On the brief walk from PS 5 to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 6:55 a.m., I’m relieved it isn’t raining. When I emerge out the back door 10 minutes later, it’s pouring as runners for the Stephen Strasburg 5K are arriving. Ever stalwart Aztecs, they hunker down, determined to compete despite the elements. The various crews from Athletics, the timers, the course monitors, and the vendors are all assembling their tents. All are wet. Where is our alumni team, I wonder?
Then I remember that Tammy Blackburn had ingeniously arranged a meet-and-greet with Stephen, Coach Tony Gwynn and almost 100 eager Aztec fans. They’re in the Allan Bailey Library getting their autographed jerseys and photos taken with two amazing Aztec baseball players. "These jerseys turned out great," the eight-time batting champ and iconic coach, Tony Gwynn, remarks.
"And they're easy to sign," quips the young Washington Senators phenom.
Suddenly, I decide to run the race. I change, get registered and hit the starting line as Stephen and Tammy are starting the race. The painful jog through campus is pure delight. Young kids, moms and dads, Aztec fans, fast high schoolers and determined walkers enjoy the moist-yet-spectacular somnambulance of our campus on a Saturday morning. Not everyone, apparently, appreciates the sport:
After some post-race malingering with Aztec runners, it’s time for a shower and off to SDSU President Elliot Hirshman's pregame reception in the Allan Bailey Library at the alumni center. The Associated Students board is just finishing their annual retreat in the Fowler Family Ballroom, so I enjoy a quick visit from AS President Rob O'Keefe. At the reception, Campanile Foundation President Kit Sickels and Board Member Dorothy Codling reminisce about how Mrs. Corbett made them read two books per week when they were in elementary school together on campus at the Campus Lab School!
Then it’s off to see our Aztec men’s basketball team tackle the formidable University of New Mexico Lobos.
With an astonishingly raucous Aztec throng screaming loudly, State demolishes the previously-undefeated-in-conference leaders.
55-34. ’Nuff said.
A rainy day at SDSU? Sometimes. Gloomy? Never!