Coming This Sunday, May 20--Third Annual Red Sox Run-Walk to Home Base at Fenway Park
New opportunities for runners AND walkers, as well as access for kids and "virtual" or remote runners. Be a part of it and join this very special team running at Fenway--and around Red Sox Nation. Enjoy a 9K running or 3-mile walking tour of Boston and see Fenway Park from down on the field. Finish along the Green Monster, then cross Home Plate to the cheers of the crowd. Honor our veterans--be a part of something truly special.
Posted Wednesday, 16 May, 2012
The third annual Red Sox Run-Walk to Home Base will run on May 20 in support of the Red Sox Foundation/Mass General Hospital Home Base program for local Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families; the event is presented by New Balance. This is a unique community event with a 9K run and this year they are adding a 3-mile walk; and there will be new opportunities for kids to participate with an accompanying adult. There will also be a chance for virtual runners to participate and actually get their name posted on the Event/Foundation Website, even though running independently or simply contributing--more later on this. They will again have the expo at Fenway, and the very popular Family Fun Zone. There will be a lot going on at Fenway Park and you do not want to miss it. There are only 4,000 openings--2,500 runners and 1,500 walkers, so don't delay.
This event is critically important as a fund raiser for the Home Base Program, providing clinical care, education, research and community outreach for the many veterans returning from war zones with TBI (traumatic brain injuries) and combat stress issues. These veterans served for us, and now Red Sox Nation can serve them. This partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital will benefit returning veterans with PTSD and TBI and their families. This is truly a unique event, a very special race, running for the third year at famous Fenway Park--a chance to touch the essence of beloved Fenway in its 100th year. Join some of the Red Sox wives, local running legends, other dignitaries, and some of the veterans who have served us so valiantly. The Red Sox will be in the middle of an 8-game road trip (playing in Philadelphia later that day), but no matter--Fenway is Fenway, the venerable jewel of major league baseball and in its centennial year. Imagine running your 9K on May 20, or walking your 3-mile Boston tour beginning at Fenway Park, touring scenic Boston, and then literally finishing your race as you cross the plate actually on the field at Fenway, the most famous baseball park in the world.
Be an MVP on the Home Base Team! This event has become hugely popular, as you might imagine, so it will be limited--only so many can run the circuit around the warning track and cross the plate, after all. Be a part of the annual Run-Walk to Home Base; this is an historic, memorable event. This year kids 6 to 15 can participate for a contribution of only $125, if accompanied by an adult raising $1,000 for the cause. Many in Red Sox Nation are remote and won't be able to be at Fenway, and others may not be able to walk or run. Anyone can participate, however, by way of being a "virtual" participant. You can be a part of it, and be recorded on the Red Sox Foundation Website, by donating only $50--although many will raise much more from family, friends, co-workers and others.
Please visit the Event Website at: www.runtohomebase.org for tons of information on the course, hotels, transportation and parking, the expo, fun facts, last year's results (including top runners and top fundraisers), teams, virtual participants, fundraising tips, news, video, donating, sponsorships, contacts, Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital.
Get your company involved. Sponsorships are available for the race as well as the expo--get your name out there. Get a company team together too and show the colors--raise awareness and company morale. Get all your employees on this train and do good while feeling good.
There are many ways to participate in this vital cause and have a fantastic experience while doing so. You can run as an individual at Fenway, form a team, join an existing team, simply support an individual or team, or run as a virtual runner elsewhere-anywhere in the country where Red Sox Nation lives. Or you can simply donate. Perhaps, if you cannot physically travel to Fenway, you can form a team where you and other Red Sox Nation runners are, say Fort Meyers or Naples, Florida; run your event, raise funds, and send to:
Run to Home Base
Red Sox Foundation
Attn: G. Borson
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
Benefits for Participants
Participants in the 2012 Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance experience two finish lines--the first for your official time at the official race finish in front of the Green Monster; and the second as you literally cross home plate for the "photo finish", the ceremonial completion of your memorable run. Each participant will receive a free photo of themselves crossing home plate. Runners and walkers will also receive exclusive Run to Home Base jerseys with the “home plate” logo, a baseball hat, keepsake race bibs, support along the beautiful course, the expo, post race snacks, and the opportunity for family and friends to access the stands. Concession stands will be open throughout. Pre race packet pick up will be at Fenway Park Friday and Saturday before the event(check the Website); imagine that, Fenway Park as a race venue. Each runner and walker has the opportunity to be part of the third annual Run-Walk to Home Base, and the participation in a vitally important cause. (And most will want to come back year after year in support of the Red Sox Foundation.)
There are directions on the Race Website. All are encouraged to use public transportation. There will be a bag check.
This event is limited so you need to register early to be sure of a place in Fenway. Each runner pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000 in support of the Home Base Program. Although this sounds a little high as a “registration fee”, it is really easy with support and guidance from the Foundation (your own fundraising Web Page) and with the enthusiasm your run will generate among family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and others. People want to help, and they want you to succeed in both your race and your fundraising goal.
Many participants have done exceptionally well already with e-mail and e-mail tags, house parties, matching company funds, garage sales, car washes, tribute donations (in memory of Red Sox diehard fans, or other veterans or loved ones), voice mail, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and simply by asking people to help. It really is easy. It really is for a critically important cause. How competitive are you? Many have already pledged to raise more than the $1,000 minimum.
Some are forming teams—families, social organizations, coworkers, club members—and competing with each other and with other teams. Yes, each member must raise at least $1,000; but, like long runs in training, the camaraderie is helpful and team spirit is powerful.
The Nation, Nationwide
Thanks to the vitality and reach of Red Sox Nation—in every geographic area—don’t be afraid to get old friends and relatives involved from afar. In fact, there is an easy way to “run the race” as a virtual participant. That is, run your 9K anywhere you wish and donate to the Red Sox Foundation’s Home Base program; even if you are on the West Coast or elsewhere and unable to be at Fenway on May 22nd. That is the reach and power of Red Sox Nation; that is the commitment of Red Sox fans, supporting their own, and now the veterans who have served them. That is the competitive spirit that makes New England a great sports region. That is the independent spirit that has made the area unique; and makes Red Sox fans unique.
Enjoy and Share the Experience
Family or friends can view your accomplishment from the stands in Fenway as you cross home plate—and record the memory for a lifetime. While they wait they can enjoy the ambience of Fenway Park as never before. The concourses will be open with activities for kids (the Family Fun Zone); concession stands will be open, and the Home Base Expo will be in full swing with exhibiters showing the latest in fitness and health products and services. Entertainment will be ongoing before, during, and after the race.
There are thousands of stories, plays, players, and memories from Fenway Park and its home plate. Now you get the chance to write your personal story, live your personal heroic moment; and do great good at the same time. That is the beauty of it: not only is this a terrific chance to “play” on the field at Fenway Park; it is a wonderful opportunity to help those who have served all of us so valiantly, those brave veterans who need support and need the vital programs and care provided by the Home Base Program. The Home Base Program is a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. Funds from this event will support that cause, and these returning veterans and their families.
It was terrific in 2010 and 2011, a unique 9K run through scenic areas of Boston, a race sanctioned by the USATF. Most runners are sure to set a PR for 9K—how many times to you get the opportunity for a 9K race? And this year walkers can enjoy it too on the three-mile course. Runners will be timed; walkers will not. But both will enjoy the ambiance of Fenway and the thrill of being on the field--and the satisfaction of doing this important work.
This course will be uniquely Boston, and memorable in itself. You will be part of a wonderful team of runners and walkers from Red Sox Nation. Fenway Park is known for competition, and this will be competitive in several ways: The run is competitive of course—we race against each other and the clock. But more important on this day will be the fundraising competition—who can raise the most as individuals, the most as a team? Yes, this is first and foremost a fundraising event, a chance to support the Red Sox Foundation and this critically important mission. Details are available at www.runtohomebase.org so be an MVP on the Home Base Team.
The Home Base Program—The Challenge
This program was established in 2009 by the Red Sox Foundation in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital to provide services for returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Studies show that up to 30% of returning veterans have either PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) or both. Thousand of these veterans and their families need services to cope with these “invisible wounds”, and in many cases there are too few facilities and not enough properly trained professionals to deal with this demand. This partnership, in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is addressing that need so that those who have served their country can have the care and attention they need and deserve.
The program provides confidential clinical care; outreach to families; innovative research to better identify and treat all aspects of these injuries; and education for providers whose training, knowledge and experience are critical to adequately diagnose and treat PTSD and TBI, and the consequences thereof. See www.homebaseprogram.org for additional information.
Red Sox Foundation
The Red Sox Foundation was established in 2002 by principle owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and the Red Sox management to harness the power and reach of Red Sox Nation to benefit at-risk children and families in New England. Programs of the Red Sox Foundation and participating partners have proven to be tremendously effective, including the Home Base Program. The Foundation has no endowment, and depends on special events such as the Run to Home Base and donations to fund the programs. The Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non profit. Red Sox Senior Vice President Meg Vaillancourt is Executive Director. Go to www.redsoxfoundation.org for additional information.
Be a Part of It—Join This Team
Perhaps you have heard that before—unique and special, and your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In this case, with this race, it is all oh so true--just ask those who were there for the inaugural; until last year there has never been anything like this. See Fenway Park as never before--live it, on the field. Rarely do we have the opportunity to have so much fun, create such wonderful memories, and do so much good at the same time. The feeling of sharing, of team building, of camaraderie will be exceptional; and you and your friends can be there. You can do this; become a running, walking, empowered member of Red Sox Nation.
Your 9K run or three-mile walk ends at on the field in Fenway Park, yes on the field at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”, and you can be part of this unique annual event. Family and friends can watch from the stands as you cross that dish, where Ted Williams stood and swung, Carlton Fisk caught, and more recently where Jacoby Ellsbury stole home against the Yankees. Rarely do we have the opportunity to have so much fun, create such wonderful memories, and do so much good at the same time. The feeling of sharing, of team building, of camaraderie will be exceptional; and you and your friends can be there. Let's go; you can do this. www.runtohomebase.org