Some came to do the race to set a good example for their family.
The Janning family came to Cooperstown from Chicago just to do the race.
“We don’t come to Cooperstown very often, but we came out for this,” Carl Janning said.
“We do family races,” Karen Janning said. “We set good examples by doing sports, talking about nutrition, eating right and trying to find others who are good role models.”
The Babowski’s of Johnstown had their whole family participate. Trisha, Garreth and their 8-year-old son Garrett ran the race and Colton, their 4-year-old, rode in a stroller. Garrett won a prize for his age group and was very excited to be honored at the race.
“I think it’s important to be a good example for your kids,” Trisha Babowski said. “With everything that’s going on with steroids, it’s good to show that you can do this without performance enhancers.”
Garreth Babowski said they did this race last year and it’s special because it’s the only one they do as a family.
Others do the race for the baseball environment.
“I definitely love races that have to do with baseball,” said Nathan Tweedie of Walton. “I love baseball, so anytime I can mix that with running is a great thing.”
“I did the race last year and it was a lot of fun,” Tweedie continued.
For more information about the program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame visit their website at www.baseballhall.org/BASE.