Recently a dear friend of mine had a beautiful baby girl, Drea, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Turns out Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins has a personal connection to CF and hosts an annual 5k from which the proceeds are donated to the CF Foundation (check out the foundation here: http://www.cff.org/). So when asked to run to help Drea's cause, the obvious answer was, "yes, please!"
The race was very low-key, no official clock even, but it was a great celebration of the advances the CF Foundation is making, and a golden opportunity to raise even more awareness and money for the cause. Many people were running for loved ones affected by the condition, and there was an atmosphere of fun and hope unlike any other race I've been involved with.
As an added bonus because the race was put on by a Twins player, we got to finish inside Target Field. Super cool! Twins players were also handing out the finishers' medals on the plaza after, but I went for a cool-down run and missed that! Dang it!
As for the race itself, it was fine. I think I finished in about 16:30ish and was 2nd place overall. Wasn't thrilled with my performance, but this race was more about the cause than the race itself. Plus, I can't be too bummed. I ran well enough to be the women's winner which scored me a prize of 4 passes to be on the field for an upcoming batting practice session before a Twins game! Woot woot! That will be awesome!
Post-race snuggles from my biggest fan of the day - Drea!