Watch out Red Sox because here I come. Yes, that’s right I’m going to run across home plate at the historic Fenway Park this year, on Sunday May 20th to be exact. While the Red Sox haven’t yet signed me on as an honorary team member, I did receive a personal invitation from the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Home Base Program to take part in the 3rd annual Run-Walk to Home Base Presented by New Balance. And of course I took them up on their offer!
Run to home base is a 9k road race that celebrates our military heroes and raises funds for the Home Base program. Held on Sunday May 20th, The run starts outside of Fenway Park on Yawkee Way. It takes you over to Memorial Drive and down along the Charles River, an absolutely BEAUTIFUL route. Runners then make their way back to Fenway and have their photos taken as they cross home plate…also VERY exciting. The course map is available online if you would like to check it out in more detail.
This year they have added a 3 mile walk to the event which is perfect for non-runners who would still like to be involved. The course map for the walk has not yet been published but will be available online shortly. Children ages 6 – 15 are allowed to participate in the walk, so this also makes for a fun family event.
I know that this all sounds well and good but what exactly does the Home Base Program support? Well in a nutshell (and taken straight from the source)
“The Home Base Program ensures that local veterans who served our country receive the clinical treatment they need for combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury, and that their families get the guidance and support they need. The Home Base Program also seeks to advance innovative treatments that hold the most potential for helping veterans with combat stress and/or traumatic brain injury and their families.”
Since this is a charity event, there is a minimum fundraising commitment of $1,000 for each participant. Children have a $125 commitment and must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered in the race. The Run to Home Base Foundation has a full breakdown of registration fees and fundraising requirements on their website.
If you know me well then you know that I did my research on this charity before I signed up. I run races all the time but I don’t take fundraising lightly. If I’m going to raise money then I want to know that most of it is going straight to the cause.
I’m happy to report that all net proceeds from the Run-Walk to Home Base are used to fund the services for local veterans. The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital donate all of the staff time involved in the Run to keep expenses very low so that nearly 90% of all monies generated by the Run directly benefit the Home Base Program.
So if you are looking to support a great cause and have nothing better to do on May 20th then I encourage you to consider supporting a great cause and registering for this road race.
You can also support our Veteran’s by donating to my 2012 Run-Walk to Home Base fundraising campaign. I’m officially committed to a $1,000 goal but would love to surpass that goal with help from all of you.
Many thanks in advance for your contributions and your support to my fundraising cause this year!
Oh, and P.S., That picture on my fundraising page is from last summer’s Sharon Timlin Memorial 5k Race, also a great cause. I raised nearly $1,500 last year to support research for ALS. I plan to volunteer this year and will hopefully run it again too. But more on that another time.