About two months ago, I was online at my internship looking at random facts about Yankee Stadium on a website (I didn't do much at my internship). I read that a 5K took place at Yankee Stadium in 2009 for cancer. The organization is known as the Damon-Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. The organization was established in honor of Damon Runyon, a newspaperman and writer about Broadway in New York City, back in 1946. He was 66 when he passed away due to cancer. As the foundation has grown, publicity for it has grown as well. Anyways… in 2009, they were granted access to use Yankee Stadium as a spot for a 5K run. Over 2,500 people showed up and it was a great success.
I came across a sign up for the 2010 race and immediately signed myself up as well as my girlfriend. The date of the race was August 15 and I figured this would be an amazing opportunity to gain a unique perspective on Yankee Stadium on a date in which there would be no game. My girlfriend is a far superior runner to me, and I am the far superior swimmer. I had no idea what to expect going into Yankee Stadium yesterday. 4,000 people were signed up for the race and I figured some of them were there to sprint the whole thing and win for bragging rights. I simply wanted to just run around the stadium and enjoy the views. Quite frankly, I was a bit nervous. I’ve never even RUN a 5K before.
The way the race worked was this… heats of 300-400 people were sent off at a time. The first heat of the day began at 9:30 and they continued until 12:00pm when the last heat was sent. The first heat was a 7:00 minute pace per mile, the second heat was 8:00 per mile, so on and so forth. The last six heats were all for walkers only. I figured, since my father passed away from cancer, the least I could do was run it with pride.