Early registration is now open for the 3rd annual Run to Home Base Florida 5K run, 1-mile walk and Kids’ Dash at JetBlue Park on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Red Sox fans and military supporters alike who dream of crossing home-plate like the baseball pros can live out their dreams as the home of Boston Red Sox Spring Training transforms into a racing venue in support of Veterans and their Families in Southwest Florida.
Introduced to Boston in 2009, the original Run to Home Base at Fenway has raised more than $136,000 to support Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program and their mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families. Monies raised during the January 19th race at JetBlue Park will stay in Southwest Florida and support the wellness and community programs spearheaded by the Home Base Southwest Florida program.
“The Run to Home Base Florida is a great opportunity for our Southwest Florida community to show our support for the many heroic servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed and served all of us,” said U.S. Marine Veteran Armando Hernandez and Home Base Southwest Florida Program Director. “We are excited to re-introduce our impactful – and fun – charity run in Florida. Social support does wonders in the mental health world and when the community comes around and rallies together to support and provide life-changing programs in their home communities, it’s truly a special thing.”
With the understanding that Veterans do not come home to programs; they come home to communities, Home Base Southwest Florida engages with Veterans and Service Members through community-based initiatives. Drawn on the resources of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University and the Greater Naples and Ft. Myers YMCAs, Home Base’s Warrior Health & Fitness Program in Southwest Florida focuses on exercise, wellness and camaraderie. In addition to supervised exercise, participating veterans receive education about healthy eating and living, sleep hygiene, stress management, and the health benefits of physical activity.
For those impacted by post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety and other issues related to their service, Veterans and their Families can directly connect to care through Home Base’s two-week Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) headquartered in Boston, MA. What would normally take up to a year for a traditional course of treatment has been condensed into two weeks. All services associated with the ICP – food, lodging, transportation and clinical care – are provided at no cost to the Veteran and one family member.
The 2019 Run to Home Base Florida, scheduled for January 19th, will feature a post-race party sponsored by Fort Myers Brewing Company and an awards presentation for the overall make and female finishers, and age group winners. Registration information for the 2019 Run to Home Base Florida is available at www.runtohomebaseflorida.org. Fundraising is encouraged, but not required.
* 5K Registration: Early Bird – $35, Regular – $50
* 1-Mile Walk Registration: Early Bird – $25, Regular – $35
* Kids’ Dash Registration: $10 (Ages six years and younger)
* Veterans and Active Duty 5K Registration: $20
* Veterans and Active Duty 1-Mile Walk Registration: $15
For more information about the 2019 Run to Home Base Florida, and for sponsorship opportunities, contact Steve Monaco, Director of Signature Events at 617-643-0457 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For volunteer opportunities, contact Monique Hashimoto, Home Base Southwest Florida Project Coordinator.