We could not have scripted a better day than today with temperatures in the mid-70s, Chris Davis and Jill Davis in the house, the Baltimore Orioles and a 5K Run/Walk that finished ON THE FIELD at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
To top it off, we had more than 1,200 participants supporting a fantastic cause in Casey Cares!
Suffice it to say, the 8th Annual Baltimore Orioles/Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk was a huge success!
Congratulations to our overall winner, Jim Heilman of Lutherville, who crossed the finish line with a time of 16.36 and to our top female finisher, Page Lester of Washington, D.C., who was clocked at 18.06.7. The most spirited team and largest fundraising team was Simon's Superheroes, and our top fundraiser was Tom Duffy, whose son, Joseph, is in our programs. The largest team was Gabe Strong.
"What a perfect day," said Casey Baynes, Founder and Executive Director of the Casey Cares Foundation. "We had such great energy from early dawn when we started setting up and throughout the morning. Having Chris Davis and Jill Davis at the 5K this year brought a lot of enthusiasm to the event, and the Baltimore Orioles were a terrific partner for an event that means so much to our Casey Cares families and the community."
Even after the last walker crossed the finish line, the fun didn't stop for Casey Cares. The Orioles honored our top finishers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and one of our Casey Cares volunteers, Tammy Conner, was recognized during the game as a Birdland Community Hero.
In addition, a Casey Cares family enjoyed a very special trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards the same night as the 5K. DJ is a 7-year-old battling cancer who will be able to share a very special game experience with his grandfather, who also is fighting cancer. DJ and his family enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour and VIP treatment thanks to Casey Cares and UMPS Care Charities, the official chairty of the Major League Baseball umpires. Read more about this here
Special thanks to our top sponsors: The Chris and Jill Davis Foundation, OriolesREACH, Horizon Services, ReThink Water, Whole Foods, TEKsystems and our top media partners, 105.7 The Fan, MASN, Clear Channel Outdoor and Yelp Baltimore for making today so picture perfect!
Thanks Mike Buscher for the great photos!