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Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 - 5K & 10K at Patriot Place
This extremely popular Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place now has a 5K and will be run at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 - 5K & 10K at Patriot Place

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 19 June, 2012

The new 5K distance welcomes runners and walkers to celebrate a fit and healthy lifestyle. The course is traffic-free and runs completely within the Patriot Place grounds, around and inside Gillette Stadium. Enjoy the view from various parts of Gillette Stadium, including the 300-level concourse overlooking the scenery of the surrounding communities.

The 10K event is a 6.2-mile course covering the most scenic, tree-lined roads that Foxborough, Mass. has to offer. You'll find this to be the easiest and flattest 10K course around with only one medium hill to contend with. After your hard effort on the course, you will experience an exciting and most memorable finish with cheering fans.

It is the ideal way to celebrate the holiday. Run the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 - 5K & 10K at Patriot Place. This year the race begins at 6:00 pm. on Tuesday July 3rd. Fireworks have been added to the post- race celebrations with terrific food, music and fun at Patriot Place.

The Health and Fitness Expo at Patriot Place takes place on Monday and Tuesday. The race and celebration begins on Tuesday with the Expo beginning at 10:00 a.m. The family celebration begins at 12 noon with the Patriot Place Kids’ Run beginning at 3:00 inside Gillette Stadium. The 10K run blasts off at 6:00 p.m. with that alluring, scenic course through Foxborough; the 5K run and walk starts at the same time and runs within the Gillette Stadium grounds, including stadium ramps with upper level stadium views-and Patriot Place. Both races have that amazing finish on the 50-yard line inside Gillette Stadium.

Tuesday, July 3rd is Family Day at Patriot Place. Things begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Expo with over thirty booths. Packet pick-up will be outside in the large white tent from 10:00 a.m. until race start. There are many free activities planned for the kids and the whole family including a bounce house, face painters, balloonists, a tattoo artist, live music, healthy food sampling and much more. Kids/family activities will go from noon to 5:00 (free), with the kids' races inside the stadium at 3:00 p.m.

All kids who are pre-registered will receive a custom race T-shirt, a keepsake running bib number, and a finisher’s ribbon. Parents know more than anyone how important fitness is, and this is a unique opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the festivities with health and fitness activities in a really fun atmosphere. The Kids’ Run on July 3 will be a really unique opportunity for kids to start and finish their exciting run inside the beautiful Gillette Stadium they see so often on TV! Parents and friends can watch them every step of the way—seated right in the stadium! This will make it real, and who knew fitness could be so much fun?

After the Kids’ Run, activities will continue right up to the start of the big races in the Patriot Place parking lots. Special guests include Pat the New England Patriots mascot, Slyde, the Revolution mascot, Patriot and Revolution cheerleaders, celebrity runner Bill Rodgers and Team Hoyt.

The post race celebration will go from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with fireworks at nightfall. There is ample free parking.

Just imagine finishing on the 50- yard line in Gillette Stadium! Runners will see themselves on the stadium's two enormous HD Video screens as they finish this third annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 by running into the stadium tunnel, through the giant inflatable helmet and right onto the field. Your entrance and triumphant "Finish at the 50" will be exciting and memorable as you sprint toward the 50-yard line past the dazzling New England Patriots and Revolution Cheerleaders. Be sure to bring your entire family where they can sit in the stands at Gillette Stadium to welcome you and cheer your special achievement.

Better yet, get the family to run as a team. This was very popular last year, as hundreds of family teams competed, including many from Foxborough who received special prizes. There are also prizes for the largest family teams.
Let’s register and celebrate! Lets’ make it special!

Make it a Reunion, a True Patriotic Holiday with Patriots Colors
Recruit that family team and make it a reunion from around New England or from around the country. There is no limit to the number of “Family Team” members you can sign up. This year they are offering youth discounts for those 17 and under participating in either race.

Running with Bill
Boston Billy Rodgers will join in the fun. Maybe you can run with him or enter the stadium with him. He will be on hand at the race Expo to sign autographs and discuss running. Bill has a great way of making each runner feel like they are an elite star, and has an ability to easily relate to all people and all levels of runners. Bill will also be running with the field, one of thousands of participants in this unique happening.

Team Hoyt is scheduled to participate in the run. Perhaps you can run with the Hoyts, the very popular team that has completed dozens of marathons, the Iron Man Triathlon, and so many road races it is simply incredible. They are a true inspiration to all.

You will find a wealth of information at the Race Website. Everything you need to know is on the race website.

The Courses
The races will have a 6:00 p.m. start and include start and finish line mats and an accurate net time for all using the Chronotrack B-tag. The B-Tag provides speedy results and you don’t have to worry about returning the chip. There is plenty of free parking, so this one is easy to get to.

The start is adjacent to Gillette Stadium. Runners will depart Patriot Place via a private exit onto Foxborough’s quiet, flat country roads. It borders the historic Neponset Reservoir and rolls into the center of Foxborough before looping back toward Patriot Place. Runners will retrace mile one back to Gillette Stadium for that unbelievably exciting finish.

The course is certified, mostly flat, scenic and mostly tree-lined, much of it appearing undisturbed since the American Revolution. This is the true Foxborough not often visible from Route One. The quiet, historic course contrasts powerfully with the convenience and modern amenities of Patriot Place. You have the best of both worlds.

The 5K loops from the parking area through Patriot Place and along the stadium, actually entering the stadium to climb the ramp to the upper levels. Runners and walkers will circle the stadium inside and exit at the ramp under the lighthouse, then circle to come in the tunnel.

The finish line, at the 50- yard line in Gillette Stadium, is unique in road racing. Runners and walkers will finish their 5K and 10K run by heading through the tunnel and onto the turf of Gillette Stadium, turning down the field to the finish in the center of the field. Friends and family can sit comfortably in the stands as they watch their loved ones cross the line.

The Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 - 5K & 10K, this year on July 3rd, is fast becoming a huge classic and a regional tradition. It is one of the most exciting and anticipated road races in New England in years. The limit is 6,000 in both races combined, and it will likely sell out.

Patriot Place is a Destination
Runners, walkers and spectators will enjoy beautiful Foxborough, MA and the wonderful amenities at Patriot Place, New England’s most exciting shopping, and dining and entertainment destination—over 1.3 million square feet of retail shops, eateries, a state-of-the-art theater, The Hall at Patriot Place by Raytheon, the CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar, Showcase Live, and much more. Patriot Place will be available throughout the day to participants and spectators. Patriot Place is ideal for a celebration of America’s birthday.

Be a Part of It
Do not miss this adventure, a classic that you will talk about for years to come. The Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 - 5K & 10K is a must-run race. Sign up now for this unique happening, and don’t delay. Go to Foxborough and enjoy the holiday atmosphere at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium. It will be tremendously exciting, whether you are a Patriot’s fan, a Revolution fan, history buff, or simply a runner looking for a new and totally different race and venue. Be one of the lucky ones who will enjoy running on this distinctly American holiday or to enjoy a unique family holiday experience.

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