When the Miami Marlins' new stadium opens this spring for regular season play, it will be an impressive site. Boasting a retractable roof, a natural grass playing field, and 37,000 seats, the park has captivated the attention of not only Miami residents and Marlins' fans, but the baseball community has watched with rapt attention as free agent's Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson toured the facilities during the off-season.
Estimated to be 90% complete, crews are working at a fever pitch (ahem) to complete the park in advance of pre-season games scheduled for early March. Aware of the hard work and dedication that has gone into the stadium, Marlins President David Samson -- an avid marathoner -- has stepped up to the plate, announcing that he plans to run 50 miles, dubbed the Run to Honor the Workers, to raise funds in honor of the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality. To date, the run has raised over $500,000 through sponsor and individual donations. 100% of the proceeds will go to 10 "Charities of Choice." The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has been selected among the 10. Those interested in pledging David's run can select to support the Fox Foundation at Marlins.com.
The 50 mile run will be split into five-mile intervals dedicated to each charity with a runner representing each charity joining Samson for their leg of the run. The run is scheduled for April 27, 2012 and will conclude prior to the 7:10 PM Marlins vs. Diamondbacks game.
Don't forget, pitchers and catchers report on Sunday, February 19 and 12:00PM.