Rocky Run draws thousands on a frigid Saturday morning

Mike Dougherty
November 09, 2019 - 10:21 am
The Phillie Phanatic, dressed as Rocky Balboa, at the starting line for the Rocky Run.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It wasn't quite a Balboa-style trudge through the Soviet Union snow, but thousands braved the cold for Saturday morning's Rocky Run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

New Phillies manager Joe Girardi and the Phillie Phanatic energized the crowd as runners took off for the 5k. 

Everyone had a different reason for making the run. For some, it was a personal challenge. For others, it was part of a never-ending quest for health and fitness. 

For Leah Mele Bazaz, it was to honor a life that ended too soon.

"I'm actually doing something special and I'm running in the memory of my friend's daughter Noelle," Bazaz said. "I just feel really happy to be here to run in her memory."

She said the bigger picture overshadowed the obstacles, like the bitter cold that came out of nowhere, for which she was ready.

"The temperature changed so quickly," she said, "so you know, just layering up."

Meanwhile, Megan Roberto took on the half-marathon "Italian Stallion Challenge" for her birthday. Her plan for staying warm was pretty simple.

"Just keep moving," Roberto explained. "It's honestly better that I don't feel my body because I won't feel the pain and I'll be just be numb and keep moving."

She brought some friends along and even before the start of the race, they could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"I want a nice big stack of french toast after this," wished Roberto.

"I could use a couple beers after," said her friend Colin. "That's my mindset to help me finish."

Roberto chimed in suggesting mimosas, and expressed being out there in the wind and the cold was better than being in bed. 

Some would respectfully disagree with that statement.