5th Annual Run to Home Base, Presented by New Balance Brings Thousands Together to Help Veterans and Their Families Heal “Invisible Wounds” of War
Posted Sunday, 20 July, 2014
July 19, 2014 - BOSTON –Over 2,600 runners and walkers, including 500 actively serving military members, gathered at Fenway Park this morning to support one of the only private sector clinics in the U.S. dedicated to helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families heal from the “invisible wounds” of war -- post traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The 5th annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance raises funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. The program offers a broad range of services to post 9/11 veterans and families including evidence-based clinical care, couples counseling where one spouse has PTS, substance abuse treatment, stress management, health and fitness education programs, support groups, parental guidance, and outdoor recreational activities to support families. Since the fall of 2009, Home Base has provided treatment to more than 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families from all over New England.
The Run to Home Base, presented by New Balance has raised more than $11 million over the past five years. The 9K run and 3 mile walk starts and ends in Fenway Park with all participants having a timed finish at the iconic Green Monster and a “photo finish” at home plate, where they are greeted by members of the military as well as leaders from the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital.
“We are pleased to once again host the Run to Home Base at Fenway Park and thank the runners who have raised critical funds to support the program’s PTS and traumatic brain injury research and clinical care,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “The Red Sox’ visit to Walter Reed earlier this year reinforced the program’s importance, and its success over these past five years is a reminder to us of how crucial these services are for our returning veterans and their families.”
“Visits to the Home Base clinic were up 30% last year and are on track to continue to increase significantly again this year. It makes the need for Home Base all the more urgent,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital. “Providing care to Post 9/11 veterans and military families is our privilege, our obligation and our honor.”
“We recognize how vital the efforts of these brave service members and veterans have been in protecting the freedom and safety of everything we hold dear,” said New Balance President and CEO Rob DeMartini. “As a Boston-based company and official military apparel and footwear provider, we are extremely proud to return as presenting sponsor for the fifth year and celebrate all of the runners and walkers who are joining us today at Fenway Park.”
Throughout the morning, participants and spectators enjoyed a number of free family activities including a military appreciation area where fans could make care packages
for service members; have their photos taken with the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series Trophies; meet Red Sox Legends Luis Tiant and Sam Horn and pose for photos with Wally the Green Monster.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III, MA State Representative Jerald Parisella; Major General Scott Rice, MA National Guard;
Lieutenant Colonel David Dunklee, 66th Air Base Group; Commander Justin Long, Navy Recruiting District New England and additional military leadership from throughout the area were also on hand to celebrate this special event and draw attention to the fact that one-in-three veterans return from war with PTS or TBI.
The Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital and everyone involved in the 5th annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance are grateful to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston; the Boston Police, EMS and Transportation departments and the Massachusetts State Police; the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Cambridge for their teamwork in this unique fundraising event. The Run to Home Base course consultant was DMSE Inc., and the Run to Home Base website design and operations were provided by Forte Interactive, Inc.
About the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital
Home Base Program
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program serves post 9/11 veterans and military families affected by the “invisible wounds of war” – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, community education and research. For more information please visit www.homebaseprogram.org.
For more information about the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity named “Best Team Charity in Sports” by the Sports Philanthropy Project, visit www.redsoxfoundation.org.
To learn more about Massachusetts General Hospital, visit www.massgeneral.org.
About New Balance
New Balance made its first pair of running shoes in 1938, and today holds the distinction as the only company that still manufactures athletic shoes in the U.S. New Balance employs 1,300 associates across five New England facilities to produce a quarter of the brand’s U.S. footwear shipments each year.
New Balance has proudly maintained the same principles it was founded upon: superior customer service, a strong commitment to American workers and domestic manufacturing, and leadership in product fit and technological innovation. New Balance is the Official Footwear and Apparel Sponsor of the Boston Red Sox and proudly supports team player Dustin Pedroia among others. For more information visit www.newbalance.com.