Hall of Fame's BASE Race returns Saturday, May 25

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – With thousands of visitors planning a trip to Cooperstown for Memorial Day Weekend, runners from across the country are preparing for a trip through America’s Most Perfect Village in support of one of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s most popular educational programs.

The Hall of Fame, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the eighth annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run at 9:15 a.m. and a competitive 10k event at 9 a.m. – on Saturday, May 25, starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and featuring courses that wind through scenic Cooperstown.

The race events benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.

The Hall of Fame’s popular BASE Race returns as part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend festivities. Registration for the 2019 BASE Race is $25 for individuals and $55 for families, while on race day registration is $30 for individuals and $65 for families. Each registered runner will receive a race medal (for the first 300 runners to register), a goodie bag, a custom Hall of Fame bib and a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic.

BASE Race registration is available online at http://baserace.itsyourrace.com.

Registered runners can pick up their race packets on Friday, May 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Doubleday Field Parking Lot and from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Doubleday Field.

The virtual BASE Race component returns in 2019, allowing runners from across the country and around the globe to connect to Cooperstown. Sign up for the virtual BASE Race online at http://baseballhall.org/visit/hall-of-fame-classic/base-race-virtual-5k

Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for BASE, the Hall of Fame’s educational initiative which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.

For more information on the BASE Race, call the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 607-547-0329 or the Clark Sports Center at 607-547-2800.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by the Ford Motor Company, will feature Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines and Alan Trammell as managers and coaches for the seven-inning legends game at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Doubleday Field. Players representing each of the 30 big league clubs will appear at the Classic.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth through Friday, May 24, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 25.

Tickets are $12.50 for seats along the first base lines, $11 for outfield seats.

As part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, the Museum celebrates the history of baseball cards with a new exhibit opening: Shoebox Treasures. The exhibit, which will open to the public at noon on May 25, will host a special ribbon cutting ceremony that morning. Shoebox Treasures features more than 700 square feet of space on the Museum’s third floor, will touch on the history and production of the cards as well as the 1980s boom that turned a child’s hobby into a multi-million dollar industry. Shoebox Treasures will feature more than 2,000 cards on display in vertical drawers that will allow visitors to explore the Museum’s collection. Additionally, visitors can interact with the cards through a classic “bicycle spokes” interactive and also have the chance to make their own virtual baseball cards. Shoebox Treasures will be a major part of the continuing Museum lineup and is included with Hall of Fame admission.

On Sunday, May 26, the Museum transitions to summer hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week through the day before Labor Day.