Browsing some old photographs I realized I have a photo from the very first 10K race I had ever run. It was in St. Louis, Missouri on September 30th, 1990. Prior to this race I had ran in several 5K races but this was my very first 10K. The race started outside of Busch Stadium and finished on the infield of the ball park.
This was Busch Stadium II that opened in 1966. In the first full season playing in the stadium the Cards won the World Series beating the Boston Red Sox (1967). I remember this because as a eleven-year old boy this is when I became a lifelong Cardinals fan. The Cards had some great players on that 1967 team. Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver, Lou Brock, Curt Flood, Orlando Cepeda, Mike Shannon, Roger Maris, Steve Carlton to name a few. What a team that was! I lived in the St. Louis area for a few years from 1989 to 1991. Took my daughters to games there quite often so I have a lot of memories of that ball park. I still watch the Cardinals on television and travel occasionally to see them play. I also proudly display a St. Louis Cardinal plate on the front of my car.
Sorry for the distraction. Here’s the finish photo from that day:
The event was the Bud Light Stadium Run. My finish time was 51:43. Quite a bit faster than I can run today but I’m OK with that. Something else I should share with you. Just two years before this photo was taken I was a two pack a day cigarette smoker! Quitting cigarettes was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I’m so happy I gave that habit up. All I can say is if you make up your mind you can do anything. I don’t consider myself as being any different than the next person so if I can do it-so can you.