The Blue Eyed Warrior

The Adventures of the Norse Goddess of War

2010 Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium

The 2010 Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium (http://www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium), now having completed its second year on August 15, 2010, is a race held completely within Yankee Stadium, using each of the concourse levels, up the internal stairs and down the ramps, and includes two laps on the field (along the warning track). This race is thus unique and extremely fun, and benefits an important cause: cancer research.

This race is fun, fun, fun!  Although I’m not a fan of organized team sports, whether it be NFL, NBA, MLB, or hockey, and I’m not a particular fan of any team, even I found the two laps on the field to be exciting and exhilarating.

I mean, when can you run on the field of any baseball stadium without getting ejected and thrown out of the stadium?

Because the course calls for running up many of the stairs multiple times …

this race is challenging if you truly intend to “race” it.  However it is all kinds of fun, fun, fun if, like my friends and I, you choose to treat it as a fun run and an opportunity to get some great photos on the field…
Or throughout the stadium, having some fun with the larger than life player murals on the concourse…
The first year this race was held, it was held in November 2009, which was great and ensured that race day would not be too hot.  My only complaint about the race this year is that it was held on August 15, 2010, the same day as the Bronx Half Marathon.  I hope that next year, the race is held on a different date from the Bronx Half, because I would like to run both races.  Also, it was of some concern that the race was being held in August, since there was a good chance it was going to be a hot, humid, sweltering day.  We lucked out though — this year August 15 ended up being a very cool day and perfect weather for this race.
The Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium was a really fun race for a great cause. the organization raised in the neighborhood of $400,000 for cancer research as a result of the race.  I would encourage others to get involved and encourage you to put this great, fun race on your race calendar for next year.

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2 Comments»

  tricia wrote @

Sounds like a fun race!

  Martha Musumeci wrote @

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