The Boston Athletic Association announced former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is the 2012 recipient of the Patriots' Award.
The award, given since 2002 by the BAA and the city of Boston, recognizes a person or group that is "patriotic, philanthropic, inspirational, and fosters goodwill and sportsmanship."
Wakefield is involved in many community events, including Pitching in for Kids. He was Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2010, an honor that recognizes community service and baseball excellence.
The Patriots' Award will be presented Thursday night at the official Boston Marathon opening ceremony. Red Sox team president Larry Lucchino will accept the award for Wakefield, who cannot attend.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes