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Registration open for 9th annual "2018 Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance" 9K/5K at Fenway, Saturday, July 28, 2018

Charity race supports Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program

Discounted early bird registration is now open for the 9th annual Run to Home Base 9K run / 5K run-walk charity race, presented by New Balance. Red Sox fans who dream of crossing homeplate at Fenway with a crowd cheering them on, can live out their dreams Saturday, July 28, 2018 as Boston's cherished ballpark transforms into a racing venue in support of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program.

Home Base is a philanthropic partnership between the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox and one of the nation's most renowned teaching hospitals. The program provides clinical evaluations and treatment to Veterans of all eras with invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury - two increasingly common and often debilitating wounds of the war on terror - as well as clinical and support services to their families.

Discounted early bird registration is now open for the 9th annual Run to Home Base 9K run / 5K run-walk charity race, presented by New Balance. Red Sox fans who dream of crossing homeplate at Fenway with a crowd cheering them on, can live out their dreams Saturday, July 28, 2018 as Boston's cherished ballpark transforms into a racing venue in support of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program.

Home Base is a philanthropic partnership between the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox and one of the nation's most renowned teaching hospitals. The program provides clinical evaluations and treatment to Veterans of all eras with invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury - two increasingly common and often debilitating wounds of the war on terror - as well as clinical and support services to their families.

"The services at Home Base have helped thousands of Veterans and Veteran family members over the past eight years, and that assistance would not be possible without the generous support and energy of the runners who help raise funds," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "But this event is so much more than just a run. It's an opportunity to educate people about the invisible wounds of war, and a chance to help remove the stigma that so many Veterans feel. We hope Veterans, civilians, and families will join us once again for this important Fenway Park event, and that they come away feeling inspired by the stories they hear and the work that is being accomplished by this special public-private partnership."

Retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Executive Director of Home Base, says the mission of the Run extends beyond the much-needed fundraising. "There are a lot of service men and women who are struggling with their injuries who need to know there is a team behind them when they get home," Hammond said. "The Run to Home Base is a way to not only say thanks, but step up to the plate to serve those who have served all of us. As a community, we are all strengthened when we share both the benefits and the burdens required in serving our nation."

To register for the 2018 Run to Home Base presented by New Balance on July 28th, visit www.runtohomebase.org. The special early-bird fundraising minimum is $550. Beginning on January 16th , the fundraising minimum increases to $800.

Event organizers also unveiled new fundraising incentives for participants who go above and beyond their fundraising requirements:

  • Each participant who raises $1,000 Tuesday, May 1st will receive:
    • (2) tickets to the Red Sox game on Saturday, July 28th
    • A chance to win a pair of performance sneakers.
  • Each participant who raises $2,000 by Tuesday, May 1st will receive:
    • (2) tickets to the Red Sox game on Saturday, July 28th
    • An invitation to participate in the on-field flag drop prior to the game on July 28th
    • A customized Red Sox jersey
    • (2) tickets to the pre-Run and post-Run Parties
    • A chance to win a pair of performance sneakers.
  • Each participant who raises $10,000 by Wednesday, July 18th will receive:
    • (4) tickets to the Red Sox game on Saturday, July 28th
    • An invitation to participate in the on-field flag drop prior to the game on July 28th
    • An autographed baseball by a current Red Sox player
    • A customized Red Sox jersey
    • (2) tickets to the pre-Run and Post-Run Parties with a private meet and greet with Red Sox alumni
    • A chance to win a pair of performance sneakers.
  • Each participant who raises $20,000 by Wednesday, July 18th will receive:
    • The opportunity to throw out the first pitch prior to a Red Sox game on a mutually agreed upon date
    • Access to a meet and greet with a current Red Sox player
    • An autographed jersey by a current Red Sox player
    • (4) tickets to the Red Sox game on Saturday, July 28th
    • An invitation to participate in the on-field flag drop prior to the game on July 28th
    • (4) tickets to the pre-Run and Post-Run Parties with a private meet and greet with Red Sox alumni
    • A chance to win a pair of performance sneakers.

The Details:

The Run to Home Base presented by New Balance is the primary racing event in New England dedicated to supporting Military Families and raising awareness of the invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Open to participants of all ages, registers runners and walkers can choose from two route options before crossing the home-plate finish line at Fenway.

  • Run to Home Base: 9K Course (Run)
  • Run to Home Base: 5K Course (Run or Walk)

Participants and family members are treated to activities throughout the morning, including a Military Appreciation Area where fans can make care packages and write thank you notes for Service Members, photo opportunities with the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series Trophies, carnival games, contests and pictures with Wally in the Family Fun Zone, and self-guided Fenway tours.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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