Today, the Minnesota Wild hosted their first 10K/5K/1-mile fun run outside of the Xcel Energy Center. I ran in the 5K, with my sister-in-law. Besides the races, there were people lined up outside of the X for waiting for single game tickets to go on sale this morning. (I only saw three tents set up outside yesterday when I went to pick up race stuff.) In addition to the race and single game tickets going on sale, the Wild also had scrimmages/practice open to the public from 8:30-1 pm.
The races were benefiting the Minnesota Wild Foundation. For the first race (which was announced at the beginning of August), there was a decent turn out today--and the weather was great for it!
|Start/Finish line (Courtesy of the Minnesota Wild @mnwild on twitter)|
To get in the spirit of the upcoming Wild season, James Bohn sang the National Anthem and Wes Walz led the crowd with “Let’s Go Running”
|Group of runners gathered for a live shot for one of the local news stations (Courtesy of the Minnesota Wild)|
I managed to get some pictures while running (or trying to run, since I did suffer a minor ankle injury). Hey, I managed to finish with a time of 49:48 (yikes!!) The other pictures featured are courtesy of the Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) on twitter.
|My sister-in-law (in the green jersey) and I at the starting line|
|In front of the X before the start|
|Runners lining up|
|During the race|
The Wild did give away prizes, such as an autographed Thomas Vanek jersey for best "costume," along with sticks for the first place finishers (along with tickets).
|Winner(s) of the autographed Thomas Vanek jersey (courtesy of the Minnesota Wild)|
The Wild did also host scrimmages today, which were open to the public. I didn't go watch due to my ankle injury (which was minor, I have been icing it through out the day). The Wild's first scrimmage is Monday night against Winnipeg.
We're getting closer to hockey season!!!