In November 2012 we were in Philadelphia visiting our daughters who were both in college there. Amelia’s “White Coat Ceremony”, which celebrated the Penn vet students’ transition from their classwork to clinical work, was on Friday evening.
My brother and his wife joined us for the ceremony and the following celebration at The White Dog Cafe. We thought the name of this restaurant was perfect for a vet student who had just received her white coat! The food and service were fabulous and we loved our table in the private nook.
After a fun weekend of celebrating this accomplishment we drove to nearby Delaware for the CSC Veteran’s Day 5K in Wilmington on Sunday. Since we had been staying in Philly and would be driving back to Maine after the race, our time in Wilmington was really brief.
The race headquarters were at Kelly’s Logan House which is a pub close to the starting line. It was a gray, blustery day-typical for a November run. The course started off through residential streets but then switched to paved roads that ran through a hilly park. We liked the park portion of the run which was quiet and scenic. But most memorable were the members of the Air Force who ran the race and chanted running cadences. It was certainly the first time that we had run with the chant of a cadence following us. It was a nice addition and made the essence of Veteran’s Day much more real. We were glad that our entry fees would be supporting veterans.
There were some awards, beer and pizza at the end of the race at the pub. It was a small race with what appeared to be mostly a local crowd. Before we knew it we had checked Delaware off our list and we were heading home to Maine.
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The Bottom Line: This race ended up being a “check Delaware off the list” kind of run. We enjoyed the course and the addition of the Airmen runners. Being able to visit with family and celebrate Amelia’s vet school accomplishment in Philly the same weekend was a definite bonus.