Well it’s that time of year again! Summer!!! Nope….. July!!! Nope…. You got it! Baseball season! To be honest, I have really lost interest over the years in this sport. It’s just been one of those that as a kid growing up I was really really into…huge Met’s fan….which turned into a Rockies fan….which has now turned into really a casual nothing fan. So why am I writing this now? Hello!!!…..it’s Baseball Stadium Fun Run Season!
This is one of those gimmick 5K or 10K events that gets put together usually by the clubs to sponsor their charity organizations that they are affiliated with throughout the community. It is actually a great event that usually pulls in quite a few folks who wouldn’t normally do such an event any other time….so all in all…a great way to raise money for a charity!
Now, why do I love it??? You get to run on the field!!! I have absolutely over the last few years lost interest (which by the way MLB would hate to hear considering my age demographic) in the sport itself, but have never…never lost the want to get out there on that green green grass field! Now in actuality, these runs are usually a run around the warning tracks of the stadiums, so you really don’t get to be out there on the field, but it’s closer than I have ever been!
Over the years, there have been quite a few that I have either been a part of, or wanted to be a part of, but there is one that is my favorite. Does it have to do with the fact I lived there? Maybe… Does it have to do with the fact that I liked the team in the past, and at this point, would probably claim them as the team I follow the most now? Most likely…. But in reality…it’s the view!
The Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless 5K held each year is a blast and a half! The stadium itself is centered right there in the LoDo section of the city, which is AWESOME! It’s a restraurant/bar laden hang out area that livens up with a game! Plus…and here’s the best part….you get to see the Rocky Mountains right there!!! Just sweet! Plus they have this mascot called “Dinger” that reminds me of Barnie on steroids…..kinda creepy!
Yes…it’s just a 5K fun run…Yes….it’s a reason to get outside…Yes….it’s a reason for some folks to hunker down and grab a brew at the end, but for me, a kid who loved the sport many years ago, but now has filtered away from it because of life getting in the way, maybe it’s just a way for me to catch a glimpse of what used to be. So the next time you think about running a 5K, and you’re in a town that has an MLB, AAA or some other team that has a field….look up and see if they have a race. It might be just what you need to turn back into that 8 year old representation of yourself. However, because you are not that 8 year old version of you, please do me and everyone else a favor so you don’t trip over them….look down, and lace up!