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RUN TO HOME BASE ANNOUNCED

RUN TO HOME BASE ANNOUNCED

SPECIAL MILITARY DISCOUNT AND NEW FUNDRAISING PRIZES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2011 RUN TO HOME BASE PRESENTED BY NEW BALANCE ON SUNDAY, MAY 22

Run benefits services for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injuries and their families

Millions of Red Sox fans dream of crossing home base at Fenway Park with a crowd cheering them on.  Now thousands of fans participating in the 2nd annual “Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance” will not only have that thrill while helping wounded veterans, they will also be able to win terrific prizes including Green Monster tickets to a Red Sox game, New Balance gift cards and autographed Red Sox jerseys.  

Boston Sports Desk’ correspondent Kerianne Lynch will be running on Team BSD in this event. An announcement will be issued shortly concerning a fund-raising event which will be held on May 5th, 2011 at The Main Street Bar and Grill in Weymouth. The proceeds from this event will go to Run To Home Base. 

 In addition, Run officials announced a special discount for up to 500 full-time, active-duty military, including active-duty National Guard and Reservists, who wish to participate in the 9K (5.6 mile) run, ending with a timed finish in front of the iconic Green Monster and a photo finish of each runner crossing home plate at Fenway Park. 

 Up to 500 full-time, active-duty military can participate in the Run for a $50 registration fee. In thanks for their military service, the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital, hosts of the Run to Home Base, are waiving the minimum $1,000 per runner fundraising requirement that applies to all other runners in this charitable run.

 “In serving our nation, the brave men and women in our military sacrifice their safety and comforts of home each day,” said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. “We are honored to celebrate their service and offer our thanks by waiving the fundraising requirement for 500 full-time, active-duty military who wish to participate in this year’s Run to Home Base. They and their families know how combat stress and traumatic brain injury can affect veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we know it will take a team effort by civilians, military, businesses and nonprofits in our community to help address these injuries and give our veterans the services they need and have earned. The Run to Home Base is one fun way we can all help.”

 In addition, Run officials also announced fundraising incentives for Run participants who raise the most money in support of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.  Fundraising awards will be given to nine top fundraising runners, including the highest fundraiser who is a full-time, active-duty military member, the most successful veteran fundraiser and the most successful civilian fundraiser.

 Awards will also be given to the top fundraisers in six age categories, whether those individuals are running in the Run to Home Base or if they are participating by being a “virtual” runner in the Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance.

KEVIN HARRIMAN

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