20170812_113423 (1)An amazing day for FBR and the Philly running community at the 2017 Mayor’s Cup. There have been many wonderful events and accomplishments in our 10 year history, but the look on Ella’s face when Anthony announced we had won the Charity Challenge on behalf of Ella’s Retreat, is one I will never forget. I am so deeply touched and can’t express adequately enough how proud I am of you all and our running club. You not only gave generously over the past two months to win the Charity Challenge, but you give and give throughout the year(s) to our many causes. You have shown others that we are more than a social running club, but rather a running club that takes social responsibility seriously.   (Meet Ella the 10 year cancer survivor and inspiration behind Ella’s Retreat).

Congratulations to the FBR men for placing 3rd in a field of highly accomplished training clubs. The FBR men took 3rd place in 2016 and the FBR women won 2nd place in 2015. I am simply in awe of the amazing runners in our club. Thank you to everyone who participated today, I believe we fielded one of the largest teams.

Thank you to our Mayor’s Cup Captains!! Keith TomaselliSarah Polansky, and Fred Druding did a ton of work to make this happen. They recruited runners, organized fundraisers, and planned our tailgate. They also ran extremely hard and fast. Our success is due in great part to their efforts.

And how about our tailgate! We deserved an award for the most tentage! I apologize if I leave anyone out, but I want to especially thank Bruce YoshidaKaren WermeNeil Brecher, and Guillermo Torres Basave for putting together an amazing and fun party. Thank you to the Philadelphia Brewing Company for donating the beer….we kicked both kegs. Thanks Phil AbruccoNancy.

A special shout out to one of our sister chapters, the Manayunk Beer Runners. DaveSandy and the MBR Crew truly embody the spirit of our beer running community. Thank you for your support throughout the year and for participating in the Mayors Cup and tailgate with us. And, congratulations on your upcoming anniversary.

Last but not least, congratulations to Jennifer Leung for winning the Mayor’s Cup Volunteer Award! We are proud of you! I also saw many FBR out there volunteering and organizing the race. Thank You CarolynDaveChristinaNeilEmily Mae BrecherMikeJustinJoshuaMichael Pidgeon, and of course Anthony & Johanna!

Thank you — David April