BASE Race 5k and 10k Saturday in Cooperstown Signals Launch of National Education Program

‘Be A Superior Example’ Initiative to Educate Youth, Adults on Healthy Living

August 08, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will launch its much-anticipated “Be A Superior Example” program on Saturday, Aug. 11, with an inaugural BASE Race, public programs, and a new Museum exhibit, all promoting the healthy habits associated with living free of performance-enhancing substances. 

Cooperstown will serve as the launch site for this national outreach endeavor, which will begin on Saturday with three components to promote healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience and educate students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. 

The inaugural BASE Race begins at 10 a.m. at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown and features two courses for families, athletes of all skill level and racing enthusiasts. A challenging 10K will run through the rolling hills of the greater Cooperstown area, while the more relaxed pace fun 5K winds through Cooperstown and past the Hall of Fame. Both courses celebrate the pastoral beauty of Cooperstown during its summer peak. 

Numerous prizes will be awarded for both races, in a number of categories based on age groups, in both male and female categories. The first 500 Race registrants will receive a commemorative, performance-fabric BASE Race T-shirt. Registration is $25 for adults and $50 for families until Saturday, when registration will be $35 for individuals and $60 for families. Registration is now under way at and Day of registration will take place from 8 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Clark Sports Center. Additional details are available online at both sites and by calling the Clark Sports Center at 607-547-2800. 

Support partners for the inaugural BASE Race include Price Chopper Supermarkets, Cooperstown Bat Company, Curtis1000 and Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The BASE Race is held in conjunction with the Clark Sports Center. 

In addition to the BASE Race T-shirt, all race participants will be admitted free to the Museum anytime during business hours on Saturday, Aug. 11, by showing their race bib. The Museum will feature, for the first time, an exhibit in the Library Atrium and Education Center, demonstrating the principles of healthy living for all Museum visitors to enjoy. 

Visitors to, and residents of, Cooperstown are encouraged to root for the runners by gathering in Cooper Park on Saturday morning. The pack of runners from the 5k are expected to pass through Cooper Park between 10:10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Everyone is welcome to Cooper Park to cheer on the runners. 

Cooperstown travelers are advised to use extra caution on Saturday as both courses are open and will feature numerous runners. Vehicles are asked to proceed with caution throughout the greater Cooperstown area and are encouraged to use patience as the BASE Race is held during the 10 a.m. until 12 noon hours. 

Also on Saturday, the Museum will also host a full day of public programs throughout the day on Saturday, promoting the four foundations of healthy habits of the BASE Program – exercise and fitness, diet and nutrition, character and fair play. Saturday’s lineup features: 

10 a.m.–4 p.m.           

Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Legends: Stop by the Learning Center on the first floor to participate in Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Legends, an interactive workshop for children and families. Participants are invited to showcase their own commitment to character and sportsmanship by making their own Hall of Fame plaques on a pre-made template. 

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.         

BASE Exhibit Talk: Join education staff for an interactive tour of the new “Be A Superior Example” (BASE) exhibition in the Library Atrium on the first floor of the Museum. Exhibit overview and tours last approximately 30 minutes. 

12 p.m.           

Character and Courage Artifact Spotlight: This spotlight program in the Bullpen Theater will feature special artifacts from Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Lou Gehrig. Each artifact tells a story of character and courage in the face of great adversity. 

2 p.m.             

Fitness First: Try your best at some exciting and fun obstacle courses in the Sculpture Garden. Each obstacle will challenge you to do your best while learning about healthy nutrition and fitness. Participants will need to sign up at the Fitness and Nutrition table in the Courtyard before playing in the obstacle course. 

All programs are included with Museum admission. For more information on BASE, please visit

Also as part of BASE Weekend, the Hall of Fame will host a blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross in conjunction with Bassett Healthcare, on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cooper Park adjacent to the Hall of Fame in a Red Cross bloodmobile. Blood donors will receive free admission to the Museum on Sunday. Volunteer donors who have not donated within the last 56 days of Aug. 12 are eligible to donate blood. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.