kept moving. I felt like I might have placed well, didn’t want to be too hopeful, but wondered if was among top women?!?! Winner, Dave Dunham, thought I might have been 2nd female. Teeming with excitement… 2nd overall female?!?!
It was hard for me to stop moving and think clearly. Did a 2 mile warm down, washed with excitement, adrenaline. Dang, dang, dang, wow what a great day.
How “suite” it is! Northeast Delta Dental suite! Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F) Dave Dunham (1st)
I didn’t think it could get better, then after the warm-down, walking inside the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium concourse , Tom Raffio (President and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental) graciously invited several of us to the Northeast Delta Dental Suite, including 1st , 2nd place (Dave Dunham & Dave Audet), Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F)!!! Immediately, as you step inside, the most tremendously stunning view of the ballpark!! The suite is pristine; kitchen area with granite countertops, fridge stocked and hot and cold food, comfy furniture and through the sliding glass doors is a private seating area with real ball park seats. Wow, what an honor and privilege to be invited, thank you, Tom!!!
Results, Fisher Cats 3K, May 29, 2016
Next, checked out the picnic… burgers, salad, hotdogs, chips (stomach doesn’t want to eat much post race) but while waiting, posted “Suite” photo and my iPhone received automatic results confirming I was 2nd female overall!!!! Wow, wow, dang, dang, dang, what a great day!!!! Seriously incredible course of events!!
The race entry included post race all-you-can-eat buffet picnic overlooking left field
Game started at 6:05 and stayed for first pitch, but it was starting to get really chilly. I was trying to remember about awards, not sure how they’d handle them, so while walking to exit stadium, I looked up “Registrant Info” email: “A Fisher Cats Prize Pack would be awarded to the top two race times among male participants and the top two race times among female participants in age groups. Additionally, the top three overall times for males and females would be awarded with a VIP Prize Pack presented on-field at the end of the first inning.” What?!?!?! NO WAY?!?!?! COOL!!! Double back to executive suite!! How could the day keep getting better and better and better?!?!?
Tunnel inside stadium, headed to awards
Tom Raffio showed us to the Guest Services area and we were led through corridors under the stadium to dugout.
Waiting behind the scenes to go on field
I was trying to take it all in – there were the Atlas fireworks for post game show, players were walking past us.
Dugout before going on field for awards. Fisher Cats game vs. the Reading Fightin’ Phils (AA-Philadelphia Phillies)
I tried to stay quiet and out of the way, oblivious to my chilly wet running bra, shorts, and that my Whirlaway sweatshirt wasn’t keeping me really warm!! Hey, I wouldn’t miss this if I was frozen to the bone.
Awards on the field
Dave Audet (2nd pl), Ellen Tidd (3rd F), me (2nd F), Dave Dunham (1st pl)
We were given the cue to go out on the field and I turned to see that our names were displayed huge on the jumbotron. It was hard to hear the announcer, so I likely waved at the wrong time… d’oh. Our Fisher Cats VIP Prize Pack included an ball autographed by the players (witnessed and certified) plus, I won 4 tickets to any game this season!
Won a Fisher Cats team autographed ball; 4 tickets to any game this season!
Holy cow, wow!! Not my typical race… seriously, it could not have been more perfect. Heading home, I couldn’t settle down, stopped to grab some celebratory sushi (eventually there’d be hunger) with my thoughts replaying everything. Living the dream!!
12:28.5, 6:42 pace, 2nd place Female
What a day! Debut race in 50 AG could not have been more perfect