Mark and I registered for the race after the cut-off date for purchasing the race entry fee with ticket since we already had tickets for the Twins vs. White Sox game that Sunday. We were excited for the race and for the day, especially because our game tickets were in the swanky Champions Club.
Future hubs and I arrived at the start area about 45 minutes before the race. I was decked out in a Twins t-shirt and the sparkly red running skirt I wore for the Red, White & Boom TC Half Marathon.
We chatted with Luther and his friend for a while and also saw other Team Ortho people, like Kim and her son Atticus, and Mike S.
|Luther, a friend of his, me and Mark|
|Mark plays with Atticus|
|Kim and Atticus|
|Runners gather near the start|
At 7:00 a.m., the race started. TC, the Twins mascot, was at the start line cheering on the runners.
|The small start line|
|TC peeks his head out over the crowd|
|The iconic blue Guthrie Theater is just ahead of us|
|Passing by the Mill City Museum... always a fun place to tour|
|Every kilometer was marked by a "base"... how clever!|
|Mark ran the race in his Vibrams... you can see his right foot in this photo|
|Heading towards the North Loop neighborhood|
|Target Field is just off to the left|
|Just one kilometer to go!|
|Nearing the finish at Target Field|
|Mascot TC high-fives participants just before they cross the finish line|
|Other Twin Cities in Motion mascots (Harry the hare and Shelly the tortoise) greet runners at the finish|
|Runners head towards the post-race food spread and receive their finisher medals|
|Future hubs and I get our photo taken in the glove|
|Other runners got their photos snapped with Target Field in the background|
|I love the statues around the plaza|
|One kind runner even gave Sid Hartman (the "voice" of Twins baseball for many years) a medal|
|The swag: t-shirt, bib number, awesome medal, and some of the post-race snacks|
|After a valet parked Mark's Ford Taurus, we walked into a private entrance featuring a swanky club with fireplaces|
|Champions Club ticket holders enjoyed a buffet meal with free house beer or wine. Yum!|
|Mark and I in our cushioned seats|
|We were *this close* to the action!|
|We took advantage of the soft serve ice cream later on in the game...|
|... along with all the toppings!|
|A beautiful day for a baseball game!|
|I got my photo taken with TC!|
|Yeah... we had great seats!|
What a fun day! The Twins lost, but we had a great time. We loved being completely spoiled for the afternoon, and it was a nice break from wedding preparations and packing for the move into the new condo.