Hall of Fame Celebrates Healthy Lifestyles with Inaugural BASE Race on Saturday, Aug. 11 in Cooperstown

Weekend Features 5K, 10K Races and Red Cross Blood Drive; New Museum Exhibit Debuts as Part of Launch for Outreach Focused on Dangers of Performance-Enhancing Substances

July 30, 2012

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – It may be baseball’s ultimate “home run” – a road race at the home of baseball in Cooperstown. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center are teaming up to bring a pair of road races – a family-style 5K fun run and a competitive 10K for racing enthusiasts – to Cooperstown on Saturday, Aug. 11, to promote healthy and active lifestyles for individuals of all ages. 

The debut event will serve as the foundation for the national launch weekend for the Hall of Fame’s new education program, “Be A Superior Example.” Known by its acronym as “BASE,” the new Hall of Fame initiative will introduce the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to expand the outreach of the BASE program. 

The inaugural BASE Race provides families, athletes of all skill level and racing enthusiasts with the opportunity to participate in a challenging 10K through the rolling hills of the greater Cooperstown area, or a fun 5K that runs past the Hall of Fame. Both courses celebrate the pastoral beauty of Cooperstown during its summer peak. 

Both the 5K and 10K courses will start and conclude at the Clark Sports Center at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. Prizes will be awarded for both races, in a number of categories based on age groups, in both male and female categories. All registrants will receive a baseball and Cooperstown-themed gifts from the inaugural event. Registration is $25 for adults and $50 for families until race day, when registration will be $35 for individuals and $60 for families. Registration is now under way at baseballhall.org and clarksportscenter.com. Additional details are available online at both sites and by calling the Clark Sports Center at 607-547-2800. 

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. 

BASE Weekend will feature the launch of a number of components for the Hall of Fame’s BASE program. The first major national registry to record individual commitments to live a life free of performance-enhancing substances will launch in October. The registry will live online at www.baseballhall.org and will feature the incorporation of an interactive kiosk in the Museum in Cooperstown, which will feature profiles and photos of those who have made the commitment to the lessons of healthy living. 

Registration for the “PES-free” pledge will also begin Aug. 11, as part of a national outreach to schools and youth athletic programs. Online educational tools will be available for access by individuals, teams, parents, coaches and families, with more in-depth programs available through the Museum’s on-site and videoconference educational offerings.

Complete information of the BASE program is available through a comprehensive white paper, featuring detailed data on the use of performance-enhancing substances and the fundraising objectives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, online at www.baseballhall.org/BASE.

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 summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 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 baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.