That would be the view of the warning track at Safeco Field (home of our Seattle Mariners!) from the outfield entrance. The race was the inaugural Safeco Refuse to Abuse 5k, benefiting the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and we decided to do it because it benefited a great cause, and it was such a unique experience. The race took place mostly in and around Safeco field, starting by the parking garage, lapping the outside of the stadium, heading inside the field, winding up and around all levels, back down to the ground level, underneath the field past the clubhouses, and finally exiting out the outfield entrance for half a lap around the field on the warning track.
We actually ran part of this one, and ultimately we shaved a few minutes off of our previous 5k time. It would have been more, but we hit the field, passed the Mariners dugout, and well, we stopped for a few photos...
I think the field attendant may have let us sit on the bench, but we didn't want to push it. Plus, we had a race to finish! I can tell you, there isn't any better feeling in the world than crossing that finish line after running on a ball field belonging to a Major League Baseball team. It felt very Field of Dreams, but was probably a little bit more Rookie of the Year (please tell me that someone else remembers this movie?). Seriously, I felt like I could have run another 5k at that point--that's how incredibly thrilling it was.
We finished, and after a little harassment from the security guard about Mr. Goodlaff's traitorous running gear choice (you wear a 49ers sweatshirt in a park that's about 3 feet from where the Seahawks play, you get a little bit of flack), we got a final post-race sweaty picture:
We exited the field through the bullpen (!!!), and upon exiting, were given circus animal cookies, a banana, a bottle of water, and chapstick. Plus, we got jewelry:
Any event that ends with me getting a medal is fine by me.
Mr. Goodlaff and I decided that we really liked the 5k format. Short, achievable, but still leaving lots of room for improvement. Our ultimate goal is to be able to run a 5k in under a half an hour, which seems pretty doable, and requires much less training than, say, a half marathon (more on that later).
Have you run any fun 5k's?