Support the Hall of Fame’s New BASE Program at 5K and 10K Races Aug. 11 in Cooperstown

Cheer on Runners in Cooper Park as Athletes Navigate the Course through Beautiful Cooperstown; Races Begin at 10 a.m. at Clark Sports Center

August 02, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooperstown's Clark Sports Center are hosting a pair of road races on Saturday, Aug. 11 to celebrate the Museum's new BASE program, and fans are encouraged to come outto cheer on the runners.

Fans are encouraged to cheer on runners and watch the5K from Cooper Park, located adjacent to the Museum off Main Street, as runners are expected to pass through the Park during the 10 a.m. hour.

The BASE Race – a family-style 5K fun run and a competitive 10K for racing enthusiasts – is designed 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 the 5K and 10K courses will start and conclude at the Clark Sports Center, and starting time is 10 a.m.

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 BASE Race T-shirt. 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.

Sponsorship partners for the BASE Race include PriceChopper Supermarkets, Cooperstown Bat Company, Curtis1000 and Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

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 (13and 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.