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  • February 26th, 2015

    February 26, 2015: 6th Annual Run to Home Base Slated for July 25th

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:43 am in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox No Comments

    image001Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli and team Chairman Tom Werner joined leaders from the Red Sox Foundation, New Balance and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, runners, Veterans and their Families at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers yesterday to announce July 25th as the date for this year’s run and commemorate New Balance’s long-standing commitment as presenting sponsor of the event.

    Since the run’s inception in 2010, event participants and sponsors have raised more than $11 million to support the Home Base Program’s efforts to help Post 9/11 Veterans and Families heal from the Invisible Wounds of War – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research.

    “It is vital that we continue to support the brave Service Members that protect our freedom and provide the best care possible for them and their families when they return home facing the Invisible Wounds of War,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “Thanks to the generosity of New Balance and area runners, we will continue to honor these courageous men and women for their service for our country and provide top-notch clinical care through the annual Run to Home Base.”

    You can now visit Run to Home Base to sign up, get fund raising details and participation information. Participation in the 2015 event is limited to 4,000 entrants. The 9K Run is 5.6 miles. Military applications are now open, and up to 500 full-time active duty military can enter the Run for just a $50 registration fee. The fund raising minimum for adult walkers is $250. Participant age limit is 14 years old. Younger children can also walk if accompanied by a full fund raising adult and must only raise a minimum of $125.

    The Run to Home Base will continue to incentivize participants that champion the cause through their fund raising efforts, including:

    • The first 50 participants to raise $5,000 by March 21 will receive two tickets to Red Sox opening day, two tickets to the Post Run reception, custom Red Sox jersey and two (2) grandstand seats or pavilion seats for July 25th game
    • Participants who “Refer a Friend” will receive rewards for recruiting friend and family to join the Run
    • Participants celebrating their fifth year participating in the Run will receive special recognition and a medal at the event
    • Reduced fund raising minimum of $750 for all runners who register prior to April 20; all others must raise at least $1,000

    “We greatly value the contributions that service members, veterans and their families make in protecting our freedom and we are extremely proud to support them through the Home Base Program,” said New Balance President and CEO Rob DeMartini. “It is with great pride that we announce that New Balance will remain the presenting sponsor of this important run for the next few years. As a Boston-based company and official military apparel and footwear provider, it’s a cause we believe in strongly and look forward to joining runners and walkers at Fenway Park this July.”

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    Global athletic shoe and apparel company New Balance is the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year at five factories in Massachusetts and Maine, which represents a limited portion of US sales.

    “When Veterans return home—their mission is complete. Ours, though, is just beginning,” said Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond. “The funds raised from this event go towards providing world-class care to help these men and women heal from the Invisible Wounds of War. We couldn’t do it without the support of thousands of runners and walkers, and generous sponsors like New Balance.”

    Other official Run sponsors include: BAE Systems, Corvias Group, Corvias Foundation, New England Sports Network, Poland Spring, Aramark and WAAF. For information on corporate sponsorships, please contact runtohomebase@redsox.com.

    Race consulting for the 2015 Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance is provided by DMSE, Inc., with fund raising, website design and operations provided by Forte Interactive, Inc. The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital thank Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for their expert event assistance.

    About the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program: Founded in 2009, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to Service Members, Post 9/11 Veterans and Families affected by the Invisible Wounds of War); education to clinicians and the community about how to recognize and treat these Invisible Wounds ; and research to improve understanding and treatment . The Home Base Program is a philanthropic partnership between the Red Sox Foundation, the award-winning team charity of the Boston Red Sox, and Massachusetts General Hospital. For more information about Home Base, visit their website.

    About New Balance: New Balance, head quartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance is the only major company to make or assemble more than 4 million pairs of athletic footwear per year in the USA, which represents a limited portion of our US sales. Where the domestic value is at least 70%, we label our shoes Made in the USA. New Balance owns five factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 4,000 associates around the globe, and in 2013 reported worldwide sales of $2.73 billion. To learn more about New Balance, go here .

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