In 2011, I heard a commercial on the radio about the Run to Home Base looking for volunteers. I signed up to be a volunteer for that raw May morning where I handed out water to runners and walkers. Tears streaked my face that day both from the whipping wind and chill, as well as the true inspiration of watching Veterans, Active Military, and other participants endure the elements and the 9k distance. I vowed in those moments to run the race the next year.
I have participated as a runner/walker for four races before taking a hiatus from running due to injuries or other commitments. This year, I have vowed to return to running, and more importantly, supporting this great cause.
This race, designed to start outside of Fenway Park and cover a 9k distance, 9 after that famous Red Sox Veteran Ted Williams, and ends in the warning track of Fenway Park before leading participants around the infield and crossing Home Base. For any fan of Baseball, it is a dream come true to cross Home. For the Active Military and Veterans returning Home to New England suffering from the invisible injuries of Military Service, the Home Base Program provides services to those men and women, as well as their families, to aide in their return Home. The invisible injuries range from PTSD to head/brain trauma, but these diagnoses leave life-altering impacts on members of the military and their family members.
As a daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend to many who have served our great nation, I dedicate this race and my training for it to each of those brave women and men. And you can help support my efforts by donating to this amazing cause. I thank you kindly in advance for your donation and support.