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Run to Home Base draws 2,000; fans welcome at Fenway Park on Sunday

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 19, 2011 01:13 PM

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The annual Run to Home Base will take place on Sunday at Fenway Park.

More than 2,000 runners, including several hundred active military service members, will participate in this 9K race, which benefits the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. The race starts and ends at Fenway Park, with the timed finish in front of the Green Monster and runners crossing home plate for the photo finish.

A number of runners are wounded warriors or veterans, and others will be running in honor of family members who are wounded or currently deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Members of the public are invited to watch the runners from field box and grandstand seats inside Fenway Park. Free family fun activities and exhibits are open to the public in the ballpark concourse. Fans can enter the ballpark through Gates B and E only.

Those expected to attend include, United States Senator Scott Brown; General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; Lt. Gen John Kelly, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Red Sox ownership and Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin, MD.

The schedule:

6 a.m.: Gate E opens for Runners and Fans to Enter Fenway Park

7:25 a.m.: Opening Ceremony inside Fenway Park

8 a.m.: The first of three waves of runners start on Yawkey Way.

8:30-10 a.m.: Runners enter Fenway Park to complete the 5.6 mile race (9k).

7:30-11:45 a.m.: Free activities in Fenway concourse, including Military Appreciation Area Presented by BAE Systems where fans can make care packages for troops; Family Fun Zone for children; opportunity to meet Red Sox legends Luis Tiant and Carlton Fisk, as well as Wally the Green Monster; photos with the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies; self-guided tours; and veteran service exhibits. Concession stands will be open.

Noon: Park closes.

Parking: Police will enforce event on street parking restrictions around the ballpark and some streets will be closed before and during the race. The following parking lots will be open on race day at $10 per car: Brookline Lot (73 Brookline Ave), Yawkey Way Lot (55 Yawkey Way). Additional parking may be available at other lots in the Fenway Area. Parking will not be available at Fenway Park or along the adjacent streets.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Counseling and support services to family members of veterans with deployment or re-integration challenges or TBI. Community education about “the invisible wounds of war” for caregivers, schools, business and the faith community. Research and access to clinical trials seeking the most effective treatment for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

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