Rays minority owner on a charity run - up the Empire State Buildling
Randy Frankel, a minority owner of the Rays, is always on the move when he shows up at a game, bouncing around the clubhouse, dugout and onto the field during batting practice.
Wednesday, the 55-year-old will put that energy to good use when runs up the Empire State Building.
The race up the 1,576 stairs (and 86 floors) of the New York landmark is an athletic challenge as well as a charity event benefitting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. (For more info, see themmrf.org website).
"I've always been fascinated by the Empire State Building, and then you think of King Kong and Fay Wray and all that,'' said Frankel, who grew up in Patterson, N.J.
"So I thought, I've got to do this.''
There is a benevolent side to Frankel's effort as well, in helping raise money for MMRF. Frankel's father, Sy, was the founder of of Camp Happy Times in Tyler Hill, Pa., which has served kids with cancer for more than 25 years.
Frankel is an original member of Stuart Sternberg's ownership group, having been a senior executive at the same Wall Street firm (Speer, Leeds & Kellogg) as Sternberg before it was sold, reportedly for billions, to Goldman Sachs.
Frankel has been working out for weeks in Miami with noted trainer and former NFL player Marc Megna, though his longest practice run was 65 stories. Megna is also participating in the event, which includes about 600 competitors.
While admitting how taxing the practice runs have been and a bit concerned that his heart rate soared to around 170, Frankel is, typically, confident about the race.
And kind of excited about what will be his first visit inside the Empire State Building in more than 10 years.
"I think it's going to be fun,'' Frankel said. "I'm going to try and win my age group.''