Coming Saturday, July 19--The Fifth Annual Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance at Fenway Park
There is still time to sign up to run or walk this classic and satisfy your fundraising requirement to finish in front of the iconic Green Monster in Fenway Park and cross home plate while friends and family cheer you on from the stands. There is still time to create a team and enjoy the experience together--runners AND walkers. Be a part of it as a virtual runner and enjoy some of the benefits even if you can’t make it to Fenway Park. Enjoy a rare 9K and an even more rare opportunity to run on this hallowed field.
Posted Monday, 14 July, 2014
Run this unique 9K race, a fundraising event that will finish in front of the Green Monster, then cross Home Plate to the cheers of the Fenway crowd-your family, friends and neighbors. Honor our veterans--be a part of something truly special. Each runner pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000 in support of the Home Base Program, but given the vital nature of the cause and the popularity of Fenway you will have no trouble raising the funds to be part of the action.
The fifth annual Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance will take place on July 19 (moved to July from previous runs in May) and will support the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital’s Home Base Program for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families.
This is a unique community event with a 9K run. Kids ages 6 to 14 can participate in the walking portion with a very low $125 fundraising minimum with an accompanying adult (who has met the pledge minimum) in the Walk portion for a commitment of only $250.
They will again have food, entertainment and family fun on the concourses at Fenway—the Run to Home Base Expo--and the whole family can get involved, including watching their favorite runner or walker from the stands as they cross the fabled Home Plate. Fenway will be open FREE to all spectators. There will be a lot going on at Fenway Park and you do not want to miss it. Run to Home Base Website
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 between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital benefitted returning veterans and their families.
This is truly a unique event, a very special race at famous Fenway Park, America's most beloved ball park. This will be a chance to touch the essence of Fenway in its 102nd 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 well into the second half of their season and playing Kansas City that weekend, the first series following the All-Star break. But no matter--Fenway is Fenway, the venerable jewel of major league baseball now beginning its second century. Imagine running or walking your 9K Boston-Cambridge tour beginning at Fenway Park, touring scenic Boston, and then literally finishing your race as you round the outfield warning track and then cross the actual home plate 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. Be a part of the annual Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance; this is an historic, memorable event. Again, this year kids 6 to 14 can participate and walk for a contribution of only $125, if accompanied by a registered adult who has committed to raising $250. 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 Run-Walk to Home Base Presented by New Balance website with a donation.
Please visit the Event Website at: Run to Home Base Website 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, and information about the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program.
Get your company involved as a running team or as a sponsor. Sponsorships are still 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—a “public” team, create a “private” 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 2014 Run 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 Presented by New Balance shirts, 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. Pre race packet pick up will be at Fenway Park Thursday and Friday before the event (check the Website); imagine that, Fenway Park as a race venue.
There are directions on the Race Website. All are encouraged to use public transportation. There will be a bag check.
Each runner pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000 in support of the Home Base Program, or as noted only $250 for the Walk. Although this sounds a little high as a “registration fee”, it is really easy with support and guidance from the Home Base Program (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. And you will have your name listed on the Run to Home Base Website, and a link to your own individual fundraising page.
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 their minimum fundraising amount, a different kind of "race". And this year there are great incentives, so check out the levels needed for custom Red Sox jerseys, tickets to the post race reception, and Red Sox tickets.
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 $750 for those who registered on or before May 15th, or $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—it will be fun 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 and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Home Base program; even if you are on the West Coast or elsewhere and unable to be at Fenway on July 19, 2014. 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.
Or you can simply have a Fundraising Party (Red Sox fans are always looking for an excuse to party), and still get benefits and recognition.
Run to Home Base Website
Enjoy and Share the Experience
Family or friends can view your accomplishment from the stands in Fenway as you cross home plate. They can record the memory for a lifetime, and while they wait they can enjoy the ambience of Fenway Park as never before. The concourses will be open with activities for kids; 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.
It was terrific the first four years, 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? Both runners and walkers will enjoy the ambiance of Fenway and the thrill of being on the field--and the satisfaction of participating in this important work.
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 Home Base Program 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. Go to Foundation Website for additional information.
Be a Part of It—Join This Team
There has never been anything like this. It is unique! 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.
Cross that dish where Ted Williams stood and swung, Carlton Fisk caught, and more recently where Sox players batted their way to three World Series Championships. Rarely do we have the opportunity to have so much fun, create such wonderful memories, and do so much good at the same time. Let's go! www.runtohomebase.org