Thursday, April 29, 2010

And the Philly Wackys are off and running!

Well, almost - reposted email dated today:

Hello WACKY friends!

I hope this finds everyone well and SUPER excited for the race this weekend! It is amazing how quick time goes and I know that we are ALL ready to go! The email below contains A LOT of information, please review and print so you have all you need for race day and for the WACKY TEAM!! It’s been an honor getting to know all of you and being on this team! Nick arrives on Saturday and looks forward to meeting everyone too!

Race Packets:
Please make sure to pick up your race packets on Friday or Saturday. It is suppose to be BONKERS so get there early. Those of you that I am picking up I will be going at 11am tomorrow! Don’t forget to have safety pins to pin your BIB number on your front that morning. The shoe chip gets put around your laces (for first time runners!)

Dinner Saturday NIGHT:
We will be having our pasta dinner at Primavera’s Pizza Kitchen Saturday, May 1st at 630pm. If you have not RSVP’ed, please let me know.
Primavera Pizza Kitchen
7 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore - (610) 642-8000

Meeting Place for START and FINISH:
Getting to the start and back from the finish is up to each of us. It will not be easy but the Broad Street Recommends the following:
Due to the limited amount of parking in the start area, we recommend that runners park their cars for free near the finish area (at the Stadium Complex at Broad & Pattison) and take the Broad Street Line to the start.
To get to the starting line, ride SEPTA for free. ALL RUNNERS CAN RIDE SEPTA'S BROAD STREET SUBWAY LINE FOR FREE by displaying your official race number to the cashier at any Broad Street Line stop. You must be wearing the number on the front of your shirt. Shuttle buses will return you from the finish area back to the parking areas.
It is in your best interest to board the train before 6:30 AM (This should get you to the start area at approximately 7:45 AM). Please allow yourself extra time for any unfortunate delays. The race will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Schedule times may vary. It takes approximately 35 minutes to reach the SEPTA Broad & Olney Transportation Center, which is a few blocks above the start. SEPTA will also be providing express trains on the morning of the race.
Karen and I scoped out the race the other day and we will meeting at the following places. At the start we will have Brightly Colored balloons and meet at 745AM! We will not have cell phones. At the end, you are welcomed to cheer people on as they come in…however we will also be meeting to celebrate with each other at the statue below. It will also be a good point for family and friends to find you. If you finish early and want to head out that is fine too. We would love to get a final end race picture though! Hopefully they’ll be someone to take a start one too!

We’ll all try to run on the RIGHT side of BROAD ST. (GOING DOWN) if you want to pass on to friends and family of where to stand when cheering. At the beginning, City Hall, and at the End are the best points. Make sure they know to look for the WACKY logo!!

Starting Point 7:45AM:
15th and Somerville Ave (right in front of Girls High Football field)
Look for ESF “A” frame with balloons brightly colored
On the RIGHT if you are looking DOWN Somerville at 15th. One block off of Broad and Up from Olney

End Point (as everyone comes in):
4700 South Broad (in Naval Yard complex) ADDRESS ON BUILDING
Meet in front of Melville Statue ON RIGHT which is directly next to a HUGE naval ship

Shirts….look great and will deliver LATE tomorrow at the ESF Headquarters. They can be picked up here late in the day, at TLC on Saturday, or at the dinner on Saturday night. I will NOT have shirts on Sunday with me! Don’t forget to bring your WACKY attire too…the crazier the better! Wigs, crazy socks, hats, you name it…you can wear it!

We are doing Great! ESF has agreed to match all that has been donated by end of day today, so make sure to let Karen know if you are bringing it to TLC or the dinner. We’ll want to include it in our total amount. We’ll present the check that night at the dinner. Her email, is she’ll add you in if you email her by 5 with the amount! Remember we asked for $20 to run on our team and then if you chose to raise or put in more.

WACKY Runners: Some chickened out but the rest remain…Drum Roll….
Michael Rouse Mary Franco Ross T. Maureen Fox
Karen Fox Melissa Williams Jocylen T. Ryan Carney
Pete McHale Mike T. Lisa Caesar Meghan Baker
Lyndsey Horan Lori T. Dani Mezzino Tony Childress
Lee Brower Bridget Polly Medved Dan Mcdermott
Nicholas Pulos Mike Morris Kristen Medved Kathryn Mcdermott
Jonathan Trenkle Gina Feliciani Jen Stayden Michael Barron
Shane Hostetter Elizabeth Becker Josh Stayden Joe Zimmerman

Last Minute:
Don’t forget to hydrate ALL day on Saturday and up to 2 hours before the race! See Hal Higdon site for nutritional and hydration tips.

My cell is 610-496-4994 for any last minute questions!

Good Luck! I am so exciting to be on this team and this journey with all of you!

Smiles and a HUGE good luck HUG,
Dani 

Danielle Mezzino
ESF Dream Camp Philadelphia
750 E. Haverford Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610-581-0100, ext. 215
610-496-4994 (Cell)


Anonymous said...

Nice blog you got here... Just droppin' by to say hi!

Chris Ulvin said...

Hi Dani
Thank you for all your hard work - Nick is blessed to have friends in the City of Brotherly Love.
Aunt Chris