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The Second Annual Harvard Pilgrim Independence Day 10K at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium
This is terrific! Harvard Pilgrim Independence Day 10K at Patriot Place finishes in Gillette Stadium right on the field—your dream comes true. And new this year they have “Family Teams”, as well as the Patriot Place Kids’ Run. Enjoy a scenic run through historic Foxborough and beautiful Patriot Place, and so much more. Enjoy the outstanding post race celebrations with music, food and fun at Patriot Place.

  
The Second Annual Harvard Pilgrim Independence Day 10K at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 28 June, 2011

The second running of the 10K Run and Walk, a uniquely New England event, will run on Monday, July 4th this year. It is a three-day weekend of celebrations and pure fun with the Saturday and Sunday Health and Fitness Expo at Patriot Place. Sunday will be a very special family day with the Patriot Place Kids’ Run on the Gillette Stadium Field along with many family-friendly activities. On Monday, July 4th, on this special weekend, the wonderful 10K run and walk blasts off with that alluring, scenic course and amazing finish on the 50 yard line inside Gillette Stadium.

Sunday, July 3rd is Family Day at Patriot Place. There are many free activities planned for the kids and the whole family including a scavenger hunt, face painters, balloonists, a tattoo artist, live music, healthy food sampling and much more. Special guests include the New England Patriots and Revolution mascots and celebrity runner Bill Rodgers. The scavenger hunt grand prize is a pair of New England Patriots game tickets!

This is something your family will enjoy and remember. 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 Sunday, July 3 will be a really cool opportunity for kids to start and finish their exciting run inside the beautiful Gillette Stadium they see so often on TV! And 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, be sure to visit any of the participating Patriot Place restaurants for dinner to enjoy a special dining offer for kids.

On Monday, July 4th runners and walkers will participate in the second annual Harvard Pilgrim 10K and finish by running into the stadium tunnel, through the giant inflatable helmet and right onto the field. Your entrance and triumphant finish will be broadcast on the two huge HDTV screens 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.

Let’s celebrate! www.harvardpilgrim10K.com Lets’ make it special!

Make it a Reunion, a True Patriotic Holiday
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 the 10K. Special awards for the largest teams.

Bill, Dick and Rick Running
Boston Billy Rodgers will join in the fun. Maybe you can run with him and enter the stadium with him—showing on the big screen. 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 will also be participating. Dick is in his late 60’s now, but even with Rick’s wheelchair he really keeps an excellent pace. 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.

You will find a wealth of information at the Race Website, including information on the Health and Fitness Expo, the Kids’ Run, the Harvard Pilgrim 10K course, directions and parking, Teams, registration (teams and individuals), FAQ’s, Patriot Place, lodging, sponsors, and more: www.harvardpilgrim10K.com

The Course
The race will have a 9:00 a.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 finish line, in Gillette Stadium, is unique in road racing. Runners and walkers will finish their 10K run by heading through the tunnel and onto the turf of Gillette Stadium, turning down the field to the finish at the 50-yard line. Friends and family can sit comfortably in the stands as they watch their loved ones cross the line. Finishing inside Gillette Stadium, the Harvard Pilgrim 10K on July 4th 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. There is a slide show tour of the course on the Website; for that and more information, visit www.harvardpilgrim10K.com.

Charities
There are many official charities for the Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place and every participant is invited to create their own fund raising page and provide more meaning to the miles. Options include the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, Camp Harbor View, Employability Triangle, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Rebuilding Boston Together. Please check on the charities page on the Race Website.

Patriot Place is a Destination
On the Fourth of July runners will enjoy beautiful Foxborough, Massachusetts 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 each day to participants and spectators. Patriot Place is ideal for a celebration of America’s birthday and running as a mainstream sport.

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

Details at www.harvardpilgrim10K.com (Most questions can be answered within the Website).
Or you can e-mail inquiries to:
Race Questions: mike@harvardpilgrim10k.com
Sponsor Questions: Arlon@locorunning.com

 

 

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