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August 11, 2013

BASE Race returns with opportunities for runners, volunteers and fans

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — For more than a year, athletes of all ages have pledged to live free of performance-enhancing substances through the Be A Superior Example program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

And with the museum’s annual BASE Race just around the corner, residents of Otsego County and the surrounding areas have the chance to support those athletes and the Hall of Fame’s program by running, volunteering or cheering on the race participants at the 5k and 10k runs on Sunday.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the second annual BASE Race, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.

Volunteers are being sought to provide assistance to the BASE Race, including course marshals, water station assistants, visitor assistance, security, support set-up and break-down and other tasks as assigned. Volunteers should be familiar with being community volunteers and be organized as well as personable. Anyone interested in serving the community should contact Whitney Selover at 547-0369 or at wselover@baseballhall.org and indicate preference of duties.

The BASE Race includes a family-style 5k and a competitive 10k, with both races starting and ending at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center. Race times are 8 a.m. for the 10k and 8:15 a.m. for the 5k. Registration is available online at www.baseballhall.org/BASERace. 

Both the 10k and 5k courses will take runners through scenic Cooperstown, with prizes awarded in multiple categories in both races. The challenging 10k takes runners through the rolling hills of the greater Cooperstownarea, and the 5k course brings participants right past the Hall of Fame and adjacent musical entertainment provided by Radio Disney, which will be on site at Cooper Park to entertain fans.

The Cooperstown Central School Senior Class will host a spaghetti dinner in advance of the BASE Race from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Christ Church at 69 Fair Street in Cooperstown. The dinner is $10 for those 11 and older, $5 for children 6 to 10 years old and free for children 5 and younger. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the CCS Class of 2014 senior trip and prom.

Fans on race day are encouraged to gather in Cooper Park where Radio Disney from Albany will entertain fans with music and games. Raffles and other prizes will be awarded throughout the BASE Race. Registration is $25 for adults and $50 for families until race day, when registration will be $40 for individuals and $65 for families. Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 547-0397 or the Clark Sports Center at 547-2800.

Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for the Be A Superior Example program, 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. 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.