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home > races/results > usa: massachusetts > harvard pilgrim finish at the 50 - 5k & 10k races celebrating america's birthday at gillette stadium and patriot place

Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 - 5K & 10K Races Celebrating America's Birthday at Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place
There are two terrific road races running in Foxborough, Massachusetts on July 3, 2013, and both races end at the 50-yard line inside Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. Plus, there is so much more as part of Independence Day celebrations with kids’ races, free family activities, free Fitness Expo and free fireworks. The post race celebration has good food and live music--a fun and unique event for all.

  
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Posted Monday, 10 June, 2013

The upcoming Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 – 5K & 10K at Patriot Place will take place on July 3 as part of a three-day Independence Day celebration that includes something for everybody, from recreational athletes to families and children looking to revel in holiday fun. The event is open to individuals and family teams, experienced runners and beginners, walkers and joggers. Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate the week of the Fourth of July? Are you looking for something truly different and exciting for your summer racing? Perhaps you are looking for the ideal beginners’ race to get your running career going? You have found it! This is a unique opportunity to be down on the Gillette Stadium field.

New courses for both races this year include going into Gillette Stadium twice—once to climb the ramps from the ground level to the 300 level for fantastic views of the field and the surrounding community, and again through the tunnel at field level for that unimaginably exciting 50-yard sprint to the finish. Runners and thousands of spectators—yes family, friends and neighbors—will see every runner live on the field and also on the 48-foot HDTV screens above. Talk about unique road racing!

In addition to the road races that finish within Gillette Stadium – the three-day event at Patriot Place in Foxborough includes the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Health and Fitness Expo (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), Kids Fun Runs and Toddler Trot, free family activities, post race celebrations with food and live music, and a fireworks spectacular the night of July 3, at 9:00 p.m.

 

"When I ran down that field it was like a dream come true. I was like a little kid again."

 

Information on the races, courses, family teams, fireworks, directions and parking, accommodations, FAQ’s, charity opportunities, sponsors, contacts, kids’ runs, the Expo, post race, and training advice, plus a full schedule of activities and events, is available at www.harvardpilgrimfinishatthe50.com.

“We’ve created a fun, three-day event for the entire family,” said Mike St. Laurent of Professional Race Events, who organizes the race with Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports. “We’re especially looking forward to the fireworks this year as well as the climbing courses and views within the stadium. The Kids Fun Run is also a huge draw as parents and families can cheer on the children from the stands inside Gillette Stadium. There’s something for everybody.”

For runners and walkers, the 5K features a 3.1-mile course around the perimeter of Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place. It is a closed course and, as noted, goes through Gillette Stadium, including the stadium ramps. It exits the stadium on the down ramps and does a short loop outside before returning through the tunnel to the triumphant finish on the 50-yard line. It is even exciting AFTER the finish line as participant’s stream through the chute, under the famous stadium bridge, and into the post race celebration area to rock with live music and refreshments.

“We’ve created a fun, three-day event for the entire family,” said Mike St. Laurent of Professional Race Events

 
 

The 10K follows the exact route as the 5K, and also adds that second 3.1-miles as it winds through the delightful, tree-lined streets and lanes of historic Foxborough. Both races start outside the stadium near the Patriots Pro Shop, and end at the 50-yard-line inside Gillette Stadium. Runners will experience the unique and enjoyable opportunity to watch themselves on the two giant HDTV screens as they race to the finish while family and friends cheer them on from the stadium stands. Both races will have start line and finish line timing mats and use the B-tag (chip built into the bib number) for accurate results and exact net time as well as total time.

Both races will award the top three overall and the top three in each 10-year age group from teens and up. Walkers are welcome in both events although there are no prizes for walkers. Preregistration and early packet pick-up are both strongly encouraged.

Kicking off on Monday (July 1), the Expo and Patriot Place will be packed with fun-filled family activities, including bounce houses, face painters, air brush tattoos, and live music. This year it runs three days. The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Health and Fitness Expo will feature a wide range of vendors and products, starting at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and noon on Wednesday, race day. Pat Patriot and the Patriot Cheerleaders will also likely be on hand.

Schedule Summary:
Monday, July 1—Expo, Registration, Packet Pick-up 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2—Expo, Registration, Packet Pick-up 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3—Expo, Registration, Packet Pick-up 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Kids’ Fun Runs and Toddler Trot, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
5K Race and Walk, 5:30 p.m.
10K Race and Walk, 6:30 p.m.
Post Race Celebrations, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks Display, approximately 9:00 p.m.

Registered runners can pick up their race packets, T-shirts and bib numbers with B-tag chips at the Expo at any time. Late registration may also be available, but don’t count on it—this race may close out early.

The Kids Fun Run, for runners 12-and-under, gets underway at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, inside Gillette Stadium. Kids will run in age groups beginning with the Toddlers’ Trot for kids 5 and under. Kids 6 to 12 will run in age appropriate groups with distance determined by age. All preregistered kids will receive a special T-shirt and race bib. Registration will be available at the Expo for the kids.

The 5K kicks off at 5:30 and the 10K race starts at 6:30 p.m. outside the stadium (they started together last year, but will be separated this year so as to share the outstanding course). Both end at the 50-yard line inside Gillette Stadium. And what would an Independence Day celebration be without a spectacular fireworks display? They will start the holiday celebration early when the fireworks begin at approximately 9:00 p.m.

“Families are again encouraged to run as teams,” St. Laurent said, “The last two years, several hundred families participated and prizes were given to families with the most participants, as well as fastest five females and fastest five males.” www.harvardpilgrimfinishatthe50.com.

In the first three years thousands of runners have finished the 10K, surrounded by cheers from thousands of family and friends. Last year was the inaugural of the hugely successful 5K with enormous response from both participants and spectators.

The Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 – 5K & 10K at Patriot Place is owned and managed by Professional Race Events, LLC (PRE), a collaboration between Mike St. Laurent of Loco Sports (www.locorunning.com) and Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports (www.dmsesports.com), who also directs the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine and the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod.

Updates and information about the event are also available on Facebook at [LINK:http.www.facebook.com/HarvardPilgrim10k]www.facebook.com/HarvardPilgrim10k{/LINK].

About Harvard Pilgrim
Harvard Pilgrim is a not-for-profit health plan that provides a variety of insurance plan options and self-funding arrangements to more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine., For the eighth consecutive year*, Harvard Pilgrim was named the #1 private health plan in America, according to an annual ranking of the nation’s best health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)**. For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org.

* NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-12 – Private ** U.S. News/NCQA America’s Best Health Insurance Plans 2005-2009 (annual). America’s Best Health Insurance Plans is a trademark of U.S. News & World Report. NCQA The State of Health Care Quality 2004. www.harvardpilgrim.org.

About Patriot Place
Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Visitors have access to major fashion retailers, live and interactive entertainment, eateries, a four-star hotel, state-of-the-art theater and much more. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com.
Online registration and full schedule of events available at www.harvardpilgrimfinishatthe50.com

 

 

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